Vision 2020

5/23/17 Update

The next step in the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s plan for reshaping the delivery of health care in Harford and Cecil Counties progressed today as the Health System filed a letter of intent with the Maryland Health Care Commission to create a Behavioral Health Pavilion/special psychiatric hospital, as part of its proposed new medical campus on 97 acres at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace.  “Filing the required letter of intent with the state enables us to continue moving forward with our Vision 2020 plans," said Lyle E. Sheldon, President and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. "Our vision is simple--to reshape health care by providing the best possible care to our community. Vision 2020 encompasses planning for the health care needs of our community, and one of the most pressing needs today and into the future is behavioral health support.”
The Behavioral Health Pavilion is one component of an estimated $160 million plan to build a new multi-services medical campus on our Bulle Rock property located at Interstate 95 and Route 155 in Havre de Grace, and to expand inpatient and surgical services at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. Other components of the proposed Bulle Rock Medical Campus include a Freestanding Medical Facility, encompassing a full-service Emergency Department, short-stay medical observation beds, as well as outpatient and ambulatory care services, within an on-campus Medical Office Building.  The proposed new medical campus at Bulle Rock and expansion of UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air will replace the existing aging UM Harford Memorial Hospital in downtown Havre de Grace. 
The submission of the letter of intent with state health regulators is part of an extensive series of reviews and public hearings that are required for the construction of new health care facilities in Maryland. The Health System must receive a Certificate of Need and a Certificate of Exemption for the overall project at Bulle Rock before it can begin construction. 

Below you will find a series of Frequently Asked Questions from our community forums in an attempt to assure our community that we are listening and incorporating their feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vision 2020 in Action – Health Care Now and in the Future

Nearly two years ago, we kicked off a few initiatives that focus on care coordination and partnering with other community health providers. The goal is/was to provide the best patient care in settings that are appropriate. We’re already seeing some amazing results and are confident that they can be implemented on a larger scale in the future. Please read on to learn more about our progress toward transforming health care in northeastern Maryland.

Our Comprehensive CARE Center

The Comprehensive CARE Center at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) is already changing the way we care for individuals who frequently visit our hospitals and emergency rooms.  It helps connect them with their primary care physician (or helps them find one) and, if needed, locates additional medical specialists as well as community resources for transportation, home health services, and insurance assistance. The CARE team makes sure the individual understands his/her medications, how to take them and who to call with questions so treatment can be managed on an ongoing basis. When we are able to help individuals maintain or achieve better health, it ultimately results in better care for both them and our community.  

In addition, UM Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), in conjunction with Union Hospital in Cecil County (UHCC), was awarded a Transformation Care Grant in July.  This grant supports a regional partnership of health care providers in Harford and Cecil counties to reach out to our most vulnerable patients in their homes. Some of our health care partners dedicated to the cause include: Healthy Harford, county Health Departments, Harford County EMS, and more. 

A key initiative supported by the grant is the formation of care management teams—dubbed Wellness Action Teams in Cecil and Harford Counties (WATCH teams)—which are comprised of nurses, social workers, and community health workers assisting individuals in their homes to address medical and social challenges.  

These four WATCH teams:

• make house calls 
• support medical needs 
• evaluate if the individual has additional challenges with transportation or needs further support in areas such as energy assistance or food
• determine if the individual could benefit from additional community supportive care services such as SSI, adult protective services, etc.  

In addition, these teams work with individuals for approximately 90 days to develop and monitor care plans that help them better understand their clinical conditions and coordinate care for follow-up appointments. The WATCH program has been engaging individuals for almost a year and has served over 450 community members.  This service is truly transformational. 

Vision 2020 Planning

The regulatory process is a multi-faceted and time-consuming one which has a direct impact on the future planning UM UCH will complete for both of the UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Campuses in Havre de Grace and in Bel Air.  It remains our goal to file the needed applications for the two campuses in calendar year 2017.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available and, as always, we remain committed to providing the highest level of care to our Harford County and western Cecil County communities.