Upper Marlboro, MD
Thank you, Council Chair Turner for that introduction and for your part in making today possible.
We are here to announce a new partnership, and a new path forward to raise the quality of life in Prince George’s County by providing the kind of medical service its citizens deserve.
None of this would have been possible without the leadership, the patience, and the insight of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and County Executive Rushern Baker.
Thank you for your tremendous efforts: UMMS CEO Robert Chrencik, USM Chancellor William Kirwan, Dimensions’ Board Chair Judge Philip Nichols, and Dimensions’ CEO Ken Glover.
Thank you also to Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who have sent representatives today, the members of the General Assembly and, most of all, the workers at this hospital.
Today’s MOU signing continues our commitment to Prince George’s County. Lt. Governor Brown and County Executive Baker will provide more of the details in a moment, but let me say this: this hospital plays a critical role in our State. It is the designated trauma center for Southern Maryland. It has the only cardiac and Level II neonatal unit in one of the busiest sections of our State. It serves thousands of residents, and, quite simply, a county like Prince George’s County deserves a top-notch hospital.
Today, we are opening a process to getting PG County better health care services. This has been a long, frustrating process, and we are not there yet – but we’re closer.
Let me also say that there is no better partner in this effort that the University of Maryland Medical System, a world-renowned institute of healing and learning. As we move forward together, it is my hope that Prince George’s County Hospital and the University of Maryland will forge the next great partnership in our State.
We can create a better quality of life in Prince George’s County, by investments in education, health care, public safety, and in fostering the kind of environment where we can raise our families.
It’s all a part of continuing our commitment. In latest operating budget, we’re doing just that. As part of our multi-year commitment to stabilizing the health care system, we’re investing $15 million in General Funds for the Prince George’s County Hospital System. The capital budget also includes $4 million to make improvements to existing facilities at the Hospital.
And we’re investing $40.3 million in school construction to get our students out of temporary learning shacks and into modern classrooms. Overall, our five-year investment in school construction in Prince George’s County is more than $191 million.
You have all made such tremendous progress in the last several months, and we’re looking forward to what’s next.