The President's Message

President's Message, Bruce Jarrell

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UMB and UMMS: A Great Partnership

January 2022

As we ring in another new year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I can’t help but hold out hope that we’re turning a corner to better times. I say that knowing that so many of our front-line health care workers continue to be stretched beyond thin while caring for patients, with so many more are working behind the scenes. Thank you on behalf of all of us.

Many of those we know on the front lines are here at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the flagship of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has a deep and abiding partnership with UMMS — one that I credit for part of my optimism about the pandemic. Over the past two years, our already deep partnership has strengthened and grown.

While we each have our own specific mission, together we bring innovation, discovery, and research to the care we provide. UMB is educating the state’s future health care professionals, many of whom spend time at UMMC as part of that education. In addition, all attending physicians at UMMC also are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, sharing their expertise with students. UMMC patients are often able to access treatments from trailblazing research and clinical trials that happen at the University. This is a special ecosystem that works well together.

Together, we also have faced incredible challenges. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UMB and UMMS have worked closely under a unified Incident Command Structure (ICS). The UMB-UMMS ICS continues to allow us to leverage our shared expertise and efficiently guide our system through this health crisis. This first UMB/UMMC ICS effort has given us a plan for how to effectively respond to a crisis and a list of best practices that we plan to incorporate into everyday operations.

I have been so fortunate to work closely with my colleagues and friends Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer, UMMS; Bert W. O’Malley, MD, president and CEO, UMMC; and Alison G. Brown, MPH, BSN, president of UMMC Midtown Campus. They are impressive leaders who care deeply about the people of this city and state. Together, UMB and UMMS strategize and act upon great ideas that benefit the public health and well-being of our communities. We are stronger together.

The partnership with UMMS is just one example — a powerful one — of how UMB works in tandem with partners to improve the human condition and serve the public good. As your president, building, enhancing, and maintaining partnerships like this is one of my priorities. I hope that you value this kind of collaboration and teamwork as much as I do.

We also can support our partner, UMMC, as it faces a surge in COVID-19 patients by redoubling our individual and collective COVID-19 mitigation efforts to stay healthy and safe. Please consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster if you haven’t already done so, as well as talking to family and friends about the importance of getting vaccinated.

In the spirit of partnership,

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS