Founded in 1977, Southern Maryland Hospital Center, in Clinton, has a 238-bed acute care medical center and receives more than 17,000 in-patient admissions and 65,000 emergency room visits annually. About 550 physicians and more than 1,200 staff work there.
Its leaders recently began discussing a regional partnership that would allow it to serve hundreds of thousands of more patients in Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.
For MedStar, Southern Maryland will be its 10th hospital, joining the likes of Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, and its seventh in Maryland.
MedStar says the acquisition will provide the hospital with the capital needed for new construction as well as with access to clinical services, technology, clinical trials and other services. Kenneth A. Samet, MedStar president and chief executive, issued a statement saying that doctors at the two organizations have a long history of working together.
Michael Chiaramonte, chief executive of Southern Maryland Hospital Center, said MedStar shared his commitment to providing “the highest quality medical and surgical care for the residents of Prince George's County and Southern Maryland.”
“We were honored to receive such a wide range of interest from leading regional and national health care systems. After careful consideration, MedStar Health is the right organization to entrust with the expansion of the hospital and the legacy of my father’s work,” he said.
As the Washington area continues to experience rapid growth, competition between major hospital providers has tightened. Holy Cross and Adventist HealthCare have battled over state approval for proposed hospitals in Germantown and Clarksburg, respectively.
Inova, headquartered in Falls Church, has begun discussing a collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center.
And Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System made perhaps the biggest splash in recent years when it elected to acquire Sibley Memorial Hospital in 2010. In April, the hospital announced that Hopkins executive Richard “Chip” Davis would become Sibley’s new president.
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