University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health makes progress on two Bel Air construction projects

Sep. 27—Two construction projects at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health's Bel Air campus recently reached milestones in their development.

The new ambulatory surgery center has ground broken for its construction, and the new inpatient bed tower expansion had a beam-signing and "topping out" ceremony — held when the last beam is placed on a structure — in late August. The three-floor bed tower expansion added 72 beds to the Kaufman Cancer Center.

Both projects are designed to help the hospital "transform health care in the region" and provide additional community resources and improve experience for patients, according to a news release.

"It is a very exciting time for all of us at UM UCH" President and CEO Elizabeth Wise said in the release. "The ambulatory surgery center is projected to open the latter part of 2023. Along the same timeline is the completion of our emergency department expansion and bed tower, adding much needed hospital beds and space for support services. We thank our community and neighbors for their patience as we complete our construction."

In the same news release, UM UCH's board chair Brian Kelly said: "We couldn't be more proud of the progress for our campus expansions. The Bel Air campus has been growing continually since it opened in 2001, bringing the highest quality care and services to our community."