Friday, October 8, 2021

Celebrating Gilchrist’s New Home in the City

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Gilchrist Center Baltimore’s new Inpatient Hospice facility at Stadium Place. 

By the end of October, we will start to provide respectful end-of-life care to many in need in the city of Baltimore. The new center will continue to be the only residential hospice in Baltimore and the only pediatric inpatient hospice unit in the state. 

The 30,000 square-foot William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Gilchrist Center Baltimore will contain 18 private adult rooms and four pediatric rooms for inpatient residential hospice and respite care. The center has been designed with the warmth and comfort of Gilchrist’s other inpatient centers in Towson and Howard County, with home-like areas for families who are visiting. Each patient will have access to the full spectrum of hospice care, including medical, emotional, spiritual, and personal care, with a focus on quality of life. Music therapy, veteran salutes, counseling, and bereavement services will also be available free of charge. 

My deepest gratitude to Cathy Hamel, President of Gilchrist and Vice President of Continuing Care at GBMC HealthCare, and Dr. Tony Riley, Chief Medical Officer of Gilchrist, and their entire team for their devotion to their patients and families. I congratulate them once again for this milestone occasion.  

Thank You!
Earlier this week, we had an unfortunate incident on our medical campus.  Thankfully no one was physically injured or harmed. The safety of our staff, patients, and entire GBMC family is of the utmost importance. I want to thank our security team and incident command center for their quick response and action to protect our staff, volunteers, patients, and visitors. 

Last Thursday, we held our annual employee and volunteer barbeque. Normally, we hold this event during the summer, but we thought that having it in September would be a welcomed change, especially given the pandemic. The great weather and the spectacular karaoke performers and bean toss participants helped make it a really a fun time!

I would like to acknowledge our Human Resources Team, led by Anna-Maria Palmer,  Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, and her executive assistant, Richelle Tighe, as well as the Marketing and Communications Team and our Philanthropy Team, led by Jenny Coldiron, for putting on a fabulous day-long barbecue! I also want to give a special shout out to Cristie Nickel, Community Relations and Events Specialist, and Kim Davenport,  Director of Communications and Event Management Strategy, for their hard work on this year’s events.

October is American Pharmacists Month
At GBMC, we have always had outstanding pharmacists and technicians who really care and work hard. Over the years, our pharmacy team, led by  director, Yuliya Klopouh, has done an outstanding job at making our medication delivery highly reliable. They were phenomenal after the cyber-attack. They really showed their expertise at redesign. Please join me in thanking them for all that they do to drive us closer to our vision. 

Happy Anniversary, Times Two!
Last Friday (October 1st), we hit two major milestones. It was GBMC’s 56th anniversary and it was also the five-year anniversary of going live with Epic – our electronic medical record (EMR) across the GBMC HealthCare System. I can’t believe how time has flown.  It is clear that “one patient, one record” has been a major benefit for our patients and for the GBMC HealthCare System.

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