Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Queenstown is a rustic colonial town with less than 1,000 residents. In fact, Queen Anne’s County only has a population of 48,000 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. As a result of the small population, Queen Anne’s had no outpatient surgery center in the entire county. Besides the Shore Health Emergency Center, the closest outpatient center was 20 miles away in the next county over. The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) acknowledged that there was a severe lack of medical surgery services in Queen Anne’s County and sought to address the situation.
HCM was hired to design the new Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) at the University of Maryland’s Shore Medical Pavilion. UMMS made it clear that they wanted this health center to accommodate same-day surgeries and emergency procedures. The out-patient facility also had to cater to the needs of doctors in other disciplines such as orthopedics, urology, and gastroenterology.
The 11,284 sf facility opened in February of 2015, 13 months after the design process started. The Ambulatory Surgery Center houses one operating room, three procedure rooms, 13 recovery bays, a pediatric recovery area, a stat lab, a waiting room, and on-site sterilization facilities.
The ASC is in a new medical office building on a campus planned by HCM under a previous contract. The campus also includes the Shore Health Emergency Center and helipad.