Holy Cross gets nod for Mont Co. hospital
Maryland state regulators voted Thursday to grant permission to Holy Cross Hospital to build the first new hospital in Montgomery County in 30 years.
The vote by the Maryland Health Care Commission comes after Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross hospital spent more than two years in a fierce and costly high-stakes battle to expand their market positions in affluent Montgomery County, the state's most populous jurisdiction. Nine commission members voted in favor of Holy Cross; three recused themselves from voting.
In recent weeks, the limitations on care available at Catholic hospitals like Holy Cross have raised concern among women's and religious groups. On Wednesday, a coalition of advocacy groups urged the state to reject Holy Cross, citing concerns about access to reproductive health care, especially for poor women and teenagers.
Adventist officials said they were disappointed and will consider a legal challenge.
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