History of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

aerial shot of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 1968Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, as seen from the sky in 1968.

Founded in 1773, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is one of six member institutions in the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Johns Hopkins Bayview has a long, distinguished history of service and medical excellence. It is one of the oldest, continuous health care institutions on the East Coast. From its inception as an almshouse, it evolved as an asylum and, eventually, a municipal hospital. In 1984, the city of Baltimore transferred ownership of the hospital to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University. Since then, more than $600 million has been invested to transform and modernize the campus. This development has been coupled with an investment in the faculty, staff and culture that puts the patient, family and community first.

We are committed to collaboration that bridges clinical care with teaching and research programs across disciplines and have developed unique models of care in Johns Hopkins Centers of Excellence, including the Burn Center, the only burn trauma and surgical facility in the region, Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, Asthma & Allergy Center and Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, to name a few. 

U.S. News & World Report highly ranked Geriatric Medicine and Rheumatology programs are based on the campus. The Medical Center is also home to a trauma center and neonatal intensive care unit that are part of the statewide system. 

As an academic teaching hospital, all of the physicians at Johns Hopkins Bayview are full-time faculty at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and offer their expertise through numerous teaching programs, including the residency program in internal medicine. The Medical Center provides a supportive environment that allows house staff the opportunity to become leaders in primary care general internal medicine, geriatric medicine and other medical subspecialties. Students from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing also come to the Medical Center for hospital-based instruction in acute and long-term care.

Our 130-acre campus provides state-of-the-art facilities, expert patient care and quality service to the community.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

A look into the many ways Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center has contributed to the School of Medicine's education and research.