State-of-the-Art Facility Enhances Workforce and Business Attraction
For anyone driving on “Sunburst Highway” – the six lanes of Route 50 from Maryland Avenue to the Hyatt — the large project under construction at the Cambridge Marketplace is impossible to miss. A bright yellow banner stretching 200’ alongside the road announces the location as future home of University of Maryland Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge.
The long-vacant site is being transformed into a commercial complex that will include a state-of-the-art freestanding medical facility — a two-story, 82,000 sq. ft. pavilion with a 24/7, 39,000 square foot Emergency Department and Behavioral Health outpatient services on the first floor. The second floor will house an outpatient surgery center; imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation and disease management services; and UM Shore Medical Group’s pediatric, women’s health and surgery practices and a multi-specialty suite. A helipad and MRI facilities will be located adjacent to the building.
While a planned ceremonial ground breaking was cancelled in April due to the ongoing pandemic, construction is on schedule for completion and opening in early fall 2021. The $53 million facility was designed by Baltimore-based Marshall-Craft Associates and is being built by Chesapeake Contracting Group of Annapolis.
In development since 2015, Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge is the culmination of community outreach, health care planning and legislative initiatives. The changing landscape of health care delivery and development of Cambridge Marketplace by Fairchild Properties provided UM-SRH with a great opportunity to create a custom FMF.
“From the outset, our goal has been to ensure that quality, accessible and affordable health care is available to all residents of Dorchester County,” said Ken Kozel. President and CEO of UM-SRH. “We sought a convenient, visible location that would meet the key health care needs in the region, and also serve as a modern place of employment and an attractive draw to physicians and advanced practice providers needed to provide care in the region.”
According to Susan Banks, Dorchester’s Economic Development Director, the new campus is a strong economic development driver.
“The connection between a healthy community and a healthy economy are clear, especially now. The new facility will create access to a critical amenity needed for attraction and retention in our business community and expand opportunities for our healthcare workforce by attracting other related services to the area.”
The development of Cambridge Marketplace by Fairchild has included renovation retailers and service providers and the addition of a dialysis center, Starbucks and fast food restaurants.