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Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Johns Hopkins Medicine Affiliation FAQs


Q: What is the purpose of this affiliation?

A: GBMC and Johns Hopkins Medicine wish to come together to explore collaborative efforts and joint venture opportunities to foster a healthcare system which supports access to patient-centered care offered through cost effective and efficiently utilized facilities and resources.

Q: How long is the affiliation?

A: The term is five years with two successive automatic two-year renewals.

Q: What are the geographic “focus” areas of this affiliation?

A: The agreement commits Johns Hopkins Medicine and GBMC to work on collaborative initiatives and joint venture opportunities with each other in North Central Maryland.

Q: How will joint or individual initiatives be developed?

A: A joint committee, consisting of five principals from Johns Hopkins Medicine and five from GBMC, including the CEOs of both organizations, will originate, review and develop each initiative.

Q: What clinical programs/services will this affiliation result in?

A: Two clinical programs have already been developed that will benefit the greater Baltimore region.  One immediate program, beginning today, is medical direction of cardiovascular services by Johns Hopkins at GBMC.  This will include John Hopkins University physicians managing GBMC’s Cardiac Care Unit, overseeing cardiology services in GBMC’s Emergency Department and supervising all heart-related inpatient and outpatient testing. A new collaboration in pediatric surgery has also been created that will support GBMC's pediatric services, already the largest outpatient pediatric surgery program in the region.  Patient capacity at GBMC for pediatric surgery will be expanded through an enhanced pediatric surgery practice at GBMC while patients with complex surgical needs will be referred to Johns Hopkins, the leader in sophisticated and complex pediatric surgery, for specialty care.

Q: What other initiatives or projects might result from the affiliation?

A: There are a number of joint initiatives that might be implemented as a result of the affiliation. These could include:

  • Development of one or more satellite centers for ambulatory and outpatient healthcare services, including primary care, specialty care diagnostic services and/or procedures, which may or may not include research and education activities.
  • Programmatic collaborations in other such clinical areas as deemed appropriate by the joint committee.
  • Implementation of research agreements and potential medical education programs.
  • Other collaborative opportunities for improving healthcare delivery and healthcare access, expanding programmatic development and enhancing research and education opportunities.

Q: How will this affiliation benefit patients?

A: Patients will have expanded access to a wider range of healthcare services. For example, patients requiring certain cardiology procedures would have enhanced services at GBMC and patients requiring complex medical care would have increased access to Johns Hopkins Medicine specialists and facilities, including its centers of excellence.

Q: Prior to this affiliation, did Johns Hopkins Medicine and GBMC have existing relationships?

A: Yes. The two hospitals have had a long-standing relationship – GBMC and Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Clinic have been affiliated since the 1960s, and the hospitals have three integrated residency programs:  Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.  Additionally, many GBMC physicians also hold teaching positions with Johns Hopkins Medicine, and a joint program to train doctorate level and advanced practice nurses from GBMC will begin later this year with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

About the Greater Baltimore Medical Center

GBMC includes Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), Central Maryland’s leading community hospital; Hospice of Baltimore, which provides comfort and care to patients with life-limiting illnesses; and the GBMC Foundation, which supports the GBMC mission by managing fundraising efforts.  The 292-bed Medical Center, located on a beautiful suburban campus, serves nearly 22,000 inpatients annually and provides approximately 60,000 emergency room visits. For more information, go to

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine, established in 1995 to unite Johns Hopkins’ biomedical research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises, brings together The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its faculty with the facilities and programs of the Johns Hopkins Health System.  The Health System, which has its origins in the founding of the world?famous Johns Hopkins Hospital, now comprises three hospitals, as well as other elements of an integrated system, from a community physicians group to home care.  The $4 billion JHM enterprise is one of the largest employers in Maryland.  Its components consistently are named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best school of medicine, and its faculty consistently win the largest share of NIH research funds.  Results of this research continue to advance efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent many diseases.  For more information, go to

Media Contacts

Michael Schwartzberg, GBMC Media Relations Manager
Cell: 410-258-3465

Gary M. Stephenson, M.S., Johns Hopkins Medicine Senior Associate Director, Media Relations