Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)
The 255-bed medical center (acute and sub-acute care) is located on a beautiful suburban campus and handles more than 26,700 inpatient cases and approximately 60,000 emergency room visits annually. Since its founding in Towson in 1965, GBMC's accomplishments have validated the vision of its founders to combine the best of community and university-level medicine. GBMC's main campus also includes three medical office buildings — Physicians Pavilion East, Physicians Pavilion West and Physicians Pavilion North I. In addition to its main campus located in Towson, GBMC's care can be found in several facilities located throughout the community including Hunt Manor, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Texas Station, Perry Hall and Parkton.
GBMC's Community Needs Advisory Committee strives to improve the health of the local community. The committee focuses on providing outreach, education and clinical services as well as building partnerships with local organizations, businesses and individuals to promote good health and disease prevention.
Nearly 1,300 physicians serve on GBMC's medical staff, making it among the largest of any community hospital in the mid-Atlantic region. With its size comes a wealth of clinical knowledge, combined with a collaborative spirit to better understand the medical issues that patients confront on a daily basis. Physicians' ability to cross-reference information with such a wide variety of colleagues leads to a higher level of medical sophistication and expertise not typically present in a community hospital setting.
More than 200 of its physicians are employed through Greater Baltimore Medical Associates (GBMA), a group of physician practices owned by GBMC. GBMA features a diverse collection of practices in a number of different specialties including Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, General and Specialty Surgery and Oncology.
GBMC and its physicians have long been recognized for outstanding quality and personalized service within the community. Over the past decade, U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly cited the medical center as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in several areas of service. Additionally, Baltimore Magazine's annual "Top Doctors" edition consistently recognizes more members of GBMC's medical staff than that of any other hospital in the state.
GBMC's nursing staff consists of 1,100 Medical Center nurses and 126 Hospice nurses, with an average length of employment of 10 years. In fiscal year 2008, GBMC reported an RN bedside vacancy rate well below the state and national averages. Professional growth opportunities for nurses begin with accessible continuing education programs made possible by GBMC's significant investment of resources and funding. Nurses are encouraged to continue their educations through a variety of advancement offerings such as bonuses for specialty certification, grant funding and scholarships for clinical specialist degrees, awards to offset expenses of attending national and local conferences and tuition assistance. GBMC nurses have been recognized at professional society meetings on national, regional and local levels for the quality of care and personalized service they provide. On-campus, their achievements are lauded via Professional Nurses Council, Clinical Ladder group, employee publications and hospital-wide Nurses Week celebration, as well as unit-based awards.