The hospital chain already has a similar facility in Mitchellville and plans and third in Bel Air. Officials believe such "one-stop shops" will be convenient for patients and a good business model for them.
More than 25,000 people are expected to use the facility in the first year, either for urgent care or for medical services in the areas of primary care, orthopedics and sports medicine, cardiology or obstetrics-gynecology. The center also will offer on-site labs and imaging and rehabilitation services.
"For up to 40 percent it will be the first encounter with MedStar," said Bob Gilbert, president of MedStar ambulatory services. "We're making a first impression."
Patients could be hooked up with an on-site MedStar primary care physician for future medical needs, or they could be sent to a MedStar hospital for surgery or other procedures and then back for rehab. Most of the doctors will rotate from MedStar hospitals in the region, including Union Memorial, Good Samaritan, Harbor and Franklin Square.