MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is rooted in a long history of medical and nursing excellence, and our commitment to serving the community has been evident from the beginning.
The seven women who established the Union Protestant Infirmary (UPI), as it was first called, in 1854 wanted a place where "the sick, the poor and the infirm" could receive quality care. In 1867, UPI became the first non-university hospital to develop a residency training program and by 1890 the School of Nursing (now closed) was established.
UPI was renamed Union Memorial Hospital in 1920 and three years later, the hospital expanded into a new home at Calvert and 33rd Streets in Baltimore. Expansions to the campus continued through 1975 and beyond, and in 2004, MedStar Union Memorial celebrated its 150th anniversary. In 2012, the hospital was renamed MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.
MedStar Union Memorial has evolved from a 20-bed to a 223-bed hospital with more than 2,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 620 physicians. As long as there are new challenges in medicine, MedStar Union Memorial will find new ways to meet those challenges with compassion and quality care.
MedStar Union Memorial History
First non-university hospital in Maryland to develop residency training program
Dr. E.F. Shaw Wilgis, a prominent leader today at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, is a revered founding surgeon among four, of the internationally recognized Curtis National Hand Center. He served as its chief for more than ten years. But that's just the beginning of a long, far-reaching career and a lifetime of achievement. Watch the video to learn more on his incredible journey from hand surgery, to leadership to research.
In 1939 the infamous Chicago gangster, Al Capone, became a patient of Union Memorial Hospital. As a thank you for the quality care Capone had received, he gifted something wonderful to the hospital. You can find it listed on the national registry of historical landmark.