There are currently no inpatient beds for children and adolescents on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This creates a problem for many families who must seek treatment across the bridge, and many times there are long waiting lists for beds in the entire region. It is well established that children progress better when they have the support of their families close to home.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is renovating an area within the current facility to house a 15 bed acute care child and adolescent inpatient unit. Staffing for this unit will include 2 psychiatrists, a clinical manager, 2 therapists and 9 nurses. This will allow for the evaluation, diagnosis and inpatient treatment of patients who are 17 and under. This Unit will include exam rooms, family waiting and conference rooms, consult rooms, quiet room, nursing stations and offices for mental health professions. The cost of this project is approximately $8.5 million.

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation is committed to raising $5 million toward the completion of this much-needed project. We are pleased to announce that we have raised the first $2.5 million, but we are now asking for your assistance to raise the additional $2.5 million.

The inpatient child and adolescent unit will allow Peninsula Regional Medical Center to care for some of the most vulnerable children and adolescents in our community by providing access to care in a centrally located facility with all services under one roof. The new state of the art unit will strengthen patient centered care, increase medical standards, enhance privacy and elevate the patient’s experience for greater care and better service.