LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR ST. MARY’S COUNTY HEALTH ENTERPRISE ZONE
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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR ST. MARY’S COUNTY HEALTH
LEONARDTOWN, Md. (March 22, 2013) – MONDAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will hold a press conference at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital to announce funding for the Greater Lexington Park Health Enterprise Zone, which will be managed by the hospital in partnership with several local community organizations. Greater Lexington Park is among the first five locations that were designated as Health Enterprise Zones (HEZs) earlier this year at an event in Annapolis. Championed by the Lt. Governor and jointly administered by the Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the HEZ Initiative is a four-year pilot program with a budget of $4 million per year. Community coalitions in each of the five areas will receive a range of incentives, benefits, and grant funding to address unacceptable and persistent health disparities.
The proposal for the Greater Lexington Park HEZ seeks to improve public health outcomes in the Lexington Park, Great Mills, and Park Hall communities of St. Mary’s County, areas experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. The proposal includes a new community health care center and five new primary care practitioners, one psychiatrist, and two licensed social workers in the Zone. Innovative strategies include the development of a “health care transportation route” to address barriers to accessing health care in this rural area of the state.
This announcement is part of a series of events the Lt. Governor will be doing on Monday in St. Mary’s County. That morning, he will be at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Coltons Point for the Maryland Day Commemoration to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of our founding. Later that afternoon, the Lt. Governor will meet with local business leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for economic development in Southern Maryland.
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to more than 367,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, established Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange, and put the State in position to maximize the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Independent analysis by the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County has found that implementation of the ACA will benefit the state’s budget by $672 million through 2020, generate more than $3 billion in annual economic activity, cut the number of uninsured in half, and create more than 26,000 jobs.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Announce Funding for St. Mary’s County Health Enterprise Zone
WHERE: MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Outpatient Pavillion
25500 Point Lookout Road
WHEN: MONDAY, March 25, 2013