A vision has become a reality at MedStar Health’s Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

The doors officially opened last week on a new 70,000-square-foot emergency department, the culmination of a $41 million project designed to upgrade the level of care and convenience at the Clinton hospital.

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was filmed in advance and aired online Wednesday. Though the celebration was more subdued because of social distancing requirements, G.S. Proctor & Associates President Steve Proctor and Vice President Trey Proctor attended the event and got a first look at the impressive facilities.

“It’s a very proud moment when we’re able to better serve the community,” Steve Proctor said. “This is an ER that sees 46,000 people a year. With this expansion and renovation, they can provide better and quicker service to every patient. It’s truly impressive to see MedStar giving back to the community in so many ways.”

Among the highlights of the new space:

  • 40 ER treatment rooms
  • 2 trauma rooms
  • Improved ambulance access
  • A unit dedicated to patients exposed to dangerous pathogens
  • Spaces for behavioral health cases and sexual assault victims
  • 2-story lobby and upgraded waiting area
  • 24-hour cafe and gift shop

Since acquiring Southern Maryland Hospital Center in late 2012, MedStar has dedicated significant resources to modernizing the facilities and improving capabilities at the hospital. Last year saw the completion of an $11 million expansion to the cancer treatment center. Future plans include upgrades and expansions of the intensive care and critical care units.

The hospital continues to benefit from the MedStar connection — but more importantly, the residents of the region are benefitting. The team at the hospital has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Each day, residents are receiving vaccinations at tents set up outside the hospital. Inside the hospital, COVID-19 patients are receiving essential care from experienced, talented staff.

“The pandemic has given us all an even greater appreciation for the vital importance of medical facilities and health care professionals,” Steve Proctor said. “We are extremely fortunate to have a place like MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center because their entire team is absolutely committed to providing the best care for the community.”