The Dimensions Healthcare System board of directors said Friday it has unanimously approved a plan to become a part of the University of Maryland Medical System.
The Prince George's County health system said it is "an important step" in a process that has been several years in the making to become an affiliate of the University of Maryland.
There are several more steps still needed before a deal is completed. The board of the University of Maryland must now review and approve the plans, something it plans to do this summer, said spokeswoman Karen Lancaster.
Lancaster said the goal is to have the affiliation completed this year.
The hospitals also need to work out several legal, regulatory, financial and transactional agreements.
Dimensions owns Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly and an ambulatory care center in Bowie. It is also converting a hospital in Laurel into an ambulatory care center.
Once the affiliation is completed, there are plans to open a new medical center in Largo.