South Baltimore Business Roundup

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today’s South Baltimore Business Roundup specifically looks at how some local businesses are helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Locust Point’s MindGrub is teaming up with Open Works to manufacture face shields. From its Facebook page:

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has donated approximately 7,500 pounds of food to the Maryland Food Bank and other organizations to support at-risk individuals. In addition to the Maryland Food Bank, Horseshoe Baltimore is partnering with Thread, Inc., Union Baptist Church, and New Psalmist Baptist Church to ensure the food reaches people in need.

Horseshoe has also donated 7,800 disposable vinyl gloves to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management to support the agency’s efforts to protect Baltimore residents and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

T. Rowe Price

T. Rowe Price Foundation announced last month it is donating $500,000 to global and local organizations working to relieve the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting gaps in community services.

Details about the donations:

  • Baltimore: $250,000 will be donated to the Fund for Educational Excellence to support food security issues for Baltimore City Public Schools students and their families who are without meals due to the closure of schools.
  • Other T. Rowe Price U.S. locations: $125,000 will be split between nonprofits supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in Colorado Springs, New York City, and San Francisco.
  • Other T. Rowe Price locations globally: $125,000 will be given to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support relief efforts in London, Hong Kong, and other global communities outside the U.S.

Mercy Medical Center 

Mercy Medical Center is expanding its Downtown hospital to increase bed capacity. From a March 18th press release:

Today, in response to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s call on Monday to increase hospital bed capacity statewide to address the COVID-19 public health emergency, Mercy Medical Center sought and received an Emergency Certificate of Need approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission to construct a new 32-bed acute/critical care unit on the 17th floor of the hospital’s main inpatient facility, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center in downtown Baltimore.

Mercy’s nearly 150-year commitment to the people of Baltimore has never wavered; we always have invested in and cared for our patients regardless of their ability to pay for their care.

To that end, Mercy will invest $12.5 million in the project partnering with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company which will provide short-term financing to allow the project to move forward immediately. Project construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in 75 days. The Bunting Center is currently licensed at 183 beds with existing physical capacity to expand to 251 beds to meet future demand and will add an additional 32 acute/critical care beds following completion of the 17th floor Emergency CON project. To offset this unexpected cost to care for the neediest among us, Mercy will pursue funding opportunities from those individuals and organizations in our community that are most capable of helping.

Multiple Organizations 

From $1 million in corporate donations, two new funds have been established – one with Baltimore-based Fund for Educational Excellence and one with Baltimore Community Foundation – to allow the businesses and their employees an opportunity to contribute directly to food insecurity solutions beyond those provided by state and federal funds.

More details from the press release:

In addition, the collaboration will manage a volunteering platform coordinated by Volunteering Untapped and Baltimore Corps to support food distribution.

The collaborative effort was initiated by the philanthropic representatives of several local companies, including: The Baltimore Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, Bank of America, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), Comcast, Constellation, Excelon, BGE, Legg Mason, M&T Bank, T. Rowe Price, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.

Together, these organizations worked with Baltimore City leadership to identify food insecurity as one of the most immediate challenges resulting from COVID-19.

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