FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 8, 2015

Contact: Dan Weber

(202) 225-8699

Edwards Statement on Plans to Close Laurel Regional Hospital

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Dimensions Healthcare System to close Laurel Regional Hospital and replace it with an ambulatory care center.

“Dimensions Healthcare System’s announcement to close Laurel Regional Hospital, a cornerstone in Laurel since 1978, is concerning for the patients, community, and workers who rely on the full-service facility for medical care and employment.   We learned recently that the maternity ward will be closed first, denying critical maternity care to mothers and their children.  It is clear that closing this hospital will impact directly the health and well-being of residents throughout the region.  That is why I join the concerned citizens of Laurel in calling for transparency and due process regarding this decision.  I ask county and state officials to reevaluate what this means for the community by hearing directly from those who will be affected.  I am confident that by working together, there is a better way forward.”