Karen E. Olscamp
President & CEO
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
When Karen Olscamp arrived on the doorsteps of then-North Arundel Hospital in early 1987, she wanted to learn the intricacies of how a small hospital served its community. Twenty years later, she was named president and chief executive officer of now-University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC), which has grown into a large regional medical center and with an emergency department among the busiest in Maryland.
She attributes her success to the extraordinary staff she encounters each day.
“In my role, I am fortunate to witness on a daily basis the impact our staff has in helping to save and improve lives,” Olscamp said. “It is because of them that UM BWMC has built a reputation for providing reliable, high quality care to all of our patients.”
Under her leadership, UM BWMC has had a significant impact on the health of residents in Anne Arundel County.
Since Olscamp’s appointment as president and CEO in August 2008, the medical center has seen significant growth and development. In 2009, UM BWMC completed a $117 million expansion project. As part of this expansion, Olscamp oversaw the opening of a new eight-story patient tower, an obstetrical services unit and additional operating rooms, allowing for the medical center to add to the complexity of surgical cases performed in neurosurgery, vascular, orthopedics and robotics.
While the growth of the organization has been impressive, Olscamp is most proud of the numerous quality awards that UM BWMC has received under her direction. Most recently, the medical center was awarded the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement by the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care; the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland; the American Heart Association’s 2014 Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award (the only Maryland Hospital to be honored with this award); and achieved “Top Performer” status by the Maryland Patient Safety Center for hand hygiene.
And in July 2015, Olscamp and 2,900 UM BWMC employees will celebrate the medical center’s 50th anniversary.
“We are excited to reflect upon our legacy and honor our past, but we are thrilled to be creating an exceptionally bright future,” Olscamp said.