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Dueling state bills would affect Harford medical system's expansion plans, one way or another

Dueling state bills would affect Harford medical system's expansion plans, one way or another

Two competing pieces of state legislation regarding hospital closures and transformation – including the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health's proposal to close Harford Memorial Hospital in downtown Havre de Grace and replace it with a new medical center near the I-95/Route 155 interchange – will be the subject of legislative committee hearings in Annapolis next week.

Under House Bill 1350, which is supported by the Maryland Hospital Association and sponsored by Democratic Del. Peter Hammen of Baltimore, health systems such as Upper Chesapeake, which are already established in their communities, could open a "freestanding medical facility" without...

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