The University of Maryland Medical Center has a group for abdominal transplant patients, which includes liver, kidney and pancreas transplant patients.
We offer a monthly series of educational topics of interest to transplant and potential transplant patients. We have speakers and presentations, with time for questions, discussion, and meeting other patients.
The group is open to University of Maryland Medical Center patients who are waiting for or have received a kidney, liver or pancreas transplant.
The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Weinberg Building's Patient Resource Center, 22 South Greene Street, 1st Floor of the main hospital. Follow the posted signs.
Discount parking is available at the Plaza Garage on Redwood Street.
The Department of Social Work implements a weekly MSW & BSW Student Support Group that is a component of the Field Instruction Program with the School of Social Work. It is facilitated by two master degreed social workers from the department.
This group was created for the student interns to have an hour a week to share their experiences in their field placements, obtain feed back from fellow interns and clinical social workers in the department. This group provides a safe place for students to share any challenges they may be experiencing in the undergraduate and graduate school curriculum and internship program.
The University of Maryland Medical System has a free monthly education and support group for Medical System heart and lung transplant patients and their families and friends. The meetings feature a guest speaker and cover various topics of interest, with time for questions and a chance to meet other patients.
The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Baltimore VA Medical Center -- which is right across the street from the University of Maryland Medical Center at the corner of Baltimore and Greene streets in downtown Baltimore -- in classroom 2B-136. Parking is available under the VA, with the garage entrance on Fayette Street.
Note: This group sometimes meets in conjunction with the abdominal organ group.
To attend, you must call Bernice Wolfson, MSW, at 410-328-6508.
This support group is co-sponsored by the Medical Center and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society every 4th Tuesday of the month. It is held in the Patient Resource Center conference room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The group is open to both inpatients and outpatients, and their families and features a different topic and speaker each month. Topics/speakers are geared toward those suffering with a blood cancer (i.e. new clinical trials, how to manage fatigue and nausea, intimacy while undergoing chemotherapy, etc.).
Attendees are welcome to simply show up at their leisure or for questions
they can call:
Beth Wintermute at 410-328-3595 or Tracy Orwig at 410-527-0220.
The purpose of this project is to provide baby books for infants who are being discharged to someone other than their mother, such as foster care or adoptive placement. The baby's primary nurse support this project by recording information in the books such as weight/length, foot and hand prints, first photos and any other "firsts" that occur while the baby is hospitalized. The baby books are presented to the foster or adoptive parent upon the baby's discharge.
For additional information please contact Rebecca Bogan at 410-328-0841.
What is Safe Haven?
Safe Haven is a Maryland law that allows parents to surrender their baby without fear of arrest or prosecution. No questions will be asked. It is completely anonymous and confidential. Not everyone is ready to be a parent. Sometimes babies are abandoned in unsafe places where they are left to die. Abandoning a baby is illegal. The Safe Haven program is a legal alternative that protects newborns.
How does it work?
Babies who are less than 3 days old can be brought to the Pediatric Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center anytime, day or night. The infant should be handed to an employee and told, "This is a Safe Haven baby". Again, no questions will be asked. The person surrendering the baby is free to go.
What happens to the baby?
The infant will be given medical care if needed and then transferred to Child Protective Services. From there, the child will be placed for adoption through the foster care system.