Construction and Parking
Parking Deck Expansion Complete
The construction of the parking garage is now complete and we will begin using it as of February 10, 2014. On that Monday, the entrance to the garage off of Park Avenue will close and will only be available for use in the event of an emergency situation.
We wish to thank our neighbors for their patience during the construction of the parking garage. We understand that there were days and times that we managed construction noise and traffic better than other days, and we have appreciated your input throughout the process.
In addition to more than 400 additional parking spaces on the main campus, this construction project has resulted in another positive outcome. The project has opened the lines of communication between the hospital and our neighbors. We have established several new vehicles for communication: the community newsletter, an e-mail distribution list of community leaders, cell phone numbers have been exchanged between community members and the FMH Security department and members of the senior leadership team. We promise to keep the lines of communication open moving forward.
Constructing the “Connector”
The next phase of construction – and all subsequent phases - will be taking place on the north side of the campus as construction work begins on connecting the new garage to the hospital. The connector will make it possible to enter the hospital from the parking garage without ever having to step outside into the elements. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall. The orange color in the graphic shows the location of the connector construction.
Hospital Campus Parking Changes
As of January 21, 2013 the following changes will be implemented with regard to parking on our main campus:
- The parking garage will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for the duration of the construction project. While work is underway, the garage will meet the definition of a construction zone. For the safety of our patients and visitors, regulations prohibit the public from entering or passing through a construction zone.
- The public entrance to the hospital will be the Toll House Avenue entrance. Emma Smith Drive will open for employees to access to the parking garage. This access drive is not open to the public.
- There is limited surface lot parking space available for public use, but patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to use our FREE valet service:
- Valet attendants will park vehicles in the parking garage
- There are two Valet stations: one for patients and another on the east side of the hospital for visitors.
- The Ready Ride call-ahead program (described below) will have your vehicle waiting at the door when you are ready to leave.
Introducing Ready Ride
Ready Ride is a call-ahead program that will have your vehicle waiting for you at the entrance to the hospital when you are ready to leave the facility. Simply dial RIDE (7433) from any hospital phone (or 240-566-7433 from your cell phone) and valet attendants will retrieve your vehicle from the parking garage and have it waiting for you at the entrance to the hospital.
Demand for inpatient care at Frederick Memorial Hospital has grown dramatically as our reputation for superb quality patient care has spread throughout the region. To keep up with demand, the hospital has added new, private patient rooms.
The area of the second floor where the administrative offices were located has been converted into a 12-bed, inpatient care unit featuring all private rooms. The administrative offices have moved to the lower level of the hospital. The A wing of the 4th floor has been renovated to create a new, all private room, inpatient care unit. Renovations were complete as of November 15, 2012.
View the Inpatient Floor Plans
Exterior construction has successfully moved the helicopter landing site formerly located on the west side of the hospital grounds to the roof of the hospital. Elevator shafts now connect the landing pad directly to the FMH Emergency Department. The move made room for expansion of the parking garage. Construction related to the garage project is underway as of August 2012.
For the very latest construction updates, we invite you to use the following tools and services:
Thank you in advance for your patience as we grow to meet the needs of our community!
Remember that you can always get construction updates by signing up to receive the bi-monthly e-newsletter called Share the Health. The newsletter includes construction updates as well as health information and details about Frederick Memorial Hospital happenings.
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