Patient Experience: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

What to expect at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Medstar Union Memorial Hospital

Welcome and thank you for choosing MedStar Health Union Memorial Hospital. We strive to provide superior care and to serve you and your family with dignity and respect. Our staff, nurses, and physicians work as a team to deliver exceptional treatment. We thrive on challenges and excel in collaboration. We’ve also been recognized by some of the healthcare industry’s leading organizations for our high standards of quality and safety. The information below is designed to help make your experience with us as comfortable as possible.

You can also find more details in our hospital’s Patient Information Handbook

Hospitalist services

Hospitalists are physicians specializing in internal medicine, who are responsible for your care during the duration of your hospital stay. They serve as the liaison between you and your primary care physician and are also available to help you and your family better understand your illness, treatment options, and recovery. 

A member of the hospitalist team is available 24 hours, seven days a week to address any acute medical issues you may have while in the hospital. They also check in on patients regularly, monitor your progress, review your test results, and address treatment changes or sometimes the need for specialist consults as necessary. Our hospitalists work together efficiently as a team, so you may be taken care of by more than one hospitalist depending on the length of your stay.

Once you leave the hospital, your care will return to your primary care physician, who will be informed about all the necessary details of your hospital stay. If you don’t have a primary care physician, a hospitalist may also assist with your post-discharge medical needs. 


Patient rights and responsibilities

During your stay at our hospital, you have an array of rights regarding your care and treatment as well as responsibilities that can help you receive the best care possible. Click here to download a copy to view or to print.


Pastoral care

The Riggs Chapel is just off the main lobby of the hospital building and is open to all for prayer and private meditation. Special services are also available.

The hospital chaplain, visiting clergy, and pastoral care volunteers offer support and counseling services to patients and their families.

A traditional Episcopal communion service is held in the chapel each Wednesday at noon in the chapel. All are welcomed.

The pastoral care services team is committed to the spiritual needs of patients, family, and staff. We respect each person’s values, beliefs, and religious orientation.


Patient and family library

Our medical library staff is happy to help you find the right health information for you or your loved one. For assistance, call 410-554-2294.


Internet access

Free Wi-Fi access is available for all patients and visitors and can be used on all inpatient floors except Behavioral Health, in the cafeteria and main lobby, and in the outpatient surgery center.

To access: select MedStarGuest under your laptop or other smart device’s Wi-Fi settings to get started.

For 24/7 support, call 1-877-777-8787.


Visiting hours and information

  • General – 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. – No children under age 12 permitted.
  • Critical Care Unit (CCU) – 10 a.m. to noon; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – No children under age 18 permitted. Only three visitors are permitted during one visiting period.
  • Catheterization Recovery Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) – 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. – No children under age 18 permitted.
  • Catheterization Recovery (CCRU) – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – No children under age 12 permitted.

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Ordering your medical records

The Health Information Management department handles requests for information related to your medical records.

The Release of Information staff will be happy to help you get your medical records or have them sent to someone once we receive a valid authorization to do so.

Please contact 410-554-2532 for more information about getting your medical records.

Click here for medical records release form

You may also request your hospital medical records online through our myMedStar patient portal.

Current patients

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