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

April
1919
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.
June
1970
 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.
July
1970
The operating room at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital opens.
June
1971
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.
July
1971
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.

May
1990

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

June
1990

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.

April
199
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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.

July
199
8

Good Samaritan Hospital implements its hospitalist program to enhance the level and quality of care for inpatients.

September
200
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Good Samaritan Hospital receives $5.2 million from federal housing grants to build Woodbourne Woods, a 71-apartment facility.

September
200
0

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Good Health Center plans to open a $3.3 million facility within three years, adding diabetes and nutrition services.

September
200
0

Good Samaritan Hospital’s charitable fund receives a $100,000 donation to support the Thomas O’Neill Catholic Health Care Fund.

October
200
0

Physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital participate in a pilot project using Palm Pilots to link them to reference information as a means of enhancing their access to critical patient information and improving quality of care. They use the Palm Pilots to download clinical data from the hospital’s main computer.

April
2003

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.

June
2005

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.

April
2006

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.

July
2009

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.

May
2010

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.

June
2011

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.

April
2013

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.

May
2014

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.

June
2015

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.

April
2016

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.

February
2018

Drs. Rosemarie Maraj and Stuart Roth were named Over the Top Docs at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for volunteering as part of Operation Walk, a non-profit organization that provides free joint replacement surgeries for people in third-world countries. The group traveled to Trinidad last fall.

March 13,
2018

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital held its first on-site webcast to promote Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

March 19,
2018

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) awarded The Sleep Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital a full Sleep Facility Reaccreditation for five years with no provisions, providing patients with the highest quality of care.

March 26,
2018

The Wound Care Center at MedStar Good Samaritan was named a Center of Distinction by Healogics, based on quality outcomes. To receive this designation, centers must meet or exceed the criteria of having a greater than 92 percent patient satisfaction rate, a greater than 91 percent healing rate, 30 or less median days to heal, and 19 percent or less outlier rate. The Wound Care Center was the only one in Baltimore to achieve this recognition.

April 9,
2018

Christine Krieser, RN, O’Neill 4, received the DAISY Award for exemplifying compassionate care and concern for her patients.

April 23,
2018

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus opens on the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital campus. A newly-renovated 7,800-square-foot space on the first floor of the Russell Morgan Building, the new facility offers state-of-the-art infusion center with 22 treatment chairs providing IV therapy, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and iron therapy; pharmacy, clinical trials program, screening programs, including lung CTs, MRI, ultrasounds, mammography, and radiation therapy. The staff of clinicians is from MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan.

April
2018

Volunteers were honored for their service. Since the Auxillary was initiated 45 years ago, they have contributed almost $10 million to the hospital. Throughout the past 50 years, volunteers have provided more than one million hours of service.

May 1,
2018

Dr. Renz Juaneza was named Over the Top Doc at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. He was nominated by a patient for his wonderful mental health care and support.

May 7,
2018

Vivien Aligada, RN, was one of 50 nurses to receive Baltimore magazine 2018 Excellence in Nursing Award. Vivien, recognized for her nursing skills in the ICU, joined MGSH in 2002.

May
2018

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, for its successful programs to reduce environmental impact.

May
2018

The Medical Laboratories at both MGSH and MUMH received their two-year accreditations from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

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