PRESENTATION OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND/UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH VISION 2020 PRESENTATION
BENEDICT F. MARTORANA, P.E., P.P. – DIRECTOR OF PLANNING – CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE
JULY 20, 2017 – HAVRE DE GRACE PUBLIC LIBRARY
QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
Relating to the proposed new facility:
Over the past year I’ve talked with as many medical professionals as possible about a free standing Emergency Room based medical facility, especially with regard to the trade offs inherent in this type of operation. Many have expressed a concern that an ER without the on site-back up of a fully staffed hospital, with access to operating rooms and surgical staff, could have serious concerns when finding themselves treating conditions outside of the scope of the ER team’s regimen. This would seem to necessitate either the transportation of such patients to the nearest full service medical facility, and/or the reliance on the First Response team to make a critical judgment in real time regarding which facility to initially choose for transport. How do you reconcile these concerns when concluding that the proposal is one best suited for Havre de Grace?
Relating to the disposition of Harford of Harford Memorial Hospital
The City of Havre de Grace, as you would expect of any community, has understandable long term concerns with the loss of a full service hospital within our community. The City has worked closely with UM UCH in addressing the best overall long term mitigation choices, with the understanding that UM UCH has both an opportunity to address these concerns as well as an obligation, as a public-private partnership, to make a priority of the needs of the community which is most impacted by this decision. We have sought the exploration of certain Land Use opportunities, especially with the participation of the University of Maryland, which could help advance the vibrancy and community spirit of Havre de Grace, continuing to build upon the growth we have seen over the last two years. Certainly an educational component, with perhaps a satellite campus for Marine Studies, Environmental Science, Visual and Performing Arts, etc., is an exciting option. With space for dormitories, this could bring a youthful population with energy and vitality. It could perhaps also provide an inviting opportunity for faculty homes with a unique Chesapeake Bay view. That could attract some of the best and brightest in the field to become active participants in the Havre de Grace community, especially with regards to our growing dedication to the Arts & Sciences. We can only say that we have been waiting anxiously to hear a commitment to this approach, and we look forward to learning your thoughts tonight about helping make these proposals a reality.
Relating to the overall concept of limiting the HDG location to a free standing ER and ancillary health care facilities
When you look at the I-95 corridor, major regional hospital facilities are located in Baltimore and Christiana, along with Philadelphia which may serve an overlapping market. In view of the limited areas for expansion available at the Upper Chesapeake Health campus in Bel Air, in terms of the best long range regional plan, wouldn’t it make sense to focus on the Havre de Grace location as the best fit for a full service hospital and health care facility, with more than ample room for future needs, a history of comprehensive health care delivery, ease of access, and a substantially direct connection to I-95 ? Bel Air might then be a best fit for the specialty behavioral health pavilion and other more compact services as the larger, space dependent regional facilities, including a full service regional Hospital and ER, are consolidated in Havre de Grace