Emergency Services

Important Phone Numbers 

Adult Emergency & Psychiatric Emergency Services 

Adult ED

The newly renovated Adult Emergency Department features private exam rooms, advanced, digital radiological equipment, such as CT scans, ultrasound and X-ray and large comfortable waiting areas. It is staffed and equipped to handle all types of medical emergencies.

Patients with life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or stroke will have access to physicians and nurses trained specifically to treat those emergencies. In addition, the Adult Emergency Department will continue to offer a fast track area so that patients with less critical emergencies can be seen in a timely way. 

The Adult Emergency Department is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers and a patient advocate to address any special requirements of patients.

The UMMC Midtown Campus ED is an extension of the University of Maryland Medical Center ED. The department is led by University of Maryland Medical Center School of Medicine faculty physicians, and ED patients from UMMC are often transferred to UMMC Midtown Campus to ensure patients are quickly provided beds if their condition requires an overnight stay. 

Psychiatric ED

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) service provides a single point of entry for adult patients over 18 years of age in need of urgent psychiatric assessment, evaluation and referral. Services are provided on a walk-in basis and access to psychiatric and addiction resources are available. 

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) is a 24-hour a day service provided for psychiatric emergencies for both voluntary and involuntary patients primarily for the residents of Baltimore City and surrounding counties. The treatment team features a multidisciplinary approach, with professionals from psychiatry, social work, psychiatric nursing, chemical dependency and community mental health. 

PES clinical staff consists of:

  • A medical director
  • An associate medical director
  • Attending psychiatrist
  • Resident physicians
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Social workers
  • Mental health associates 
  • Registration/admitting clerks

Patients' special needs, including language barriers, cognitive disabilities and psychosocial stressors are addressed through interdisciplinary intake, evaluation and assessment. Referrals for disposition and community support services reflect the patient's unique needs and the team develops a plan of care that is the most appropriate for the patient.

Services are designed to assist patients in urgent or emergent crises. Medication refills, competency evaluations or evaluations for legal and disability claims will be referred to outpatient providers. 

Services include:

  • Diagnostic psychiatric evaluations for the presence of a mental illness.
  • Assessment and reassessment.
  • If necessary, admission to inpatient facility.
  • Crisis intervention related to a psychiatric illness. 
  • Linkage and referral to ongoing mental health services.
  • Referrals may be given for medical, dental, legal, social, or substance abuse services.
  • Ambulatory detoxification services are provided by referral only in conjunction with enrollment in an intensive treatment program