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Ministers: Save Prince George's Hospital

A coalition of Prince George's County ministers spoke out today in support of the county's financially troubled hospital system, saying it must not be allowed to shut down.

"We adamantly stand in opposition against any attempt to close the hospital system," said the Rev. Jonathan Weaver, the pastor of the Greater Mount Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bowie. He was joined by more than two dozen pastors and leaders from the largest churches in the Washington area.

Their press conference came on a day when Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) were scheduled to announce a two-year deal to stabilize the hospital system while they look for a new owner.

Weaver is the founder and past president of the Collective Banking Group, the county's most powerful ministerial alliance. Flanked by the Rev. John K. Jenkins, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and the Rev. Perry Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Weaver said even though he read news reports about the tentative agreement, he is not convinced the Dimensions Health Care is not still on life support.

'"We have had number of false starts in the past," Weaver said. "We want to make sure that we in the faith community are part of that dialogue with the county executive, the county council and the state legislators and the governor."

Jenkins said, "We are grateful that they are talking. For a long time there was so much friction between the two groups, we are just grateful that they are talking, coming together like we have helped to push them."

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 6, 2008; 1:46 PM ET
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It is ironic that the ministers of the area are working to save the Prince George's Hospital while "mball i297" who says he is an employee if the hospital is on line to 15000 members of Religious Forum defending atheism and putting down Christians who are trying to save his job. He is on line every working day and has announced that he works at Prince George's Hospital. This is a serious violation of the trust and locality the hospital deserves from its employees.

Posted by: CAE | May 12, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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