Violence Intervention Program Gives Man Hope

In this 10-minute video, viewers are introduced to Baltimore City resident Dwight Bolden, a participant in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). The program, which was developed by Dr. Carnell Cooper in 1998, focuses on ending the cycle of violence that doctors and nurses in the Shock Trauma Center witness everyday.

Throughout the interview, Bolden discusses how he became involved in the VIP, including his first impressions of the program, how he grew to rely on the support and motivation he received from others in the group and how the program helped him turn his life around for the better. Thanks to the positive reinforcement Bolden received from the VIP, he is now on the road to continuing his education and looking forward to a brighter future with his family.

Trauma Surgeon Heals Patients and Their Violent Ways

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center surgeon Dr. Carnell Cooper started the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in 1998 after seeing victims of traumatic violent injury being treated, released, and readmitted months later due to another, often more serious, violent injury.

Seeing this caused Dr. Cooper to ask a simple scientific question: “How can we reduce the number of repeat victims of intentional violent injury coming through the doors of Shock Trauma every day?”

The VIP — an intensive hospital-based intervention program that assists victims of intentional violent injury, including gunshots, stabbings, and beatings — has done just that by providing victims assessment, counseling, and social support from a multi-disciplinary team to help them make critical changes in their lives.

Dr. Cooper was recognized by CNN as one its “CNN Heroes” in 2009 for his work with VIP. See the videos below to learn more.

Building for the Future

The University of Maryland Medical Center is starting construction of a $160 million, nine-floor trauma/critical care building that will significantly expand its renowned Shock Trauma Center. The 140,000-square-foot building at the corner of Penn and Lombard streets will house 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms and 64 new and replacement critical care beds.

Take an animated tour of the new facility, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2013:

Watch an interview with Leonard Taylor, UMMC’s vice president of facilities who is the project executive for the new building.