ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today celebrated the ceremonial transfer of the 175-acre Spring Grove Hospital Center site to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as part of a long-term plan to modernize and improve health care delivery in the state.
“UMBC is a model for undergraduate education, inclusive talent development, and innovation,” said Governor Hogan. “I am excited that its footprint will now be able to grow even further into the future. Together, we are ensuring that UMBC will continue to play a meaningful role in advancing education, community development, and economic and workforce development in Baltimore County and the State of Maryland.”
The governor was joined by UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, along with UMBC alumni House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, as well as State Treasurer Dereck E. Davis.
The transfer of the site was approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works, which also approved an agreement between UMBC and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to enable continued operation of the Spring Grove Hospital Center for up to 20 years while long-range facilities development is ongoing. MDH submitted its phased facilities master plan to the General Assembly last year based on a collaborative process and consultations with legislators dating back to 2017.
“UMBC has talked with public officials and community leaders for decades about our need for future expansion space at Spring Grove,” said President Hrabowksi. “UMBC students, faculty, staff, and future students will be grateful to Governor Hogan and other state leaders for years to come. This is a visionary collaboration for the future of Maryland.”
UMBC will engage with state, the county, and community leaders as well as other partners during its regular master facilities planning process to envision a future for the Spring Grove property that supports the university’s long-term development and enhances both economic development and quality of life in the Baltimore region and Maryland.