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Howard County General Hospital Celebrates 40 Years

40 Years LogoFor Immediate Release
Contact: Sharon Sopp

2013 Marks 40 Years of HCGH’s Commitment to Caring for Generations of Families

(Columbia, MD) – July 9, 2013 – This year marks the 40th anniversary of Howard County General Hospital (HCGH), a leading acute-care hospital in the heart of Howard County, Maryland. What began as a 59-bed medical facility in 1973 has grown to become one of the region’s premier healthcare providers, with 249 inpatient beds and approximately 900 dedicated physicians caring for countless individuals and generations of families.

“While the landscape of our hospital has certainly changed dramatically over the past 40 years, we have stayed true to our mission of providing the highest quality care to improve the health of our entire community,” says Victor A. Broccolino, HCGH’s President and CEO. “Since 1973, HCGH has been a trusted member in the lives of generations of families throughout the community. We now look toward the future and plan for new and innovative ways to care for the next generations.”

Top notch healthcare was an integral part of James Rouse’s master plan for the development of the new community of Columbia, Md. in the 1960s. Then, Mr. Rouse partnered with The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Connecticut Life Insurance Company to create one of the country’s first HMOs – Columbia Medical Plan. In 1973, the 59-bed Columbia Hospital and Clinics Foundation was founded as a short-stay facility for members of the Columbia Medical Plan.

It was soon apparent that the rapidly developing area of Columbia needed a larger, more comprehensive medical facility. In 1974, The Johns Hopkins Hospital left the partnership to focus on initiatives in east Baltimore and the Columbia Hospital and Clinics Foundation became Howard County General Hospital, an independent, not-for-profit hospital created to care for the ever-evolving healthcare needs of a growing region.

Twenty years later, by the mid-1990s, the population and medical needs of Howard County had increased exponentially, and visionary hospital leaders began searching for a strong partner to help the hospital remain on the leading edge of healthcare for years to come. In 1998, the hospital entered into a strategic partnership with its original partner, Johns Hopkins Medicine, strengthening the hospital’s already solid foundation and mission of community-based medicine, while adding the benefits of a close-knit connection with a world-renowned academic medical institution.

“The alliance with Johns Hopkins allowed HCGH to expand its already strong medical services, facilities and technology, greatly benefitting the residents of Howard County,” says Mr. Broccolino, who was among the visionary leaders who realized the value this partnership would bring to the hospital and the region. “I felt strongly then, and more certain today, that our partnership with Hopkins was the right choice, enabling our hospital to grow and remain on top of significant breakthroughs in modern medicine.”

Several events were held to celebrate HCGH’s 40th anniversary milestone, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion for families and former patients on March 10; the 40th Anniversary Gala honoring Victor and Tina Broccolino on June 1; and the upcoming HCGH Community Health Fair on July 13.  More information about HCGH’s history and 40th anniversary, as well as patient and staff stories and historic photographs can be found at, and on the hospital’s social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and the Well and Wise blog.

Over the twenty years, HCGH has continued on the course of growth and innovation, adding new, state-of-the-art facilities and services including:

  • 1990 – The Special Care Nursery, now the Lundy Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – a sophisticated facility to care for the delicate and unique needs of premature and sick newborns.
  • 2002 – The Master Facility Plan featured a new wing added to the hospital, housing an expanded Emergency Department as well as larger Neonatal Intensive Care and Labor and Delivery units.
  • 2006 - The Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine – staffed by Johns Hopkins specialists, this center expanded HCGH’s perinatal services, offering a team approach to patient care, involving perinatologists, neonatologists, pediatric subspecialists, genetic counselors and patient educators throughout the pregnancy. The center manages high-risk pregnancies with comprehensive care.
  • 2009 - The 110,686 sq. ft. Patient Pavilion – a four-story, five-level building housing three inpatient units, The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center and numerous support departments.
  • 2012 -  Breast Center at HCGH, which offers digital mammography screening, diagnostics and biopsies and a full range of treatment options for breast cancer patients. It is the only comprehensive breast center in Howard County.

Important Facts about HCGH:

  • HCGH has the fifth-largest obstetrics service in Maryland, with more than 3,300 babies born in fiscal year 2012, and approximately 90,500 babies born since 1973.
  • HCGH is the only Cardiac Intervention Center in Howard County, performing almost 100 angioplasty procedures in 2012
  • The Primary Stroke Center had 385 stroke-related visits in 2011.
  • HCGH’s 24/7 brain-attack consultation partnership with Hopkins neurologists has allowed a growing number of patients to receive the clot busting drug, t-PA.
  • HCGH is also accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
  • HCGH staff includes more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. It is the fourth largest private employer in Howard County and employs nearly 1,000 Howard County residents.
  • The hospital’s professional staff is comprised of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties.
  • More than 440 volunteers contributed over 39,000 hours of service in FY 2012.

HCGH Then and Now

Fiscal Year 1974Fiscal year 2012
140,700 sq. ft.523,939 sq. ft.
59 inpatient beds249 inpatient beds
88 physicians900 physicians
2,939 admissions15,667 admissions
17,830 emergency visits77,488 emergency visits
Data not available13,358 surgeries
485 babies born3,333 babies born

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care. The hospital has a professional staff of approximately 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and nearly more than 440 volunteers.

Please Note: Contact Sharon Sopp at 410-740-7646 or to schedule an interview with Victor Broccolino about HCGH’s 40th anniversary, or to speak to longtime employees and volunteers of the hospital.