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August 12, 1998

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Groundbreaking Ceremony For East Baltimore Medical Center Renovations

U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Baltimore City Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC) chair and 45th district delegate Hattie N. Harrison, State Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden and Hopkins officials will participate in a ceremony marking the start of major renovations to the East Baltimore Medical Center (EBMC). The ceremony takes place at the site on Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 1000 East Eager St.

The projected two and one-half year renovation is expected to cost between $4 million and $4.5 million, with $1 million coming from the City of Baltimore via HEBCAC. Designed to enhance and upgrade the center's operations, the alterations include expansion of the obstetrics and gynecology area and CarePlus Center, EBMC's urgent care facility, a new air circulation system, computer upgrades, a new phone system, and an attractive new front entrance relocated to the north side of the building facing Sterling Street.

The EBMC staff of 160 physicians, nurses, medical assistants, social workers, health educators and other personnel serve approximately 19,000 commercial and Medicaid patients. Services provided include internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, urgent care, social work, mental health, nutrition, dentistry, ophthalmology and optometry, podiatry, as well as a laboratory, pharmacy and radiology department.

Others attending the ceremony include Michael Thompson, vice president of managed care for Johns Hopkins Medicine; Colene Daniel, vice president for corporate services, community health and services, for the Johns Hopkins Health System; William Kent, executive vice president and COO of Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation; and Marie Washington, M.D., chair of EBMC Citizen's Advisory Board.

"With this important project, East Baltimore residents will have convenient access to a broad range of health care services in an expanded and enhanced facility that is designed to be patient-centered," said Kent. "The renovations at EBMC will ensure that this center will be a vital part of the health of the people of East Baltimore well into the next century, just as it has been for the last 25 years, and underscores our commitment to serve our neighbors and our community."

Area residents will be treated to refreshments and the music of Johns Hopkins' Unified Voices.

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