BALTIMORE - The Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore has dramatically expanded it's facilities in the hopes of improving patient care. Thursday, officials gave ABC2 News a preview tour and told us the hospital is now one of the most technically advanced institutions in the world.
The new facility is called the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center and the Shiekh Zayed Tower has it's main entrance on Orleans Street. The building will replace half of the existing hospital which buildings have become aged, outdated, and don't have the infrastructure to handle today's advances in technology.
The two 12-story patient towers were party funded by the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed. They will be the new home of the Heart and Vascular Institutes, Neurology and Neuro-Surgery Services, Labor and Delivery, and the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment in the world. It will also house operating rooms as well as a brand new emergency department.
The Bloomberg Children's Center was partly funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and named in honor of his mother, Charlotte, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 102.
Philanthropic contributions accounted for over one-third of the new building's total costs of $1.1 billion. Now, Johns Hopkins is not only the nation's best, but is moving toward being the best in the world.
The opening dates for new patients and the move of existing patients will be April 29th and 30th.