Greater Baltimore Medical Center, also known as GBMC, operates an integrated health system for residents of Baltimore and surrounding counties. The 300-bed medical center provides psychiatry, surgery, women's health, oncology, and other specialty and general medical services. The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services, and its emergency room treats about 60,000 patients every year. In addition, it provides teaching services through an affiliation with Johns Hopkins University. GBMC also includes the Greater Baltimore Medical Associates physician practices and the Gilchrist Hospice Care agency. The GBMC Foundation coordinates fundraising for the health network.
GBMC was born out of two hospitals. The Hospital for the Women of Maryland, of Baltimore City was the nation's second hospital for women's care when it opened in 1882. The Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital began in 1887 as a clinic run by a civil war surgeon in his carriage house. The two joined to create GBMC in 1960; the hospital opened five years later.
In 2010 the hospital opened a palliative care unit in its Berman Cancer Institute. The unit, funded through Gilchrist Hospice Care, offers guidance and support to cancer patients and their families; it also serves as an in-hospital end-of-life care option. Another hospice option launched in 2010 was Gilchrist Kids, the state's only hospice program exclusively for children. – less