On Thursday, November 30, business leaders and elected officials gathered together for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new UMD medical system hospital.

The University of Maryland Medical System is building a new hospital in Largo. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday as Governor Larry Hogan, congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown, Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker III, and others were on hand to celebrate the start of the three-year construction project, which will provide the local area with a new state of the art medical complex.

The new UMD Medical System hospital will be named the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center — located on 26 acres in Largo Town Center — and will replace the System’s nearby University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The $543 million, 600,000 square-foot center will help provide wider access to primary and preventative care services. Hospital amenities will include two rooftop helicopter landing pads, 205 in-patient rooms in an 11 level patient care tower, a 45 bay Emergency Department, a 20-bed Adult Observation/Short Stay treatment area, eight operating rooms and a 15-bed specialty pediatric hospital.

The center’s campus will also house medical office space, an ambulatory care center, specialty centers and clinical programs, such as a Level II Trauma Center, Cardiac Surgery Center, Designated Stroke Center, a Cancer Program and the only neonatal intensive care unit in the county and all Southern Maryland.

The new hospital will also help Prince Georges County and Southern Maryland residents who currently must travel outside the county to receive proper and adequate care. The presence of a new state-of-the-art medical facility and campus will also help to promote investment in starting new health education programs and outpatient practices within the county, which will ultimately improve the public’s health status and economy via local medical industry growth and revenue.

There has long been a need for a new, state-of-the-art hospital in the county as studies have found that Prince George’s has high rates of chronic diseases compared to other local areas in the state and beyond.

Governor Larry Hogan’s administration has pledged $200 million to help fund the project which is expected to open in March 2021.

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