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New University of Maryland Shock Trauma tower opens
New University of Maryland Shock Trauma tower opens

When severely injured patients at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center needed rides between floors, there was only one way to fit all the life-saving staff and equipment in the cramped elevators. "I used to crawl in bed with the patient," said Melissa Reece, nurse manager of the trauma operating rooms. "I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore." New elevators offer more than enough room. Reece and the 673 others who work in what may be the nation's busiest trauma center can spread out a little now that a 140,000-square-foot, $160 million tower officially opened on Lombard Street. Dignitaries were slated to cut the ribbon Friday, though...

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