Some Baltimore hospitals are well-known around the nation, such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and its affiliated university system. Other hospitals have a more local reputation as valuable health resources for residents of Baltimore and beyond. Most types of treatment options are available in the metro Baltimore area, including cancer centers, free and low-cost clinics, mental health providers and addiction treatment centers.
Baltimore also has medical centers with specific specialties, such as pediatric and geriatric care. There are several free and low-cost health care facilities that serve Baltimore’s needy and homeless population. If you need mental health care or addiction treatment, the area also has facilities dedicated to providing these services. Review the following sections to learn more about health care resources in Baltimore.
Prominent Baltimore Health Care Facilities
Baltimore hospitals and their affiliated clinics provide a wide variety of health care services to Maryland residents. Consider visiting one of these facilities the next time you need to see a physician or specialist.
Founded in 1889, the Johns Hopkins Hospital has been providing comprehensive health care to Baltimore for over a century. It is the teaching hospital for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and home to many medical firsts, including inventing the rechargeable, implantable pacemaker, isolating and crystallizing insulin and developing renal dialysis.
The main Johns Hopkins campus includes the following treatment centers:
- Brady Urological Institute
- Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
- Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Wilmer Eye Institute
Other specialty clinics available at John Hopkins include the Center for Music & Medicine, which offers care to musicians suffering from hearing loss, carpal tunnel or other related conditions. The center also provides music therapy to Parkinson’s and dementia patients. Johns Hopkins’ emergency department includes a dedicated pediatric emergency treatment center.
University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in downtown Baltimore and the UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) in Glen Burnie provide access to advanced care and the university’s latest research discoveries. This combination results in leading-edge treatment plans across a wide range of specialties and over 1,000 hospital beds in the Baltimore area. Treatment facilities include the following:
- Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
- Heart and Vascular Center
- Division of Transplantation
- Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
- ALS Center
- Comprehensive Stroke Center
- Rouben & Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Center for Pulmonary Health
- UM Children’s Hospital
- Aiello Breast Center
- Pascal Women’s Center
- Center for Advanced Fetal Care
- Tate Cancer Center
- The Vascular Center
- Joint Replacement Center
- Spine and Neuroscience Center
- Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
- UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Surgery Center
Mercy Medical Center
Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore strives to create a welcoming, friendly environment for patients and their families. From the newborn patients at the Family Childbirth & Children’s Center at Mercy to senior citizens receiving joint replacement surgery, Mercy Medical Center prides itself on deep regard for the dignity of life. Mercy is considered a public hospital and provides a wide range of services, including treatment for cancer, GI/Digestive disorders and bone and spine issues. Known as a Baltimore leader in providing women’s healthcare services, Mercy Hospital Baltimore clinics include the following:
- Hoffberger Breast Center
- Tyanna O’Brien Center for Women’s Imaging
- Gynecologic Oncology Center
- Urogynecology Center
- Endometriosis Center
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Since its founding in 1866 as a 10-room hospital serving Baltimore’s Jewish patients and doctors, Sinai Hospital Baltimore has grown into a nonprofit teaching hospital with 483 beds. Now a Lifebridge Health Center of Excellence, Sinai Hospital provides advanced medical care in cardiology, orthopedics and pediatrics. Its Berman Brain & Spine Institute specializes in neurosurgery, radiation oncology and treating other neurological disorders.
Saint Agnes Healthcare
A Baltimore landmark for over 150 years, Saint Agnes Healthcare provides a range of health resources to the city’s residents. Now affiliated with Ascension, the world’s largest Catholic health system, Saint Agnes is Baltimore’s oldest Catholic hospital. Bariatric surgery, cancer treatment and other specialized care is provided through several Institutes including:
- The Bunting Health Institute for Women and Children
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute
- Cancer Institute
- Orthopedic & Spine Institute
- Cardiovascular Institute
- Maryland Metabolic Institute (home of the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence)
Free or Low Cost Health Care Options in Baltimore
Many organizations exist in and around Baltimore to help low-income residents have access to health care regardless of their ability to pay for services. In addition to these public health providers, most of the hospitals listed above have charity programs that can help pay medical bills for qualified applicants. If you have no health insurance and are struggling to pay medical bills, always ask the facility or provider about any available assistance programs. If you need healthcare without insurance, or if finances are standing between you and the health care you need, contact one of the following providers.
Baltimore City Health Department
At different locations throughout the city, the Baltimore City Health Department provides a wide range of health resources including the following:
- Asthma treatment
- HIV/AIDS programs
- STD treatment
- Maternal and infant health care
- Cancer screening
- Senior care
The dental clinic offers cleanings and other oral health services while the family planning/reproductive health clinic focuses on contraception, pregnancy testing and other women’s healthcare needs. Clients are charged on a sliding fee scale and no one is turned away if they are unable to pay.
Baltimore County Department of Health
Like the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore County Health Department is a government agency that offers health care services to qualifying residents. It also hosts community events, such as free health screenings for men, women, children and senior citizens. Health resources include connecting women and children with state insurance programs and providing the following types of care:
- General health services: Cancer screening, dental care, hearing and vision tests, mental health care and more
- Children’s services: Dental care, behavioral consultation, immunizations, well child clinics and WIC (Women, Infants and Children’s food assistance)
- Women’s health services: Breast/cervical cancer screening, family planning and pregnancy tests, prescription assistance and WIC
- Senior health services: Home health services, medical assistance transportation, assisted living directory, adult evaluation and review services (AERS) and more
Chase Brexton Health Care
This public health center in Randallstown provides basic primary care clinic services, dental care, women’s health care and pediatric services on a sliding scale payment plan. The clinic also accepts Medicare, Medicaid and insurance plans but does not deny care to those without insurance. Behavioral health, social work and school/sports physicals are other services low-income individuals can receive at Chase Brexton.
Mission of Mercy
Mission of Mercy is a nonprofit organization that provides free health care, free dental care, free STD testing and medications to the uninsured, underinsured and anyone who cannot afford to pay. Supported by hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers, Mission of Mercy also operates a mobile clinic and mobile dental clinic that brings health care services to those who cannot travel to a facility for treatment.
Health Care for the Homeless
Through a partnership with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and Baltimore County agencies, the Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore (HCH-BC) provides a free clinic program to homeless individuals in the greater Baltimore area. HCH-BC offers ongoing care through case management, addiction treatment and mental health services.
Planned Parenthood (PP) is a nationally-known free clinic that operates two locations northeast of downtown Baltimore, the Owings Mills Health Center and the Towson Health Center. PP has a reputation as one of the nation’s leading sources for women’s healthcare and provides it regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Many people do not know that PP also provides men’s healthcare, including HIV and STD testing and vaccines. In addition to abortion referrals and birth control, PP clinics can treat urinary tract infections and provide cervical cancer screening.
Other Health Resources in and Around Baltimore
Good public health requires access to mental and behavioral health treatment when needed. The Baltimore City area includes 17 inpatient alcohol and drug rehab centers. In addition, those with special needs can also find health providers tailored to meet those needs.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Inc. is a nonprofit created by Baltimore City to manage the behavioral health needs of those with no health insurance or who are on Medicaid or Medicare. Its system of care is focused on emotional health and well-being and provides treatment for mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. It provides crisis intervention, counseling, treatment and recovery programs. The organization’s Imagination Lab uses theater, writing, dance and art as therapies to build self-esteem and connection.
The Sheppard Pratt Health System is one of the nation’s leading mental health providers and focuses on helping adults, adolescents and children with mental or behavioral health needs. The Baltimore location offers specialized mental health resources to assist with eating disorders, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, trauma-related conditions and cognitive impairments. The facility includes areas dedicated to geriatric services, including inpatient and outpatient neuropsychiatry units.
The Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment
The Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment provides affordable inpatient and outpatient services for those struggling with addiction to opioids, alcohol, heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs. Treatment is provided by masters-level clinicians, nurses, psychiatrists and primary therapists. This Baltimore mental hospital provides admission 24 hours a day, seven days a week and sets appointments for less urgent interventions and treatment procedures. Medical detoxification and 12-step program immersion are two of the many types of programs offered.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
For over 75 years, the Kennedy Krieger Institute has provided health resources, education and support to children with developmental disabilities and their families. Physicians, educators, nurses, therapists and researchers work together to unlock patients’ potential and to improve the world for those with disabilities. Individuals with autism and their families can find help through the Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). CARD provides clinical service, a therapeutic day program and training programs to assist those on the spectrum.