Now that Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has won the struggle for a casino in the county, he is turning his attention to securing funding for a new regional medical center.
“This session is the money session,” Baker (D) said Wednesday, noting that the state would be asked to contribute about $200 million in capital funding for a new hospital, plus additional costs for running the facility until it becomes profitable. “There are a couple of other issues that are priorities this session, but the hospital is number one on that list,” he noted.
Prince George’s leaders have been forging a relationship with University of Maryland Medical System officials, as the county prepares to ask the state for help in building a regional hospital in which the medical system would have a stake.
“The state has demonstrated their support of health care needs in Prince George’s County,” said Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Dist. 25) of Upper Marlboro. “Our ask is consistent with the support to other health care projects.”
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