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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Holy Cross gets nod for Mont Co. hospital

By Lena Sun

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.

By Lena Sun  | January 20, 2011; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Neither one of these organizations should be allowed to build a hospital.

Adventists are racists, bigots, and sexists in hiring within their educational and health care organizations.

Religiously, they consider the pope the anti-christ. Just attend one of their Revelation seminars.

Any Catholic hospital that will deny any health care related service based on a "religious" premise should be denied licensure and accreditation.

Holy Cross hospital should have its license and accreditation to operate in the State of Maryland revoked.

Posted by: mdpilot | January 20, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This isn't about racism or bigotry.

Holy Cross has NO land use approvals yet -- they might not ever get them. If they don't, and even if they do, the area will be tied up in a messy struggle for years to come.

Holy Cross is proposing to convert a significant portion of the available land for expansion of Montgomery College, a PUBLIC facility, to a private, religiously-affiliated use. Two thirds of the available land, actually. The land will no longer be in the public sector or available for public (Montgomery County taxpayer) use. Any rent that might be charged will not likely come close to the cost of this loss.

And that is aside from the issue of religious-based restrictions on treatment of women.

Adventist, on the other hand, has proposed a medical campus as the center of a large neighborhood in Clarksburg. On PRIVATE land. Their land. They HAVE THE LAND USE APPROVALS in hand.

Not only does Adventist lose here, but once again, CLARKSBURG loses -- employment, time, money spent on planning, broken promises by the county, and once again, probably higher taxes being asked of Clarksburg residents to pay for/subsidize the private interests of a group elsewhere in the county. In this case, it's just an additional slap, because the group is Holy Cross.

SHAME ON YOU IKE LEGGETT AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY for not supporting Clarksburg in this issue! You have created total gridlock and provided virtually nothing but headaches and ever-rising costs and plummeting property values for the people of Clarksburg. You should be totally ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by: simgirl | January 20, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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