The University of Maryland Medical Center is starting construction of a $160 million, nine-floor trauma/critical care building that will significantly expand its renowned Shock Trauma Center and it's Director Dr. Thomas Scalea joins Jeff to talk about it. The new facility will also boost the capacity of the medical center’s adult and pediatric emergency departments and provide additional beds for intensive care patients.
The 140,000-square-foot building at the corner of Penn and Lombard streets will house 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms and 64 new and replacement critical care beds. The new addition will be connected to the existing R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building. It will also have a second landing pad on the roof for Medevac and Maryland ExpressCare helicopters.