BALTIMORE, January 15, 2008 – The Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital has earned official designation as the Hand and Upper Extremity Trauma Center for the State of Maryland by MIEMMS, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems. It is the only center in Maryland to receive the hand trauma designation, and one of the most unique specialty centers in the world.
While the Curtis National Hand Center has long been identified as a leader in hand trauma, the long process of meeting specific criteria, as established in the Code of Maryland Regulations, has been made final. Among the criteria: that the hospital have at least eight physicians who are board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery or orthopaedic surgery, and a member of the hand trauma team be on call 24 hours a day.
The nursing staff must be specifically competent in procedures for hand and upper extremity emergencies.
The Curtis National Hand Center, identified by the 103rd Congress in 1994 as a National Hand Center boasts one of the largest collection of hand and upper extremity experts in the world. As a premier destination for conditions from the common, to the most complex hand and arm reconstructions, the center attracts patients from all over the globe.
Currently Curtis National Hand Center employs 12 orthopaedic hand surgeons, two plastic and reconstructive hand surgeons; six hand fellows, (including two from Walter Reed Army Hospital), and trains 15 residents.