The purpose of the recent master planning effort at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was to translate the hospital’s strategic business plan into a phased expansion and renovation strategy that will allow the facility to meet its strategic goals. The priorities identified in the strategic plan and subsequently addressed by the master plan were: the need for a new, state-of-the-art emergency department, replacement and expansion of the critical care beds, consolidation of the cardiac and vascular programs, expansion of the cancer center, replacement of outdated inpatient units, and a new parking garage.
Expanding the campus in three main locations, the master plan established a careful phasing plan to ensure an uninterrupted flow of hospital services. First would be a planned new emergency department and critical care patient tower on the west side of the campus. The next phase would be the consolidation and expansion and replacement of several inpatient nursing units in a new tower on the east side of the campus. The new East Tower would also serve as the hospital’s main entrance and provide a link to a new 2,000 car parking garage. Finally, the cancer center would be expanded vertically or internally with space vacated by one of the new addition projects.