The planned regional medical center in Largo received a $15 million bump in state funding after the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a request for the money.
The state money is to be used for land acquisition and design services, such as creating the architecture plans for the hospital, said Bradford Seamon, Prince George’s County chief administrative officer.
Seamon said the proposed hospital operated by Cheverly-based Dimensions Health Corp. and the University of Maryland would offer Prince George’s County residents a high-quality, academic-affiliated hospital. The hospital is estimated to cost $645 million with a 10-story, 603,444-square-foot hospital and a 68,255-square-foot outpatient clinic.
About 25,000 Prince George’s County residents are discharged from Washington, D.C., hospitals and the county wants to give them an in-county option, Seamon said.
“You know first and foremost we want to make sure the citizens of Prince George’s County have access to high quality health care within the county so they don’t have to travel outside of the county to receive high quality health care,” Seamon said.
The hospital will be located near the Largo Town Center Metro station in an effort to “unlock” that development by attracting health care businesses and spurring future development, Seamon said.
Final approval of the project is up to the Maryland Health Care Commission, which awards certificates of need to applicants who wish to build hospitals, Seamon said. Since the county will be closing one hospital and opening another, Seamon said officials are confident the certificate will be approved.
Sonny Goldreich contributed to this story