BALTIMORE – Months of wrangling has come to end after the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) voted to issue a Certificate of Need (CON) for the new regional medical center. At its Oct. 20 meeting, the commission followed the recommendation of reviewer Robert Moffit and voted to issue the CON, which is the formal document […]
BALTIMORE – Months of wrangling has come to end after the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) voted to issue a Certificate of Need (CON) for the new regional medical center.
At its Oct. 20 meeting, the commission followed the recommendation of reviewer Robert Moffit and voted to issue the CON, which is the formal document giving the state’s blessing for the project to move forward. The vote was 11-0 in favor of the measure, with one abstention.
County Executive Rushern Baker III, who has been a big proponent of the hospital and fought hard for state funds for the project, was thrilled with the decision.
“Like all Prince Georgians, I am celebrating this momentous step and look forward to breaking ground on this project and beginning construction immediately on this transformative project,” he said in a statement. “This Regional Medical Center will improve healthcare options and outcomes in Prince George’s County and has already begun to spur transit-oriented economic development around the Largo Metro station. We are confident it will be the anchor of ‘Downtown Largo,’ attracting brand new retail, residential, office space, and other transit-oriented development.”
Today’s vote is the last step in a contentious process that started in January 2015, when Dimensions Health Corporation and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital applied to MHCC to construct a new, teaching hospital to replace the aging Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. Initially, Moffit had expressed reservations about the project’s cost, which was over $630 million.
In response, planners re-submitted plans that kept construction costs to $543 million, which Moffit said he was willing to support.
Moffit also cited concerns about the hospital’s governance, considering Dimensions has faced questions about its ability to fiscally manage its existing facilities. But he said the partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and the transition of responsibility for running the hospital, which he said had been explained “in exhausting detail,” gave him confidence.
“The long-term financial viability of this facility will ultimately be dependent on management,” Moffit said. “UMMS, I am absolutely certain, will do its part to improve performance.”
Baker and other county officials will gather in Largo tomorrow to celebrate the awarding of the CON.
Check back later for more information on the decision.