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State Approves Meritus Health Increasing Capacity for Immediate Community Needs

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State Approves Meritus Health Increasing Capacity for Immediate Community Needs

HAGERSTOWN – Meritus Health just received approval to increase capacity at Meritus Medical Center through both renovation to existing office space and construction of a new regional infectious containment unit in response to immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 public health pandemic.

Meritus Health will begin a capital fundraising campaign to support the approval for a $12.5 million, approximately 15,000-square-foot addition to Meritus Medical Center. The space will establish a 20-bed, negative pressure and ventilator-capable unit constructed adjacent to the current wound center. The project must be completed within a four-month time frame.

Additionally, office space on the fifth floor of the hospital is being modified to increase the inpatient capacity to an already existing hospital unit. This will allow for the addition of five acute hospital beds. This project is expected to be completed in a month’s time.

“This significant expense will specifically address a major community health need, as we find ourselves in the midst of a public health pandemic with COVID-19,” explains Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and CEO of Meritus Health. “Meritus Health will always consider the needs of our community when evaluating our resources and infrastructure and this new unit will provide us surge capacity to offer the best care for the emergent needs that come with this type of crisis, as well as serve as a future resource for our region.”

The emergency certificates of need were approved by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

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