For Immediate Release October 08, 2021


Michael Schwartzberg:

Staff Of Maryland’s Largest Healthcare System On Frontlines During COVID -19 Pandemic Response

Five hundred team members from across the University of Maryland Medical System will be showcasing their “HOME OF THE BRAVE” pride during the Baltimore Ravens Monday Night Football game on Oct. 11th. As part of their recognition of heroes across the region, the Ravens donated the tickets to UMMS frontline healthcare workers, who were randomly selected to attend the game.

The game marks the “return” of UMMS to M&T Bank Stadium following the organization’s four months of operating the state’s largest mass COVID-19 vaccination operation, where they led the effort to distribute nearly a quarter of a million vaccine doses. Kicker Justin Tucker and retired Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden also voiced “End COVID. Take One For The Team” public service announcements for UMMS encouraging vaccinations.

At its peak, the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site vaccinated over 6,000 people a day, and at one point, broke a state record for mass vaccination sites when clinical staff vaccinated over 1,000 people in an hour. The youngest patient vaccinated was 12 years old; the oldest patient vaccinated was 103 years old.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Ravens organization for recognizing our team members in this special way,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “We’ve cared for thousands of Marylanders throughout the year and a half pandemic response and this is a much-appreciated gesture of support that will allow our staff to enjoy a night out and hopefully watch the Ravens bring home a win for Baltimore and the state.”

Home of the Brave Logo

Cheering on the Ravens from the stadium’s upper deck and seated throughout Sections 500-540, UMMS staff will be outfitted with fan towels in the organization’s red and black colors and featuring “HOME OF THE BRAVE” COVID-19 response branding. Staff will be encouraged to show their spirit and wave their towels at key moments during the game, including pre-game festivities, prior to the opening kickoff, after the national anthem, during all kickoffs, and when the Ravens score.

UMMS staff attending the game will be from the System’s flagship academic hospital in Baltimore City, the University of Maryland Medical Center – both the University/Downtown campus as well as the Midtown campus, as well as from member organizations University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (Anne Arundel County), University of Maryland Capital Region Health (Prince George’s County), University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (Charles County), University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute (Baltimore City), University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (Baltimore County), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (serving the Eastern Shore’s mid-shore region of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot counties), University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (Harford County) and University of Maryland Urgent Care, serving multiple counties across the state.

About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers. The UMMS flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit