CareFirst Contributes $250,000 to Trauma and Critical Care Training Facility at The University Of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

For immediate release: March 26, 2015


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Baltimore, March 26, 2015—The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) announced today that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) has awarded a $250,000 grant to the capital campaign for the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education, under the leadership of Medical Director Samuel A. Tisherman, M.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, further extends the robust training tradition at Shock Trauma. Historically, Shock Trauma has provided world-class educational opportunities for faculty physicians, medical and nursing students, visiting health care professionals, emergency medical personnel and other specialists in the management of critically ill and injured patients. Additionally, U.S. Air Force surgeons, nurses and technicians have been coming to Shock Trauma for training since 2001 through the Center for Sustained Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program.  

“Shock Trauma has been an international model in the delivery of trauma and critical care medicine since its founding more than 40 years ago,” says Dr. Tisherman, who joined the University of Maryland in 2014 after 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “I’m honored to be part of an institution with such a strong commitment to educating trauma and critical care professionals to provide optimal patient care.”

Shock Trauma's Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education has a 10,000-square-foot medical simulation area with four reconfigurable labs and three adjacent classrooms and debriefing areas. The simulation center supports the development, implementation, and continuous evaluation of courses related to trauma and critical care management. Specifically, CareFirst’s gift will help fund essential training software as well as a clinical mannequin, called a “SimMan®,” which can physically mimic real-life injuries and distress.*

“The Shock Trauma team is privileged to share its knowledge and expertise in time-sensitive critical care medicine with health care partners who come to us from around the region and around the globe,” says Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., FACS, the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. “We are grateful to CareFirst for their generous support, further enabling our mission to educate and train on the best practices in trauma and critical care.”

“CareFirst is proud to offer continued support of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma training and education capabilities,” said Maria Harris Tildon, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Community Affairs, CareFirst. “As one of the leading shock trauma centers in the country, UMMC’s commitment to serve our region’s most critically injured individuals with expert medical care is unmatched. We look forward to continuing our partnership with UMMC.”

The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education is housed in the Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower, which was dedicated in November 2013. The 140,000-square-foot, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-inspired tower houses nine floors of patient care space including 64 new patient care rooms and 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms. The training center is located on the tower’s first floor, with simulation rooms to replicate conditions in operating rooms or critical care units that are indistinguishable from real-life hospital settings. In addition to enhancing the skills of medical personnel, simulation exercises can be used to evaluate disaster response and new procedures before they are put into practice.

Each year, Shock Trauma treats more than 8,000 of the most critically ill and severely injured people in the region with a 96% survival rate.

To learn how you can support the mission of Shock Trauma, visit the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation at To read more about the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education, visit

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 78th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2014, CareFirst contributed nearly $55 million to more than 300 community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter:

About the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center was the first fully integrated trauma center in the world, and remains at the epicenter for trauma research, patient care, and teaching, both nationally and internationally today.  Shock Trauma is where the “golden hour” concept of trauma was born and where many of the life-saving practices in modern trauma medicine were pioneered. Shock Trauma is also at the heart of Maryland’s unparalleled Emergency Medical Service System.

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospitals in Baltimore: an 800-bed teaching hospital – the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) – and a 200-bed community teaching hospital, UMMC Midtown Campus. UMMC is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, diabetes and endocrinology, women's and children's health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the flagship hospital are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At UMMC Midtown Campus, faculty physicians work alongside community physicians to provide patients with the highest quality care. UMMC Midtown Campus was founded in 1881 and is located one mile away from the University Campus hospital. For more information, visit

*SimMan® is a registered trademark of Laerdal Medical.