UM St. Joseph Medical Center

UM St. Joseph Medical Center (UM-SJMC)

A community hospital located in Towson, MD, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) is a 263-bed Catholic hospital with more than 700 physicians on the medical staff. Its numerous areas of specialization include cardiology, cancer, orthopaedics, emergency care, obstetrics and gynecology, surgical services, diabetes, psychiatric services and wound healing.

UM SJMC's Institutes and Centers of Excellence include:

Heart Institute

The Heart Institute is a state-of-the-art, centralized service that provides a complete continuum of cardiac care, including open-heart surgery, a cardiac surgery unit, an all-digital cardiac catheterization laboratory, cardiographics featuring ICAEL accredited echo laboratory, electrophysiology lab, nuclear medicine, 20-bed cardiac unit, hospital-wide monitoring capabilities and a cardiovascular fitness program. The STEMI LifeNet system in Baltimore County ambulances transmits cardiac information directly to UM SJMC's ER so that emergency staff and cardiologists are ready for emergency cardiac patients prior to their arrival.

Orthopaedic Institute

The Orthopaedic Institute has been named one of the nation's top orthopaedic facilities by U.S. News & World Report and designated a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee and spine surgery by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. It specializes in pain management and rapid rehab following joint replacement. The Institute includes the scoliosis and spine center, and offers sports medicine, joint replacement, spine surgery, complex disc replacement surgery, upper extremity and foot and ankle surgery. A dedicated state-of-the-art 50-bed orthopaedic unit includes 32 private rooms and a rehabilitation facility. Orthopaedic oncology is offered in concert with the Cancer Institute.

Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute is a recognized affiliate of the University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center and features a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care under one roof with a large, sunny infusion center, radiation oncology and new women's center, composed of the breast center (accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer) and gynecologic oncology. A full range of clinical trials and psychosocial support services are available. UM SJMC is accredited with commendation as a comprehensive community cancer center by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The institute includes urologic oncology, thoracic oncology, colorectal oncology (including ostomy care), gynecologic oncology, hepatobiliary oncology, medical oncology and hematology, radiation and orthopaedic oncology.

Women's Services

The Family Childbirth Center provides comprehensive, family-oriented care. Includes nine labor, delivery and recovery suites with a dedicated obstetric anesthesiologist available at all times; mother/baby suite of 20 private postpartum rooms with a hotel-like atmosphere; full-term nursery and Level III+ neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Services include certified nurse midwives, lactation consultants, a Warm-Line to support breastfeeding and a wide range of family education classes. The perinatal center offers high-risk obstetrical services for patients with diabetes or kidney disease, multiple pregnancies and advanced maternal age; obstetric ultrasound in an AIUM-accredited practice; genetic counseling; prenatal diagnosis and testing for fetal well-being for pregnancies with complications.

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses, providing emergency treatment for more than 47,000 patients per year. UM-SJMC's ER was named the 2009 Top Winner, Innovator of the Year Award by The Daily Record for increasing efficiency and reducing treatment and waiting time by 25 percent.

Surgical Services

Surgical Services performs approximately 13,500 surgeries annually. Twenty-two operating rooms with surgical prep and recovery, family waiting area, family liaison and patient tracking technology to keep families updated. Approximately 300 surgeons provide a wide range of specialties including orthopaedic, thoracic, cardiac, vascular and neurosurgery. UM SJMC surgical staff perform Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery and have done more da Vinci robotic surgeries than any other community hospital in the state, using it for prostatectomy and kidney surgeries. UM SJMC was the first community hospital in Maryland to incorporate the World Health Organization Surgical Checklist.

Diabetes Management

The Nutrition and Diabetes Center provides both inpatient and outpatient services, including a diabetes self-management program certified by the American Diabetes Association, a monthly support group, gestational diabetes services, nutrition counseling and community outreach.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services offers three tiers of care including a 19-bed, short-term inpatient unit, a partial hospitalization program and an urgent assessment service. Staff psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses treat disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Psychiatrist consultants provide emergency psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Department.

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Capital Improvements

Gail Cunningham, M.D.

Gail Cunningham, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
UM St. Joseph Medical Center

  • Inpatient Oncology Unit Renovation – This renovated unit, which opened in September of 2012, features all private rooms designed with the oncology patient and their families in mind.
  • New Orthopaedic Instrumentation/Equipment for All Orthopaedic Surgeons

Clinical and Programmatic Developments and Honors

  • U.S. News & World Report Recognition – Eight UM SJMC programs were recognized in the U.S. News Best Hospitals in Baltimore report. Those programs were: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology.
  • Vascular Laboratory Accreditation – In 2012, UM SJMC's Vascular Laboratory was granted a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing and Peripheral Venous Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
  • Stroke Recognition – UM SJMC received Bronze, Silver, and Silver Plus Performance Achievement Awards in 2012 from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Program.
  • Top Maternity Patient Satisfaction Scores – UM SJMC received the highest patient satisfaction scores in Maryland from maternity patients in 2011.
  • Cardiac Interventional Center Designation – In 2011, UM SJMC was designated a Cardiac Interventional Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).