Posted by Heather Evans on July 25, 2019
| Last Updated: April 19, 2022
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Although the Marburg Pavilion now boasts a modern, contemporary feel, a few components honor the traditional Johns Hopkins flair. Around the ceiling of each room is the original wood crown molding, with similar trim on some cabinetry and drawers throughout the rooms.
In the pavilion’s sitting area is what could be one of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s oldest pieces of furniture: an antique claw foot table that once belonged to the hospital’s first surgeon-in-chief, William Halsted. Upon his death in 1922, he left his estate, which included furnishings from his three-story mansion in Bolton Hill, to the hospital.
When The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Marburg Pavilion opened in 1996, an article in The Sun in Baltimore highlighted a few features of the luxury patient rooms: phones with fax and modem hookups, direct-dial long distance service and VCRs in every room.
How times have changed!
Now, 23 years later, the Marburg Pavilion has reopened after extensive renovations to modernize and update the space for both patients and staff members. Today, there are 10 general medicine and surgery beds, and the facility still offers high-amenity rooms that patients can request with their physician’s approval.
“People want a little more comfort these days,” says Carole Blakeley, nurse manager, about the four deluxe rooms on Marburg 3. “This is a way to offer extras that enhance their stay.”
The deluxe rooms are designed to provide a more hotellike feel, with amenities that include premium cable channels, luxury bath products, fresh flowers, sleeping accommodations for family members, and a beverage setup in each room. Expanded, gourmet menu options are prepared by the Marburg chef. A respite room and private balcony are exclusively available for patients and guests, too.
At the other end of Marburg, through a set of frosted glass doors, are the 10 standard medicine and surgery rooms, which Blakeley says will help with capacity and patient flow. In addition to patient room upgrades, staff areas have also been improved, including a new medication room with multiple Pyxis stations.
Just steps from the nurse’s station, another balcony offers an unobstructed view of the hospital’s iconic dome.