Welcome to the Center for Advanced Ostomy Care at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The center is located on the second floor of the medical center. Visits are by appointment only. Please call 410-427-5500 to schedule an appointment. 

Reasons to Visit The Center

If you have concerns about one or more of the following, a visit to the center can help.

  • Preoperative teaching and stoma site marking
  • Measurement for ostomy hernia support belt
  • Appliance leakage or odor
  • Skin irritation
  • Where to get supplies
  • Clothing adaptation
  • Diet and exercise
  • Intimacy and pregnancy
  • Changes that occur with aging
  • Career/job-related issues
  • Travel Information

Visits to the Center for Advanced Ostomy Care are covered by most private insurance plans and Medicare. You may require pre-authorization from your UM St. Joseph primary care physician before a visit is made. Please note that the Center for Advanced Ostomy Care will only accept patients who have a UM St. Joseph provider. Referrals can be made by calling 410-427-5500 .

What to Expect

You can be referred by your UM St. Joseph physician, nursing agency, home care agency or extended care facility to the Center for Advanced Ostomy Care. You can also contact us directly to make an appointment, however, please understand that some insurance providers will require a physician referral.

Ostomy Care and Education

The Center for Advanced Ostomy Care at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center was developed in 1978 to meet the needs of individuals with colostomies, ileostomies and urinary diversions. UM St. Joseph is the only hospital with the longest continuously operating Ostomy Center in the Baltimore area. For over 40 years, a certified wound ostomy care (WOC) nurse has been seeing and caring for patients at the center.

Our staff of board-certified WOC nurses will perform a thorough assessment of your ostomy and the skin around it and teach you how to manage your care. The most important person on our health care team is YOU, the patient. Following wound and ostomy care directions and keeping appointments are critical to the success of managing your ostomy.

We will provide your physician with regular progress reports regarding your care.  

What is an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening for the diversion of waste from the bowel or the bladder. Ostomies are necessary when part or all of the intestine or bladder are removed, and may be temporary or permanent. Some conditions that may lead to ostomy surgery include cancer, diverticulitis, polyps, birth defects, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's Disease and trauma.

About Our Ostomy Nurses

WOC nurses specialize in ostomy care and rehabilitation and assist patients in the hospital as well as in the outpatient setting. Our nurses provide comprehensive teaching as well as counseling and care for their patients for pre- and post-operative education.

Your WOC nurse can answer questions and address the concerns of patients and family members, both in the hospital and after discharge. Our goal is to help you make the necessary adjustments to life with an ostomy.

If you have any questions or need to speak with an ostomy nurse, please call 410-427-5500 .