Md. coali­tion backs plan to save strug­gling hos­pi­tals

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A coali­tion that in­cludes Mary­land Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley reached an agree­ment in­tended to save the fi­nan­cially strug­gling hos­pi­tals in Prince Ge­orge’s County, Md., which are op­er­ated by Di­men­sions Health­care Sys­tem for the county hos­pi­tal au­thor­ity. The plan in­cludes build­ing a $600 mil­lion teach­ing med­i­cal cen­ter and ex­pand­ing pri­mary care. O’Mal­ley and County Ex­ec­u­tive Rush­ern Baker, along with the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem, the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Mary­land and Di­men­sions signed an agree­ment that out­lines an 18month process to de­velop the strat­egy and fi­nanc­ing for UMMS to build the med­i­cal cen­ter. The plan also calls for the Univer­sity of Mary­land at Bal­ti­more to es­tab­lish a health sci­ences cam­pus, and for an am­bu­la­tory-care net­work to sup­port the new hos­pi­tal. Through­out the process, Di­men­sions and UMMS will work to bet­ter qual­ity of care and also re­duce op­er­at­ing losses. Mean­while, of­fi­cials will work on a plan to trans­fer the as­sets “to a suc­ces­sor en­tity” and to dis­charge Di­men­sions’ cur­rent debt and li­a­bil­i­ties, while the state and county will seek fund­ing to sus­tain op­er­a­tions dur­ing the tran­si­tion process. The first phase of the process will in­clude de­ter­min­ing the scale of the med­i­cal cen­ter, study­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of the health sci­ences cam­pus and plan­ning an ad­e­quate pri­mary-care net­work. The par­ties sub­se­quently would de­cide how to al­lo­cate the costs and fi­nally choose a site and de­sign and pur­sue a cer­tifi­cate of need.

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