Congressmen Ruppersberger, Cummings Announce $2.4 Million for Shock Trauma Center Expansion

For immediate release: February 05, 2010

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Shock Trauma currently operating at double capacity, plans to break ground in Spring

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today was joined by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Jeffrey Rivest, President and CEO, University of Maryland Medical Center as he announced $2.4 million to support new state-of-the-art operating suites in a major expansion of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The University of Maryland Medical Center will build a new, state-of-the-art building at the corner of Lombard and Penn Streets in Baltimore, connected to the existing Shock Trauma Center and Weinberg buildings. The building will house 64 new and replacement critical care beds, 10 new operating rooms and expanded adult and pediatric Emergency Department services. It will also include a new National Trauma and Emergency Training Center to be at the forefront of advancing the care of trauma patients, educating both civilian and military health care professionals.

“Shock Trauma has been savings lives, including my own after a terrible car crash, while educating our military medics for the past 20 years,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Now it is operating at double capacity and these funds will support a sorely-needed expansion. I am proud that Shock Trauma will be able to continue and strengthen its mission to provide the most technologically-advanced care possible for Marylanders ”“ and the world ”“ for decades to come.”

“I am proud that we are able to help bring quality emergency care to the people of Baltimore,” said Congressman Cummings. “In an area that so badly needs their services, Shock Trauma has been operating well over capacity for too long. The improvements these funds will provide are critical for helping maintain the quality of emergency and traumatic care that people throughout Maryland have come to expect.”

“We greatly appreciate this funding and the tremendous, ongoing support by Congressman Ruppersberger, Congressman Cummings, and the entire Maryland Delegation,” said Jeffrey A. Rivest, President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center. “This appropriation will enable us to meet the growing need for the highest level of trauma and critical care for Maryland residents and also expand our ability to train trauma doctors and nurses, along with military health care professionals, through our partnership with the U.S. Air force.”

The funds were included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, under the budget for the U.S. Air Force, which has a large training program for military doctors and nurses who rotate in and out of Shock Trauma each month. The program, called C-STARS, improves the readiness of our nation's military medics. With the approval from the Maryland Healthcare Commission, the University of Maryland Medical Center hopes to break ground on the new building this spring and open in 2013.

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