New Aberdeen Campus Rendering

Community-Focused Health Care Video 

Public Information Meeting 
Thursday, December 13, 6-8 pm

Aberdeen Fire Hall

21 N. Rogers Avenue
Aberdeen, MD 21001

The meeting will include information about plans for transitioning acute medical care services, job retraining and placement of team members; plans for repurposing the UM Harford Memorial Hospital property; expansion plans at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air; and the overall timeline for the project.

Please register for this free event by calling 1-800-515-0044 or email



November 8, 2018

An Open Letter to Our Fellow Harford County Neighbors:

We are excited to announce that the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to move forward with a site on Rt. 22 in Aberdeen, conveniently located near Interstate 95, to become the home of our newest medical campus and behavioral health program.

Community residents will be happy to see that the new campus will offer a comprehensive array of health care services. These services include a full-service 24/7 Emergency Department, medical stay beds for patients with short stay medical care needs, imaging, lab and cardiovascular testing, as well as respiratory care and physical therapy services required for those receiving care at the medical campus. We will also provide a comprehensive array of critically-needed inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services on the campus. Our patient-centric strategy extends care beyond traditional hospital walls allowing UM UCH to continue to transform health care in Harford County, aligning with the health care delivery trends which are taking place across the country.   

The Aberdeen location provides an existing office building and developed site allowing us to create a modern new medical campus for the citizens of northeast Maryland by 2021 (pending state regulatory agency approval).  In addition, our patients and their family members will have access to existing public transportation, nearby retail and pharmacies.  

Our vision of improving our health care delivery system remains steady and stronger than ever.  Our focus is to increase access to care, coordinate efforts between hospital based and community care providers, and develop new models of care delivery supported by state-of-the-art technology.  This new campus is designed with our community’s health care needs in mind and with the flexibility to expand in the future.

With the broad scope of services currently offered at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Campus in Bel Air, the expanded services which will be available at our new Aberdeen campus and our University of Maryland Medical System affiliation, we will meet all the health care needs of the residents of Harford and western Cecil counties.    

The most important component of our mission is our commitment to our community, including our physicians, team members and volunteers, to create the healthiest community in Maryland. In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to continuing to share our vision and our path to the future of health care delivery in Harford County:  “Your Health. Our Mission.”   It is an exciting time indeed for Harford County, and we encourage you to follow both our Upper Chesapeake Health Facebook page and Twitter page, and bookmark this website for ongoing updates.

Your Health, Our Mission.



Lawrence Scanlan, CPA, Chairman
James M. Harkins, Vice Chairman
Richard P. Streett, Jr., V.M.D., Secretary
Bryan E. Kelly, Treasurer
Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President/CEO


William B. Allen, Ph.D.
Jason M. Birnbaum, M.D.
Robert A. Chrencik, CPA (ex-officio, UMMS CEO)
Melinda L. Craig
Henry J. Franey, CPA
Rajiv Goel, Esq.
Franklin J. Hajek, CPA
Muhammad K. Jokhadar, M.D.
R. Bryan Kilby
Andrew Klein
Dennis Kurgansky, M.D.
 Donald W. Mathis
Lisa E. Thomas, M.D. 
William J. Ward, Jr.
Adele A. Wilzack, R.N., M.S.
 Albert J. A. Young, Esq.

Fermin Barrueto, Jr., M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Michael Abraham, M.D., Chairman, Emergency Medicine
Jason Birnbaum, M.D., Chairman, Medicine
Kimmie Cass, D.O., Chairman, Pediatrics
Mark Gonze, M.D., Chairman, Surgery
Kathleen Gotzmann, M.D., Chairman, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Dixon King, M.D., Chairman, Medicine 
Richard Lewis, M.D., Chairman, Psychiatry
Nick Lomis, M.D., Chairman, Radiology
Rodger Oursler, M.D., Chairman, Anesthesiology
Faheem Younus, M.D., Chief Quality Officer