Our Hospital | MedStar Montgomery Medical Center | MedStar Health

A community health resource committed to forward-looking, patient-focused care.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center front entrance

Personalized care in a comfortable environment

MedStar Montgomery is a 138-bed, non-profit acute care community medical center and teaching hospital. For over 100 years, we have served as a medical care provider and community health resource offering high-quality, personalized care in a welcoming community setting.

In addition, we provide a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies, and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals.

Our mission, vision, and values


We are dedicated to enhancing our community's health and well-being by offering high quality, compassionate, and personalized care.


Our vision is to be the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health in the communities we serve.


  • Service: We strive to anticipate and meet the needs of our patients, physicians, and co-workers.

  • Patient first: We strive to deliver the best to every patient every day. The patient is the first priority in everything we do.

  • Integrity: We communicate openly and honestly, build trust, and conduct ourselves according to the highest ethical standards.

  • Respect: We treat each individual, those we serve and those with whom we work, with the highest professionalism and dignity.

  • Innovation: We embrace change and work to improve all we do in a fiscally responsible manner.

  • Teamwork: System effectiveness is built on collective strength and cultural diversity of everyone, working with open communication and mutual respect.

Breast Health and Imaging Center

From prevention to treatment, the Breast Health and Imaging Center at MedStar Montgomery serves patients with both cancerous and non-cancerous breast conditions. The advanced treatments and preventive care are matched with compassion and sensitivity delivered by a highly skilled, specialized interdisciplinary team.

The center enhances the overall experience of patients with state-of-the-art technology delivered in a comfortable environment. This includes the addition of the new SmartCurve™ Breast Stabilization System, a new technology that is shaped like a woman’s breast and clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable and accurate mammogram. 

A more comfortable experience helps to eliminate the pain barrier that prevents many women from receiving regular breast exams. Patients also have access to Intelligent2D, an imaging technology that produces a clear, comprehensive image that improves clinical performance for early, accurate diagnosis.

Outpatient Oncology Center

The expansion of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute brings a comprehensive, patient-focused Outpatient Oncology Center to MedStar Montgomery.

Patients with a variety of cancers are treated by an integrated team of specialists with the latest, research-based treatment approaches and advanced technology. A network of expert, compassionate care providers will work together to develop a personalized, seamless, and supportive care plan, bringing world-class cancer care to Olney.

The Outpatient Oncology Center at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center provides high-quality cancer care treatments, including:

  • Chemotherapy and hormone therapy

  • Radiation therapy

  • Skin cancer procedures

  • Cancer rehabilitation

Our history

Jacob Wheeler Bird, MD arrived in Sandy Spring, Maryland in the 1910s with the dream of beginning his medical practice. He rented Wrenwood, a private home, which became his first hospital.

In 1918, he broke ground for the new hospital, which was to be the first acute care hospital in Montgomery County. Today, we proudly carry out Dr. Bird’s vision of service in health and wellness to our community.

We invite you to browse below to see important dates in our development.

  • 1920s

    • Still unfinished, Montgomery General Hospital admits its first 5 patients during a blizzard and flu epidemic

    • Montgomery General admits 596 patients its first year

    • The First Hospital Supper establishes a fundraising tradition (now the Women's Board Annual Picnic & Bazaar the third Tuesday of each July)

  • 1930s

    • It's discovered that just 15% of the hospital's patients came from a 5-mile radius

    • A new Nurse's Residence is built (today the Women's Board Thrift Shop)

    • The hospital is refurbished with private funds

  • 1940s

    • A maternity wing is added to the hospital

  • 1950s

    • Dr. Bird is honored for a half century of service to the community

    • The old hospital building is expanded a final time

    • Dr. Bird and his wife die tragically in an automobile accident

  • 1960s

    • Planning begins for a brand-new hospital on Prince Philip Drive

    • Groundbreaking takes place for the new hospital

  • 1970s

    • 14 volunteer ambulances from Montgomery and Howard Counties move 39 patients a few hundred yards from the old building to the new hospital

    • The MGH Health Foundation is established to oversee fundraising, gift and endowment stewardship, community benefits, and outreach activities

    • The Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) unit opens using federally subsidized funds to complete the sixth floor for this unit

  • 1980s
    • The Cancer Treatment Center established

    • MRI Center is built on campus

    • Angiography suite to treat cardiovascular disease is opened

    • Home Health and Personal Care Services is established

  • 1990s

    • The Maternal Newborn Center is opened in 1994

      Maternal Newborn center 
    • Emergency facilities are enlarged 300%

    • A new surgical services area with seven operating suites is added

    • The hospital's Gift Shop and Lobby are refurbished

    • The Transitional Care Center opens in 1996

    • Montgomery General Hospital changes the name of the CMHC unit to Addiction and Mental Health Center (AMHC)

  • 2000-2010

    • August Hospital receives American College of Cardiology Foundation's National Cardiovascular Data Registry Action Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010

    • July 27, 2010 Hospital hosts 90th Picnic & Bazaar raising $66K for hospital programs and scholarships

    • Hospital celebrates 90 years in the community

    • May 3, 2010 Reaccreditation of Stroke Center received

    • May 2010 Quality Improvement Award (Medicare Excellence) received

    • May 2010 Partner for Change Award with Distinction received

    • April 2010 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art Howard E. Gudelsky Emergency Department opens

    • March 2010 Helipad opens

    • November 2009 EPA's Trailblazer award received

    • March 29, 2010 Joint Commission Accreditation received

    • May 2008 Cancer Center Certification with Commendation award received

    • February 1, 2008 Montgomery General and MedStar Health merge

    • Cardiopulmonary and Rehabilitation Services areas are moved to new second floor wing above Emergency Department

    • State-of-the-art Samuel Riggs IV Critical Care Unit opens, occupying the entire north wing of the third floor

    • January 2001 The Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy opens

    • Medical Staff Services, Health Information Management Services, and meeting space occupies the east second-floor addition

    • A new medical office building and 300-car parking deck opens

  • 2011-2012

    • February 14, 2011 Cardiology Associates joined as employees of MedStar Health as Cardiology Associates, LLC. They have an office on the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center campus as well as six others.

    • May 2011 Quality Improvement Award (Medicare Excellence) received for the second year

  • 2019

    • July Opened the Outpatient Oncology Center.

    • July Announced partnership with JSSA to provide hospital-based hospice care

    • October Opened the Breast Health and Imaging Center.

  • 2020 to present

    • 2020 Opened Center for Successful Aging
    • 2022 Launched Centennial Campaign to further expand Oncology Services
    • 2022 Opened Outpatient Imaging Center
    • 2022 Achieved Baby Friendly Designation
    • 2023 Oncology Pavilion Groundbreaking
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MedStar Montgomery Serves Community During Spanish Flu and COVID-19

We have been caring for members of our community since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we again rose to the challenge to deliver exceptional care in exceptionally trying times.