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Health Care

Salisbury provides the focal point for medical care to over 300,000 people on the Delmarva Peninsula. From outpatient surgery to open heart surgery, from prenatal care to hospice services, from emergency-trauma services to rehabilitation and therapy, health care in Salisbury includes the latest technology and top professional services.  

Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Peninsula Regional has been providing care for over 115 years. The not-for-profit Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland offers the widest array of specialty and sub-specialty services on the Delmarva Peninsula. It has received over 125 national awards, certifications and recognition over the past six years for the safety and care it provides patients and the outcomes they experience.  With 317 acute care beds, 30 transitional care beds, and 28 newborn beds, Peninsula Regional is the region’s largest, most advanced tertiary care facility, and has been meeting the healthcare needs of Delmarva Peninsula residents since 1897.  Its 3,400 physicians, staff and volunteers provide safe, compassionate and affordable care designed to exceed the expectations of the nearly 500,000 patients who rely on the Medical Center team each year for inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, sub-acute and emergency/trauma services.   Peninsula Regional Medical Center was recently presented the 2012 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award by HealthGrades, Inc. for 2012.  PRMC is One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades in 2012 and the only Delmarva hospital presented the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence Award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, which places the Medical Center among the best 260 American hospitals for clinical quality performance and solidly in the elite top 5% of all 5,000 U.S. hospitals.

In 2012, it was named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Critical Care, GI Care, General Surgery, Pulmonary Care and Stroke Care programs. A complete list of the Medical Center’s most recent HealthGrades recognitions, awards and 5-Star ratings can be found on Peninsula Regional’s website at under the Quality and Safety navigation tab.  It also operates the Eastern Shore’s first neuro-surgical program.  This year, Peninsula Regional will generate over $300 million in economic benefit back into the local community and economy, while re-investing $20 million into new health care equipment upgrades. The Institute offers patients the region’s only two Electrophysiology Labs for the treatment of irregular heartbeats, and houses the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program in Maryland.  

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute provides patients complete and compassionate cancer care, including weekly multidisciplinary cancer treatment conferences, the region’s only comprehensive lung program, outpatient chemotherapy services and dedicated patient navigators who assists patients and their families through the entire treatment process.  It currently holds the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award; one of just 95 cancer institute’s in the nation to earn it.
Peninsula Regional’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is the Eastern Shore’s only 2010, 2011 and 2012 recipient of Clinical Research grants from the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to increase awareness and participation in breast cancer clinical trials in our region.

The Medical Center is home to the Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery (PILARS).  PILARS surgeons perform nearly 40 different minimally invasive general, GYN, bariatric, urologic and cardiac procedures-1,500 per year- some featuring the daVinci Surgical System Robot.  Using customized instruments and high resolution cameras designed to fit inside very small incisions, surgeons perform precise operations with better long-term patient outcomes and shorter hospital stays.

The Medical Center also supports numerous affiliations with clinical educational programs at area two-year and four-year universities that expand nursing, physician assistant, respiratory therapy, pharmacy and surgical technology opportunities for area students.
Peninsula Regional continues to partner with other healthcare providers to increase the availability and scope of services.  New technologies, including robotic heart and prostate surgery and advanced cancer detection and treatment options, continue to define the standard for safer care, faster recoveries and better outcomes.  

The Wicomico County Health Department   

The Wicomico County Health Department offers a program of population based health promotion and preventive care including 

  • Immunizations 
  • Family planning 
  • The "Health Choice" programs 
  • The "Healthy Kids" program 
  • Breast and Cervical cancer screening 
  • Tobacco cessation 
  • Cardiovascular risk assessment 
A number of clinics which provide treatment and counseling for 
  • Addictions  
  • Children's mental illness  
  • Tuberculosis (TB) 
  • Sexually transmitted diseases 
  • AIDS  
Fees for services are based on ability to pay.  
Some programs available only to those who meet their income requirements. 

Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care

HEALTHSOUTH Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital is a 44-bed comprehensive inpatient hospital providing state-of-art care for victims of strokes, traumatic brain, head and spinal injuries, amputations, nervous system disorders, and other diseases. They can be reached at 410-546-4600. it is the only facility of its kind on the Eastern Shore and largest in the country. HEALTHSOUTH Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital offers the following services: 
  • Orthopedic and pulmonary rehabilitation and therapy 
  • Warm-water aquatics 
  • Work conditioning  
  • Neurological day treatment 
  • Specialized programs such as driver's evaluation and retraining 
  • Staff of board-certified psychiatrist and physical, occupational, recreational, and hearing therapists 
  • Manages rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients  

The Salisbury Center/Genesis Elder Care is one of the area's most highly regarded senior citizen residence facilities.  
  • Maryland's third largest nursing home with 370 beds 
  • Two rehabilitation service units 
  • Functional Evaluation and Treatment Unit is designed to prevent premature nursing home placement and fosters a resident's return to a less restrictive life 
  • Has returned nearly 50% those treated to their homes 
  • Focus Unit provides specialized care for Alzheimer's patients 
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals Organization 

Deer's Head Center in Salisbury is Maryland State's Eastern Shore rehabilitation and chronic care treatment facility which provides medical care beyond that available in area nursing homes. They can be reached at 410-543-4000 or 
  • Operates the largest hemodialysis or kidney dialysis unit on the Eastern Shore 
  • A prosthetic's clinic was established in 1972 in response to community need 
  • Provides nursing home care for residents with complex medical and behavioral needs 

The Coastal Hospice provides a team approach to caring for terminally ill patients. They can be reached at 410-742-8732. 
  • Focuses on symptom and pain control 
  • Designed to enable patients to live as full a life as possible at home with loved ones 
  • Provides bereavement counseling for family members 

Mental Health Care and Developmental Disabilities 

A full range of mental health services are available in Salisbury 
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Center provides both inpatient and outpatient adult mental health and substance abuse services 
  • Wicomico County Health Department provides counseling and programs for supported independent living in the community 
  • The Holly Center offers education and health care services for developmentally disabled individuals 

                Their mission is to foster independence in those they serve
                Use an experienced professional staff working as a team to  

                        Evaluate a person's disabilities
                        Counsel families
                        Devise a plan for living up to their full potential 

  • They have 170 resident clients, support day services, and monitor developmentally disabled individuals living relatively independent lives within the community. 

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Easter Seals Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

Easter Seals is a non-profit health care organization that has a long and rich history of providing therapeutic rehab services to children (and adults) that goes back to 1919.  The Salisbury Easter Seals Pediatric Center was founded in 1996 and now serves well over 400 children per year from the Eastern Shore ranging in age from newly born to adolescent.  The rehab center is open five days per week and is staffed with full time Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists.  Easter Seals receives referrals from most Lower Eastern Shore pediatricians, and even some from the western shore.  Easter Seals wants every child to get off to a good start in life, and therapeutic services will help the child to reach his/her maximum potential for independence and achievement.  

The staff specialize in treating many childhood disorders and injuries including (but not limited too) 

  • developmental delays
  • fine motor delays
  • congenital abnormalities
  • sensory integration disorders
  • feeding and swallowing disorders                                 
  • speech language delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • traumatic brain injury
  • orthopedic injuries and many more.  

In addition to therapeutic services, an Assistive Technology Rehab Specialist is available to do assessments that will identify devices that can help alleviate the effects of a disability or make the home more accessible.

 To access Easter Seals services, a referral must be made by a pediatrician or other physician, or call 410-546-2894, or visit their web site at