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New Germantown hospital gets Montgomery planning approval

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The Montgomery County planning board gave unanimous approval Thursday to Holy Cross Hospital’s plans to build a new hospital in Germantown. Hospital officials said they will move ahead to obtain local permits to begin construction later this year on a six-story, 93-bed hospital on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College.

The new facility, the first new hospital in the county in more than 30 years, is expected to open in mid-2014. It will be part of the new Montgomery College Life Sciences Center, and is the first hospital-and-community college project in the country, according to planning board spokeswoman Valerie Berton. The vote was 4 to 0, with one member absent.

Planning board officials asked that local roads have enough signs for residents to find the hospital, Berton said.

Maryland state regulators granted permission earlier this year to Holy Cross, choosing its plan over that of rival Adventist HealthCare.

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