Prince George’s County lawmakers and health officials addressed a new proposed hospital in Largo, Md. amid concerns about how the project will be funded.

The proposed design of the Regional Medical Center in Largo, Md.  (Courtesy Photo)

The proposed design of the Regional Medical Center in
Largo, Md. (Courtesy Photo)

The officials shared updates on the progress of the anticipated Regional Medical Center on Jan. 28 at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. At the meeting State Sen. Joanna Benson (D) voiced concerns at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s reluctance to fully fund the proposed hospital, suggesting he favors plans for an expanded hospital in Anne Arundel County.

“If the Anne Arundel County Certificate of Need is approved it is going to devastate our chances of operating this hospital in the direction it is currently going. It could even mean the closure of this hospital,” Benson said.

The AFRO could not reach anyone in Hogan’s office for comment. However, according to news reports, a spokesperson for the governor said that Hogan fully supports the hospital.

The hospital is expected to cost $645 million of which the state is projected to provide a $200 million commitment to be allocated in $20 million per year increments for the first four years, then $120 million in the fifth year, according to the Prince George’s County government’s website.

Gov. Hogan eliminated the $22 million earmarked for the hospital from his budget and recommended construction be delayed until the revenue is found.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who attended the meeting with County Council Chair Derrick Davis (D), expressed confidence that county and state officials will find a way to move forward. “Even with all of this craziness going on with the governor’s office, our partners believe in us so much they went ahead with the transfer of land to have this hospital built,” Baker said.

Baker and officials from the University of Maryland and Dimension Health said they are optimistic the new hospital ground breaking will take place in 2020.

Davis said the new hospital will be located near the Washington Metro’s Silver Line. It will be adjacent to the Boulevard at Capital Centre. He acknowledges that the biggest road block is Gov. Hogan.

“We are asking people to say to the governor please do not milk those monies for the hospital so that we can power forward in 2020 and provide for the medical needs for all residents of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland,” Davis said.

According to the county government, the hospital is projected to provide $336.7 million in construction and equipment purchases during the development of the facility, $578.3 million of economic activity in the state, 4,300 construction jobs, $100 million in additional revenue.