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The New Gilchrist Center Baltimore: The next chapter in caring for the underserved in Baltimore City

December 1, 2021
Gilchrist Center Baltimore is continuing its legacy of providing compassionate end-of-life care and support to the residents of Baltimore City and their families with a new state-of-the-art center at Stadium Place on East 33rd Street, the former home of Memorial Stadium. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center, named the “William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Gilchrist Center Baltimore” after two African American pillars of the local community, was held on September 30. The center is now accepting patients.

The facility is the new location for Gilchrist’s previous inpatient hospice center at Eutaw Street—the former Joseph Richey House—which has provided end-of-life care for city residents for more than 30 years. The new two-story center, which contains 18 private adult and four pediatric suites for inpatient residential hospice and respite care, continues to be the only residential hospice center in Baltimore and houses the only pediatric inpatient hospice unit in Maryland.

“Gilchrist Center Baltimore cares for children, adults, as well as the underserved and homeless who would otherwise not have a home to spend their dying days,” said Shannon Wollman, Gilchrist Chief Philanthropy Officer. “When you look at the demographics of Baltimore City, we have such an underserved population. This center provides the end-of-life care that everyone deserves, regardless of ability to pay.”

The new center is centrally located in a diverse landmark community with a rich history and atmosphere. It is surrounded by newly built housing for low- to middle-income seniors. By joining the Stadium Place community, Gilchrist adds to the robust continuum of housing, health, and other services for residents.

Each patient has access to the full spectrum of hospice care, including medical, emotional, and spiritual support, with a focus on quality of life. Additionally, bereavement and counseling support is offered for patients, families, or anyone in the community who has suffered a loss or been impacted by trauma.

Construction of the new center is funded by a $15.3 million capital campaign that is almost complete, led by Chair Dr. Timothy F. Doran and Wollman. The campaign has received financial support from the State of Maryland and many prominent foundations, including the Women’s Hospital Foundation, as well as the full support of Gilchrist’s board of directors.

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