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

A massive renovation of the hospital’s old Atrium began late last year. The dining area was completely gutted and has been redesigned to create additional seating and a more modern, welcoming environment. The new space will feature a divider so that guests still have a place to eat while the other half of the room is being used for meetings or events by hospital staff and our community partners. The dining area will feature new state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and will nearly double the seating capacity of the old dining area. The Atrium construction is expected to be completed in late summer.


New way-finding directories and maps have been installed throughout the hospital to help our visitors find their way more easily.

Creating a Cleaner Environment

Our Behavioral Health and Three Central units were the first areas of the hospital to receive new flooring this spring. Sections of the remainder of the second and third floors will be closed intermittently throughout the summer as flooring replacement continues. Old carpeting is being removed and replaced by solid-surface flooring which is easier to clean and maintain. Some patient rooms in areas where flooring work is being conducted will also receive a “refresh” – new paint, new light fixtures, and installation of protective bed bumpers to protect walls. This project is expected to be completed later this summer.

Advancing Communications

New computer network cabling and wireless access points have been installed throughout the building as MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital prepares to join MedConnect in 2019, 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.

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.

Emergency Department

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.