Maryland Hospitals Making Strides: Decreasing ER Wait Times from 11 to 8 Hours

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/02/2023
Maryland hospitals have consistently maintained their position as the lowest-ranked in the country for emergency room wait times, despite some progress made in recent months.

According to recent data released by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, the average wait time for hospitals in the state is approximately eight hours. The current duration has decreased from approximately 11 hours earlier this year.

According to Gene Ransom, the CEO of the Maryland State Medical Society, the current situation is a crisis that demands prompt action in order to identify and implement effective solutions. It is imperative that individuals are not subjected to prolonged waiting times in emergency rooms.

Since the summer, approximately 75% of hospitals in Maryland have made significant improvements to their wait times. Despite this, those times are still considered to be among the lowest when compared to other states.

The length of emergency room waits has increased at certain hospitals, including Sinai, Johns Hopkins Bayview, and Adventist White Oak.

Wait times at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton have been reported to reach up to 24 hours.


Long wait times in the emergency room have been found to have significant implications for patient outcomes, as highlighted in a study published in the British Medical Journal. The research indicates that extended waiting periods are linked to a heightened risk of mortality and an increased probability of hospital admission.

According to Ransom, the occurrence of these issues is widespread and can be attributed to workforce-related factors. The task at hand requires prompt prioritization and efficient resolution.


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