MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Construction Updates

If you visit our campus during the next few months, you may notice multiple construction projects taking place throughout the hospital. There will be a variety of large equipment, construction crews, and contractors on site. 

Please be patient as we make improvements to serve you better.

Improving the Patient Experience

The hospital’s Atrium is closed for a total renovation. The expanded dining space will offer visitors more comfort with additional seating and added bonuses such as charging stations. During construction, limited seating is still available adjacent to the cafeteria.

November 2017: The Atrium has been gutted. The Atrium is being expanded to allow for more seating. New furniture and other features will also be added.


New way-finding signage has been installed throughout the hospital.

November 2017 Update: Additional signage will be replaced at a later date as capital improvement funds allow.

Creating a Cleaner Environment

Old carpeting in patient areas on the second and third floors is slated to be replaced with new, hard-surface flooring. The new flooring will be easier for our staff to maintain, which translates to a cleaner, safer environment for our patients.

November 2017 Update: Hard-surface flooring selection is still underway. Old carpeting has been replaced in Perioperative Services including two offices, the physicians’ lounge, and the anesthesia on-call room.

Advancing Communications

New computer network cabling and wireless access points are being installed throughout the building as MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital prepares to join MedConnect in 2018, the electronic health record used throughout MedStar Health. MedConnect bridges the communication gap, allowing patient records to be seen by different providers throughout hospitals and doctors’ offices across the system.

November 2017 Update: Cabling on the third floor is nearly completed and crews will be moving to the second floor. 

Improving Working Conditions

Three large air handler units are being replaced on the first floor of the hospital. The units cooled many of our support areas including linens and the kitchen. The new units will allow for better cooling of these locations, allowing our staff to perform their jobs in a more comfortable environment.

November 2017 Update: The installation of the new electrical conduit through the first-floor corridors has been completed. The steel needed for the new structural support is being fabricated and should be ready for erection soon. 

Refreshing Waiting Areas

Furniture and flooring are slated to be replaced in the front lobby and Emergency Department (ED) waiting areas. The ED waiting area may also receive additional improvements, such as new paint, privacy screens, and a new television, all of which will be funded by contributions to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s annual giving campaign, The Power to Heal. Visit for additional information.

November 2017 Update: Old carpeting has been replaced in the Fast Track Room in the Emergency Department (ED) and the office area in the ED.