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Gladys Spellman Specialty Care Unit relocates to Laurel Regional Hospital

The former Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center, located for 43 years adjacent to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, has moved to Laurel Regional Hospital and has a new name.

The Gladys Spellman Specialty Care Unit, or GSSCU, on the fourth-floor of Laurel Regional Hospital received patients transferred from the old facility June 30. The new unit has 46 licensed specialty care beds and offers comprehensive care for adults whose health care needs require more than what can be provided in a home environment or a nursing home. Most patients at GSSCU are afflicted with serious illnesses, and care provided includes specialized wound care, airway management (tracheostomy), ventilator care, specialty tube feedings, intravenous therapy, pain management, rehabilitation services (speech/language pathology) and hemodialysis.

The center is named for former Maryland Rep. Gladys Noon Spellman, who served as chair of the Prince George's Hospital Center Board from 1963 to 1969. She suffered a debilitating heart attack in 1980, which left her comatose until her death in 1988.

The hospital will hold an open house for the GSSCU in late July.

For more information, call 301-618-2017.

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