LARGO – A $650 million, state-of-the-art regional medical center (RMC) is coming here soon. Once completed, Prince George’s County officials hope the facility will help transform the county’s healthcare system and improve the health of residents in the county and the rest of the region. “There are roughly 25,000 hospital visits that go out of […]
LARGO – A $650 million, state-of-the-art regional medical center (RMC) is coming here soon.
Once completed, Prince George’s County officials hope the facility will help transform the county’s healthcare system and improve the health of residents in the county and the rest of the region.
“There are roughly 25,000 hospital visits that go out of the county each year,” said Thomas Himler, deputy chief administrative officer for budget, finance, and administration for the office of the county executive. “One of the goals of RMC is to attract a portion of the currently outgoing hospital stays to this regional medical center. What that does is create more revenue for the medical system and allows it to be more financially viable moving forward. The other aspect of it is kind of concentrating the healthcare system—the medical center that’s going to have primary care physicians at the medical center who can have better access to care at the facility so you don’t have to go somewhere else to get care.”
Himler said Dimensions Healthcare System will run the hospital and has fought for many years to get the project the approved. After 20 years and many attempts, the county finally recommended Largo Town Center as the site for the center to County Executive Rushern Baker III and the Dimensions Healthcare board of directors in summer of 2012.
The building project will begin after a certificate of need is approved. Dimensions Healthcare filed a certificate of need with the state Maryland Healthcare Commission in October 2013, Himler said. Once the Maryland Healthcare Commission approves the certificate of need, the financing and construction process can begin.
“The financing of the project is essentially threefold. The county is financing $208 million. The state will also finance $208 million and then the healthcare entity will finance the rest,” said Himler. “It’s roughly a $650 million project.”
Twenty-six acres will be set aside for the regional medical center and related campus at the Largo Town Center. The project is slated to break ground in late spring or early summer of 2015, with the hopes of opening the regional medical center in late 2017 or early 2018.
Once the center is completed Erika Murray, vice president of marketing and public relations for Dimensions Healthcare System, said the company hopes to transform health care for the county.
“The new RMC will be connected to a health system that will promote improved access to primary care and be a community partner in helping to improve the health status of Prince George’s County residents,” Murray said.