Mercy Receives Emergency State Approval to Construct New Hospital Floor in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Mercy Medical Center, located in Baltimore, Maryland, has received an Emergency Certificate of Need approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission to construct a new 32-bed acute care unit on the 17th floor of the hospital’s main inpatient facility, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center in downtown Baltimore.

Mercy will invest $12.5 million in the project, partnering with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, which will provide short-term financing to allow the project to move forward immediately. Project construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in 75 days. The Bunting Center is licensed at 183 beds with existing physical capacity to expand to 251 beds to meet future demand, which now includes the additional 32 acute care beds following completion of the 17th-floor Emergency CON project. To offset this unexpected cost, Mercy will pursue outside funding opportunities.

The 17-story, state-of-the-art Mary Catherine Bunting Center main hospital at Mercy opened in 2010, and has undergone several significant expansions and upgrades including a $26-million operating room project in 2016 to meet increased demand and a $42-million project to create the Family Childbirth & Children’s Center in 2012.

Source: Mercy Medical Center.

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Posted March 20, 2020

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