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Historic Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for UM Capital Region Medical Center in Largo

By PRESS OFFICER
UM Capital Communications

LARGO, Md. (June 8, 2021) —In a celebratory milestone decades in the making, elected officials, medical, civic and business leaders and community stakeholders gathered in Largo to celebrate the opening of the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, which officially opens its doors June 12.

The state-of-the-art Medical Center, part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), is the first brand-new hospital in the region in more than 30 years.

Special guests at the ribbon-cutting celebration included:

• Gov. Larry J. Hogan

• Sen. Ben Cardin, U.S. Senate

• Rep. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland’s 4th Congressional District

• County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County

• Derrick L. Davis, District 6, Prince George’s County Council

• Adrienne Jones, Speaker, Maryland House of Delegates

• Bill Ferguson, President, Maryland Senate

In September 2017, UMMS assumed ownership of the former Dimensions Healthcare System, creating University of Maryland Capital Region Health, serving residents of Prince George’s County and southern Maryland. The new UM Capital Region Medical Center will replace the existing University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center (UM PGHC) in Cheverly that dates back more than 70 years.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Prince George’s County and the surrounding area,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President & Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. “We made a commitment to this community and this new hospital represents a promise reached and a promise extended. It’s a promise to patients; healthcare providers; and it’s a promise to bolster economic development in the region. I am proud of what this hospital represents and there is much more to come—the future is bright.”

Located on a 26-acre site adjacent to the Arena Drive exit off Interstate 495, UM Capital Region Medical Center represents a $543 million, nearly 600,000 square-foot investment and offers the community:

• 11 levels

• Two rooftop helipads

• 205 private inpatient rooms

• 24/7 emergency care, including a 41-bay Emergency Department an area for trauma care modeled after the Trauma Resuscitation Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and designated separate waiting areas for sick patients. Also equipped with dedicated imaging for emergency department patients.

• 32-bed intensive care unit

• Two endoscopy suites

• Two catheterization labs

• Eight operating rooms, including dedicated cardiac and trauma ORs and a specially equipped ‘hybrid’ OR that provides in-room imaging for real time diagnostics

• 15-bed specialty pediatric hospital operated by Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

The project is also slated to include an ambulatory care center.

The new state-of-the-art Medical Center features:

• Heart & Vascular Institute with a dedicated 16-bed cardiac intensive care unit

• Dedicated floor for Women and Infants Health with Special Care Nursery and two Healing Gardens

• Level II Trauma Center, the second busiest trauma center in the State of Maryland

• Designated Stroke Center

• Expanded surgical services capabilities

• Inpatient and outpatient Behavioral Health Services

• Orthopedics

• And more

“Today we reach one milestone in our journey to improve the health care of residents in Prince George’s County,” said the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., chair of the UM Capital Region Health Board of Directors. “This is a day that I have long awaited and I am proud to see a vision and promise realized.”

UM Capital Region Health is focused on several strategic priorities, including:

• Expanding access for primary/community care, specialty care, and other health care services to the region to reduce health care disparities and improve health status

• Facilitating investment in outpatient practices and health education programs to manage chronic diseases

• Broadening access to discovery-based medicine

• Attracting residents of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland region who now receive care from hospitals outside the County

“While we celebrate a historic and pinnacle moment for this organization, I am focused on the work that lies ahead,” said Nathaniel Richardson, Jr. President & CEO, UM Capital Region Health. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to changeUP health care and to improve the health and well-being of residents in this region. I take this day and the work that lies ahead seriously. It will be through ongoing partnerships that we reach our fullest potential. Today is only the beginning.”

Today’s ribbon cutting marks 10 years since partners including Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System signed a Memorandum of Understanding (July 20, 2011) for the new hospital to be built in Largo.

For more information about the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, visit umcapitalregion.org/medicalcenter.

For information on how to support UM Capital Region Health with philanthropic giving, visit umcapitalregionfoundation.org.

 

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers.  Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit www.umms.org.

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George’s County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon formal affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and is committed to improving health outcomes in the communities it serves.  Visit www.umcapitalregion.org.

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Governor Larry Hogan, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and county and state leaders participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new state-of-the-art University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.Photograph courtesy Maryland Governor’s Press Office
Governor Larry Hogan, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and county and state leaders participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new state-of-the-art University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.

Governor Hogan Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center

By SHAREESE CHURCHILL
Office of the Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 8, 2021)—Governor Larry Hogan [last week] participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new state-of-the-art University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Prince George’s County.

The governor was joined by members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, the presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and leaders of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).

“For decades, the citizens of Prince George’s County have not had the level of high quality patient care that they deserve,” said Governor Hogan. “As a lifelong Marylander who spent the greater part of my life growing up, living, and working right here in Prince George’s County, addressing this need has been important and personal to me. That’s why I am proud to have been a strong supporter of this project since day one.”

The Hogan administration committed more than $200 million toward the project, which was jointly funded by the state, the county, and UMMS.

The new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center is expected to provide care to more than 1 million people in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland.

 

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Congressman Anthony Brown Visits Local Residential Care Center, Emphasizes Need to Invest in the Care Economy
“Our seniors and most vulnerable residents deserve dignity and quality care, no matter their zip code”

By CHRISTIAN UNKENHOLZ
Congressman Anthony Brown’s Office

WASHINGTON (June 11, 2021)—Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) visited the FutureCare Capital Region Senior Care Facility in Landover, Maryland to highlight the importance of the “Care Economy” as Maryland and the rest of the country continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the American Jobs and Families Plans, President Biden has called for historic investments in caregiving, for children, seniors, and our most vulnerable neighbors. Investing in caregiving is critical to getting our economy moving again. Parents and caregivers cannot go back to work, grow our economy, and build better lives for their families unless they know their children, parents and loved ones are safe and cared for.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated workforce issues in senior care. A recent labor report revealed a drop of 19,500 nursing and residential care facility jobs. With a rapidly-growing elderly population and an expected increase in demand for long-term care services, urgent action is needed.

“Residential facilities and the dedicated professionals providing care and support for our loved ones were on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They put in long hours and many sleepless nights to keep residents safe and connected. Our seniors and most vulnerable residents deserve dignity and quality care, no matter their zip code, and their families deserve the peace of mind that their loved ones are being looked after,” said Congressman Brown. “Supporting caregivers is essential to showing our thanks and building an economy that works for working families.”

“Nursing homes and assisted living communities have long faced workforce challenges and the pandemic has only made these challenges worse,” said Joseph DeMattos, President and CEO of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. “The long-term and post-acute sector looks forward to our continued work with Congressman Brown and other leaders to support and strengthen the workforce to ensure Marylanders in need continue to receive the highest level of quality care.”

  

 

 

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MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center to Hold Vaccine Event at Maple Springs Baptist Church
Pfizer vaccine available free of charge for adults, children 12 years old and over; walk-ins welcome 

By CHERYL RICHARDSON
MedStar Health

Clinton, Md. (June 14, 2021)—MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center will hold a free vaccine event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will be available for adults of any age and children who are 12 or older. Minors under the age of 18, however, must be accompanied by an adult. Insurance is not required and walk-ins are welcome.

COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer work with your body’s natural defenses so you will be ready to fight the virus upon exposure. They are very effective at preventing the virus, which helps to keep you and your family members from getting seriously ill even if COVID-19 is contracted. Other vaccination options that are currently offered in the United States include the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the viral vectored vaccine, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine which is only authorized for adults 18 and older.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are made using messenger RNA, or mRNA, which teaches the immune system to recognize a spike protein as foreign and develop antibodies, along with other immunity weapons to help fight it. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has reassured all eligible citizens that these vaccines are safe and effective.

Maple Springs Baptist Church is located at 4131 Belt Road, Capitol Heights, MD, 20743. To register in advance, please call MedStar Southern Maryland’s vaccine clinic at 202-235-6492.  

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