Full Service Health and Patient Care, Coming Right Up!
The Greater Baltimore region is bucking the trend in how patient care is delivered. While it is true that the Region is experiencing expansion in outpatient care, there is continued significant capital investment in expanding inpatient care (i.e. number of hospital beds). Conversely, the trend in inpatient care across the nation is decreasing due to closures or consolidation and ambulatory care is increasing across all specialties, including surgery. It is indisputable that Greater Baltimore is a world leader in healthcare. The industry is not only a catalyst for economic development and job generation but also adds significantly to the quality of life of its residents.
Greater Baltimore can boast that it is served by five major health systems: Johns Hopkins Health System, the University of Maryland Medical System, LifeBridge Health, Mercy Medical and MedStar Health. Their combined level of capital investment demonstrates their commitment to efficient, effective, innovative and accessible patient care for the Region’s residents and well beyond.
Approximately $1,520 million in construction is currently underway or planned in patient care delivery facilities in Greater Baltimore:
As mentioned above, Greater Baltimore “suffers” from an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the healthcare industry, and the excellence of care across many specialties and institutions has been recognized on a national if not global level year after year. Most recently, the 2019 US News and World Report recognized 19 of the 29 hospitals in the Region with national rankings in 18 adult specialties and 11 children’s specialties:
In addition to these outstanding national rankings, the commitment to world class delivery of care AND to Greater Baltimore is being demonstrated in expanding access to outpatient care. A few examples:
- LifeBridge Health completed its acquisition of Bon Secours Baltimore Hospital in West Baltimore and is planning a complete transformation and shift from primarily inpatient to primarily outpatient services for what will now be known as the Grace Medical Center. In the past five years LifeBridge has also nearly doubled its non-hospital care facilities to 130.
- Kaiser Permanent plans to invest $13 billion in six new medical facilities in Greater Baltimore by 2028, providing up to 18,000 new jobs. The first two locations announced are Timonium and Columbia Gateway. Kaiser has also recently opened medical facilities in downtown Baltimore, Glen Burnie, and Abingdon.
The excellence of Greater Baltimore’s patient care ecosystem is integrally linked to the Region’s thriving Life Science industry sector. The value for scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators - those who are researching and testing new procedures, medications, technologies and devices that will improve patient outcomes and quality of life - to be able to interact directly with the patient-facing medical professionals delivering the care cannot be overestimated.
The Healthcare Industry in the Greater Baltimore region is indeed “full service” providing world-class inpatient and outpatient care, while fueling and being fueled by the Life Science sector and collaborating with the third party payors such as CareFirst. The benefits of these assets to economic growth, job creation and a high quality of life are invaluable. When it comes to health and patient care, why settle for anything less than full service? In Greater Baltimore, less isn't even an option.
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center building, photo credit Spartana Land Photography
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) located in the University of Maryland, Baltimore BioPark is the first center in the region to offer proton therapy – a highly advanced and precise form of radiation – to treat cancer. Opened in February 2016, MPTC provides a highly advanced and precise form of radiation therapy for adult and pediatric cancer patients that can increase the radiation dose to a tumor while decreasing the dose to healthy, surrounding tissues. The center is also one of only a few proton therapy facilities in the country to feature the advanced “pencil-beam scanning” technology in every treatment room. Pencil-beam scanning technology essentially paints the radiation onto the tumor like a 3-D printer for pinpoint accuracy.
Greater Baltimore is proud to be the home of MPTC - the first proton treatment center to open in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia region – which makes it easily accessible from the major interstates of I-95, I-70, and I-83, and located within 20 minutes of BWI Airport. While the majority of patients who choose MPTC come from the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia region, the experience and expertise of their physicians have brought patients from all over the world.
For more information on MPTC, proton therapy and treatable cancer/disease sites visit: www.mdproton.com
In case you missed it, here is a snapshot of recent news from the Region: https://www.greaterbaltimore.org/news/icymi-february-2020
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