Maryland Lawsuits AgainstGreater Baltimore Medical Center Inc

Towson, MD 21204

According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 66 times and for tort claims 16 times since 2012. The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows:  Company: Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil, Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-6/24/2020.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center Lawsuits in the News

In November 2005, former smoker Carl Palmer enrolled in a voluntary lung cancer screening program held at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). His CT scan showed an anomaly on his upper right lung. Per the established standard of care, a letter was sent to Palmer’s primary physician, E. Timothy Souweine, recommending regular follow up scans to monitor the abnormality. However, Dr. Souweine’s office failed to schedule the imaging. In March 2008, Dr. Souweine again committed a dereliction of duty when he neglected to arrange follow up imaging of a variant on Palmer’s lung that appeared on a pre-operative chest X-ray for an unrelated surgery.

Two years later, Palmer was finally diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Following a lengthy battle with the disease, he died at the age of 79. James D. Cardea of Schochor, Federico and Staton P.A. filed suit on behalf of Palmer’s family members against Souweine and the two radiologists who initially identified the lung abnormality, alleging that the defendants’ negligence in following protocol delayed a timely diagnosis of Palmer’s cancer that could have saved his life. GBMC was also included as a co-defendant in the suit on the grounds that it failed to adhere to its own internal guidelines when a standard follow up imaging reminder letter was not sent to Palmer or Souweine after the initial CT scan.

In 2017, a jury in the Baltimore County Circuit Court found that only Souweine was liable for Palmer’s death. Palmer’s family was awarded over $450,000 in damages.

The Facility

GBMC was created in 1960 with the merging of two hospitals: The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City and Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital. By 1965, a new campus combining both hospitals was opened in Towson and began serving the community as GBMC. The facility offers general acute care as well as a variety of specialized treatments, and its women’s services, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology departments have an especially strong reputation. GBMC and all of its satellite and affiliate locations is owned and operated by GBMC HealthCare, a private, non-profit corporation.

Satellite Locations

In addition to its main Towson campus, GBMC has several primary and specialty care locations scattered around Baltimore and the surrounding areas. GBMC HealthCare also owns and operates Gilchrist Hospice Care, the largest non-profit hospice system in Maryland.

Statistics on Greater Baltimore Medical Center

According to Baltimore Business Journal, in 2018, the following was true:

  • 239 beds, licensed
  • 21,298 Admissions
  • 145,943 Outpatient Visits
  • 167,241 Admissions and Outpatient visits
This information is from “Hospitals, Ranked by Admissions at Hospitals in Greater Baltimore in 2018” written by Maria Sieron, Baltimore Business Journal (November 8-14, 2019)

Some of the major personal injury attorneys that regularly sue GBMC for medical malpractice are: Alison Koehler, Michael Belsky, David Ellin, Julia Arfaa, Phil Federico, Jonathan Schochor.  As the hospital is based in Baltimore County, most of the cases filed in the Maryland circuit court system against GBMC were in Baltimore County Circuit Court. When cases are filed in other counties and Baltimore City, the venue is frequently changed to Baltimore County. If you have been injured by GBMC, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your claim.

 

Last updated July 31, 2020

All data below is as according to the MD Judiciary, As of: 9/26/2012. Data Policy

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