Founded in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, the University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the nation's oldest academic medical centers. Located on the west side of downtown Baltimore, the Medical Center is distinguished by discovery-driven tertiary and quaternary care for the entire state and region and innovative, highly specialized clinical programs.
Patients admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center benefit from the talent and experience of the very finest physicians, nurses, researchers and other health care providers. Here, health care professionals from many disciplines work together as a team to cure illness, conquer disease, and assure the needed support for patient and family alike.
All of the medical center's physicians are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the nation's fifth oldest and first public medical school and a recognized leader in biomedical research and medical education.
The Medical Center cares for more than 37,000 inpatients and 300,000 outpatients each year.
With the construction of new buildings, extensive renovations, and the installation of leading edge technologies, the Medical Center's patient care facilities have been transformed into technically advanced, yet cheerful settings to provide excellent, state-of-the-art patient care.
The newest facilities include:
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Center is the world's first and foremost center dedicated to saving lives of people with severe, life-threatening injuries sustained in auto crashes, violent crimes and other traumatic incidents.
The trauma staff treat more than 7,500 critically injured patients each year who arrive by helicopter or ambulance — and more than 97 percent survive. The facility is the only one in Maryland with a PARC (Primary Adult Resource Center) designation, signifying that it provides the highest level of trauma care in Maryland. Shock Trauma is also the designated statewide referral center for head and spinal cord injuries, multi-system trauma and severe orthopaedic injuries.
It is named after its founder, R Adams Cowley, M.D., a pioneer in trauma care. He came up with the concept of the "golden hour" — that lives can be saved when trauma patients receive appropriate care within one hour of their injury. Medical providers from throughout Maryland, the nation and the world come here each year for training.
Since 2001, the U.S. Air Force has partnered with the Medical Center and School of Medicine to use Shock Trauma as its readiness training site for its worldwide medical personnel.
The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is an National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center where hope is a way of life. Internationally recognized experts in cancer care and research treat thousands of patients each year. Bringing promising new therapies from the laboratory to the bedside is a top priority, and the Cancer Center's scientists are immersed in research on new drugs and therapies. Discoveries can be rapidly translated into treatments at the Cancer Center before they are widely available, giving patients new reasons for hope.
The Cancer Center offers comprehensive, coordinated care from teams of specialists who consult on each patient's case and develop a joint treatment plan. In that way, each patient benefits from the collaboration of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, nurses and other team members who have expertise in particular types of cancer.
The University of Maryland Hospital for Children is a statewide resource providing the finest care for serious and complex health problems in patients ranging from newborns to young adults. Its primary care and highly specialized programs attract patients from the entire mid-Atlantic region.
The Hospital for Children emphasizes a child- and family-centered, friendly approach while addressing the most difficult pediatric health problems. Whenever possible, physicians treat children as outpatients to help them and their loved ones cope better with illness while maintaining normal routines. Infants born prematurely are transported from around the region to be cared for in the Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — one of the largest in the state.
The Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Division of Transplantation is one of the nation's largest kidney and pancreas transplant programs with an international reputation for innovation and surgical excellence for patients who need kidney, pancreas or liver transplants. The growth in its kidney transplant program corresponds to the Medical Center's leadership in the minimally invasive removal of kidneys from living donors, which began in March 1996.
The program offers simultaneous pancreas/living-donor kidney transplants, so that when a patient has a relative or friend willing to donate a kidney, the surgery is performed at the same time that a cadaver donor pancreas becomes available.
The Division of Transplantation is known for such innovative programs as a steroid-free protocol, which reduces medication side effects following a transplant, as well as islet cell transplants and domino liver transplants. The division's leadership is evident in many milestones, including the state's first pancreas-alone transplant and first successful pancreas/kidney transplant.