50th Anniversary

As part of our yearlong celebration to commemorate 50 years of serving the community, we invite you to learn more about us. Since being founded as a Catholic hospital in 1968, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has been dedicated to providing easily accessible, quality health care to the communities of northeast Baltimore.

Initially focused on rehabilitation services, we still are recognized for this expertise and are currently building a new, premier rehabilitation facility. We also have expanded, offering other services, including cancer care, emergency medicine, geriatrics, interventional radiology, wound healing, and more. Today, we continue to evolve to meet the communities' needs while honoring our Catholic tradition of caring for our neighbors.

Our Catholic Heritage

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital was established through a generous gift from Catholic and prominent business owner, Thomas J. O’Neill. Mr. O’Neill made provisions in his will for financing the construction of a private, non-profit hospital and stipulated that it not be named for him. Given Mr. O’Neill’s compassion and concern for the sick and the poor, the name Good Samaritan was chosen. Today, 50 years after the hospital’s opening, we continue to exemplify Mr. O’Neill’s vision of providing quality care for those most in need. Read more about our hospital and its history.

A Year of Celebration

Check out the slideshow below to see highlights of our anniversary festivities. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Historical Moments and Achievements

Local merchant and philanthropist Thomas J. O'Neill dies suddenly of a heart condition. In his will, he bequeaths money for the construction of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, as well as a hospital. He requested that the hospital not be named after him, so the name 'Good Samaritan' was chosen in his honor. Read more about our good beginning.
1962 In one of his first major acts after being ordained Archbishop of Baltimore, Cardinal Shehan initiates plans to begin construction of MedStar Good Samaritan as a Catholic Hospital.
March 1965 Ground is broken on the 14-acre site purchased at the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue, where the hospital stands today.
September 1968

Dedication ceremonies are held at the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. More than 800 neighbors attend the celebration, which includes a special dedication mass celebrated by Cardinal Shehan, after which he presided over the laying of the hospital's cornerstone.

Those present include Mother Saint Urban, President of the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, who first ran the hospital. Since the hospital's medical staff originally consisted only of physicians with appointments at Johns Hopkins, the presidents of Johns Hopkins University and Hospital were also in attendance.

November 1968 The first patients arrive at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
 The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital renal dialysis unit is dedicated. The unit opens under the direction of Dr. Gordon Walker and Dr. C. Robert Cooke and is the largest dialysis unit in Maryland.
The operating room at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital opens.
MedStar Good Samaritan is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years. Established in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, our rehab program - as well as our orthopedic and rheumatology programs - are fast becoming the best in the country.
The hospital's first total hip replacement is performed.
February 1973

The hospital's Auxiliary is formed, as 14 enthusiastic hospital volunteers band to dedicate themselves to serving the hospital's patients, staff and community-at-large. Today, the MedStar Good Samaritan Auxiliary is nearly 250 members strong and has raised a total of more than $2.5 million dollars for the hospital through its ongoing fundraisers and activities.

December 1983

The hospital adds a new professional office building, which houses more than 70 community physicians, making it easier than ever for our neighbors to access our care.

October 1989

A second professional office building has been added to provide space for our growing number of primary care physicians and specialists. This building, which houses nearly 100 physicians, is named in honor of Russell H. Morgan, a world-renowned radiologist who was instrumental in providing guidance and direction in the development of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

March 1990

The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Child Day Care Center opens, becoming the first employee-sponsored child care facility in Baltimore City. The center provides full- or part-time care for the children of employees, ages two to five.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital introduces its first physician referral telephone line that is free to the public.


Belvedere Green, a 94-unit apartment complex, is opened on campus. The Green provides independent living facilities for seniors in a safe, comfortable, healthy environment, with easy access to the hospital's full range of care and support services.

October 1991

MedStar Good Samaritan opens its state-of-the-art ER, to ensure that those in our community can receive good care, fast…especially in an emergency.

September 1992

The MedStar Good Samaritan Good Health Center makes its debut. The Good Health Center exists to provide preventive medicine screenings, services, and programs to our community throughout the year.

Since its inception, the Good Health Center has helped thousands of our neighbors lead healthier, happier lives…because good health begins with good information.


The hospital initiates a FastER Care program in the ER for minor emergencies. FastER Care is designed to help those with less demanding diagnoses be seen, treated and released in as timely a manner as possible.


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Department at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is unveiled. This facility includes a pediatric room, 16 cardiac-monitored treatment rooms, two parking garages, two gynecological rooms, and various other features. It combines state-of-the-art technology and services with a patient-friendly environment.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital establishes its first partnership with the College of Notre Dame of Maryland for a new nursing program. Under the new agreement, students will attend classes at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

August 2004

A new Good Health Center opens. The new center includes: a fitness center with the latest exercise equipment, eight examination rooms, a 70-seat conference room, a one-stop registration area, and a public health space designed for flu shots and preventive services.

September 2004

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital performs its first ever world-wide webcast of a hip replacement implant procedure.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital expands its Sleep Center Program. This quieter, more homelike facility reduces wait times for patients and physicians.

The hospital opens a kidney dialysis program in the Lorien Frankford Nursing Home.

The American Heart Association names MedStar Good Samaritan as a participating hospital in the Get With The Guidelines – Coronary Artery Disease Program.


The American Stroke Association names MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital an official Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Participating Hospital for its commitment to following stroke guidelines that provide the best possible care to patients.

September 2008

The professional office building was renamed The Dr. J. Walter & Patricia K. Smyth Building.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is named one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

March 2010

The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound healing Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is honored with the Front Runner Award from the National Healing Corporation [NHC] for its efforts in maximizing resources to meet the needs of local communities.

Radiology program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital receives accreditation for digital mammography from the American College of Radiology's Committee on Mammography.


The Cancer Care program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital receives a certificate of approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer.

The Comprehensive and Stroke Specialty Rehabilitation program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [CARF].

March 2011

The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital was honored with the "Best in Our Region" award at the National Healing Annual Meeting for clinical outcomes including highest heal rates and short time to heal rates. The center also received the "Front Runner" award for continued growth for the second time.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital receives a Partner for Change Award at the 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony at CleanMed. This award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.


The American College of Surgeons awards the oncology program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital accreditation with a three-year commendation.

February 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition designates MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital's renal dialysis program as a 5 Diamond Facility based on its commitment to creating a culture of safety as well as increasing safety education and awareness for renal patients.


The inpatient rehabilitation and stroke specialty programs at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital received another three-year accreditation from CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

The survey conducted by CARF noted a number of aspects of the program including commitment and mutual respect among staff members and patients, well-deserved reputation for providing quality rehabilitation services and the number of certified rehab nurses.

February 2014

The American Heart Association recognizes MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital as a Gold level Fit-Friendly Company for its work in developing an organizational culture that promotes physical activity in the workplace and implements physical, nutritional and cultural changes for a healthier organization.


The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition designates MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital's renal dialysis program as a 5 Diamond Facility for the second time based on its commitment to creating a culture of safety as well as increasing safety education and awareness for renal patients.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (as part of MedStar’s Baltimore Region Cancer Network) was granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in June of 2015.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital opened the newly-renovated Center for Successful Aging, a 5,000-square-foot geriatric center to treat patients with chronic age-related conditions. The facility is ADA-compliant, handicapped accessible and fully equipped with an onsite lab. The geriatric experts specialize in arthritis, depression, diabetes, dementia and other behavioral changes, as well as falls, balance, caregiver support and end-of-life issues.

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