The University of Maryland Medical Center
(UMMC) is a teaching hospital with 705 beds based in Baltimore
Baltimore is the largest independent city in the United States and the largest city and cultural center of the US state of Maryland. The city is located in central Maryland along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore is sometimes referred to as Baltimore...
Maryland is a U.S. state located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east...
, that provides the full range of health care to people throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. It gets more than 35,000 inpatient admissions and 165,000 outpatient visits each year. UMMC has approximately 6,500 employees as well as 1,000 attending physicians, and provides training for about half of Maryland's physicians and other health care professionals. All members of the medical staff are on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The University of Maryland Medical Center was named one of the nation's best acute-care hospitals in patient safety and quality of care in 2006 and 2007 by the Leapfrog group. It is part of the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1994 and based in Baltimore, Maryland...
, a private, not-for-profit health system that includes nine acute care, specialty and rehabilitation hospitals as well as outpatient facilities throughout Maryland.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the nation’s oldest teaching hospitals. It was created in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, which was located on the same site as today’s medical center, on the West side of downtown Baltimore.
- First in Maryland to perform combined heart and liver transplant: 2007
- First in Maryland to offer a newly approved artificial cervical disc to patients with degenerative disc disease in the neck: 2007
- First in the Mid-Atlantic region to perform minimally invasive, beating heart, multiple-vessel coronary artery bypass surgery with the assistance of a surgical robot: 2006
- First in U.S. to have performed 1,000 minimally invasive kidney removals from living kidney donors: 2005
- First in Maryland to offer SIR-Spheres, microscopic beads infused with radiation to treat cancerous tumors in the liver: 2004
- Maryland's first accredited Primary Stroke Center: 2004
- First in the U.S. to use Statscan, a low-dose X-ray scanner that provides full body images for trauma patients in 13 seconds: 2003
- First in Mid-Atlantic region to perform cryosurgery for prostate cancer: 1993
- Maryland's first single-lung transplant: 1992
- First in Mid-Atlantic region to use a Gamma Knife to destroy brain tumors and vascular malformations without surgery: 1992
- First laparoscopic gall bladder removal in the Northeastern U.S.: 1989
- First in Maryland to use supported angioplasty to open blocked arteries: 1987
- First to develop a microwave scalpel which inhibits bleeding during operations: 1983
- The world's first Shock Trauma Center: 1968
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care and heart surgery, women's and children's health and organ transplants. It has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs and is known for developing and performing minimally invasive surgical procedures.
The major components of the University of Maryland Medical Center include:
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is a free-standing trauma hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is part of the University of Maryland Medical Center. It was the first facility in the world to treat shock...
(also known as Shock Trauma) is the world's first center dedicated to saving lives of people with severe, life-threatening injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions, violent crimes and other traumatic incidents.
Shock Trauma has more than 100 inpatient beds dedicated to emergency surgery, resuscitation, intensive care, and acute surgical care. The trauma staff treat more than 7,500 critically injured patients each year who arrive by helicopter or ambulance.
It is named after its founder, R Adams Cowley
R Adams Cowley was an American surgeon considered a pioneer in emergency medicine and the treatment of shock trauma. He is also known for being one of the first to perform open-heart surgery and invented both a surgical clamp that bears his name and a prototype pacemaker that was used by Dwight D...
, M.D., who came up with the concept of the "golden hour" — that lives can be saved when trauma patients receive appropriate care within one hour of their injury. Shock Trauma trains physicians and medical personnel from locations overseas and throughout the United States
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center located in Baltimore, Maryland.- Quick Facts :* 2,500 Admissions* 45,000 Outpatient visits* 125 Clinical trials...
(UMGCC) is designated by the National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health , which is one of 11 agencies that are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI coordinates the U.S...
as one of the top cancer centers in the country UMGCC is known for providing coordinated care from teams of specialists—medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, nurses and other team members who have expertise in particular types of cancer—who consult on each patient's case and develop a joint treatment plan.
UMGCC also is known as a center with expertise in laboratory and clinical research. UMGCC researchers actively particate in new drug development, and the center offers more than 100 clinical trials.
University of Maryland Hospital for Children
The University of Maryland Hospital for Children (UMHC) provides care for serious and complex health problems in patients ranging from newborns to young adults. UMHC has its own pediatric pharmacy and emergency room, and is also very active in children's health care research.
Special programs and services include a headache clinic, asthma program, AIDS program, pediatric surgery and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Infants born prematurely are transported from around the region to be cared for in the 40-bed NICU — one of the largest in the state.
University of Maryland Heart Center
The University of Maryland Heart Center was recognized as one of the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Healthcare for 2007.
The Heart Center is recognized for its expertise in robotic heart surgery, minimally invasive heart bypass and valve surgery, heart transplants and heart pumps.
The Heart Center's cardiologists and cardiac surgeons treat a full range of heart problems, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart rhythm abnormalities, aortic and mitral valve disorders and cardiomyopathy.
The Heart Center also emphasizes heart disease prevention by educating patients about lifestyle factors, including proper nutrition and exercise.
University of Maryland Division of Transplantation
The University of Maryland Division of Transplantation is one of the nation's largest kidney and pancreas transplant programs with a reputation for its expertise in treating patients who need kidney, pancreas or liver transplants. It is also known for its laboratory and clinical research, and offers a wide selection of clinical trials.
The Division of Transplantation is known for such programs as its living kidney and living liver donor programs, a steroid-free protocol, which reduces medication side effects following a transplant, as well as combined heart an liver transplants, simultaneous bilateral kidney transplant for polycystic kidney disease and domino liver transplants.