Johns Hopkins prepares replacement campus for April opening

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Johns Hopkins Medicine is almost ready to replace much of its main hospital campus in Baltimore with a $1.1 billion, 1.6-million-square-foot facility next door.

Rising 12 stories above five acres, with 560 private patient rooms and 33 surgical suites, the gigantic new digs are scheduled to go live April 29-30, according to a media kit.

The campus, under construction for more than five years, is anchored by an eight-story building that connects adult and children’s emergency rooms with two towers, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower.

A virtual tour posted on the institution’s website shows the new facility to be a high-tech marvel with resort-like accommodations and amenities. Manicured gardens, a museum-quality art collection and an interactive, information-entertainment network for patients and visitors mask such cutting-edge medical equipment as an intraoperative MRI system suspended from the ceiling on rails to guide pediatric brain surgery, GPS-style, in 3D.

“The [physical] structure does make a difference,” says George Dover, MD, pediatrician-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in an online video. “Of course, the people are the most important part—the faculty and the patients—but what we began to see was how we could build a building that would actually stimulate innovation.”

The Zayed Tower will house cardiovascular services, neurology services and neurosurgery, as well as labor and delivery and a range of surgical procedures, including transplantations. It’s named for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). His son, the current UAE president, helped fund construction as well as research at Johns Hopkins.

The children’s facility, named to memorialize the mother of New York City  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will offer dedicated pediatric radiology services and house a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a 40-bed pediatric intensive care unit and 10 operating rooms, along with floors for oncology and psychiatry with separate but adjacent outpatient treatment areas.