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Baltimore Medical System awarded grants for new community health center

A rendering of BMS at Yard 56, to be located within a new medical building adjacent to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. It is expected to open in early 2023. (Submitted photo)

Baltimore Medical System (BMS), the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system in Maryland, Wednesday announced it was awarded significant grants from two prominent foundations to support the development of its newest community health center in Baltimore.

The France-Merrick Foundation has awarded $250,000 and The Middendorf Foundation has awarded $100,000 for the construction of BMS at Yard 56 – a modern, state-of-the art community health center currently being developed on Eastern Avenue in Greektown.

BMS at Yard 56 will feature 54 patient care rooms and will serve as an integrated Patient Centered Medical Home to approximately 20,000 new patients in Baltimore in need of access to high-quality medical care. BMS at Yard 56 is expected to open in early 2023.

Like the eight community health centers and eight school-based health sites currently within the BMS network, BMS at Yard 56 will be dedicated to serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents – including those who are underserved and uninsured.

Specialties at the new location will include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental care and behavioral health. The site will also feature a pharmacy offering outpatient medications at significantly reduced prices through the federal government’s 340B program.

The new community health center will be located in a new medical building adjacent to BMS’s long-time partner Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC). The proximity will enable enhanced collaboration between the two health organizations, as JHBMC care managers will be able to refer patients seeking non-emergent care to BMS at Yard 56 for ongoing primary and preventative care, reducing the burden on the hospital’s emergency department.

With this expansion, BMS furthers its mission to increase health equity and access in Baltimore. BMS currently serves more than 60,000 patients annually and is dedicated to reducing health disparities through chronic disease prevention and management integrated with comprehensive care.