Maryland Medical Protocols set by the state define the types of conditions that may be transported to specialty hospital centers in the region or the state. The State designates hospitals as certain specialty centers through a standardized application and review process. A full list of designated specialty centers can be found on the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems(MIEMSS) website.
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester (commonly referred to as Dorchester General Hospital) is typically the closest, most appropriate facility for general emergency medical transports in the county. The facility is located at 300 Byrne Street, Cambridge MD and can be contacted at 410-228-5511.
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD are the closest designated stroke centers to Dorchester County.
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD are the closest designated Cardiac Intervention Centers, which are capable of treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients (STEMI; a specific type of heart attack which requires immediate cardiac catheterization), to Dorchester County.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD is a Level III trauma center. Helicopter medevac via the Maryland State Police is also a common method of transport in trauma situations in Dorchester County due to our remote location and limited trauma resources. Patients requiring advanced trauma treatments are transported via helicopter to one of the designated Level I trauma centers in Maryland. For adults, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Johns Hopkins Adult Trauma Center are both designated facilities and both located in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center is the designated location for pediatric trauma cases, and is also in Baltimore. On rare occasions, patients may be transported to other designated trauma centers in Maryland, Delaware, or the District of Columbia, based on weather or the status of the receiving facility.
Adult burn patients requiring specialty, life-saving care may be transported via medevac to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center/Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore or the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.
Other Specialty Centers
MIEMSS designates a variety of other specialty centers, including for patients with severe eye trauma, hand/upper extremity trauma, hyperbaric medicine, and perinatal complications. A full list of designated specialty centers can be found on the MIEMSS website. For questions about specialty centers, please contact the EMS Office.