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AGH receives $37.5 million in funding from Berlin, state

Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27, 2017) Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has secured bond funding totaling more than $37.5 million from the Town of Berlin and from the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority (MHHEFA).

Of the $10 million bond issued by the Mayor and Council of Berlin, $8.5 million will be used to help pay for projects outlined in the Atlantic General’s master facilities plan, including construction of the John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center, modernization of the hospital’s inpatient care area, expansion of the emergency department and outpatient services and modernization of their surgical facilities.

MHHEFA issued two bonds totaling $27,514,000 to the healthcare organization, with $12,225,000 to be devoted to Atlantic General’s master facilities plan, including the Atlantic General Women’s Health Center in West Ocean City. The remainder of the bond funds will be used to refinance past debt.

“These bonds, along with the community’s support through the Campaign for the Future, are essential to our efforts to provide the high quality care our patients and their families need, right here, at home,” Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital, said. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to give a special thanks to Mayor Gee Williams and the Berlin City Council. We are fortunate to have such a strong local partnership.”

Wilmington Trust, a subsidiary of M&T Bank Corporation, will serve as trustee for all three bonds, totaling $37.5 million. M&T also extended a loan totaling $1,713,000 to Atlantic General Hospital.

Atlantic General Hospital’s master facilities plan includes $35 million in capital projects:

John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center

In addition to existing medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion services and integrative therapies, the new 18,000-square-foot center will include radiation oncology; PET, CT, MRI and other advanced diagnostic radiology services on one campus; laboratory and pathology services; community education and support facilities; and telemedicine technology that will allow patients and their physicians to consult with other cancer care experts, preventing unnecessary travel for consultation and follow up care for patients who may require more intensive cancer care services.

A groundbreaking occurred on June 7, with completion scheduled in spring 2018.

Atlantic General Women’s Health Center with 3D Mammography

Inspired by the needs of today’s busy women, the center will offer patients a seamless experience, with routine exams that can be scheduled together for added convenience.

Full breast screening services, including 3D mammography and ultrasound; bone densitometry; gynecology consultations; and colposcopy, endometrial biopsy and other minor gynecological surgeries will be provided under one roof. The center opened in March 2017.

Modernization of Inpatient Care Area

A newly renovated inpatient care area located on the second floor of Atlantic General Hospital will provide greater efficiency for nursing care and provide improved line of sight to beds from a new and more central nursing and physician work station.

The new design will reduce noise in the corridors, improving sleep and comfort for patients. A private room for patient medication instruction and additional, more pleasing family space will be created to allow for family involvement in the treatment and recovery process.

Family involvement improves patient response to treatment and improves ongoing recovery after discharge from the hospital.

Expansion of Emergency Department & Outpatient Services

As one of the fastest-growing areas in Maryland and Delaware, the region served by Atlantic General Hospital has an increasing need for access to emergency services when unplanned medical emergencies arise.

To maintain the ER’s efficient care delivery, the number of treatment areas will be increased. A dedicated space for patient consultation, counseling and arrangement of follow-up appointments with community providers will also be created as well as a consolidated triage and protocol center.

The design will allow for improved patient privacy and comfort and increased security capabilities.

Modernization of Surgical Facilities

Redesign of the existing surgical services unit and adjacent areas will incorporate the latest technology to enhance best practices in pre-operative care, surgical care and post-operative care, providing larger operating rooms to accommodate advanced laparoscopic and orthopedic surgical procedures.

The design will include a private consultation room for patients in the pre-admission and post-operative area to improve patient privacy in the ambulatory surgery area. To learn more, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org/campaign.

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993.

Built through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin, combines the warmth of personalized attention with the reassurance of medical expertise and advanced technology.

The not-for-profit hospital provides quality specialty care in oncology, medical and surgical weight loss, orthopedics, and women’s diagnostics among other services.

Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, cares for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

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