Charles Callahan, DO, Greg Raymond, DNP, RN

Greg Raymond, DNP, and Charles Callahan, DO, clinical leaders and UMMC executives, have led the BCCFH.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Maryland Medical System team members creatively solved problems to accommodate surges across the state, source PPE and other supplies, and provide compassionate care even from the other side of masks and respirators.

Here are a few ways that teams from the hospitals across the system solved the problems COVID threw at them:

Rapid Response: 

UMMS Leads State Field Hospital for COVID Care, Testing and Vaccines

As much of Maryland adapted to learning and working from home, UMMS hospitals and clinical team members joined forces with the state to open a field hospital at the Baltimore Convention Center, operated jointly with Johns Hopkins Medicine and staffed by a team of more than 1,000 medical professionals from both systems, as well as from MedStar Health.

A physician and nurse from University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) were chosen to lead the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH): Charles Callahan, DO, vice president of population health at UMMC, was appointed the chief medical officer. Greg Raymond, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing and patient care services at UMMC, was appointed chief nursing officer.

“The infrastructure that we have in place here reflects months of planning and attention to the smallest of details,” Callahan said. “We hope that we can serve as a model of safety and patient accommodation for other testing sites across the state.”

Constructed within the vast interior of the Convention Center by the Maryland National Guard, the temporary BCCFH opened its doors to the public April 27, 2020.

By February, the BCCFH also became a major vaccine center, serving residents of Baltimore neighborhoods with the lowest income levels and highest vulnerability to COVID-19.

Expanded Services

The 250-bed, $5 million facility has a footprint of nearly 100,000 square feet and was established specifically to care for those with COVID-19.

The field hospital includes an infusion center for outpatient treatment with monoclonal antibody therapy, which has been shown to lower the risk of severe illness when given early to people with high risk factors.

The field hospital also answered the urgent need for COVID testing. On the first day alone, 1,143 people were tested at the BCCFH. By December, more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests were administered and routed to University of Maryland laboratories.

On February 8, the BCCFH began providing COVID-19 vaccines. Now that the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site has opened, the vaccine clinic at the field hospital will phase into a pilot project to focus on expanding vaccine access and education to people who live in high-vulnerability ZIP codes in Baltimore.