BALTIMORE—(May 13, 2016)—MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has been named a 2016 Maryland Employer of the Year by The Arc Maryland. As a committed partner to The Arc, the award demonstrates MedStar Union Memorial’s dedicated support to fulfilling The Arc’s mission: to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The prestigious Employer of the Year award is presented each year to organizations that have contributed to the dignity of persons with developmental disabilities and whose actions have significantly improved the quality of life of an individual(s), positive systematic change, or protected basic human, civil or legal rights. MedStar Union Memorial is one of two organizations in the state of Maryland to receive the award in 2016.
“There truly is a moral responsibility among us to include these young individuals who want to work, in our workforce,” said Bradley S. Chambers, president of MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospitals. “But what we didn’t anticipate, is the level of dedication, productivity, and commitment that we would get in return. With their employment comes inspiration. We are honored to be recognized, but the appreciation is ours.”
MedStar Union Memorial began their partnership with The Arc in 2012 with the launch of Project SEARCH. In alliance with The Arc Baltimore, Project SEARCH provides a unique model of skill building and employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program places students in internships throughout the hospital. It also includes a classroom component, through which interns receive instruction in employability and independent living skills. Since its inception, the program has served 35 students, 10 of whom MedStar Union Memorial has hired post internship.
The award will be presented to MedStar Union Memorial at The Arc Maryland’s Annual Convention Luncheon on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979). In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.
MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.
MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.
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