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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published July 25, 2012

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN, COUNTY EXECUTIVE BAKER, HEALTH CARE COALITION ANNOUNCE PROGRESS TOWARDS NEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER



Release New Prince George’s County Public Health Impact Study Conducted by University of Maryland School of Public Health


Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker were joined by leadership from the University of Maryland Medical System, Dimensions Health Care, University of Maryland School of Public Health and other state and county health officials to provide an update on the partnership agreement signed in 2011 to develop a comprehensive plan for strengthening health care in Prince George’s County.

Over the past year, the coalition has worked to identify the scope of need for a plan to construct a new regional medical center by 2017, improve existing health services, increase access to primary care, enhance the County's overall health infrastructure, and ensure a stable and reliable health care system for Prince George's County and Southern Maryland. Today, the coalition announced that they have completed step one of the agreement signed last year and are proceeding to step two: determining a final financial analysis, financing, and site selection for a new regional medical center. The coalition also released the Prince George’s County Public Health Impact Study, a first of its kind analysis of health care in the county conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

"Our unprecedented partnership between the State, County, University of Maryland Medical System and many more has made tremendous progress in the effort to establish a world-class health care system for Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland" said Lt. Governor Brown, who leads the O'Malley-Brown Administration's efforts to improve health care throughout Maryland. “Governor O’Malley and I are committed to delivering a state-of-the-art regional medical center in Prince George’s County and improving access to high quality care for all Marylanders. Today, we are closer than ever before to making that vision a reality.”

“I am pleased with the progress that we have made to create a world-class health care system in Prince George’s County. This partnership is innovative and groundbreaking and the people of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland will benefit from a new system that will deliver quality health care to sections of the County and State that need more health related services,” said, Baker. “A new health care system in this County will not only improve our health outcomes, it will provide quality jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens.”
As one of Maryland's primary providers of high quality health care, UMMS represents an ideal partner in the efforts to improve health care in Prince George's County. UMMS is a private, non-profit network of 12 academic, community and specialty hospitals located throughout Maryland. UMMS hospitals employ over 15,000 people and generate $2.5 billion in annual revenue. These 12 hospitals admit more people than any other hospital system in Maryland.

"The unique collaboration that has been formed by the MOU is at the forefront of where health care is going in the next decade and we are very proud to be a part of it," said UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik.

"The efforts of this coalition will allow us to strengthen health care in Prince George's County and improve the health of county residents," said Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein.

The Prince George's County Public Health Impact Study shows how residents use and perceive health care and health issues in the County, how State and County leaders and health care providers perceive what is needed for a new health care system to succeed, and documents best practices from comparable health care systems. The study also maps where there is a need to strengthen the health care workforce in the County and shows how residents with key chronic health conditions use hospitals in the County and region. The random survey of 1,001 County residents was the most comprehensive assessment to date of what County residents want in a new health care delivery system and of the health care issues that County residents face. The full study can be found at www.sph.umd.edu/princegeorgeshealth.

"The study approach and the MOU partnership are unique, not just in Prince George’s County, but in the U.S. The focus is on strategies to improve population health and prevention – not only on building a hospital. It is about driving better health outcomes," said Dushanka V. Kleinman, D.D.S., M.Sc.D. Associate Dean for Research, University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Dimensions Healthcare System, the largest provider of health care services in Prince George's County, currently operates the county's three primary medical facilities: Laurel Regional Hospital, the Bowie Health Center, and Prince George's Hospital Center (PGHC) in Cheverly.

Following today’s progress, the coalition will focus on efforts to complete site selection and a financing evaluation for the new regional medical center in order to submit a Certificate of Need (CON). The CON is expected to be submitted in 2013.