UM UCH Partnership

Since July, 2009, Upper Chesapeake Health, which includes two acute care not-for-profit hospitals – the 185-bed Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, and the 89-bed Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace – has been in a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System. This relationship has brought many benefits to the region, including expanded clinical service lines, facilities and specialists. UMMS has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. Find out more about University of Maryland Medical System at

Harford County is home to a growing population of 248,000 residents. In response to this growth and an aging population in the county, the strategic partnership between UCH and UMMS has brought an increase in specialty care to the region, making it possible for residents to stay local for much of their care. One example of this partnership is the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center which opened in October on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus in Bel Air. The new cancer center is an affiliate of the National Cancer Institute-designated Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

"When we chose to partner with the University of Maryland Medical System, we knew that we had selected a partner that was best positioned to help us meet our goals now and into the future,” Lyle Sheldon, FACHE, president and CEO of UCH, explained. “UMMS has a proven record of successfully partnering with community-based hospitals and health care systems, and provides expertise through shared services in critically important areas such as finance, information technology and supply chain management," Sheldon added.

Health care reform at the national and state level is fundamentally changing how health care will be provided in the future with a significant focus on lowering cost, improving quality and delivering better long-term outcomes for patients and payers.

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