CAMBRIDGE — Community members signed a steel beam as part of a tradition “topping out” ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 17, for the hospital building under construction in Cambridge.

The beam is destined for the top of the University of Maryland Shore Medical Campus in Cambridge, on track for completion by Fall 2021. In building construction, “topping out” is a builder’s rite traditionally held when the last beam or its equivalent is placed atop a structure during its construction.

Around one hundred community members signed the beam with magic markers, and the beam is expected to be put in place Tuesday.

The general contractor, Chesapeake Contracting Group (CCG), that has provided services throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for over 40 years, is currently working on two other major projects: a 285 unit, 5-story luxury apartment building on Fells Point’s waterfront, and the Carroll Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, scheduled to be completed in July 2021.

The campus will include a two-story freestanding medical facility (FMF) with a full 24/7 Emergency Department, a second-story medical services pavilion, a helipad, and ample parking.

The first floor of the new building will house a 39,000-square-foot Emergency Department including 18 private treatment rooms, six private observation rooms and a separate, three-bed unit for the assessment and treatment of patients needing emergency care for behavioral health issues. As is now the case, the new Dorchester ED will have telemedicine capabilities that enable physicians and other care providers to consult with specialists at Shore Regional Health’s other facilities, at University of Maryland Medical Center and around the globe.

Other services located on the first floor will include Shore Behavioral Health’s Bridge Clinic and Intensive Outpatient Program, Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Infusion Center, and laboratory and radiology services. An MRI facility will be located adjacent to the building.

The second floor will serve as a medical pavilion offering a wide array of services, including an outpatient surgery center, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, rehabilitation services (including the Balance Center), chronic disease management services and a community education room. The Cambridge offices of UM Shore Medical Group pediatric, women’s health and surgery practices will also be located on the second floor, along with a multi-specialty suite where patients can see providers from various specialties including diabetes, cardiology, primary care and urology.

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UM Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge now under construction

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