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As early as 1917, Carroll County’s medical community had discussed the possibility of building a hospital in the county, although various efforts never gained enough traction.

Finally, in December 1947, the State of Maryland’s Hospital Survey and Plan review committee recommended that the county establish a 50-bed hospital based on U.S. Public Health Service standards at the time.

In subsequent years, momentum for the effort slowly built, and in 1956 a citizens committee, featuring a core group of dedicated doctors, local businessmen and civic leaders, formed to oversee the hospital campaign. After a tremendous outpouring of community support for the project, Carroll County General Hospital opened its doors on October 1, 1961.

Inside, a growing community of patients and visitors found a medical facility of tremendous promise.

Over the years, we’ve come a long way — from a one-building hospital where patients once had to ring a bell to get into the emergency room after hours to the greatly expanded, comprehensive hospital center with state-of-the-art technology that we are today. We invite you to take a brief glance at the highlights in our Carroll Hospital Center timeline and view our 50th Anniversary video. It’s easy to see that we’ve made great strides to build on the powerful vision of a few good citizens.

While countless developments have transpired during Carroll Hospital Center’s half-century of service, certain fundamental qualities have endured—most importantly, the hospital’s caring spirit.

Today, as throughout its history, hospital staff remains deeply dedicated to its patients. Although the county’s population has more than tripled these past five decades, it’s still a tight-knit community where doctors, nurses and staff treat their friends, neighbors and family.

As Carroll Hospital Center looks toward its next 50 years of service, the staff renews its commitment to help people maintain good health throughout every stage of life and strives to make Carroll Hospital Center the hospital of choice for Carroll County and beyond.