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Gilchrist Center Baltimore

Gilchrist Center Baltimore recently launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to relocate operations to Stadium Place on E. 33rd Street, a GEDCO development. This new state-of-the-art inpatient hospice facility at the former site of Memorial Stadium will remain a vital resource for terminally ill Baltimore City residents.

Capital Giving

Our Mission and Our Impact

Gilchrist Center Baltimore’s vision is bold: caring for the most underprivileged and underserved patients at the end of life, ensuring they have access to safe, compassionate care, regardless of background or ability to pay. And that mission on Eutaw Street has helped countless individuals die with dignity. But after 30 years operating out of several 130-year-old deteriorating rowhouses that require ongoing maintenance and financial resources, it’s time for a change.

Gilchrist Center Baltimore recently launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to relocate operations to Stadium Place on E. 33rd Street, a GEDCO development. This new state-of-the-art inpatient hospice facility at the former site of Memorial Stadium will remain a vital resource for terminally ill Baltimore City residents.

When completed, the new Gilchrist Center Baltimore will be a 30,000-square-foot building situated on 1.5 acres, providing 18 adult and 4 pediatric private rooms for inpatient residential hospice and respite care.

The Need

In Baltimore City, those aged 65+ comprise approximately 12.1% of the total population, and the Maryland Health Care Commission projects an increase in city residents needing hospice. With 30% of families living in poverty, Baltimore City has significant socio-economic challenges that lead to health disparities. A current snapshot of health in Baltimore City includes:

  • Highest incidence in Maryland of heart disease, COPD, hypertension/stroke, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes.
  • Consistently ranks in the top five cities worldwide for HIV. About 13,400 residents are estimated to be living with HIV.
  • Ranked last in the state on indicators such as preventable hospitalizations, access to care and other determinants of health, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s 2016 Primary Care Needs Assessment.
  • 25% of adults living in Baltimore are regular smokers, compared to a national average of 17%.
  • One of the highest rates of heroin use and overdose in the country. Over 60,000 people in the city are estimated to have a drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Lowest average life expectancy in Maryland, at 73.9 years.

Without Gilchrist Center Baltimore, many of the city’s terminally ill would die in emergency rooms or on city streets.

The Future

Gilchrist Center Baltimore’s new facility will provide a beacon of hope and solace for Baltimore City residents, and an added investment and benefit to its communities. Its new beginning means for years to come, the terminally ill in Baltimore – many of whom have been medically and socially underserved – will spend their final days in a beautiful setting where they will be cared for compassionately and respectfully.

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To learn more about the project or supporting the campaign, please contact Shannon Wollman, Sr. Director of Development, at 443.849.8263 or swollman@gilchristcares.org.

Support the Campaign

To learn more about the project or supporting the campaign, please contact Shannon Wollman, Sr. Director of Development, at 443.849.8263 or swollman@gilchristcares.org.

Capital Campaign Benefactors

Women’s Hospital Foundation
State of Maryland
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
GBMC Volunteer Auxiliary
Bunting Family Foundation
The Adams Foundation and the Rodgers Family Fund
The Judi and Steven B. Fader Family Foundation
LaVerna Hahn Charitable Trust
France-Merrick Foundation
Middendorf Foundation
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Huether-McClelland Foundation
Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc.
DLA Piper
Cecil Flamer
M&T Charitable Foundation
Kevin and Martha Dunbar
Mary C. Mangione and Family
Mitchell and Nell Goetze
Sonny Richardson
Brightview Charitable Fund
Dr. Tim Doran and Dr. Robin Weiss
Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
Gary and Kelly Garofalo
Dr. Neal Friedlander and Dr. Virginia Adams
Cordish Family Foundation
Charles and Sheila Herget
Gary Cohen, M.D.
Matthew and Jen Bollinger
Robert and Ann Croom
Eugene and Sharon Friedman
Roger and Robin Meltzer

Catherine Hamel and William Benson
Helen Pumphrey Denit Charitable Trust
Rhona’s Place
Richard and Jana Burch
Drs. John and Tracey Chessare
Drs. Redonda Miller and Albert Polito
Kevin and Sara Manning
Robert and Pedie Killebrew
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lucas II
Mary Ellen Thomsen
Babylon Foundation
Jeannie Blaustein and Peter Bokor Fund
Stacey McGreevy
Jenny Coldiron
J. W. Thompson and Ellen Remsen Webb
Mullan Family Foundation
Lorraine and J. Mark Schapiro
Stuart and Beth Smith
Reverend John and Sharon Rabb
Edward and Barbara Brody
William and Margaret Beckford
Sana and Andy Brooks Family Fund
Michael Levin, M.D.
Diane and John Baum Family Fund
Offit Kurman
Ira Fine, M.D.
Barry and Christel Curtis
John and Ann Olson
Beverly Speight Mohamed
Paul Celano, M.D.
Carole Connelly and Hank Theil