Howard County General Hospital is a non-academic community hospital located in suburban Columbia, Maryland. Opened in 1973, the original 59-bed short-stay hospital has grown into a 208-bed comprehensive acute-care medical center specializing in women's and children's services, surgery, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, gerontology, psychiatry, emergency services and community health education. In July 1998, Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) joined Johns Hopkins Medicine.
At HCGH, Hopkins Emergency Medicine residents rotate in both the adult and pediatric emergency departments, where they get a true taste of community emergency medicine.
The patient care area includes a total of 48 treatment beds. Within this configuration are three separate treatment areas. The 18-bed adult acute treatment area includes four critical care rooms, one GYN room, two psychiatric seclusion rooms and one isolation room. The adult urgent care area is comprised of 18 beds, incorporating eight fast-track beds, one isolation room and one GYN room. The pediatric emergency care area is comprised of 12 beds, containing one critical care and two psychiatric/non-seclusion rooms. On average, the ED treats 175 patients per day.