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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.

While countless developments have transpired during Carroll Hospital’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.

On March 27, 2015, members of Carroll County Health Services Corporation, parent company of Carroll Hospital, voted to approve an affiliation agreement with LifeBridge Health to offer new services and expanded care for the people of Carroll County and the greater Baltimore region, and on April 1, 2015, Carroll Hospital officially became a subsidiary of LifeBridge Health.

With the agreement, LifeBridge Health has made a commitment to implement Carroll Hospital’s strategic plan to grow and advance in areas like cardiovascular, cancer, hospice/home care, surgery, women and infants and outpatient services. LifeBridge Health will build on Carroll Hospital’s commitment to the people of Carroll County, ensuring that residents have access to a vibrant acute care hospital offering a wide range of medical specialties, services and community physicians.