UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH OPENS NEW OUTPATIENT CENTER AT BEL AIR CAMPUS

Bel Air, MDUpper Chesapeake Health (UCH) announces the opening of its newest addition to the Bel Air campus with an 84,000 square foot outpatient facility developed and leased through a joint venture between MacKenzie Corporation and Kinsley Construction. The Physicians Pavilion II (PP II) will be located on the 4th and 5th floors of the recently completed garage building adjacent to the Klein Ambulatory Care Center on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) campus. New and existing outpatient based services will be located on the 5th floor, beginning on September 15, 2008.

The new outpatient area has been designed to accommodate more than 25,500 estimated visits per year. “Our focus is to meet immediate patient care needs by providing more convenient access to medical care,” says Robin Luxon, Vice President of Clinical Services. “This new facility will provide the community with an effective and convenient location for services not required within hospital walls.”

The opening of the pavilion marks the completion of a $39 million expansion project at UCMC that began in 2006. The expansion included renovations to the emergency department from 33 to 47 treatment beds; a new critical care unit; five additional obstetric beds; an addition of 26 medical/surgical beds; as well as $20 million in construction of a parking garage and comprehensive outpatient services. Last year, outpatient visits to the campus exceeded 68,500 visits.

Patients can easily access the fifth floor services right from the garage elevator or from the ground floor entrance. In addition, a new skywalk connects the PPII with the 4th floor of the Klein Ambulatory Care Center. The following outpatient services will be conveniently located in the new pavilion:

Anticoagulation Services

This out-patient monitoring program is for individuals who have been prescribed oral anticoagulation medications such as Coumadin (warfarin). Supervised by pharmacists with special training in anticoagulation management, this service is moving from its current location in UCMC.

Center for Cancer Services

If you are facing cancer, you are not alone. The Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet Program provides coordinated supportive cancer care services to all residents of Harford and Cecil counties regardless of where they receive their treatment or the type of cancer diagnosis. Funded by Upper Chesapeake Health, the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, and the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, Cancer Life Net services are offered free of charge. These services include but are not limited to nurse navigators, volunteer navigators, support groups, and CLIMB™, a support group for children who have a parent or grandparent with cancer.

The Diabetes & Endocrine Center

This new service offered at UCMC will provide multidisciplinary medical and educational services to persons with diabetes and other endocrine disorders including: endocrine consultation and management, a multidisciplinary team approach to managing diabetes and diabetes education.

Infusion Center

Individuals in need of safe and convenient care for quality infusion services can now turn to the new Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) Infusion Center. The UCH Infusion Center specializes in blood transfusions and intravenous (IV) treatments for pain management, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, infections, as well as endocrine, rheumatology, and cancer care needs.

Lipid Management

Individuals who have been prescribed lipid (cholesterol) lowering medications can be closely monitored in this new service managed by our specially trained pharmacists and physicians. The goal of our Lipid Management Services is to ensure the safety and appropriateness of cholesterol and lipid lowering medication regimens.
Rehab Services, Comprehensive physical, occupational, and speech language services are available on an outpatient basis at the PP II. Outpatient rehabilitation services include skilled assessment and treatment to reduce pain, promote healing, restore range of motion, increase strength and endurance, and maximize independent living. Specialized services at PP II include a stroke recovery rehabilitation program to help individuals regain lost skills, relearn tasks and work to be independent again; a new pediatric rehabilitation program offers comprehensive assessment and customized treatment plans for children who have developmental and rehabilitation needs; and an After Rehab Fitness program designed to maintain and increase strength and endurance after discharge from rehab services. FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) as well as Videostroboscopy will be offered for the first time in Harford County to evaluate individuals with swallowing problems and other disorders such as gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

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