Community Network

The Maryland Emergency Medicine Network (MEMN) was established in 1998 in response to the emergency services and management needs of community hospitals throughout the State of Maryland. Since its inception, the network has grown to serve six Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore in twelve emergency departments and continues to be sought after for our practical and efficient approach to emergency services management.Our physicians provide leadership in the emergency department and throughout the organization they serve, providing consistent, high quality care to patients and reliable, knowledgeable resources to the medical staff.

Success and growth rely on the effective integration of our professional service philosophy, as stated below:

Quality Care

Providing highly competent patient care with a focus on performance indicators, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Physician Staffing

Providing the client hospital and its associated urgent care centers with a team of board-certified/board-eligible emergency physicians who are qualified to provide excellent care. MEMN physicians desire long-term commitments and seek to become an integral part of the medical staff and local community.

Collaborative Approach

Basing our emergency staffing and management on a professional partnership approach tailored to the unique and distinctive needs of the hospital and urgent care centers we serve. Services are organized to establish and maintain the emergency department as a center of excellence that is responsive to patients, family members, and the medical staff. Staffing and management ensure quality in patient care, cost management, medical staff, and community relations as well as a proactive approach to enabling the organization to carry out its mission and achieve its goals.


Brian J. Browne, MD, FACEP, is the founding chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network.

Dr. Browne has been a leader in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 1985, when he was recruited to join a team of young physicians asked to start an emergency medicine program.  He came from Harvard Medical School, where he held a faculty position and completed a fellowship in emergency medicine.  Previously, he had completed an internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York and earned a medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and an undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University.

Dr. Browne created and developed an extensive emergency medicine network, which, as of June 2013, encompassed 13 emergency departments across the state of Maryland in addition to the adult ED at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Through this network, 550,000 patients are assessed and treated each year.   Patients treated at all of the EDs in the network have access to the medical expertise at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the physicians who staff them benefit from the rich educational program of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Laura Pimentel, MD, FACEP, is Clinical Associate Professor in the University of MD School of Medicine and Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Maryland Emergency Medicine Network.  She has served as the Emergency Department Chairman of two affiliated emergency departments and one health system.  She holds a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University and is a Certified Physician Executive.  Dr. Pimentel is the Past President of the MD chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  In 2009, she was named the Emergency Medicine physician of the year by the chapter for her work as the Public Policy committee chair.  Dr. Pimentel is a lifelong member of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).  She was given a teaching award by the Department of Emergency Medicine for the design and implementation of a Leadership Curriculum.  Dr. Pimentel frequently lectures on professional development and emergency department administration.