Baltimore’s Grand Prix Track a Block Away from the Nation’s First Trauma Center

As race car drivers hurtle along city streets at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour this weekend during Baltimore’s Grand Prix, they might find it reassuring to know that if they crash, they are only moments away from the nation’s first trauma center, the world-renowned University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland gave the world the concept of the “golden hour” and integrated trauma care.

The trauma center is nearly track-side, located at Lombard and Penn Streets, a block away from the race course.

A few facts about the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center:

  • The Level I trauma center treats 8,000 of the region’s most badly injured and critically ill people each year — making it one of the largest trauma centers in the country.
  • 97 percent of the patients survive.
  • About 60 percent of its patients are injured in motor-vehicle crashes.
  • Thousands of medical personnel have trained at the Shock Trauma Center and applied their training to start and develop trauma and EMS systems in other states and countries.
  • Military medical personnel train at Shock Trauma before deploying overseas.
  • Shock Trauma pioneered the scientific research of trauma care and the concept of treating patients within the “golden hour” in order to save their lives.

UM Nurse Helping Haitians to Care for Themselves

University of Maryland Shock Trauma nurse Laura Cabahug was a member of UM’s first medical team to provide relief and assistance following the devastating earthquake in January. Cabahug, who specializes in operating room trauma and repair, talks about that experience as well as the work she and others are now doing to ensure sustainability of organized, safe health care in Haiti as it rebuilds from this disaster.

Construction Update: Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower

By Marianne Rowan-Braun
Director for the Campaign for the Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower

Six months into the construction of our new Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower, this photo captures one of an endless stream of helicopters arriving with someone from Maryland in need of life-saving care. The Shock Trauma team is here 24 hours each day waiting to respond. Our new building will be opening for you in 2013.

As the work progresses, inside and out, we look to the community to help us meet a $35 million goal to expand and sustain the first and only integrated trauma hospital in the nation.

Every gift helps to enable our mission of serving people in Maryland during their time of great need.

To help, please click here, and donate what you can.

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.

Haiti: Mission of Hope

WBFF-TV FOX 45 reporter Jennifer Gilbert and videographer Darren Durlach were embedded recently with the UM medical team in Haiti. They reported on UM’s ongoing relief efforts to help the Haitian people recover from the devastating earthquake that shook the country in January 2010.

This cover story features the work the UM team is doing in Haiti, which has treated more than 1,000 patients. This includes the moving  story of a 97-year-old diabetic Haitian woman, who was suffering from gangrene in her leg and was near death. Her sister, from Columbia, Maryland, flew to Haiti to help her mother get the care she needed. She was turned down for treatment at various hospitals in Haiti before connecting with the UM team, which performed a life-saving leg amputation.

Haiti Relief Event on March 2nd Features Live Video

By Bill Seiler
Assistant Director of Media Relations

Physicians, nurses and other health professionals from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the UM Institute of Human Virology will share their experiences in caring for earthquake survivors in Haiti at a day-long Haiti relief event at the University of Maryland Medical Center on March 2nd starting at 9 a.m.

People can follow the event on Twitter and by watching a live video stream on the UMMC Web site. At 1:20 p.m., the leader of the current medical team in Haiti will participate live with an update on the current situation.

Following the January 12 quake, UM medical teams, through a partnership with Catholic Relief Services, began treating survivors of the earthquake as part of a long-term commitment to provide ongoing medical care. The first UM team left for Haiti on January 28. The teams are rotating every week to 10 days and are working at the site of the St. Francois de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince.

People can help support UM’s medical relief efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to the Haiti Support Fund, or by calling 410-328-GIFT (4438).

Two Stories From Haiti

By Chris Lindsley
Blog Editor

Wonder what the situation is like in Haiti? Two members of the first University of Maryland Medical Center team there to provide relief for earthquake survivors — surgical technologist Jake Smith and trauma anesthesiologist Cynthia Bucci, M.D., both with the UM Shock Trauma Center — share their experiences.

Jake Smith: “It’s rough down there. The people definitely need our help.”

Dr. Cynthia Bucci: “The conditions were devastating … it was very chaotic.”

Preparing for Haiti: Pre-Deployment Briefing Video

By Chris Lindsley
Blog Editor

On January 28 the first team of 22 doctors, nurses and other health professionals from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine left for a relief mission in Haiti.

Prior to departing, the team received a detailed pre-deployment briefing from Dr. Andrew Pollak, associate director of trauma at the UM Shock Trauma Center, after he spent a few days in Haiti assessing the medical needs there.

Get an inside look at how a hospital prepares its team for a relief mission to a disaster site like Haiti after the recent earthquakes by watching this video.