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James Rada, Jr.

The new Frederick Health facility at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg celebrated the completion of the facility on August 16, 2022, and opened its doors to patients on August 19. Mount students and Northern Frederick County residents now have access to healthcare and services that they previously had to travel to Frederick, Waynesboro, or Gettysburg to receive.

The new state-of-the-art healthcare facility was built on land donated by Mount St. Mary’s University and will provide urgent care, student-health services, primary care, physical therapy and sports rehab, and lab and imaging services to area residents, Mount students, and Mount faculty.

The building will be staffed by an urgent care doctor, a primary care doctor, physician’s assistants, and nurse practitioners.

The building, which had no equipment inside yet, still had that “new building smell” at the ribbon cutting. It features waiting areas for both sick and healthy patients, lots of examining rooms, offices, and procedure rooms. A lot of thought went into the features, such as sliding “barn-style” doors in the physical therapy rooms because those patients are often in wheelchairs or walkers. This can make it difficult for them to use regular doors.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tom Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of Frederick Health, said, “In a few short months, look what we’ve done together.”

Although the idea of having a Frederick Health facility in the northern end of the county has been talked about for years, ground wasn’t broken until October 2021. Then, despite supply-chain issues, the construction was complete in less than a year.

“This location will bring award-winning care to residents of the northern part of Frederick County as well as the students and staff at the Mount. We thank Mount St. Mary’s University for their cooperation and commitment to improving our community,” Kleinhanzl said in a statement.

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner called the facility a great example of collaboration, a big idea, and big vision. She said it would “bring healthcare to people where they are and where they need it.”

This facility will offer a wide range of healthcare services, focusing on prevention, treatment, and the overall wellness of the community. It is the 23rd location in the Frederick Health network.

As part of their agreement, Mount St. Mary’s University graciously donated the land upon which the facility was constructed. This facility, which is operated by Frederick Health, will also serve as the university’s new student health center.

“Mount St. Mary’s University is proud to now have state-of-the-art student health care on campus and grateful for our partnership with Frederick Health, the area’s leading healthcare provider,” Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., president of Mount St. Mary’s University, said in a statement. “As we have watched the rapid construction of Frederick Health Emmitsburg, anticipation has been building for the fulfillment of our joint commitment to enhanced health and wellness services for students and the local community.”

Frederick Health Emmitsburg is located at 16403 Old Emmitsburg Road, across from the Mount Public Safety Building.

The hours for urgent care are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outpatient services are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tom Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of Frederick Health, and Tim Trainor, president of Mount St. Mary’s University shake hands to officially open the new Frederick Health Center in Emmitsburg.

One of the patient exam rooms in the new Frederick Health Emmitsburg facility.

Richard D. L. Fulton

A new $4 million healthcare facility being sited on Old Emmitsburg Road is the result of a partnership established between Frederick Health and Mount St. Mary’s University. The facility is expected to open in mid-August.

Donald Schilling, vice president of Ambulatory Services, Frederick Health, said the new facility will provide primary care offices, urgent care offices, laboratory services, imaging (x-ray) services, as well as physical therapy and sports rehabilitation. “It will be staffed by a talented team of nearly 25 Frederick Health providers, nurses, and specialists, who are experts in their respective fields,” he stated.

Frederick Health and Mount staff held a ground-breaking ceremony on October 15, 2021, marking the beginning of the construction of the joint project. The facility is sited on what had been a vacant lot located across from the Mount’s Public Safety office and was donated to Frederick Health by the university to use as the location for the new facility.

The healthcare center has been described as a “cutting edge” medical center, offering “award-winning local care to residents of the area, staff, and students,” according to the Mount’s communications staff.

This facility, to be operated by Frederick Health, was to have opened its doors in June but will open in mid-August instead. Vice President Schilling said the delay was due to issues with the national supply chain, adding, “While we were able to successfully navigate through these challenges, it did result in our opening being temporarily pushed back.”

“The good news,” Schilling said, “is that this facility will be open and ready to treat patients… just in time for the Mount’s upcoming academic school year.”

Mount St. Mary’s first entered into a “strategic healthcare partnership” with Frederick Health in 2018, paving the way for the expansion and improvement of health and wellness services for students and student-athletes.  Mount President Timothy Trainor said, “We have been very pleased with our partnership, which became even stronger during the pandemic and was a major factor in our ability to have students living and learning on campus.”

Trainor further stated, “As part of our commitment to our students’ and the local community’s health and well-being, the partnership has evolved to further improve services to our students and help bring needed healthcare services to Northern Frederick County through this healthcare facility.”

Focusing on prevention, treatment, and the overall wellness of the community, the facility will provide a wide range of healthcare services. The development and construction of this facility will continue to improve access to quality award-winning care in the northern area of Frederick County, Mount communications staff stated in an October 6, 2021, press release issued in conjunction with the October groundbreaking.

Thomas Kleinhanzl, president and chief executive officer of Frederick Health, previously stated, “The construction of the new Emmitsburg facility is yet another way of increasing access to the award-winning care provided by Frederick Health. These kinds of improvements help our neighbors and community grow healthier together.”

“Frederick Health is thrilled to be able to bring our award-winning services to the northern part of Frederick County. This facility is part of our ongoing commitment to increase access to healthcare services to all residents,”  Vice President Schilling told The Catoctin Banner.

Schilling stated that Frederick Health provides “comprehensive healthcare services to the residents of Frederick County,” noting that the system includes Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick Health Medical Group, Frederick Health Employer Solutions, Frederick Health Home Care, and Frederick Health Hospice.

Frederick Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty practice with more than 100 providers, 17 specialties, and multiple locations across the county. The system has several ambulatory care locations, the free-standing James M. Stockman Cancer Institute, two urgent care locations, and the Frederick Health Village.

“With over 4,500 team members, Frederick Health provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness services to support its mission to positively impact the well-being of every individual in our community,” Schilling added.

The new healthcare center will be the 23rd facility within Frederick Health’s expanding network.

A new $4 million healthcare facility on Old Emmitsburg Road is nearing completion, with an expected opening date of mid-August.

Photos by Richard D. L. Fulton