The first new hospital in Montgomery County in 35 years has opened and has begun accepting patients in Germantown today.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has begun to bring emergency patients to the Holy Cross Germantown Hospital’s full-service emergency room which is equipped to handle patients with acute life threatening conditions. It is expected to care for more than 22,000 people each year, according the hospital.
The hospital has 93 in-patient private rooms, which are located on the top three-floors of the hospital. The hospital has a very liberal round-the-clock visiting hours, seven days a week. Each of the private rooms will be equipped with a fold-out couch for loved ones wishing to spend the night with patients. The rooms will have private bathrooms, cable television and free wireless Internet access, as well as games available on the television for gamers of all ages.
The hospital also has a number of surgeries scheduled for opening day. The hospital has five, 600-square-foot operating rooms which will offer a wide range of surgical specialties. The surgery department will be equipped with full-service operating rooms, as well as procedure rooms for endoscopy and interventional radiology. At first the hospital will only being using three operating rooms, but eventually the surgical department will ramp up to using all five rooms.
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first hospital in the nation located on a community college campus with an educational partnership with Montgomery College to help train the next generation of health care professionals. The hospital, which will serve as the anchor for the Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park at Montgomery College on its Germantown campus, will be a resource for aspiring health care workers and provide students with hands-on learning, state-of-the-art instructional space and exposure to advanced medical technology.