New Critical Care Tower

Construction continues in downtown Baltimore, where the country’s highest volume trauma center is undergoing a much-needed expansion. A new Critical Care Tower at the University of Maryland Medical Center is taking shape, expanding the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, adding 64 new critical care ICU beds, five new operating rooms, a new post operative area with all private rooms, an expanded and renovated. Emergency Department, a state-of-the-art lab, a national simulation training center and a large family waiting area designed with comfort and privacy in mind. The completion date is June 2013. 

Shock Trauma admits more than 8,600 patients a year, though the current building was designed to care for 3,500 patients a year. The new building will greatly expand capacity for care, research and teaching, allowing Shock Trauma teams to do what they do best: save the lives of people with severe, life-threatening injuries sustained in auto crashes, falls, violent crimes and other traumatic incidents.

The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is Maryland's safety net. We are here for our citizens when they unexpectedly need us. Injury can strike at any time and our team is committed to giving every person a second chance. We are proud to say that 96% of patients survive,” explains Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., F.A.C.S., physician-in-chief, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine. While most patients are admitted from the initial scene, 30% of patients come as an inter-hospital transfer. “This expansion means we can say ‘yes’ to every request for a transfer, as the new building will improve our flow of patients,” adds Dr. Scalea. 

“This new building is a collaborative investment of $160 million with funds coming from the state, the federal government, the city of Baltimore and the counties across Maryland. The community is also coming  together as individual, corporate and foundation partners help to provide the $35 million needed to complete this valuable project,” says Marianne Rowan-Braun, vice president and director of the campaign for Shock Trauma. 

Shock Trauma remains the only facility in Maryland with a PARC (Primary Adult Resource Center) designation, signifying that it provides the highest level of trauma care with every type of specialist in the hospital 24/7. Shock Trauma is also the designated statewide referral center for head and spinal cord injuries, multi-system trauma and severe orthopaedic injuries. Since 2001, the U.S. Air Force has partnered with the Medical Center and School of Medicine to use Shock Trauma as its readiness training site for its worldwide medical personnel.

We invite you to tour the new tower with Dr. Scalea. See for yourself why Shock Trauma is a gift from the  people of Maryland for the people of Maryland. Please contact Marianne Rowan-Braun, at 410-328-8437 to set up a convenient time.

Please remember that referring a patient to Shock Trauma takes just one call to Maryland ExpressCare at  410-328-1234.