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Friday, January 27, 2006

Prince George's Hospital

(Posted 27 Jan 2006)
  • County weighs dropping Dimensions; Plans in works to find a new hospital management firm.
    The Maryland secretary of health says the county has agreed to search for a new hospital management company to replace Dimensions Healthcare Systems, the firm that warns the Prince George’s County Hospital Center will have to close in April unless it receives a substantial cash infusion.
    [. . .]
    ‘‘There must be more involved discussions on the impact that such a detrimental action would have on the hospital system of Prince George’s County,” said Tony Knott (D-Dist. 8) of Temple Hills, who chairs the Health, Education and Human Services Committee for the County Council.
  • Officials split on hospital issue.
  • The county and state governments need to work together to keep Prince George’s Hospital Center open, elected officials from both levels agreed during a meeting Friday night.
    [. . .]
    State District 47 Democrats Sen. Gwendolyn Britt of Landover Hills, Doyle L. Niemann of Mount Rainier, Victor R. Ramirez of Cheverly and Rosetta C. Parker of Hyattsville were among those attending.

    But they differed on who should bear more of the responsibility.
    [. . .]
    Three years ago, Ehrlich proposed a plan to renovate the Bowie Health Campus, Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center, but only if the county and state agreed on what needed to be done, Niemann said.

    Ehrlich proposed the idea a second time, but the County Council rebuffed the efforts, Niemann told about 60 people who attended the meeting. The council’s reason is based on the hospital’s history, said County Councilman David C. Harrington (D-Dist. 5) of Cheverly.

    Shortly after County Executive Jack B. Johnson was elected, the county government and the hospital signed a memorandum of understanding stating the county would give the facility $5 million a year for five years, Harrington said.
    [. . .]
    Progressive Cheverly member Ed Terry asked what could be done to stop what he called a ‘‘game of brinkmanship” between the officials regarding the issue and criticized both sides for failing to reach a solution.

    Johnson ‘‘has turned away from crafting a solution and we are again at the brink of disaster,” Terry said.

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