Cheverly, Maryland, October 4, 2013 – Today, Dimensions Healthcare System met the Maryland Health Care Commission deadline of October 4 and successfully filed its Certificate of Need application for a new regional medical center in Prince George’s County. This puts Dimensions Healthcare System, University of Maryland Medical System, the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County and the University System of Maryland – all partners of a Memorandum of Understanding to meet the healthcare needs of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland residents – one step closer toward achieving the goal of transforming health care in the region.
The project’s partners have been working towards this initiative for the past two years with their first effort being a public health impact study authored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study highlighted chronic health conditions prevalent in Prince George’s County, the need for more than 60 primary care physicians in the County, the benefits of an affiliation with an academic institution in regards to health care delivered in the County and the need for enhanced coordination with county public health services. A significant number of Prince George’s County residents leave the county for care. However, a new regional medical center should attract and retain county residents so that they can receive high quality clinical care close to home.
“For Dimensions Healthcare System, the excitement continues as we file our Certificate of Need for a new regional medical center in Prince George’s County,” states Neil J. Moore, president and CEO of Dimensions Healthcare System. “The letters of support that we have received are extremely validating and push us to work even harder for our community. We’ve enhanced our partnerships, finances and operational efficiencies, which further strengthens our Certificate of Need application and we are confident that the Maryland Health Care Commission will agree that a new regional medical center meets the community’s needs.”
Community support for the initiative has been strong and overwhelmingly positive. More than 300 letters of support from community and political leaders, as well as other healthcare organizations, have already been received and they are still coming in. The initial batch will accompany the Certificate of Need application and subsequent submissions will be forwarded to the Maryland Health Care Commission on an ongoing basis.
“For many years, we have attempted to bolster Prince George’s County’s healthcare delivery system,” shares John A. O’Brien, president of Prince George’s Hospital Center and chief operating officer of Dimensions Healthcare System. “For the first time, a comprehensive solution has been realized and has garnered support from the State, County and all the partners who signed onto the original MOU. A new regional medical center will be a major element in the overall plan to address the myriad of healthcare challenges that have presented themselves over the years. Today we have successfully completed another task toward making our vision a reality.”
“The filing of the Certificate of Need application moves us another step closer to building a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County that will change the face of health care in the County and the region,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I want to thank Dimensions Healthcare System, the University of Maryland Medical System, Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown, our County Council and state delegation for their support and commitment throughout this process. The collaboration between all parties is a great example of what can happen when we all work together towards a common goal. In this case our goal is to dramatically transform health care in Prince George’s County by building a new state-of-the-art hospital and completing the Certificate of Need is a significant milestone in the process.”
The new regional medical center proposed for Prince George’s County will be located in Largo, Maryland, at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre. The site met the regional medical center site selection criteria, which included the following: centrally located in Prince George’s County; accessible to transportation, such as I-495 and the metro/bus routes; reasonable site development costs pertaining to acquisition and infrastructure; size of the site; timing to gain control of the site; and future development potential. The 231-licensed bed facility will be sited on 26 acres and capital costs and financing total approximately $645 million. The CON approval process takes approximately nine months and, if approved, groundbreaking for the new hospital could take place in 2015 with the new regional medical center being operational by 2017.