New UM Laurel Medical Center

The healthcare landscape in Laurel is changing and UM Capital Region Health is leading the charge!

In early 2019, UM Laurel Regional Hospital undertook a major transition to become UM Laurel Medical Center (UM LMC). This transition laid the groundwork for a new model of care that takes the emphasis off of inpatient hospital services and focuses on outpatient care such as emergency services, preventative care and behavioral health.

Today, we continue to offer full service 24/7 emergency care, along with short stay observation, outpatient surgery, outpatient behavioral health services – all in the same building that we used to occupy as an inpatient hospital. As part of UM Capital Region Health, we also offer Wound Care and hyperbaric medicine, lung health and pulmonary function testing, primary care, pain management, women's health and maternal fetal medicine on the UM LMC campus.

UM Laurel Medical Center will remain its current location and when we move into the new medical center in 2021 – only steps from the current location.

UM Laurel Medical Center Transition Plan

Clinical Services and Departments

Our name has changed from UM Laurel Regional Hospital to UM Laurel Medical Center and our focus has changed from inpatient to outpatient services, but make no mistake: we are open and ready to serve you!

24/7 Emergency Services

When an emergency strikes, getting to your closest emergency services department is key to a successful outcome. From a severe laceration to signs of a stroke, trained emergency physicians are your best chance to be triaged, stabilized and treated quickly. Our University of Maryland School of Medicine trained emergency physicians are on hand day and night to treat any medical emergency that may arise. Our emergency services department is fully equipped with imaging, pharmacy, respiratory care, and short stay observation. In addition, outpatient surgery, endoscopy and other diagnostic and therapeutic services are right down the hall.

As a part of UM Capital Region Health and with our affiliation with University of Maryland Medical System, UM Laurel Medical Center has access to the best medical resources available. If the care you or your loved one needs is beyond what can be provided at UM LMC, we will make necessary arrangements to ensure you receive the care you need in the right place at the right time, which may include a potential transfer to another highly qualified facility.

Outpatient Surgery

The word "surgery" conjures up images of painful procedures performed in a cold, sterile environment followed by days in a hospital bed getting no rest and bad food. Fortunately, for the vast majority of procedures, that is no longer the case. Advances in anesthesia and minimally invasive techniques have allowed most procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis. After just a few hours in the surgery center, patients get to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by friends and loved ones rather than beeping machines and nurses and technicians that wake them up every couple of hours to check on them.

The demand for surgeries to be performed on an outpatient rather than inpatient basis is just one of the reason we transitioned UM Laurel Medical Center to a freestanding facility where we can focus on delivering to quality outpatient surgery services with the safety and security protocols of an inpatient facility.

As an outpatient surgery center inside UM LMC, we offer the full range of outpatient surgeries including the latest minimally invasive techniques, with immediate access to a full service emergency services department and short-stay observation unit for those rare times when a patient needs a little extra time before being ready to go home for recovery.

Outpatient Behavioral Health

Individuals experiencing a mental health crisis often need immediate help to stabilize their condition and develop a plan to cope with the rigors of their daily life. UM LMC offers two outpatient behavioral health programs for patients experiencing a mental health crisis. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) work together to create a safe environment for patients suffering a mental health crisis to regain control over their symptoms and get back to living.

Partial Hospitalization Program

PHP is a structured, time-limited program that delivers intensive therapy five days a week for one to four weeks. Patients spend their days in psycho-education as well as individual, group and family therapy sessions. They go home in the evenings so that they can remain connected to family, friends and other support systems.

Intensive Outpatient Program

IOP is a step-down program for PHP patients that allows for a smooth transition and integration back into a stable living routine, while still providing structure to reinforce their coping skills. IOP typically lasts two to three weeks.

PHP and IOP are intended for patients 18 years of age or older who need immediate intervention to stabilize their psychiatric distress. Conditions treated include

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar and related disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

PHP can shorten a hospital stay or provide the intervention necessary to prevent hospitalization. IOP provides PHP patients the ability to transition more smoothly into their normal lives while still having the safety net of structured support. Participation in PHP and IOP is covered by most commercial insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medical Assistance programs.

Additional Services Available on the Campus

In addition to the services provided in the UM LMC building, we continue to offer healthcare services in the Medical Office Building on the campus across the parking lot from the emergency service entrance.

UM Capital Region Health Medical Group

UM Capital Region Health Medical Group offers primary and specialty care has multiple offices in the medical office building to meet the healthcare needs of our community.

  • Primary care (Internal Medicine)
  • Women's Health
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Pain Management (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Pulmonology and Lung Health

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Helping severe wounds to heal is a special skill that requires extensive knowledge of tissue regeneration and healing techniques. People with compromised circulation, including those with type 2 diabetes, often don't realize they have a wound because of extremity neuropathy and consequently have problems getting those wounds to heal. An open wound is not only painful but can expose the patient to other health issues such as infection.

The Wound Center at UM LMC has a very high success rate thanks to the skilled and talented medical professionals who work exclusively with wound care. They provide traditional therapeutic healing techniques of debridement and sterile dressings as well as advanced techniques such as their dedicated hyperbaric chamber. Hyperbaric therapy has been proven to accelerate wound healing by infusing the patient's circulatory system with greater amounts of oxygen which then delivers highly-oxygenated blood more effectively to different areas of the body, including those that are circulation compromised.