Exterior of Laurel Medical Center with flags

The University of Maryland Capital Region Health announced the opening of the temporary expansion of UM Laurel Medical Center, which will be utilized in response to COVID-19.

The opening stems from the direction of Governor Larry Hogan and in close partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and UM Capital Region Health.

Under the leadership of CEO Mohan Suntha, the University of Maryland Medical System has been engaged in exhaustive preparation to increase bed, staff, and equipment capacity to adapt to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. This project has expanded capacity by adding 135 additional beds at UM Laurel Medical Center in preparation for the high probability of volume surge due to COVID-19.

This temporarily expanded UM Laurel Medical Center will treat patients suspected of being infected with COVID-19 and those who have already tested positive.

What You Should Know

  • The expanded UM Laurel Medical Center is not a community testing clinic and cannot be accessed by general referrals from primary care physicians.
  • Unless directly admitted through the emergency department, walk-ups will not be permitted.
  • Patients will be transported to UM Laurel Medical Center through either emergency department or hospital inter-facility referrals.

Staffing and Management

UM Laurel Medical Center will be staffed by nearly 400 highly vetted contractual medical professionals / health care workers and will not reduce staff at UM Capital Region Health or other local UMMS facilities. The updated visitor policy for all UMMS health care facilities will be in effect.

Expanding COVID-19 Treatment Capacity

two empty hospital beds in a patient room

COVID-19 presents immediate hazards to the health of patients statewide, particularly in Prince George's County which currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in the state. Ensuring the safety of patients, front-line medical staff, and team members remains and will remain a top priority of the University of Maryland Medical System and all its leadership.

UMMS will continue to plan for an increase in volumes while working as a system to ensure all patients receive the care and attention needed.