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.

January 2018 Update: New concrete flooring was poured in January and the roofing structure began to be put in place in February. The new dining area will feature additional seating, updated furniture, and new technology including charging stations for visitors and staff, and state-of-the-art audio/visual technology. The new Atrium is expected to be opened later this summer.


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

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.

January 2018 Update: Flooring for the second and third floors of the hospital will begin to be installed in the spring. Patient rooms in those areas will also be receiving a refresh with new paint and fixtures.

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.

January 2018 Update: New network cabling has been installed throughout the hospital and work has begun on setting up improved wireless connectivity for patients and visitors.

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.

January 2018 Update: A new CT scanner was recently installed in the Emergency Department of MedStar St. Mary’s. The scanner will provide faster, higher-quality images and is also equipped with a battery backup and a bariatric lift. The room housing the scanner had to be gutted and re-floored, and new cabling for networking and electricity was installed.