The University of Maryland Medical System has completed its merger with Upper Chesapeake Health in Harford County, four years after the medical institutions agreed to affiliate.
Upper Chesapeake includes the 185-bed Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and the 89-bed Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The health system is now named University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health under the merger.
Since partnering, UMMS has brought more specialty services to Harford County's fast-growing populations, which now stands at 248,000 residents. The Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center opened in October on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus in Bel Air. The new cancer center is an affiliate of the National Cancer Institute-designated Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Upper Chesapeake Health is the leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, with 3,000 employees and more than 600 medical staff.