Greater Baltimore Medical Center
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Best and Worst of Times

When I discovered the lump in my breast, I had it checked immediately. "It's nothing to worry about," my doctor from another hospital said. However, a few months later, it had grown bigger and so had my worries. Read more...

NICU Angels

When I was at week 29 of my pregnancy I went into GBMC to have blood work done since my blood pressure was high and wasn't going down. I didn't feel stressed out and I wasn't worried. As the doctors did some blood work and routine tests, I just had this feeling that this wasn't going to be one of those times when I entered and exited and everything was okay. I was right. Read more...

Above and Beyond Care

I have been an inpatient about fifty times with a recurrent bowel obstruction problem, a condition that has caused me to have several surgeries. During my many hospital stays on Unit 48, I have become very close to the doctors and nurses. They have always treated me with professional and loving care. Read more...

Local Nurse Survives Cancer, Faces Non-healing Wound Decades Later

A radical course of radiation treatment in 1985 saved 29-year-old nurse Patricia T's life, and her right leg. However, nearly 30 years later, she found herself once again fearing amputation – this time due to the radiation that had previously spared her limb. This is her story, in her own words. Read more...

From Now On, We’re Only Coming to GBMC

From the moment we drove to GBMC, our experience was perfect. The ER was clearly marked. The parking was easy and access into the hospital was a cinch. Most parents can attest to the fact that when your child is sick, the last thing you want to do is encounter obstacles getting your child to safety and better health. Our doctor had called in ahead, so most of our information was already in the system. Read more...

What GBMC Has Meant to Me

There are no words to describe how I feel about the women I encountered. They were sympathetic, understanding, kind, passionate, sensitive and just all around incredible. They made sure I was taken care of, and that my daughter and family were as well. Read more...

A Rewarding and Challenging Career

I started in sanitation in the kitchen, then went to housekeeping, and then to transportation at GBMC. So many staff members were so helpful during my GBMC transitions. While I was working, GBMC took care of putting me through school to become a CNA/GNA, which enriched my life and further expanded my opportunities. Read more...

The Best Job I Never Had

Although the work was not "life or death," I treated it as if it were because over the years my clients had become like family. The self-imposed stress from work bled into my personal life; I felt I was no longer the enthusiastic, upbeat family member and friend that I had been years ago. Read more...

From Sidelined to Back in the Field

In March of 2013, I was playing broomball (which is a sport most similar to ice hockey) and took quite a tumble on the ice. I was able to return to work without issues, but I was unable to return to exercise of any kind without pain. Read more...

Roller Coaster Ride

My son was born at GBMC in 1995. He was a 24-week-old preemie weighing only one pound and thirteen ounces. He spent 138 days in the NICU, and the doctors and nurses were a gift from God. Their knowledge when taking care of my son was irreplaceable. He had many surgeries and procedures, and it was a true "roller coaster ride." Read more...

A Healthy Family

When I was 30 weeks pregnant, my water broke. I was not in active labor, so I was admitted to the high-risk OB unit for the duration of my pregnancy.  I was an inpatient in this unit from December 11, 2012, until I delivered on December 20th.  The nurse, Jeanie, and nursing assistant, Yvette, were absolutely amazing to me and my family. Read more...

A GBMC Volunteer Overcomes Cancer

In November, 2012, I had a routine mammogram, and was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, the Her2Neu cancer. I underwent two surgical lumpectomies, four infusions of chemotherapy, a year of herceptin infusion to stifle the Her2Neu cancer and seven weeks of radiation. Read more...

A Meaningful Career

When I moved to Maryland in the early eighties, I was seeking meaningful employment where I could use both my nursing background and my pastoral counseling skills. After a few years working as an oncology nurse at a local hospital, I had contact with GBMC and was very impressed with its cancer program and its obvious value supporting programs that helped cancer patients and their loved ones. Read more...

Kind and Compassionate Physicians

On November 4, 1980, my husband and I entered GBMC as parents-to-be. I was in active labor and the doctor told me it was time to come in and give birth. What I wasn't expecting was the fact that all my normal doctors were "off" that night. Read more...

Volunteering at the Information Desk

I have been volunteering at the Information Desk for over twenty years. It can be quite challenging, but it is also very rewarding. Read more...

Quality Care for Casey

My daughter Casey was three, it was a weekend and I was working at Gilchrist. My husband, our son, Brice, and Casey went sledding. My husband had Casey in front of him on his sled, and going down the hill, they hit something and both popped off the sled. In a panic, my husband rushed to find Casey. When he got to her, she was unresponsive. Read more...

Years of Service

I started work at GBMC in August of 1971 and worked in the Housekeeping department for nineteen years. I moved to being a patient transporter for a couple years, then became a GBMC dispatcher until 1998. I then switched departments again and became a nutritional service associate. Read more...

Care from Physicians Who Became Like Family

In 1965, Greater Baltimore Medical Center opened in Towson, and my family moved to Baltimore with a two-and-a-half-year-old and a nine-week-old. Other than a necessary and wonderful pediatrician from Union Memorial, GBMC became our entire medical family. Read more...

I Survived Cancer...Twice

My first diagnosis occurred when I turned 40 years of age, which was seven years ago. I remarried the live of my life, we returned from our honeymoon on a Sunday and that next Wednesday I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). I had my first meeting with Dr. Lauren Schnaper, and she sent me for a stereotactic biopsy of the left breast. Read more...

Guardian Angel

As a child, before going to bed, I remember always praying TO my guardian angel. In my mind, guardian angels served to protect whichever person God assigned to them. Now as an adult, I pray FOR my guardian angel. Read more...

A Passion for Nursing

I began my journey with GBMC in 1987. I came here working as an agency nurse in the critical care areas. I was hired to the SICU in February of 1988 and loved it from the start. I knew I had found my home because everyone I worked with soon became a part of my GBMC family. Read more...

Fears Alleviated

I have been through some health challenge over the past few years. I was having pain in my left breast around 2011, and I was afraid to get a mammogram. I scheduled one at GMBC, and as I was sitting there, waiting to be examined, my mind was racing. Read more...

Defeating Cancer and Giving Back

In 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and my local primary care physician referred me to Dr. Califano at the Dance Center at GBMC. In preparation for my treatment, Dr. Califano admitted me to GBMC to perform several procedures: relocation of my left salivary gland from the submandibular to under my chin, a surgical biopsy and insertion of a feeding tube. Read more...

We Can Travel Now

I fell up my brick steps and broke my nose in several places. I came to the ER at GBMC and everyone was very nice. Then I had to come back for Dr. Capone to put my nose back together. He did a great job, but it was so damaged that I had to come back again to see Dr. Goldstone to fix my deviated septum. Read more...

Adopted into the GBMC Family

Before I worked at GBMC, my entire post-college career had been with the American Cancer Society. In fact, a contractual position between GBMC and the American Cancer Society is what brought me to GBMC. Read more...

A Healthy Grandchild

When she was born, our granddaughter weighed in at two pounds, twelve ounces and was five and a half weeks early. Suddenly I was seeing the OB Units and NICU firsthand, not as a volunteer but as the family member of a patient. Read more...

GBMC and Family

I've been a volunteer at GBMC for over 10 years, and I'm blessed that my co-workers are like a second family to me. But, because of GBMC, I also have some wonderful additions to my immediate family. Read more...

A Wonderful Institution

In the late 1980's, my son was diagnosed with a lump in his thigh which was thought to be cancerous. Dr. John Saunders performed the operation, and although the lump turned out to be benign, we were very concerned. Read more...

I Get to Reminisce

GBMC has allowed me to scrapbook and catalogue my daughter’s life. So, because of that, each time that I have been at GBMC has been positive. I get to reminisce about my daughter and family in the earlier year, and for that, I am grateful. Read more...

Compassionate, Loving and Concerned Care

Even though I have wonderful and loving memories of the staff of GBMC, not every story, particularly in a hospital, has a happy ending. Mine definitely does not, as my husband died after spending several days and weeks at GBMC over a four-year period. The last was 32 days at GBMC and 7 days in Gilchrist. Read more...

Healthy and Happy After Treatment

I had an annual gynecologic appointment scheduled with a new doctor as mine had retired. I was a new patient of Emma Zargarian, MD, and after her exam she gently, but firmly, told me she had felt growths on each ovary. I replied that this was impossible, as I felt fine. Read more...

Two Total Knee Replacements

My knees became progressively more painful. Friends encouraged me to see various orthopedic specialists at several nearby hospitals. However, after seeing the successful results some friends enjoyed, I made an appointment with Dr. Lee Schmidt. Read more...

Everything I've Wanted

More than forty-five years ago, I started my first and only job at GBMC. I had just graduated from St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma. My career at GBMC has been very rewarding. Read more...

A Life Filled with Meaningful Events

Many of the most meaningful events of my life, both personally and professionally, have occurred at GBMC. Beginning over forty years ago with the joy of giving birth to my two daughters, then followed years later with being present for the births of four of my five grandchildren, GBMC has always been very important to me. Read more...

My Stress Test Revealed a Brain Tumor

Imagine my surprise when a stress test for my heart revealed a brain tumor! This happened to me a year after having coronary bypass surgery. Read more...

Our Go-To for Healthcare

Over the years, GBMC has been our go-to for healthcare. Our second child was born at GBMC, a couple of broken arms were fixed perfectly by Dr. Stewart Koehler, a neck fusion was performed by Dr. Reggie Davis, a hernia was repaired by Dr. Frank Rotolo, and two knee replacements were completed very successfully by Dr. Lee Schmidt. Read more...

Successful Cancer Treatment

Right from the start, I sensed there was a special culture at work at GMBC, one that demanded doing things differently. I saw facets of this extraordinary culture in everything from my dedicated medical team and the soothing physical surroundings to the opportunity to give back by participating in research. Read more...

My Son is Happy and Healthy

After my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, I received genetic counseling to ensure the viability of my next pregnancy. The care and attention I received put my mind at ease about the health of my pregnancy. I went on to give birth to my wonderful son at GBMC, and that was ten years ago this month. Read more...

Excellent End-of-Life Care

When my mother entered an assisted living facility, she also became a patient of Dr. Aaron Charles and his geriatric team at GBMC. Shortly after she became his patient, my mother was taken to GBMC's Emergency Department with dangerously high blood pressure and other heart-related issues. Read more...

I Helped Women's Hospital Move Into GBMC

I graduated from Bon Secours Hospital School of Nursing on June 9, 1965 and started working at The Hospital for the Women of Maryland, of Baltimore City in the operating room on June 14, 1965. That September, we were moving equipment and supplies from Women's Hospital to GBMC, sometimes using our own personal vehicles. We set up the brand new GBMC general operating rooms (GOR) and I worked there, full-time days, gaining much experience in all types of general surgery. Read more...

Compassionate, Caring and Competent Doctors

We had a wonderful experience with Dr. Mary Louise Collins. Our toddler son was screened in preschool for vision. The screening picked up some potential eye problems. Our pediatrician referred us to Dr. Collins. Read more...

A Short But Beautiful Life

I am a volunteer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. Several years ago, we had a special request over the 4th of July holiday. A family had been on vacation at the beach when the woman had very severe stomach pains and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Once there, it was discovered that she was pregnant and in labor. Read more...

From Preemie to Professional

With a due date in the chilly winter of 1989, my mom never imagined having her daughter in the heat of July. But July 21 came and so did I – just 24 weeks into my mom's pregnancy. I was born at 8:39 a.m. and my mom left at 6 o'clock that night. She says that was probably one of the hardest things she ever did because she had to walk out where the new moms were coming out with their babies. Read more...

Candy Striper Turned Nurse

In the third grade, we learned the anatomy of the ear and I was hooked; I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. In 1965, when GBMC opened in my neighborhood of Towson, it was my early opportunity to get involved. I started as a GBMC Candy Striper in March of 1966. Read more...

I Travel the World Now that I Beat Breast Cancer

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. Dr. Frank Rotolo did the lumpectomy. I told him that I felt well enough to go back to work after a week, but he would not allow me because I still had the drainage system in. I told him that I had prepared my students and purchased several oversized sweaters. I could do it. He still said no. After that, I met with Dr. Paul Celano, my Oncologist, who mapped out my treatment plan. I will never forget what he said to me. Dr. Celano said, "Just take one day at a time. If you are a person who has handled other situations in your life and did not fall apart, you will handle this too." Read more...

Our Child Will Save Lives Because GBMC Saved His

We were living 350 miles from here, I was 29 weeks pregnant and we had come to Maryland for my baby shower. After not feeling the baby move all day, I called my doctor in New York. She told me to get to the hospital right away, and we headed from Reisterstown to GBMC. That was the night of July 27, 1997. Read more...

Skilled and Trained Staff

When I was pregnant with my first child, as well as my second and third, my OB was Dr. Allen. I love her entire staff. I had high blood pressure throughout my pregnancy and there were concerns about enlarged kidneys. Dr. Allen answered every question and concern. I was induced a week early because even on bed rest my blood pressure was high. We delivered Mason Alexander at 2:21 a.m. Read more...

Doctors Who Don't Give Up On You

I was a very high-risk patient. Two other hospitals turned me away and suggested I terminate my pregnancy due to my blood pressure history. I had already had a daughter; she was five years old at the time, and my pregnancy with her was a close call – we both almost died. Read more...

GBMC Saved My Daughter's Life

On December 9, 2013, my fiancé and I arrived at GBMC around 4:00 a.m. to be induced. On our way in, we had noticed a lady had practically given birth right there in the lobby about twenty minutes before. Needless to say, that terrified us, as did the whole experience. Read more...

How Our Son Became Known as "Rocky"

My wife, Heather, entered GBMC in full labor at 23 weeks and 1 day into her pregnancy. I was in Boston at the time. She was told the baby would have a less than 35 percent chance of living. He was born weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces and was sent to the NICU – where he was placed on a ventilator and into an incubator – immediately after birth. Read more...

The Nurses Taught Me a Lot About Parenthood

I was pregnant and was referred to Dr. Khouzami because my gynecologist did not deliver babies, and I had the best experience with Dr. Khouzami and his whole team. They were nothing but great. It was my first pregnancy, so I had a million questions, and they would sit and talk to me and answer everything I asked. Read more...

I Had My Youngest at GBMC

I was born at GBMC on November 21, 1967. I was the third child and baby of the family. I now have three children of my own, and gave birth to my third child at GBMC on May 17, 2000. She is also the baby of the family. The nurses and staff at GBMC were the best. Read more...

Many Great Experiences

GBMC hospital has been there when I needed them for the past twenty-seven years. We are very fortunate and blessed to live in the state of Maryland where we have choices about excellent hospitals and health care providers. I am grateful for my positive experiences at GBMC. Read more...

Finding My Niche

A few years ago, my grandfather was admitted to the Gilchrist Center in Towson. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized to other parts of his body. The doctors said he would have six months or less to live, but the time frame became less and less as time went on. Read more...

A Blessing in My Life

February 7, 2001, my daughter, Jachea Mack, gave birth to my first grandchild. The baby weighed just one pound, 10.4 ounces. I felt like a fish out of water, emotionally a wreck, because of the size of the baby. Read more...

I've Lived a Dream

My GBMC story begins in 1993 when I had a hysterectomy after delivering my fourth child and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was not recovering well after both, and my general practitioner diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome. Read more...

Outstanding and Supportive Staff

After having a pretty low key pregnancy for the most part, everything changed in just a day. I was placed on moderate bed rest at the end of my seventh month. I was bored out of my mind by the time I went to bed one night, but in just a few hours I woke to some a pain and it just didn't feel right. A quick run to GBMC to be checked out ended up with me being admitted. Read more...

I'm a Proud Mother Thanks to GBMC

My GBMC story starts with two numbers: 164 and 864. These were the numbers given to my two sons by the In Vitro Center in the early years of 1988 and 1992. In 1988, I became pregnant with my first child, and the GBMC In Vitro Center was successful with 100 births. My son became successful birth number 164. Read more...

The Right Choice for Me

I was diagnosed with stage 2 ductal carcinoma breast cancer shortly after my 40th birthday, about ten years ago. My primary care doctor basically said, “Run, do not walk, to GBMC!” Having seen GBMC ranked consistently as one of the nation’s leading hospitals, I knew it was the right choice for me. I had no family history of the breast cancer, so when I was diagnosed, I was stunned. Read more...

I Have My Life Back

In September of 2013, I was at the lowest point in my life. My weight and health were out of control. I was weighing in at a whopping 425 pounds. My family and friends had all expressed concern about me, about my health and about the fact that if I continued the way I was, I was going to die sooner rather than later. I was 33 years old and these were not things I wanted to face at such a young age. Read more...

One of My Greatest Accomplishments

My story occurred some 24 years ago when I was a younger man. I had never used GBMC’s services before, but I was about to entrust it with one of my greatest accomplishments: my family's legacy. No one could have known at the time that there would be no more Barreiros in the family tree. Read more...

The Doctors Saved My Life

Two years ago I went to my primary care physician, Dr. Whiteford, with swollen ankles and fatigue. She automatically ordered blood work and it turned out that I was severely anemic. I was able to quickly get an appointment with Dr. Tang, a hematologist and oncologist at GBMC. Dr. Tang admitted me directly to the hospital where I received blood transfusions and an iron infusion. I then had a colonoscopy, which came back normal, but I was still losing blood. Read more...

GBMC Kept Us Safe

My name is Danielle, and I had my little girl, Frankie, my only child, at GBMC. I was 38 when I had her, and I had lots of tests and monitoring done because of my age. I was put on bed rest in the beginning of January, and she was due in March. I was having tests done three times a week at the hospital to monitor both of us to make sure everything was as it should be. Read more...

Great Care for a Dear Friend

My dearest friend of 43 years was admitted to GBMC for her dying days. The family was allowed to stay with her for her constant needs. I was so blessed to be called her family. She told the nurses that I was her sister, since she really had no sisters at all. Read more...

GBMC Put My Mind at Ease

I've had all of my mammograms at the GBMC Pavilion Imaging Center. When I had a mammogram at the end of last year, it showed that the breast tissue on my right breast was dense. My internist told me told me to have an ultrasound, which I also had done at GBMC. Because there was a spot on my breast, I had to have a biopsy, also done at GBMC. I was nervous and worried that I may have breast cancer, but the employees at the Imaging Center were kind and patient and answered all of my questions. Read more...

Our Adopted Daughter Was Born at GBMC

In 1999, my husband and I had been married more than eight years and had been through several fertility treatments to try to have a baby – but no luck. Then, by a series of small miracles, we stumbled upon a pregnant 22-year-old who was looking for a couple to adopt her baby. She was due in early June, and she was starting her eighth month. I had to go into full gear to get the adoption process rolling. Read more...

The Best Care for My Sister

There are many choices for medical and surgical care in our community of greater Towson, in addition to institutions in the city. GBMC was our choice, and we realize how fortunate it was that we chose GBMC to treat my sister, Elizabeth. Read more...

GBMC Enriched My Life

Forty four years ago, on February 26th, my daughter was born at GBMC. It took over six years for me to get pregnant, and the day finally arrived when she decided it was time to make her entrance. My husband had the flu and we were really concerned that we wouldn't make it to the hospital in time. Read more...

A Legacy of GBMC Births

My mom gave birth to my brother in 1941 and to me in 1952 at The Woman's Hospital in Baltimore. She always praised the hospital and staff. In 1978 and 1982 I gave birth to my two daughters at GBMC. I had the best doctors during both: for my first birth, Drs. McCosh and McGovern, then for the second birth I had Dr. Khouzami. Read more...

Three Babies Born at GBMC

Well, I have nothing but great memories of GBMC! All three of my boys were born there, though I'm certain that many women can say that. My first was a pretty typical birth. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. and delivered a healthy baby at 9:45 p.m. – our first was home with mama the next day. The second was not so easy. Read more...

Lifelong Relationships through GBMC

My first experience with GBMC was forty-three years ago with the birth of my first child. Since then, GBMC has been a consistent part of my life. Read more...

I'm a Cancer Survivor

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on June 15, 1998. I will never forget that day. Dr. Grumbine came into my room (I had had a hysterectomy) and gave me the news. I still remember him holding my hand and telling me I would need chemotherapy. He said he was referring me to Dr. Celano and they would work as a team to help me. He was right. Read more...

GBMC Gave Me My Son

I had infertility issues and went to Dr. Ted Baramki. After discussing my options with my doctor, he felt my best option was in vitro fertilization. In 1988, I was under the care of Dr. Padilla and Dr. Garcia. In November 1988, I became pregnant through IVF on my first attempt. August 12, 1989, I delivered a healthy baby boy – he weighed 8.5 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. Read more...

A Great Support System

On January 22, 1988, my husband and I found out I was expecting twins. I was 35 weeks pregnant at the time! The boys were born eight days later. We had two infants in the NICU for 11 and 12 days, and a six-and-a-half-year-old at home. There was a great support system for all of us at GBMC! Read more...

GBMC Saved My Child’s Toe

My first child was born at GBMC on October 14, 1995 and was delivered by Dr. Tammy McCarus and her husband Dr. Steven McCarus. It was such a wonderful experience. I knew that if anything were to happen where I needed an emergency room (ER) I would fly, if need be, to GBMC. Well, little did I know that my daughter would need the ER two months later, in December of 1995. Read more...

Knowlegeable and Pleasant Staff

Last winter, my mother-in-law fell on the ice and hurt her wrist. She needed to seek medical care, so I went and picked her up and immediately took her to the GBMC emergency room. Once we arrived, we checked in and she was taken back very quickly. That was my first time really taking someone to an emergency room, and I was very impressed with the check-in process and how quickly she was seen. Read more...

Supportive and Caring Staff Members

Nine years ago, my seven-year-old daughter became sick with what we initially thought was a strep throat infection. She was also complaining of ankle pain, but as she had fallen in gym class that week, we did not immediately link the two complaints. After four days of antibiotics failed to make a difference in her symptoms, and as the pain in her ankle became worse, we knew that we needed more than our pediatrician could provide. Read more...

The Best Local Hospital

In the fall of 2011, my daughter lost part of her vision in her right eye during a neurology lecture. She had been married only nine months and was fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse. She was seen by a neuro-ophthalmologist at a Baltimore hospital, evaluated and sent for a brain MRI. In short, she had nine-hour brain surgery only to get a biopsy and was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, a rather rare and fatal brain tumor that was malignant and inoperable. Read more...

GBMC Cared for My Fragile Infants

My first child was born at GBMC on March 10, 1991. My water had broken at 31 weeks after having been on bed rest for almost two months with pre-term labor. I paged my husband on the beeper we rented at the hospital. This was before cell phones! He got the page as he was about to open the front door! We called the doctor and went right to the hospital. Eighteen hours later, our daughter, Mary Catherine, "Catie," was born, all three and a half pounds and seventeen inches of her. Read more...

Surviving Cancer Changed My Life

My GBMC story dates back to 1991 when I was 34 years old. I had gone to my internist with some concerns about some lumps I was able to feel in my throat. She agreed the lumps were worthy of concern and sent me to James Mersey, MD, for a biopsy. He scheduled me for an ultrasound, and a biopsy would be based upon the results of the ultrasound. Read more...

GBMC Helped Us Fulfill Our Dreams

I was referred to Dr. Claire Weitz with Perinatal Associates shortly after moving to the Baltimore area. I have what is called uterine didelphys, which is a uterine abnormality. Because of this abnormality, I was considered a high-risk pregnancy from the get-go. My husband and I went to Aruba for our baby-moon and I ended up in the hospital with pre-term labor at 26 weeks. We managed to get back to Baltimore and I was, from then on, closely monitored by my doctor and the hospital. Read more...

Great Care and Wonderful Outcomes

I was a GBMC patient for knee replacement surgery, torn rotator cuff surgery and several hernia repairs. The care I received and the wonderful outcomes of those procedures were excellent. However, the greatest personal satisfaction experience at GBMC came when I was a member of the Volunteer Auxiliary Board. Read more...

Healthcare That is Always There

Thinking about my experiences with GBMC brought back good memories of when my children were born as well as the birth of my grandson twenty-seven years later. I was there for the delivery and it has left such a wonderful impact on my life. I feel very at ease knowing that there is a hospital that is there for me. Read more...

GBMC Saved Our Daughter's Life

“I believe your daughter has Infant Botulism. There is a treatment, but it is only made in California. She may get worse before she gets better. She may lose her breathing.” These words are still very vivid to us to this day. These are the words that were spoken to us only a short time after our five-month-old baby, Madison, entered the Emergency Room at GBMC. Read more...

A Healthy Start for All Three of My Daughters

Twenty-five years ago, I presented myself to the maternity ward at GBMC and became a mom for the very first time. The doctors and nurses took very good care of me and I left feeling invincible. Twelve years later, in 2001, I had a three month stay at the high risk OB unit, and in 2002, I delivered twins... born 54 days apart. Read more...

Cause for Celebration

I wasn’t completely surprised when I received a call following my annual mammogram in April 2012 requesting that I come back for additional films. I’d had questionable results on previous mammograms that required biopsies, though they all had been benign. I didn’t become anxious until the radiologist explained that the films showed calcifications, which can indicate cancerous cells, and said he wanted to take multiple biopsies. Read more...

Good Experiences

I was first introduced to GBMC through the pre-natal classes taught by Anne Ober, Murf Mahoney and Joan Imoff in the late 1970’s when my sister was having her children. In the late eighties, I was back to have my own son which was a difficult delivery but handled with such gentle kindness that it was a good experience. It was such a good experience that my son returned in 2008 for the delivery of his son. Read more...

A Beautiful Moment

I was married for the second time, what I considered to be my last chance at "happily ever after." I wasn't young and, at eleven years my senior, my husband certainly wasn't either. We wanted, worked for and prayed for a baby that would glue together our blended family. Read more...

I’ve Revamped My Life Thanks to GBMC

My journey to bariatric surgery began early in life in grade school being teased as “pudgy.” When I entered high school, I still considered myself overweight but upon graduating I enlisted in the military in 1971. Basic training was a bit challenging physically, but I got through. When I finished my active duty service, I joined the Maryland Air National Guard. I served in different positions over the years, thoroughly enjoyed myself and took pride in serving my country. Read more...

Because of GBMC, I Am Cancer Free

I joined the GBMC family on September 14, 1987, as a laboratorian. If you know anything about laboratorians, you know that we are a “behind the scenes” type of people. We love and care for our patients with the same compassion and dedication as others in the hospital, just from the comfort of the laboratory. Most of us don’t venture out unless we have to, so we miss the opportunity to see our other GBMC family members. Read more...

A Positively Life-changing Experience

December 31, 2008, was this parent's worst nightmare: My youngest son was diagnosed with testicular cancer a month after his nineteenth birthday. After reeling from the initial shock, I knew exactly who and where to go for treatment: Dr. Marshall Levine at GBMC. I had had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Levine when I first arrived in Baltimore (another story, thankfully not medically-related!), and instinctively knew that our best options were with him. Read more...

My Baby is Healthy

My pregnancy was great all around. It was what a lot of women wanted: no stretch marks, small figure, little weight gain, and a healthy baby. The day came where I didn't feel my little girl move. I gave my doctor a call and then headed over to labor and delivery. Little did I know, she wasn't going to move and I had to be induced. Read more...

An Early GBMC Supporter

My mother was eager to have a hospital near her new Towson home in which to have a baby, so she volunteered to help with fundraising to help build the new hospital. She showed up at the Towson YMCA to help stuff envelopes for hundreds of donor invitations, and when she arrived, she found tables of invitations and no one else to help. So, she did the whole project by herself. Read more...

GBMC is My Go-to Hospital

Soon after we were married in October of 1994 we found out we were pregnant. We went out to celebrate, and my husband stopped smoking that same day, which becomes important later in our story. One day at work, I was having very consistent gas pains. I talked to a friend of mine, and he immediately suggested contacting my doctor. He advised me to go in and get checked out at GBMC. Read more...

Three Wonderful Childbirth Experiences

We were blessed to have three very healthy babies and three wonderful birth experiences at GBMC. The doctors and nursing staff were so outstanding! The rooms, hospital staff and meals were all exceptional as well. My husband and I are so lucky to have had experiences as positive as we did. I am always extremely proud to tell people where my children were born and am eternally grateful to have had such wonderful childbirth experiences. Read more...

Great Care for My Mother

My first memory of GBMC was my mom's hernia operation in 1966. She has just turned 65 and had Medicare. There was a large section of GBMC dedicated to people like my mom who, a few days after surgery, was able to get around fairly well, and the hospital allowed those folks to stay for up to two weeks. I visited her in a large comfortable lounge area with other patients in a similar situation. Read more...

I Owe GBMC My Life

I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2005. Dazed and confused because I had never had more than a cold in my 52 years, I was sent to GBMC. From the surgeons, oncologists and radiologists to the nurses and other staff, my care was incomparable. Read more...

Prayer Shawl Ministry

There’s a church hymn many likely have heard that talks about God raising you up on eagle’s wings. There are three people I know who, I am sure, with be going to heaven not on eagle’s wings, but on prayer shawls. Let me tell you a little bit about these three extraordinary women and the Prayer Shawl Ministry that is part of Spiritual Support Services here at GBMC. Read more...

We Trust GBMC

About four years ago, my husband, Bill, had contacted a recommended back/spinal surgeon in the area, and doctor not affiliated with GBMC. The diagnosis indicated a need for minor surgery done as an outpatient in the surgeon's medical facility. We were not given the option of being admitted into a hospital. The surgery seemed successful and was followed by the normal routine examination. A few weeks later, Bill began to suffer terrible back pain and subsequently, returned to the surgeon for another exam. The surgeon was very adamant that the pain had absolutely nothing to do with the surgery and prescribed some muscle relaxing medication. Read more...

I Served on the Foundation and Gilchrist Hospice Boards

Over 20 years ago, I was invited to join the GBMC Foundation Board. Prior to becoming Vice Chair of that Board, I was excited to take on the challenge of chairing the Capital Campaign to build the beautiful Gilchrist Hospice Care on-campus facility. We had the good fortune of Jeanne Vance as the major donor in that campaign. We were able to raise all of the funds we needed, plus add a major road and begin an Endowment Fund, all in record time. Read more...

Beautiful Blessings

My first born was due January 10, 2013. However, he decided to come on my sister’s wedding day which was also New Year's Eve! Unfortunately I missed my sister’s wedding, but had lots of visitors the next day. Read more...

One of the First Babies Born at GBMC

My name is Stephen George Prosser and I was born ay GBMC on September 16, 1965. I was one of the first babies born there. My mom told me that the hospital had just opened up with dirt roads and parking lots. My father said he was speeding on the new beltway, I-695, and got a police escort to the hospital because he got lost. Later, they told me my dad passed out from my birth, and he was put in the bed next to my mom! Read more...

A Team to Help Me Fight

My first cancer experience started in 2006 when Dr. Grumbine found a lump in my groin. It was a very rare cancer in the fallopian tube. From the very beginning, I never was frightened; he made me feel that I was in the best of hands. Very shortly after the biopsy, I began seeing Dr. Paul Celano for treatment. Read more...

Back to Normal

As I was getting dressed for work one morning, I sneezed while bent over and felt a sharp pain in my back. I made it to the bed and had to stay there for most of the day. The pain seemed to get slightly better, so I went to work the next day, but my condition got progressively worse over the following couple of days. Read more...

I'm Here for My Son Because of GBMC

In 2007, I was four months pregnant with my first child when I noticed severe chest pain and that my heart was beating funny. I informed my OB/GYN at the time about my symptoms, and he simply said I was too young to be having a medical emergency and that I was a hypochondriac. From there, I went week by week feeling very ill toward the end of my pregnancy. Read more...

GBMC Delivered My First

Back in February 1990, when I was getting ready to have my first child, I was 20 years old and so very scared. I visited my doctor, Dr. Nauman, on a Friday. I was worried because he was leaving for a week in Hawaii, but he said not to worry, I had a couple weeks to go. So, of course, my water broke Wednesday morning. Read more...

Roux-en-Y Saved My Life

I had roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery on October 30, 2007. It was the smartest thing I ever did, and likely the first thing in my adult life I ever did just for myself. It was truly lifesaving. I never would have even considered it but for Dr. Mark Lamos, who had been my PCP since 1996. That was the first year I had health insurance as a grownup. His delivery of that weightloss surgery suggestion was impeccable. Read more...

From Here on Out, It’s Me and GBMC!

It was June 14, 2000 and I was a scared 15-year-old in very active labor. My parents and I arrived at the hospital at about 11:00am, I was quickly admitted and my epidural was given. It wasn’t long until my first baby boy, James, was born at 4:50pm. He weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces and was delivered by Dr Manley. A huge thank you to the nurses and doctors that made this very scary experience a comforting and memorable one! Read more...

My Son Survived Because of Great Staff

My son, James, was born at GBMC, and at the time of his birth he was only two pounds, four ounces. Soon after his birth, he had a hernia operation and got down to weighing just one lb and 10 ounces. Thanks to the great staff at GBMC, he survived. This year, James will be graduating high school at 17 years old and will be going to college next fall. Read more...

GBMC Delivered Our Sons

December 1, 1995 was one of the most important days in the lives of my husband and me. I was a very young newlywed, a mom-to-be at 18 and terrified of the whole birthing experience. I had no idea what to expect, so when I went into labor I just thought I had gas and a backache from cleaning. My husband came home from work and found me at the stove finishing up dinner, with a chair right by the stove. He started timing when I would sit to catch my breath and we realized these were contractions and they were five minutes apart. We still had six weeks to go. Read more...

I Was Born at GBMC

I was born at GBMC at around 11:00 a.m. on March 14, 1973 to David & Kathy Hoatson. GBMC is a fantastic hospital. Read more...

Surgery Gave Me a New Lease on Life

On January 19, 2001, my husband Victor woke me stating, "Lynne, Lynne, I think you had a bad dream." I asked him, "What did I do?" Then he explained my arms were up in the air, I was unresponsive and I was gurgling. As a former shock trauma nurse, I knew what I had experienced was not a bad dream....it was more like a nightmare. I had had a grand mal seizure. Read more...

My Doctors and Nurses Were Superheroes

In August 2004, I had my routine mammogram, which turned out to be anything but. On September 1, three weeks before my 45th birthday, I was at GBMC's Women's Surgical Center for a lumpectomy. Four rounds of chemotherapy and 38 days of radiation treatments followed. My prognosis was good, and I am convinced that it was due, in no small part, to the superheroes posing as my doctors and nurses. Read more...

A Family Legacy at GBMC

My relationship with GBMC started 51 years ago. 23 years later, I am still on staff at GBMC Radiology Department and still enjoy helping our physicians to see inside our patients. Read more...

Thank You for Caring, GBMC!

My family and I have been to GBMC a number of times. The first time was in 2001 when my granddaughter was born, my husband had surgery and my daughter had surgery. All are well and doing just fine. The next time I was at the hospital, I had a stroke. I came through all just fine, and the doctors and nurses gave me a follow-up call after I had been released. I then went on to renew my driver’s license, went to work and have been doing well ever since. Thank you all for caring. Read more...

A Rewarding Career

GBMC provided me with an opportunity to begin my medical career in 1987. At that time I was a military trained Surgical Technician and just completed my training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was hired as a surgical technician for, at the time, the ENT Operating Room. This OR was a specialty OR dedicated to ophthalmology, ENT, head/neck cancer procedures and endoscopy procedures. Read more...

My Daughter is a Fighter

Nearly 14 years ago, my twin daughters were born at 25 weeks on October 26, 2001. I went into pre-term labor a month before and was ordered to complete bed rest at GBMC hospital. As much as the hospital tried to prevent early labor, I became very sick and the twins had to be delivered immediately. Identical twins Lamia and Layla were born premature at one pound, six ounces and one pound, four ounces, respectively, and were immediately placed in the NICU. Read more...

My GBMC Family Was There For Me As I Grew Mine

I have been a nurse at GBMC for more than 15 years. Both of my children were born here, and I had a fabulous experience both times. It is my experience with my second child, however, that I really want to share. I was given the option to have this second baby at another hospital, because my husband works at another institution. I could not imagine having my babies anywhere but at GBMC, and I am so happy that I made that decision. Read more...

I'm a Survivor

I had just had a mammogram the October before and everything was fine. One morning in January of 2007, right before my fiftieth birthday, I did a self-examination and found something. I went to my OB/GYN and after an examination, he said he felt it was just a cyst but that I should check with my internist. I did just that. My internist, too, felt it was just a cyst and tried to drain it. He couldn’t, so he scheduled me for a more invasive biopsy the following week. I was starting to get a little scared. Read more...

I Beat Cancer and Feel Better Every Day

It was October of 2013, and I was about four months overdue for my annual mammogram. No real reason, just procrastination. When I finally did have one done, I was called back for an abnormality. Then, after the second one, a biopsy was ordered - which is an experience in and of itself, something like an alien abduction. The results were breast cancer, though luckily very small. The first doctors I saw in another healthcare system were recommending radical procedures: full mastectomy, reconstruction, etc. They were concerned about how much radiation therapy I could receive because I had lymphoma 25 years ago, and had had a LOT of radiation therapy in the same area to treat it. I was not happy with this route. Read more...

I Started and Ended My Career at GBMC

Back in 1963, I graduated high school and started junior college at Baltimore Junior College on Liberty Heights. I didn't particularly care for college at the time, so I took incompletes for grades and dropped out of school. I immediately got my 1A Selective Service letter from Uncle Sam to come visit him at Fort Holabird for an Army physical. Read more...

Doctors Treat You Like Family

My daughter and granddaughter started coming to GBMC long before I became a patient. I have had diabetes, high blood pressure and other health complications for quite some time and was receiving care from another primary care doctor in Baltimore. One day, I brought my granddaughter to her pediatrician’s appointment at GBMC and I immediately saw why my family spoke so highly of their doctors. Read more...

Surrogacy Was a Gift

I am a registered nurse on the postpartum unit at GBMC, and I was a surrogate, twice, to two lovely families. Having cared for several surrogates over my 13 years at GBMC, I felt a certain affection for them as well as admiration. What a gift to give someone: their very own child. Read more...

Angels Watched Over My Care

Sometime in 1987, after a bout of bronchitis, I noticed a lump on the right side of my neck. At first I ignored it thinking it was a swollen lymph node due do my illness. When it did not go away, I went to see my family doctor. I was told not to be concerned, that it would go away. Read more...

A Special Doctor-Patient Relationship

I believe that GBMC is a special place. That’s because, at the age of 74, I’m still going strong and feeling great despite living with liver cancer for more than a decade. Cancer doesn’t slow me down, and I still eagerly go to work at Chick-fil-A, a job I’ve loved for nine years. Read more...

My Physician Saved My Life

Dr. Eugene Obah has been coordinating my care since 2004, from managing my diabetes care to recognizing a life-threatening situation and ultimately saving my life. Dr. Obah has gone above and beyond when it comes to my personal health and is a caring and passionate physician. He spends time with his patients, communicates exceptionally well about health conditions, and takes the time to explain how it will impact your overall being. Read more...

I Survived Tongue Cancer

I have been fortunate to survive tongue cancer, thanks to GBMC and Dr. John Saunders. I was having a problem controlling my tongue movement and kept biting it every now and then. My husband and I have never been to any hospitals so knew no one to call. He looked up “Head and Neck Cancer specialist” on the internet, and then took me to Dr. Saunders at GBMC. The year was 1992, and I was eventually cured of cancer. Read more...

The Doctors and Nurses Saved Our Lives

In November of 1993, at seven months pregnant, I was put on bed rest by Dr. Claire M. Weitz because I was a lifelong diabetic and I had high blood pressure which developed during pregnancy. I was being evaluated two times a week with non-stress tests and sonograms. On one of my visits, my blood pressure had spiked to numbers I didn't know existed for blood pressure. Dr. Weitz was called to the ultrasound department and she admitted me immediately. Read more...

A Collaborative Effort

My story is actually a collaborative effort by some very special GBMC people. Thirty-nine years ago, I began my personal involvement with a GBMC education program aimed at providing funds to GBMC staff over and above the normal educational assistance monies, the T. Rowe Price Education Fund. Read more...

Many Thanks to GBMC’s ED

A few weeks ago, I was not feeling well and decided to come to the GBMC ED for care. Often times when I get sick, I usually allow the symptoms to run its course, but this time I was not so lucky. As soon as I entered the ED, I received prompt attention and care. Realization set in that my symptoms were severe when I was informed of low blood pressure, a fever of 103.5 degrees, and dehydration—YIKES! Read more...

GBMC Has Been Family Since 1965

I was hired at GBMC, in August of 1965, as one of the nurses that would open the emergency room. My employee number is 0742. However, the emergency room could not be opened until the rest of the hospital was functioning properly. Read more...

I'm a Patient and a Volunteer

I started to go to GBMC last year in August for my radiation. In March of last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer – early stage. I had my surgery to remove my cancer at another hospital. At the time, I was with another health insurance company. When I walked into GBMC all the staff members, doctors and nurses gave me a warm welcome…unlike the other hospital. Read more...

From NICU to Radiography at GBMC

My daughter Kasey was born at GBMC on December 17, 1991, on her father’s birthday! This baby meant so much to us because we went from being a family to a couple when our firstborn child died on September 13, 1989. As you can imagine, we were a bundle of nerves and anticipation waiting for Kasey's arrival. You can imagine my heartbreak when on the morning of December 18, I was told that Kasey was very sick, needed a spinal tap and would be moved to the NICU. Read more...

GBMC Supporters from the Beginning

When my husband Charlie and I moved to Baltimore with our three-month-old son, David, in February of 1958, we found a row house near the Mt. Pleasant golf course. We didn't check before we moved, but at that time there were no hospitals in the Baltimore area north of Union Memorial on 33rd Street. Read more...

I Was Greeted Like Family

I was only 16 years of age when I discovered I was pregnant with my first child, and I later found it was an abnormal pregnancy at the labor and delivery department of a local hospital. After being told an abortion would be the best option for me, I was given no support for the decision I made which was to continue with my pregnancy. I was referred to GBMC by my aunt for a second opinion. Read more...

I've Been Given the Chance to Live a Longer, Fuller Life

I grew up in Texas, and have been overweight my entire life - it's a part of every memory that I have. Even when it's a small part of a bigger memory, it's still there and still brings back those feelings of embarrassment, frustration, or sadness. I remember my mom taking me shopping in the "husky" section of the clothing store, and how it was sometimes difficult to find a Cub Scout uniform in the right size. Read more...

It Was Time to Take Care of Myself

I struggled with weight loss and gain for years, but there comes a time in your life when you need to concentrate on yourself and not worry about others. I finally said, “It’s time to take care of myself.” Read more...

I’m Cancer-free Thanks to the Staff at GBMC

I had had every test possible and was seen by a variety of doctors, all of whom declared that no cancer was found. I was scheduled to have surgery on February 6, 2014, to have both ovaries removed. I was also told that my lymph nodes were growing outwards inside my body and that they were going to be clipped during my surgery. During surgery and the clipping of one of my lymph nodes, a cancer cell was found lying across my cervix wall across my main blood artery. It could not be removed surgically. Read more...

I Put Up My Best Fight and Won

In 1992, I had a two-year-old son and was working in the Executive Office at GBMC. During a routine mammogram, a lump was found in my breast, which after biopsy, was determined to be malignant. I never gave a thought to anything other than putting up my best fight, but my biggest fear was ‘Who will take care of my family if I’m too sick from treatment?’ Read more...

The Best Care for Our Patients

GBMC has always been my hospital as a child, then as my husband, Larry, and I started our family. I started working for Gilchrist Hospice Care in October 1999, so that’s 15 years ago. Larry had had Crohn’s disease since he was a teenager, and when his condition deteriorated in early 2011, we knew there was something more going on. Read more...

An Interview with Warren Wurzbacher, MD

An interview with Warren Wurzbacher, MD, one of GBMC's first obstetricians. Read more...

GBMC is Superb

I was treated at GBMC for removal of a tumor in my salivary gland. Once my doctor performed the surgery, she found a mass and it was cancerous. The staff members at GBMC are exceptional. This was my first visit to GBMC because my doctor is affiliated with this hospital. Read more...

Bariatric Surgery Saved My Life

My name is Helen Roby and I am sharing my experience with you in the hope that I may in some small way influence someone who is experiencing the multiple problems associated with obesity. I understand full well all that you are going through, but I want you to know that it does NOT have to be this way. There is hope for you no matter how complicated your health may be, and age does not matter. Read more...

Two Happy Girls

I was a NICU nurse at GBMC for 10 years. During that time I became pregnant with my first daughter, Madison. I found out at 20 weeks that she had a life-threatening birth defect – a congenital diaphragmatic hernia – and would need to be delivered at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Read more...

GBMC is My Family

Betty Ann recalls what it was like to move into GBMC and her experience volunteering. Read more...

GBMC is a Blessing

Both of my sons were born at GBMC, one in 1967 and one in 1969. It was a wonderful experience. All staff were very professional and made the experience less frightening for me. I loved the facility and my room, and the meals were delicious. Read more...

A Satisfying Career

When the hospital opened, there were no specialized units. I was a private duty nurse. I enjoyed the experience, learning to go to a variety of patients who shared so much of themselves that over time they became my friends. Read more...

I Was Born on October 2, 1965

I was born on October 2, 1965. My father tells I was the 2nd baby delivered in GBMC. I still see my primary doctor there and feel proud to say Happy 50th. I Love GBMC! Read more...

The NICU Saved Our Triplets

On October 27, 1993, the Wilcox triplets were born at 27 weeks at GBMC. The next four months were a rocky road to recovery for Timothy, Michael and Mary Sean Wilcox. Born at an average of two pounds each, they each had their unique health issues during their stay at GBMC. Read more...

GBMC Saved Our Daughter's Life

Our daughter was born at GBMC on Thursday, January 29, 1987 at 2:55 pm. If it hadn't been for the nurse, Sharon Liberto, Jennifer would not be alive today. Read more...