University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

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University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
University of Maryland Medical System
Location Forest Park, northwest Baltimore and Woodlawn, suburban Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Hospital type Rehabilitation, Outpatient
Emergency department No

James Lawrence Kernan Hospital
James Lawrence Kernan Hospital Dec 09.JPG
James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, "Radnor Park", James L. Kernan estate, December 2009
University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is located in Baltimore
University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
Nearest city Windsor Mill Road and Forest Park Avenue, Forest Park, Baltimore, Forest Park, Baltimore, Maryland and Wetheredsville, Maryland
Coordinates 39°18′48″N 76°42′34″W / 39.31333°N 76.70944°W / 39.31333; -76.70944Coordinates: 39°18′48″N 76°42′34″W / 39.31333°N 76.70944°W / 39.31333; -76.70944
Area 50 acres (20 ha)
Built 1863
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Greek Revival and Colonial Revival architecture
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79003275[1]
Added to NRHP September 24, 1979

University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is a rehabilitation hospital located along the border of the Forest Park neighborhood of northwest Baltimore City and Woodlawn, Baltimore County in Maryland. It lies on and is incorporated into the historic hospital building and grounds of the former James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. The hospital is currently now a part of the growing University of Maryland Medical System, centered at South Greene, West Baltimore, West Lombard Streets on the downtown westside historic campus of the University of Maryland at Baltimore.


The James Lawrence Kernan Hospital was built between 1860 and 1867 as Radnor Park, a two-story, five-bay, Victorian mansion. In the first decades of the 20th century, alterations were carried out to the original house which made the house over into a combination of the Greek Revival and Colonial Revival styles. The additional surrounding 1920s-era hospital structures were built in a style that blends well with the old historic mansion and its grounds.

James Lawrence Kernan, (1838–1912), was a theater manager and philanthropist of the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras in Baltimore. He had the landmark Kernan Hotel (later renamed the Congress Hotel) on West Franklin Street with its adjacent to the west Maryland Theater of Beaux Arts/Classical Revival styled architecture constructed and opened in 1903, in the middle of the newly central theatre/entertainment district of North Howard Street, in the southwest corner of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood, adjacent to the old first downtown campus of the newly-founded (1876) Johns Hopkins University. The "rathskeller" in the basement of the hotel (later also known as the "marble bar") was the site of the first "jazz band" music in the town led by John Ridgley when it opened in 1903.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1979.[1]

Notable patients[edit]

  • Famous "imbedded" CBS television international news reporter/correspondent Kimberly Dozier, following her injuries from an improvised explosive device in the Iraq War in 2006, spent time at Kernan recovering.[3]
  • Several former Baltimore Colts football players, including quarterback Johnny Unitas (who actually died of a heart attack while working out at the facility) in the year before his death, were recipients of physical therapy at Kernan Hospital.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Maryland Historical Trust". National Register of Historic Places: James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ - A Year Later, Kimberly Dozier Talks About Recovery
  4. ^ Olesker, Michael (2005-07-22). "Jim Parker was the lineman next door". The Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "Toughest Colt lifted up a city". Los Angeles Times. 2002-09-12. 

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