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General & Emergency Care


In an effort to effectively manage local healthcare resources, Memorial Hospital and Medical Center of Cumberland and Braddock Hospital (formerly Sacred Heart Hospital) joined together in April 1996 to form what is now know as the Western Maryland Health System (WMHS). This new organization oversees the operation of the hospital and related entities and strives to enhance patient care while reducing health care costs. Improving the overall health of the community is another important goal of WMHS.

The Western Maryland Health System offers a comprehensive range of general and specialty services for medical, surgical, pediatric, and obstetrical patients. Sophisticated diagnostic testing services are provided at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, as well as at off-site, outpatient diagnostic centers. An extensive range of physician specialties is available, with over 200 physicians practicing in the community.

In an effort to further enhance health care services, WMHS developed 8 Specialty Centers – Behavioral Health, Cardiac Services, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, Oncology Services, Outpatient Services, Orthopedics and Joint Reconstruction, Trauma Services, and Women’s Health.

Emergency services are provided at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, which serves as the designated area-wide Trauma Center in the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Critical care services, as well as surgical services, a trauma program and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit.

The Heart Institute at WMHS opened in November 2000 and provides a comprehensive range of cardiac diagnostic and treatment services, including open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology (angioplasty).

A full range of cancer services is available through the Schwab Family Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Included in the WMHS programs are diagnostic testing; a wide array of treatment services, including radiation oncology, hospice services, and many patient support services.

Long-term care services are provided through the Frostburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an 88-bed nursing home.

Improving the community’s overall health is an important aspect of WMHS. Health promotion activities include health screenings, classes on adopting healthy lifestyles, and exercise programs. Special activities for children and senior citizens, as well as other at-risk populations, are offered throughout the year.

For more information and to check out the physicians directory, you can view the health system’s website at