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County Executive Calvin Ball Joins Ribbon Cutting for Howard County General Hospital Expansion

January 24, 2020

Media Contact:
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will join Howard County General Hospital President Steve Snelgrove to officially open the hospital’s two-story, 50,000 square foot expansion on Monday, January 27th. The project houses a new entrance and waiting area for the Emergency Department, replaces observation and psychiatry units, and cost approximately $45 million. 

“Howard County General Hospital’s year-over-year increase in admissions was the highest of all of the 23 hospitals in the greater Baltimore region,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “This expansion is critical to provide greater access to healthcare, more efficient services for our community, and ensure all our residents are healthy and thriving for years to come.”

Howard County General Hospital (HCGH), which serves approximately 220,000 people each year, is the only hospital in the county and often reaches capacity for medical and behavior health units, affecting wait times and overall experience. The emergency room sees nearly 80,000 people each year, and 75% of hospitals visits come through the ER.

The expansion also includes more beds for the psychiatry unit, including additional private rooms, safety enhancements, patient amenities, modern treatment spaces and a new nurses’ station. 

WHAT:           
Howard County General Hospital Expansion Ribbon Cutting
                                    
WHEN:           
Monday, January 27th at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:        
Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Ln, Columbia, MD 21044
Ribbon Cutting will take place in front of Emergency Department Entrance off Little Patuxent Parkway

WHO:             
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball              
Steve Snelgrove, Howard County General Hospital President
Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, Howard Hospital Foundation Board Chairperson

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