July 26, 2010


Center Receives LEED-Platinum Certification

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today helped dedicate the new Highlandtown Healthy Living Center , which is part of the Baltimore Medical System (BMS) network that provides health care to more than 22,000 patients a year.


Located in East Baltimore, the Highlandtown Healthy Living Center also received a LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.   It is the first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the nation to receive LEED Platinum Certification.


"For more than 25 years, Baltimore Medical Systems has done an outstanding job in providing critical medical services and management to thousands of East Baltimore residents," said Senator Cardin, a long-time supporter of BMS.   "Today, the opening of this new LEED-certified building means that BMS can take the next step in expanding its patient-centered care to an additional 7,000 resident of East Baltimore."


The new

Highlandtown Healthy Living Center will make it possible to deliver comprehensive primary care to more than 22,000 patients a year.    Baltimore Medical System is the largest provider of primary health care to medically underserved communities in Maryland , providing special services to help uninsured, non-English speaking and other high-need patient groups access care.   More than 48,000 people each year receive medical services and education at BMS's six health centers throughout Baltimore City and County and six City school-based locations.

" The
Highlandtown Healthy Living Center is representative of BMS's holistic approach to healthcare, and offers the full range of health services in a supportive, patient-centered environment," said BMS President and CEO Jay Wolvovsky. "Putting the healthiest building in the unhealthiest part of the city also helps to reinforce our message that a healthy built environment is a critical part of healthy living."