For more than 150 years, our hospitals have been providing care to patients in the Baltimore-Washington region. Below is a high-level overview of our history.
1854 — 1898
MedStar Health hospitals begin to open.
Independent community hospitals in the region begin to open. During this period, Union Protestant Infirmary, Franklin Square, and Georgetown University Hospital open to the public.
MedStar Visiting Nurse Association begins providing care throughout the Capital.
Instructive Visiting Nurse Society, which would later become MedStar Visiting Nurse Association is chartered by an act of Congress, and provides more nurses, more services, and greater geographic coverage in Washington, D.C.
1903 — 1986
MedStar Health hospitals continue to open.
As the need for quality health care continues to rise in the area, St. Mary's Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Good Samaritan, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital are established.
1986 - 1996
Independent hospitals join forces.
Leading Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro hospitals partner to form Helix Health and Medlantic Healthcare Group. Various MedStar Health hospitals and organizations join the two organizations.
1998 - 1999
MedStar Health is established.
Helix Health and Medlantic Healthcare Group board of directors announce and vote unanimously to merge the two organizations. MedStar Health is established as the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the mid-Atlantic region to serve two major metropolitan areas and the 20th largest not-for-profit system in the United States.
2000 - 2005
MedStar Health shows sustained growth in size of network and services offered.
MedStar Health is the only healthcare system on the east coast to offer technologically advanced surgical procedures like CyberKnife® and the Leksell Gamma Knife®. MedStar Health also receives $1.29 million in federal funding to develop an all-risks-ready emergency facility.
2007 - 2011
MedStar Health launches integral internal initiative.
MedStar Health launches its One Vision One SPIRIT campaign, which rolls out a united vision—to be the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health—and one set of values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across the system.
MedStar Health enters into various strategic partnerships with leading healthcare institutes, sports teams, and corporations.
MedStar Health continues to expand and develop service offerings through partnerships with the: Cleveland Clinic, Washington Capitals and Wizards, Cerner Corporation, CVS Health, and Baltimore Orioles among others.
2016 - Present
MedStar Health continues to be a market leader in the region.
Through adding multispecialty care centers, urgent care centers, and outpatient locations, we are growing our presence in the region and expanding service offerings. All of our entities consistently earn high performance certifications and designations, and remain focused on our brand promise — It's how we treat people.