A Year on the Front Lines: Giving Thanks to Our Hospital Heroes

Maryland hospitals have been on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic for one year, treating the first COVID patients on March 4, 2020. Since that day, they have admitted and treated about 35,000 of our family members, friends, and neighbors. Hundreds of thousands more Marylanders have benefited directly from hospitals’ efforts.

Maryland hospitals answered the call quickly and with full force to save lives and care for their communities. They added bed space to handle additional patients, shored up supplies of scarce protective gear, and supplied COVID testing—and now vaccinations—to their workforce and their communities.


In the past year, the state’s nonprofit hospitals

  • Tested more than 1.2 million community members, patients, and staff members for COVID in just the first six months of the pandemic
  • Added capacity for roughly 6,000 beds to make room for all potential COVID cases while still meeting everyone else’s needs
  • Helped lead our state’s vaccination rollout, delivering more than 450,000 vaccine shots through February 2021
  • Cared for their communities outside of their four walls, providing donations of food, transportation, school supplies and non-clinical personal protective equipment
  • Ensured safe access to care by expanding telehealth capabilities


A Year on the Front Lines: Giving Thanks to Our Hospital Heroes