Greater Baltimore Medical Center

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Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Greater Baltimore Medical Center, known to many simply as GBMC, is a hospital located in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. GBMC serves more than 26,700 inpatient cases and approximately 60,000 emergency room visits annually. GBMC’s main campus also includes three medical office buildings"Physicians Pavilion East, Physicians Pavilion West and Physicians Pavilion North I. In addition to its main campus located in Towson, GBMC’s care can be found in several facilities located throughout the community including Hereford, Hunt Manor, Hunt Valley and Owings Mills. GBMC HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Greater Baltimore Medical Center. GBMC HealthCare also owns and operates Gilchrist Hospice Care (formerly known as Hospice of Baltimore and Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care), the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the state of Maryland. The organization also includes the GBMC Foundation, which supports the GBMC mission by managing fundraising efforts.

Incorporated in 1960, GBMC HealthCare consolidated the operations of two specialty Baltimore hospitals: The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City and Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital. The services were relocated to serve the growing population in suburban Baltimore County, and GBMC opened its doors in 1965 as a regional medical center, providing general acute and specific specialized services to the northern portion of Baltimore City, most of Baltimore County, and portions of Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City had a unique specialization, opening in 1882 in Bolton Hill as only the second women’s hospital in the country (in 2001 the Hospital for Women was repurposed into the Meyerhoff House, a student housing facility for the Maryland Institute College of Art). The Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital has nearly 100 years of excellence in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, originating as a clinic in the Civil War surgeon’s East Baltimore carriage house in 1887.

GBMC Healthcare mission
The Mission of GBMC HealthCare is to provide medical care and service of the highest quality to each patient with a Vision to be the leading community medical center in Maryland, committed to medical, professional and community education, and dedicated to the GREATER Values of Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Ethical Behavior and Results.

Gilchrist Hospice Care
Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Medicare/ Medicaid-certified hospice program, is the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the state of Maryland. Since 1994, it has provided care and services to over 17,000 terminally ill individuals who reside in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Care includes medical, nursing, social work, home health aid, spiritual and bereavement counseling/support and volunteer assistance. Hospice services are most often provided in the patient’s home or place of residence. When more intensive medical care is required, patients may be admitted to a 24-bed inpatient hospice facility, located on the campus of GBMC.

GBMC Foundation
Founded in 1987, the GBMC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to centralize and coordinate fundraising efforts to benefit GBMC HealthCare. The Foundation executes fundraising events, annual appeals and capital campaigns and seeks gifts from grateful patients and other friends of GBMC HealthCare, as well as grants from corporations and private foundations. The Foundation does not have any affiliation with federated funds or public agencies, instead relying on the generous financial support of people across Maryland and beyond. The GBMC Foundation is registered with the state of Maryland as an approved charitable organization. Gifts to the GBMC Foundation support new facilities, equipment for GBMC physicians and staff, specialty programs and technologies that combine to make GBMC the community hospital of choice for residents of Central Maryland.

Johns Hopkins medicine affiliation
In 2007, GBMC and Johns Hopkins Medicine began a strategic clinical affiliation for several programs, beginning with cardiology, pediatric surgery and oncology. Additional joint clinical practices, shared satellite healthcare centers and collaboration on clinical research are possibilities for future expansion of this affiliation. The $4 billion JHM enterprise is one of the largest employers in Maryland. Its components consistently are named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best school of medicine, and its faculty consistently win the largest share of NIH research funds.

Services offered
  • Gilchrist Hospice Care
  • GBMC Foundation
  • The Department of Anesthesiology
  • The Diagnostic Radiology Department
  • Emergency Department(ED)
  • The Harvey Institute for Human Genetics
  • The Department of Gynecology
  • The Acute care for the Elderly ( ACE) Unit
  • The Division of Cardiology program affiliation Johns Hopkins University. ( ).
  • The Division of Dermatology
  • the Division of Endocrinology
  • The Division of Gastroenterology
  • The Division of Hematology
  • The Division of Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine - affiliated with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • The Division of Nephrology
  • The Division of Neurology
  • The Division of Pulmonary Diseases
  • The Division of Rheumatology
  • The Department of OB-GYN program, affiliation Johns Hopkins University
  • OncologyServices
  • The Department of Ophthalmology
  • The Otolaryngology Center of Excellence
  • GBMC's Department of Pathology
  • The Department of Pediatrics
  • The Department of Psychiatry
  • The Radiation Oncology Department
  • The Division of General Surgery
  • The Division of Colorectal Surgery
  • The Division of Neurosurgery
  • The Division of Orthopedic Surgery
  • The Division of Plastic Surgery
  • The Division of Podiatry
  • The Division of Urology
  • The Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Greater Baltimore Wound Care Center
  • The Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy Unit
  • The Greater Baltimore Lymphedema Center
  • Senior Services
  • GBMC and Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Clinic
  • Milton J. Dance Head & Neck Center
  • Community Health
  • GBMC- Greater Health matters
Additionally, many GBMC physicians also hold teaching positions with Johns Hopkins Medicine, and a joint program to train doctorate level and advanced practice nurses from GBMC will begin later this year with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. US News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" lists GBMC in the following categories: 2007 - Ear, Nose, and Throat; Otolaryngology; Cancer services; Digestive disorders; and Gynecology. 87 of the GBMC credentialed physicians are amongst the top doctors in Baltimore.

GBMC facts
  • In 2007, there were 7,022 ambulance transports to GBMC - Almost 20 a day.
  • In 2007, GBMC served over 800,000 meals to patients, visitors, and staff.
  • Volunteers make and deliver an average of 40”“50 flower arrangements a month.
  • GBMC performed a total of 36,352 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures in 2007.