New Eco-Friendly Patient Tower Includes Expanded Emergency Department, Dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room and LEED Certification
AAMC to Unveil Amenities at Free Community Event for the Whole Family
Annapolis, MD— In mid-April, Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) will officially open its new 7-story patient care tower on its Medical Park campus in Annapolis. The new tower, which will be known as Main Hospital Pavilion, will include an expanded emergency room for adults with two new waiting areas, a new, dedicated pediatric emergency room with an in-patient unit just for children, 50 new private patient rooms, eight new operating rooms and a new 1,600-space garage for more free parking. In addition, the pavilion is the only acute care facility in Maryland to achieve LEED silver certification (Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design), as set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Anne Arundel Medical Center has been growing, along with the community, since 1902. During that time, AAMC has been privileged to bring its patients the latest technologies, effective cures and some of the most accomplished medical professionals in the area. This latest expansion is one more step the organization is taking to maintain that level of care to ensure that it continues to be the premiere healthcare destination in its community.
To showcase the hospital’s newest features, AAMC is hosting a fun family event on Saturday, April 9, that is free and open to the entire community. “Growing Together” will include tours of the new tower, kid-friendly activities and appearances by some of their favorite television characters! Pediatric Emergency Room
The new pediatric emergency department was designed with children in mind. Hospitals can be a scary place for kids, so AAMC created a dedicated space for their youngest patients, separate from the main emergency department.
The décor is bright and fun and includes:
An inpatient unit just for children A child life therapist A dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other health care providers with experience caring for infants, children and teens
One of the unique aspects of the new tower is its environmentally smart construction. This green building is designed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council requirements for certification under their LEED criteria for new construction, ensuring that the building saves energy, water, soil and fossil fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Exemplifying the principles of “healthcare without harm,” the new building emphasizes the well being of its patients, its community, and its surrounding eco-system.
Some of the green elements include:
- Two “green rooftops,” which replace traditional asphalt with plantings as well as storm water step ponds that catch and filter rain water to protect Bay tributaries
- Construction supplies that came from within a 300-mile radius to reduce shipping costs and environmental impacts
- Low flow plumbing fixtures installed in all showers, toilets, faucets and sinks
- Increased energy efficiency that reduces consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions
- Main Hospital Pavilion
- The projected population growth in the region means more people need health care and wellness services. That’s why the new seven-story patient care tower is equipped to treat this growing population. Among the features are:
- The main emergency room will now include two new waiting areas
- 50 new private patient rooms, bringing the total licensed bed count to 374
- Eight new operating suites
- Free parking in a new 1,600-space garage