This Month In County History

Hospital celebrates 40 years of growth

July 08, 2005

The North Arundel Hospital opened 40 years ago this month. It was renamed the Baltimore Washington Medical Center at a ceremony celebrating the anniversary this week.

in 1961, Anne Arundel County allocated $1 million for the project, which cost $2.4 million.

Community leaders fought for the hospital, which is on the southern edge of Glen Burnie, for roughly a decade before ground was broken in 1963. Doctors examined the hospital's first patient, Charles Weishaar of Glen Burnie, on July 4, 1965. Weishaar had suffered a minor head injury.

When it opened, the hospital had 107 beds and a threecubical emergency room. The hospital joined the University of Maryland Medical System five years ago. Officials are seeking to add 73 beds, increasing the capacity to 351 beds, and to add obstetrics services.

Source: The Sun

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