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Fueled by the overwhelming generosity of our community, The Promise Project will bring two historic advancements to GBMC—the Louis and Phyllis Friedman Building, a new main entrance and inpatient facility, and the Sandra R. Berman Pavilion, the new home of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC. These initiatives will not only modernize GBMC’s facilities but extend our promise for generations to come.

The Louis and Phyllis Friedman Building

This new three-story inpatient facility and main entrance to the hospital will feature two acute care units containing 60 patient rooms. The new patient rooms are twice the size and feature advanced technology that will benefit patients, families, and medical teams.

Grand Opening: November 2, 2023
Interior rendering of GBMC’s Patient Center lobby and welcome area with tall ceilings, greeters’ desk and open floor plan. A modern and welcoming new main lobby will greet guests in a warm, open, and comforting environment.
Interior rendering of a high tech patient room showing a nurse helping a patient of out of bed and doctor at a computer. Patient rooms are designed to provide an optimal patient experience, seamless medical care, and more space for loved ones.
Interior rendering of a new chapel for GBMC’s patients, families, and staff to visit and reflect. The relocated Yvonne Kahlert Chapel, a contemplative space for people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Exterior rendering of a healing garden with white flowers, seating, people relaxing and passing through. The Promise Project will feature The Ruth R. Marder Terrace seating for dining, breaks, and relaxation.
Exterior rendering of a healing garden that mimics nature’s natural beauty, green trees, green grass, pink flowers. The beautiful W. Lee and Mary G. Thomas Healing Garden will provide our community a place to pause and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Exterior rendering of the healing garden between two building and with people sitting at tables, walking by, surrounded by trees and flowers. Another view of the beautiful, open-space healing garden.
Interior rending of the conference room entrance. A new conference center will be named in honor of the Women’s Hospital Foundation, featuring community and meeting spaces.
Interior rendering of a medical library with several desks, computer stations, seating and an area surrounding by medical literature in book cases. The John E. Savage Medical Library will provide a space for residents, clinicians, and staff to conduct research and collaborate.

The Promise I Make ...

Every morning is to see how I get the best treatment to my patients and how to learn more to give the best approach in handling my patient’s clinical problem.
April Asuncion Higgins, RN, BSN, CMSRN, Joint and Spine Clinical Program Manager
Donor Story

The Sandra R. Berman Pavilion

The Sandra R. Berman Pavilion will become the new home of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC, and will consolidate all cancer care services for the convenience of our oncology patients.

Expected Completion: 2025
The Sandra R. Berman Pavilion will provide symptom management in a central location for more than 2,000 cancer patients annually.
The new space will consolidate cancer care services in one state-of-the-art facility for convenience and collaboration.
Every step—from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship—is designed for each patient and their specific needs.
With its expert providers, thriving survivorship program, and more clinical trials than any other community hospital in the region, we marry innovative medicine and research with a personalized approach to care.
What can also be left unaddressed is the toll treatment takes on a patient outside the hospital. The GBMC Oncology Support Services team provides support for the whole person and their caregivers, free of charge.
In the new Infusion Center, we will have 10 private rooms, two isolation rooms, and 14 infusion stations in more open areas so patients can choose levels of privacy.
Chair of Medicine, Dr. Melvin Blanchard

The Promise I Make ...

The Promise Project is about providing a better experience for the patient, making it easier for teams to function in the environment for care delivery – nurses and all other disciplines. I do believe that having the right physical environment helps the team function better and deliver better care.
Melvin Blanchard, MD, FACP, Chair of Medicine
Donor Story

Space to be Surrounded by Loved Ones.

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The Most Advanced Facility of its Kind.

As we plan for the optimization of our hospital, we are incorporating lessons learned as a result of COVID-19. Now, we will also have the most advanced facility for large-scale emergencies. We will come out of this stronger and more prepared than before as we build on GBMC’s strengths, together.

We Can't Do It Alone.

By donating any amount, you become a part of the promise for generations to come.

GBMC is Your Hospital.

Today, GBMC remains the only community-owned hospital in Baltimore. Our intentional decision to remain independent is paramount to our mission and our promise to deliver the best healthcare at a better cost that meets the needs of our entire community, at all levels of income. Now is our time to build even stronger.

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award badge

GBMC HealthCare is the first healthcare system in Maryland to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence.

Making Our Vision a Reality.

We are determined for our promise to stand the test of time. But we can not do it alone. We are all a part of the promise. And now is our time to build even stronger.

Total Fundraising Goal $0 $50M
  • Become Part of the Promise.

    Now is the time for us to build on our existing strength together. By donating and volunteering, you can become a part of the promise for generations to come.

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  • Principal Funding

    Naming, principal funding, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Leadership gifts can be paid over an agreeable timeframe within five years to support GBMC.

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Thank You.

The Promise Project would not be possible without the following individuals, organizations and foundations. We thank them for their generosity and vision.


  • Anonymous
  • Theodore and Kristin Bauer
  • Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation
  • Sandra and Malcolm Berman
  • Milton J. Dance Jr. Endowment, Inc.
  • Louis and Phyllis Friedman
  • GBMC Volunteer Auxiliary
  • Fran and Mark Harris
  • Estate of William C. Higinbothom
  • The Kahlert Foundation, Inc.
  • The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
  • Presbyterian Eye, Ear, and Throat Charity Hospital
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Price
  • Mrs. Eleanor Requard
  • Ruth Carol Fund
  • David D. Smith Family Foundation
  • Women's Hospital Foundation


  • Kurt and Jeanne Aarsand
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Nancy and Preston Athey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aumiller
  • Ellen and Ed Bernard
  • The Bond-Burdette-Tompkins Family
  • Thomas and Barbara Bozzuto
  • Sana and Andy Brooks
  • Brown Advisory
  • Drs. Tracey and John Chessare
  • Gary I. Cohen, MD
  • Dr. Mary Louise and Mr. Carville Collins
  • Ms. Valerie Price Davis
  • Betty H. Dempster
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Dent
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Fenwick Jr.
  • Jerry and Michele Focas
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Greenawalt Jr.
  • Lexie and John Greene
  • Benjamin H. Griswold, IV
  • Dr. and Mrs. Francis C. Grumbine
  • Frederick and Nancy Hudson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Victor Khouzami
  • Ms. Jocelyn McCausland
  • Ashton and Rebecca Newhall
  • Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Inc.
  • Mr. George A. Roche
  • Brian and Mary Jo Rogers
  • Herman & Walter Samuelson Foundation
  • Dr. and Mrs. John R. Saunders Jr.
  • Sodexo
  • James and Jacqueline Stradtner
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc.
  • Marion G. Thompson
  • Mr. Robert A. Wright
  • Philip A. Zaffere Foundation, Inc.

Community Supporters

  • Delbert and Gina Adams
  • Anonymous
  • Herbert and Joanne Belgrad
  • Heidi Kenny-Berman, Esq. and Mr. Steve L. Berman
  • Laurie Reynolds Beyer
  • Dr. Melvin S. Blanchard and Dr. Erica N. Johnson
  • Blavatt Glazer Cogan Foundation Inc.
  • Board of Lady Managers of the Presbyterian Eye, Ear & Throat Charity Hospital
  • Wallace H. Campbell & Company, Inc.
  • Drs. Paul and Shivaun Celano
  • The Charlesmead Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gordon D. Christmyer
  • Terry and Jenny Coldiron
  • Howard P. Colhoun Family Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Beverley C. Compton Jr.
  • Dr. Margaret A. Cyzeski
  • Drs. Robert and Laura Donegan
  • DPR Construction
  • Dr. Kelly Ellis and Mr. Shawn Ellis
  • Dr. Laura M. Erdman and Mr. Ronald Erdman
  • Dr. Roluardo L. Falcon-Melendez
  • Dr. Kevin S. Ferentz and Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
  • First National Bank
  • Dr. and Mrs. John L. Flowers
  • GBMC Medical Staff
  • GBMC Ophthalmology Educational Foundation, Inc.
  • Arnold & Deborah Gerber Family Foundation
  • Peter J. Golueke Foundation Inc.
  • Patricia S. Gordes
  • J. Christopher Greenawalt, MD
  • Gregory Foundation Fund of Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Dr. Charles A. Haile and Ms. Katherine Nelson
  • Deborah L. Hebb, MD
  • Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
  • Huether-McClelland Foundation
  • Dr. Lillian Hunter and Mr. David Hunter
  • Dr. JoAnn Z. Ioannou
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
  • Ms. Rodica I. Johnson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Brian Kaplan
  • Kimberly Kesler O'Rourke, MD
  • Pedie and Robert Killebrew
  • Kenneth and Nancy Klueh
  • Dr. and Mrs. Stewart Koehler
  • Dr. Theda C. Kontis and Dr. David E. Tunkel
  • Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Krongard
  • Sarellen and Dr. Marshall Levine
  • Shirley Z. Lewis
  • Thomas H. Maddux, III
  • Susan F. Martielli
  • State of Maryland
  • Stacey L. McGreevy
  • Dr. and Mrs. James Mersey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Milando
  • Patricia J. Mitchell
  • Robin Motter-Mast, DO
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Mowbray, III
  • Mr. J. William Murray
  • Geoffrey Neuner, MD
  • Thomas and Lynne O'Donnell
  • Dr. Robert and Patricia Palermo
  • Anna-Maria and Ray Palmer
  • Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
  • Dr. W. Anthony and Jeanne Riley
  • Dr. and Mrs. Francis Rotolo
  • Dr. Lauren A. Schnaper and Dr. James Carlton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Scott
  • Dr. Howard and Barbara Siegel
  • Mrs. Lydia H. Stickley
  • Alan J. Tapper, MD
  • Faith and Nathaniel Thomas
  • Steven and Audrey Thomas
  • Dr. Harold J. Tucker and Dr. Roberta Tucker
  • Dr. Ron and Lissen Tutrone
  • Patricia Volker
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Yaggy, Esq.