Mayor Betsy Price joined MedStar officials and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon — actually, it was Triage Area scene tape — on a new headquarters building for MedStar.
MedStar had occupied a 28,000-square-foot facility on three acres since its inception in 1986, when 150 employees operating 20 ambulances responded to 39,000 calls. The new facility, 2900 Alta Mere Drive, is an 85,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres and will support MedStar’s 56 ambulances responding to 115,000 requests for service annually.
“This incredible facility is a demonstration of MedStar’s commitment to our community, the 15 member cities who are part of the MedStar system and, most importantly, to our 450 team members who work tirelessly to bring world-class emergency and mobile healthcare services to every patient we serve,” said MedStar Executive Director Doug Hooten.
The facility cost $12 million for acquisition and renovation; no tax dollars were spent on the project.
The facility includes five full-service maintenance bays, training and education space, a simulation lab, recording studio, a full gym with locker rooms and space for an onsite clinic.