‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Celebrates UM Upper Chesapeake Health’s New Aberdeen Campus

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Topping Off Ceremony for Aberdeen Campus of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System photographed by commerical photographer, Robin Sommer and Bill Rettberg, MidAtlantic Photographic LLC

Ceremony participants and the community signed a steel beam that will frame a historic timeline

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) held a topping off ceremony at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium on June 24 to celebrate the vertical construction progress on the new Aberdeen medical campus site.

Ceremony participants, including UM UCH leaders and board members, Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady and members of Erdman, the project’s design and construction team, signed a steel beam, a tradition for new construction. Community members who attended the IronBirds’ June 24-27 games were invited to add their signatures. The beam will frame a historic timeline display within the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center – Aberdeen (UM UCMC –  Aberdeen) campus when it opens in spring 2023.

“The topping off ceremony helped us mark an important milestone in the construction of our new Aberdeen medical campus. We were pleased to invite those involved with the project as well as the greater community to sign a steel beam that will be part of permanent display that will mark a new chapter in health care delivery in Harford County,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President and CEO of UM UCH.

Sign Our Beam: During the June 24-27 IronBirds games, members of the community were invited to sign a steel beam that will frame a historic timeline at the new University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center – Aberdeen.  (Photo by Allen Siegel)

When it opens in 2023, the UM UCMC – Aberdeen campus will be over 175,000 square-feet and cost approximately $120,000,000. It will feature an expanded, state-of-the art, 24/7 Emergency Department with a helipad for emergency transfers; short-stay medical care beds; expanded inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services; primary and specialty care physician offices; and full diagnostic services, including radiology, laboratory and infusion. For more information, visit umuch.org/newcampus.

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit www.umuch.org for more information.

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