Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital officials have announced
plans for a new facility in Ocean Pines that will house a proposed surgery
center in addition to primary and specialty care physician practices and
other outpatient services. The project, which will expand surgical services
and help consolidate existing community services into a single location
that is convenient to Ocean Pines’ large senior population and more
centrally located for others in the region, is the next phase of the organization’s
master facilities plan being funded in part by their
Campaign for the Future. Atlantic General will be working with a property developer, who will
own the property and establish a long-term lease with Atlantic General.
With a patient/family-centered focus and on creating the “right place,”
one of the five rights principles of Atlantic General’s 2020 Strategic
Vision, hospital leadership determined that an outpatient surgery center
should be built as a more cost-effective, convenient and comfortable option
for most patients who plan to undergo elective surgical procedures. The
surgery center will feature a spacious operating room and three procedure
rooms in addition to a family-centered recovery area. Atlantic General
has filed with the Maryland Health Care Commission for a Certificate of
Need to support the establishment of the surgery center.
X-ray services, a lab, a drive-through pharmacy and a new Atlantic ImmediCare
clinic location will also be housed in the facility, along with a new
integrative health center featuring community meeting space, treatment
rooms and a demonstration kitchen. The Ocean Pines practice of primary
care providers Lei Gong, M.D., and Oswaldo Nicastro, M.D. and the Atlantic
General Diabetes Center, as well as Atlantic General’s orthopedics,
neurology, pulmonology and gastroenterology specialists, will relocate
when construction is complete.
“Seniors make up a twice the proportion of Worcester County’s
communities as the state average, and many live in the Ocean Pines area.
We wanted to create a hub for the types of healthcare and wellness services
they need right where they live, and devote our existing hospital space
to the most acute and seriously ill patients,” said Michael Franklin,
president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital.
The new 98,000 sq. ft. facility will be located on Rt. 589 on the south
end of Ocean Pines. It is anticipated that Atlantic General Hospital will
break ground at the site in May, 2019.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties
since May 1993. Built through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin, Md., 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