Largo to be site of new Prince George's County Hospital
Updated: August 22, 2013 - 05:25 pm
LARGO, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Prince George's County executives and the Dimensions Health Care board of directors announced plans Thursday for a new hospital near Largo Town Center.
The $645 million facility on 70 acres of county-owned land would replace the financially troubled Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly. The search committee considered four sites and narrowed its choices last month to Largo and Landover Mall.
The board of Dimensions Healthcare System, which oversees county-owned medical facilities, will consider the choice this week.
"Everyon eknows that this right here is a great opportunity to see economic development happen all around the area," says County Executive Rushern Baker.
Baker points out the proximity of the Beltway and the Largo Town Center Metro station, plus existing residential and commercial development.
"It has a lot to offer, that's for sure," says resident Dwayne Fortier.
Fortier says the spot makes sense to him.
"The hospital itself will be a big improvement considering the one they have around here is not, in my opinion, up to par," he says.
A 259-bed, 700,000-plus-square-foot hospital is planned with a full-service medical complex and trauma center. The project would be funded with $450 million in bond financing, including about $200 million each from the state and the county. The hospital could open in 2017. The hope is that it will attract patients with insurance who now leave the county for healthcare.
Prince George’s Hospital Center registered nurses Beverly Calloway and Johanna Evans say they’re beyond excited.
“So I’ve seen it when it was flourishing, I’ve seen it go down and now we’re ready to rise again,” Calloway says.
“We should not have to go outside of our county to get good healthcare,” Evans says.