The University of Maryland Medical Center has filed a certificate of need with the Maryland Health Care Commission for approval to build an expansion of our trauma, critical care, operating room and emergency services. Our planning shows that there will be an increasing demand for trauma and other emergency services, as well as surgical and critical care services in the coming years and the Shock Trauma Center has already reached its maximum patient capacity.
The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center provides the highest levels of care available to critically injured people in Maryland and is an established world leader in trauma care. In addition, UMMC serves Maryland and the region as a referral center for patients with complex surgical problems. To continue this mission, we need to build 64 new and replacement critical care beds and expand our surgical capacity. We are building ten new operating rooms. Seven will be dedicated for use by Shock Trauma. We will also expand our adult and pediatric Emergency Department capacity.
These facilities will be housed in a new, state-of-the-art, nine-story building at the corner of Lombard and Penn streets, where there is now an empty lot. The new building will be connected to the existing Shock Trauma Center and Weinberg buildings. It will also allow us to create a National Trauma and Emergency Training Center to be at the forefront of advancing the care of trauma patients and also educating both civilian and military health care professionals. The total cost of the new building will be $160 million.
The Shock Trauma Center currently serves more than 7,000 patients in a building originally designed for 3,500 patients when it opened 20 years ago. This investment will enable us to have the capacity to care for patients who will need the highest level of trauma, emergency and surgical critical care in the future. With approval from the Maryland Healthcare Commission, we expect to break ground in the spring of 2010 and open the new building in 2013.