University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
Located in downtown Baltimore, the University of Maryland Medical Center is a major, non-profit teaching hospital that provides a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services to more than 300,000 adults and children each year. UMMC is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer, neurocare, cardiac care, women's health services, children's health services and organ transplants. It has one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the world.
The medical center has 6,700 employees, 689 licensed beds, 35,000 inpatient admissions each year and about annual 1,600 births. The medical staff - more than 1,050 physicians - is comprised of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine who supervise training of the more than 750 graduate-physician house staff as well as the medical students.
The University of Maryland Medical Center includes University Hospital, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. It is the primary clinical setting for the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It is dedicated to providing exemplary health care for the people of Maryland, to preparing students and physicians-in-training for the practice of medicine and the allied health professions and to carrying out significant research to improve the quality of health care.
Since its founding in 1823, the medical center has become a major tertiary care center that offers a full range of specialized medical and surgical services. It has state-of the-art technology in all areas, including a new surgical facility. The medical center's "OR of the Future" occupies 52,000 square feet and combines the most advanced video technology with computerized equipment in order to enhance patient safety and operational efficiency. More than 18,000 surgeries are performed at the Medical Center each year. The surgical facility is located in the newly constructed, 380,000-square-foot Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, which also houses new, state-of-the-art adult and pediatric emergency departments, a new diagnostic imaging facility, an expansive new cafeteria and food court, a patient resource center, new Multidisciplinary Breast Center, a new 29-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit, new 30-bed Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit and a new 32-bed all private Surgical Acute Unit.
Because of its combined professional and academic environment, many outstanding treatment programs and research facilities have been developed at the medical center. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center are two prime examples.
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, linked with the statewide network of emergency communications, transportation and medical care facilities, is second to none. It provides high-speed emergency service to more than 7,500 critically injured persons each year - the most severe multiple trauma cases in the state - with an impressive 96 percent survival rate. A heliport on the roof of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center facilitates rapid care of the most severely injured and acutely ill patients from throughout the state.
At the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, collaboration between research scientists and research clinicians has resulted in notable advances in treating the full spectrum of solid tumors and blood-related cancers. It was at the cancer center that researchers pioneered the freezing of a leukemia patient's own platelets for later use during relapses. The center's physicians work closely with Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology and related programs within the hospital, tailoring and coordinating the treatments for each patient's optimal care. The cancer center is nationally known for its blood and marrow transplant program and its research into new drug development.
Other centers of excellence include:
- University of Maryland Hospital for Children, which provides the full range of pediatric services. It houses the state's largest neonatal intensive care unit.
- The Solid Organ Transplant Program, which performs kidney, pancreas, simultaneous kidney-pancreas, liver, heart and lung transplants, as well as islet cell transplants. The comprehensive program continually surpasses national survival rates in every area.
- The Maryland Brain Attack Center, where physicians from Neurology, in partnership with Emergency Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, provide patients new treatments that help prevent disabilities from stroke by rapidly restoring blood flow to save brain tissue.
- The Gamma Knife Center, which allows patients with inoperable brain tumors and vascular malformations to have a non-surgical treatment option. It represents collaboration among specialists in Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery and was the first Gamma Knife Center in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
- University Sports Medicine, which provides injury prevention and treatment services to everyone from college athletes, such as the University of Maryland Terrapins, to weekend warriors. It is an example of the excellent programs in Orthopaedics, which include the full range of care from joint replacements to spine surgery.
- An affiliation with the Institute of Human Virology, where world renowned experts led by Dr. Robert Gallo investigate the cures and prevention of chronic viral diseases, with AIDS as a top priority.
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 40-bed unit and one of the largest level IV neonatal intensive care unit in the State of Maryland. With over 500 admissions a year, the NICU provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for critically ill neonates, including premature and low birth-weight babies as well as those with surgical and congenital complications.
- University of Maryland ExpressCare is a 24-7 service for referring physicians, whereby with one phone call a physician from another institution can consult with a University of Maryland attending or arrange for a patient transfer to UMMC via ground or air ambulance.
- The Movement Disorders Center, through the Department of Neurology, offers comprehensive and expert diagnostic, medical, surgical and rehabilitative services for patients with Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism.
- The Joslin Diabetes Center at University of Maryland Medicine is one of an elite group of affiliate centers of the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. It provides educational and treatment programs designed to help both adults and children with diabetes enrich their physical and emotional lives.
- The General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), funded by a $15 million NIH grant through the University of Maryland School of Medicine, provides state-of-the-art resources and expertise to help faculty members conduct safe, efficient and cost-effective clinical trials in a patient-friendly environment. The GCRC enables clinicians to expand basic science research to develop life saving drugs, devices and therapies.
- The University of Maryland Breast Center offers all breast imaging services using all-digital imaging technologies for screening and early detection. Staffed by breast health experts and radiologists with advanced training in the sub-specialty of breast imaging, the Breast Center uses computer-assisted optimization to help radiologists detect micro-calcifications that might be missed on traditional film mammograms. The multidisciplinary Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program, for women who need additional care, is also housed in the Breast Center.
- Center for Advanced Fetal Care is a world-class clinical and research facility which has performed more than 3,000 successful intravascular fetal procedures, among them hundreds of life-saving fetal transfusions, drainage procedures, intrauterine shunt catheters and other fetal surgery.
- The Leonard and Roslyn Stoler Pavilion provides outpatient care for cancer patients in a 25,000 state-of-the-art facility. The pavilion offers easy access to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center's comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment in a comfortable and convenient setting for cancer center patients and their families.
- The Surgical Simulation and Technology Center brings together a diverse group of experts to solve important challenges in surgery, and serves as a high-tech training facility for surgical residents and experienced surgeons. The center is one of only a few hospital-based centers of its kind in the United States
- UM Center for Weight Management and Wellness - The surgical weight loss program at the UM Center for Weight Management has performed over 2,000 weight loss procedures, including minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery. The Center for Weight Management and Wellness was designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons in 2007.
Through partnerships with the University of Maryland's professional schools, the University of Maryland Medical Center is the training site for pharmacists, social workers, dentists, nurses and other health professionals and technicians. This multi-dimensional professional environment is a unique and valued characteristic of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Along with the School of Medicine, the University of Maryland Medical Center has met the needs of the rapidly changing local and regional health care market with expanded services. These services include:
- Two primary care sites in West Baltimore.
- Specialty care in the suburbs in Harford and Anne Arundel Counties and primary and specialty care at Shipley's Choice in Anne Arundel County
The University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical Center is part of the eight-hospital, private, non-profit University of Maryland Medical System. The other hospitals in the medical system are:
- Baltimore Washington Medical Center: a 293-bed acute care hospital located between Baltimore and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. This suburban community hospital is located approximately five miles south of Baltimore, Maryland, and 25 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. The facility offers a wide variety of services and has numerous areas of specialization including orthopedics, cardiology, geriatrics and oncology.
- Maryland General Hospital: a 209-bed community teaching institution located just northwest of downtown Baltimore that provides a full spectrum of care for more than 110,000 patients annually.
- Kernan Hospital: with 132 beds, Kernan is Maryland's largest rehabilitation and orthopaedic hospital for both adults and children. Kernan Hospital includes the William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center, with dedicated rehabilitation units for stroke, spinal cord and head injuries, and complex orthopaedic problems. Kernan is located in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore.
- University Specialty Hospital: a 180-bed chronic care facility located in downtown Baltimore, focuses on the complex needs of chronically ill patients. It has the region's largest pulmonary ventilator program and Maryland's only coma emergence program.
- Shore Health System: Formed in 1996 with the affiliation of Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Shore Health System serves Maryland's Eastern Shore communities with a total of 172 acute-care beds in the two hospitals, a 33-bed skilled nursing facility and a complete range of community-based outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities.
- Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital: a 102-bed pediatric and rehabilitation hospital located in northwest Baltimore, provides specialty medical care to infants and children with complex medical needs.