Thanks to the leadership and support of the Governor and General Assembly of Maryland, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has received support from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund. This support will further enhance the Cancer Center's ability to offer patients innovative approaches to treat their disease, to make even greater discoveries by recruiting more of the best and brightest experts and to invest in new technologies to delve deeper into important areas of research.
For more information, visit our Cigarette Restitution Fund Web site.
Medical Center health care providers believe strongly that the best medicine is delivered by a coordinated team effort. Patients are seen by not one, but all physicians relevant to their care. The lead physician then presents — to the patient and family — a unified plan for diagnosis and treatment. Nursing and clinical support staff work closely with physicians to provide compassionate, quality care.
The Medical Center is a leader in using the latest developments in information technology to help ensure the health and safety of patients. Its new clinical information system will allow Medical Center physicians to electronically write all orders for testing, treatment and medication, and to receive results the same way. It is designed to help with treatment decisions, and will create an electronic medical record for each patient. This will reduce the chance for medication errors and alert physicians to drug allergies.
Every effort is made to provide patients and visitors easy access within the Medical Center. Specially trained Guest Services staff members are dedicated to ensuring that patients and visitors reach their destinations quickly and easily. Patients can choose valet parking or park in the garage located across the street from the Medical Center's main entrance. Uniformed greeters, courtesy shuttles and clear directional signs make getting around safe and easy.
The OneCall number enables community physicians to access attending physicians and every medical service the University of Maryland Medical Center offers. OneCall connects callers with a trained representative who answers questions, relays information or links physicians with exactly what they need. OneCall's goal is to provide every physician with efficient, streamlined service. Physicians may use OneCall to arrange consultations, schedule outpatient appointments and request ground or air transportation through Maryland ExpressCare, the Medical Center's statewide critical-care transport service.
The Medical Center's Web site, which receives more than 27 million visits a year, provides more than 50,000 pages of up-to-date consumer health information, local and national health news and interactive functions. Visitors can e-mail questions to selected physicians via our "Ask the Expert" feature, learn about clinical trials, access an online physician directory, use health assessment tools and even find career opportunities. The Web site offers sign-up for our e-mail newsletters, incorporates a foreign language translation tool for international visitors and integrates health care information from national resources.
The Medical Center sponsors a free online service through CaringBridge.org, to help patients and their families create personal Web sites to stay in touch with loved ones while receiving care. Visitors who receive the Web site address and password can then follow a patients' progress and post their own messages of support and encouragement.