Hopkins Hospital

$1 Billion for Buildings

Johns Hopkins Hospital spared no expense on the $1.1 billion medical complex it opened in 2012.

The two buildings that comprise the complex — the Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Bloomberg Children’s Center — are packed with amenities befitting the billionaires who helped fund the 1.6 million square foot facility.

A 2012 Hopkins press release touted its “healing gardens, soaring lobbies, [and] a hand-picked collection of more than 500 works of art.” A Baltimore Sun story marking the complex’s opening predicted that it would “change the way Hopkins practices medicine.”

Unfortunately, one thing hasn’t changed at Hopkins. The hospital still pays poverty wages to caregivers. More than 500 workers at America’s #1 hospital make less than $11.47 an hour, the poverty rate for a family of four.

The lavish towers and the low-paid workers who toil inside them are a potent symbol of the inequality that scars America.