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Posted at 1:57 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Holy Cross gets nod for Mont Co. hospital

By Lena Sun

A key Maryland state official is siding with Holy Cross Hospital on its proposal to build a new hospital in northern Montgomery County, according to her recommendation released Friday.

Adventist Healthcare and Holy Cross Hospital have been waging a costly and intense battle for the past two years to win state approval for a new hospital in Montgomery's fastest-growing region. The eagerly awaited recommendation from Marilyn Moon, who chairs the Maryland Health Care Commission, will carry significant weight when the full commission meets next month to decide which proposal, if any, should proceed, according to industry officials. Holy Cross' plan is for a 93-bed hospital on the Germantown campus of Montgomery Hospital.

If the full commission approves a new hospital for Montgomery County, it would be the first new one in the county in 30 years, and the first brand-new hospital in the state since 1991, when the state issued a certificate of need -- which gives the right to build -- for Atlantic General Hospital on the Eastern Shore. A number of hospitals have been built around the state in recent years, including one that recently opened in Hagerstown, Md., but those replaced existing facilities.

By Lena Sun  | December 17, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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