Prince George's County will identify four possible locations for a new hospital before the end of the month, county spokesman Scott Peterson said Tuesday, possibly opening a new front for debate in the long-running saga of the county's struggling health care system.
Officials want to host a public hearing by mid-March to hash out where to build a proposed 272-bed facility to replace ailing Prince George's Hospital Center, and want to give residents at least a month to react and weigh in, said spokesman Scott Peterson said.
The cost of the new hospital, originally pegged at $600 million in a rough estimate in 2011, was newly estimated at $645 million on Tuesday by Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seamon in testimony to the Maryland Senate budget committee. Lawmakers will be asked to approve $210 million in state funding for the facility.
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