It is unclear at this stage of negotiations whether the new medical center would be housed in the old hospital building, in a new building on the same grounds in Cheverly or in a new building elsewhere in the central part of the the county.
The goal is to create a state-of-the art hospital facility that would be the linchpin of a regional medical network serving Prince George’s as well as neighboring Calvert and Charles counties, some sources said.
But the price tag of the entire network could reach $600 million, according to sources. Much of the cost would be shouldered by the state and Prince George’s County. None of the sources provided details about how the project would be financed.
In a statement, university medical officials cautioned that there is no deal yet, and that the university system still “has not committed to move beyond a consultative role at this time. For further involvement, feasibility studies as well as state and local funding resources would need to be identified for any proposal to come to fruition.”
But if a deal is worked out, it would mark the end of a long political saga about the fate of Prince George’s Hospital Center, which was founded in 1944. With many uninsured patients, the 265-bed hospital in Cheverly has long been dependent on millions in public subsidies. Even with public money, its long- term survival has seemed far from assured.
The University of Maryland Medical System, the county’s proposed partner, is a health care power in the state. A private nonprofit, it has $2.5 billion in annual revenues, about 15,000 employees and more than 115,000 annual patient admissions, the most in the state.
Led by a board whose members are appointed by the governor, the university system has ties to 12 academic, community and specialty hospitals and could help bring top medical experts to Prince George’s.
The proposal under discussion also signals that big changes are likely for Dimensions Healthcare, the firm that operates Prince George’s Hospital Center and is receiving $30 million in annual county and state subsidies. Dimensions President Kenneth Glover did not respond to requests for comment.
According to some sources, the new hospital is expected to be in the central part of the county, as Prince George’s Hospital Center is. Renovating the hospital center or using some of the adjacent county-owned land in Cheverly to build a new hospital would be among the less expensive options. Alternatively, the county could look to other sites such as the vacant Landover Mall site and New Carrollton, where a new, mixed-use development is planned next to the Metro,