Site Touted as Game Changer for Healthcare and Economic Development in Prince George’s County
Upper Marlboro, MD – Yesterday County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown celebrated a major step in the process of building a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County. During a standing room only press conference, they were joined by several other elected officials, the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors, representatives from University of Maryland Medical System, hospital staff of Prince George’s Hospital Center and members of the community to announce Largo Town Center as the approved site for the new facility.
Largo Town Center was deemed the “best match” after careful review by a site selection committee comprised of representatives from Prince George’s County Government, University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System.
The Largo Town Center site is approximately 26 acres and meets the new regional medical center site selection criteria, which includes the following: centrally located in Prince George’s County; accessible to transportation, such as I-495 and Metrobus/Metrorail routes; size of the site; reasonable site development costs pertaining to acquisition and infrastructure; timing to gain control of the site; and future development potential.
“This is a great day in Prince George’s County and I am extremely pleased with the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors’ decision to locate the Regional Medical Center at the Largo site,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “This is a critical step toward us building a stronger healthcare delivery system in the County while creating jobs and other economic opportunities for our residents and people in the region. It will help to attract great doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals as well as spur economic development. This site and what will be built on it will be a game changer. But more importantly, it will help us ensure a healthier community and save lives.”
Both County Executive Baker and Lt. Governor Brown talked about the partnership and the historic significance of the MOU signed in 2011 to create the partnership.
"Nearly three years ago, we committed to work together to bring a world-class Regional Medical Center to Prince George's County. Today, we take an important step forward towards making that goal a reality," continues Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “By securing $200 million in the state's capital budget, we stand ready and look forward to working alongside and supporting County Executive Baker, Dimensions Healthcare System, the University of Maryland Medical System, the University of Maryland and all of our partners to make this vision a reality for the residents of Prince George’s County.”
Council Chair and Dimensions Healthcare System Board Member Andrea Harrison echoed the importance of improving the healthcare delivery system in Prince George’s County. She stressed why quality and affordable healthcare is what Prince Georgians have been waiting for.
“With the selection of the Largo Town Center location, we can now move forward with building a new world-class facility, which will ensure that the people of Prince George’s County receive the quality, affordable healthcare they deserve,” says Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea Harrison and member of the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors.
The decision made by the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors charts a new course for how the corporation delivers healthcare in Prince George’s County and positions the company to be a leading healthcare provider in the region.
"The new regional medical center in Prince George’s County addresses the need for improved facilities and will become the Southern hub for high-quality, comprehensive healthcare serving the entire County and Southern Maryland," states C. Philip Nichols, Jr., chairman of the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors. “This decision marks a major milestone as Dimensions Healthcare System moves forward with the state, county and the University of Maryland Medical System to prepare the filing of the Certificate Of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission.”
In addition to the site selection, the board also voted to authorize the filing of the Certificate of Need (CON) for the new regional medical center, which is due October 4. The CON approval process takes approximately one year and, if approved, groundbreaking for the new hospital could take place in 2015 with the new regional medical center being operational by 2017. The new hospital will have approximately 280 beds and cost $645 million to construct.