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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

PG Hospital Circus Update: Game of Chicken Resumes

(Posted 27 Jun 2007)
System’s operator: Status quo means doors will be shut
Examiner, 27 Jun 2007 (Fowler).
Should the situation remain status quo, Dimensions Healthcare would have to start shutting down the Prince George’s County Hospital system after the first week of August, according to a Dimensions official.
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On Monday, Dimensions board of directors voted not to accept the county’s ultimatum that four board members resign or it will stop funding the county hospital system.
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[T]he board is going to submit a counterproposal to the county before Friday and wants a response by July 2.

“If they want to make a proposal,” Jim Keary, a spokesman for County Executive Jack Johnson said, “it needs to be responsive to the taxpayers of Prince George’s County, not to the corporate interests of Dimensions.”

The county has said it wants more say in the direction of the hospital system.

“It’s a ransom demand,” state Del. Doyle Niemann said at news conference Tuesday.

Almalel said the board has scheduled a meeting for July 3, and will take action at that point. That could mean moving on the counterproposal issue, she said, or beginning discussions on bankruptcy or closure. [More]
Workers Support Board in Fight With County
Post, 27 Jun 2007 (Helderman).

Earlier summary of recent hospital news

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