For Immediate Release January 18, 2024


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Architectural Rendering of UM Shore Regional Medical Center

Architectural Rendering of UM Shore Regional Medical Center

During his Fiscal Year 2025 budget announcement yesterday, Maryland Governor Wes Moore introduced a State budget that includes a significant funding commitment of $100 million in capital funds for the construction of the new Regional Medical Center in Easton. The hospital will be operated by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System.

"This commitment from the Moore-Miller Administration and the State of Maryland reflects a remarkable pledge to the future of rural health care and to the people of the Eastern Shore of Maryland," said Ken Kozel, UM SRH President and CEO. "Our patients and communities will benefit from this investment for generations, as will our team members who will have the opportunity to deliver world-class care in a modern facility. Today's news is an incredible step forward, and we offer our most sincere thanks to the governor, lieutenant governor and our dedicated delegation to the General Assembly."

The Regional Medical Center will bring a new standard of patient-centered care to the Eastern Shore. The six-floor, 325,000 square foot, 147-bed hospital will replace the existing hospital in Easton and support the future health needs of our community. It will feature expanded services in recognized areas of medical expertise and health care needs on the shore.

The new Regional Medical Center campus is slated to occupy 200-plus acres off Longwoods Road near the intersection of U.S. Route 50, adjacent to the Talbot County Community Center. This more centralized location will provide greater visibility, easier and safer access for ambulance and helicopter transport as well as ample parking for patients, staff and visitors living in our mid-shore region.

About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health

A member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of five counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot. UM SRH consists of approximately 2,000 team members, including more than 400 health care providers on the Medical Staff, who work with community partners to advance the values that are foundational to our mission: Compassion, Discovery, Excellence, Diversity and Integrity. For more information, visit

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state's future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System's anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit