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Dimensions takes next step in University of Maryland ownership transition

Dimensions Healthcare System announced Wednesday that a Certificate of Need has been submitted to the Maryland Health Care Commission, requesting for a new regional medical center in Largo.

A letter to Dimensions faculty and staff from Board of Directors Chairman C. Philip Nichols Jr. and president and CEO Neil Moore states that once the Certificate of Need is approved, University of Maryland Medical System will have ownership of Dimensions, which includes Laurel Regional Hospital.

The Certificate of Need request also changed certain aspects of the planned Largo medical center, reducing the number of beds from 216 to 205, operating rooms from nine to eight and overall project costs from $639 million to $543 million. The letter also states that the proposed ambulatory care center building is on hold while officials review and evaluate service plans.

An interstitial mechanical floor will also be removed from the project's original plane.

Following the commission's approval in, expected by October or November, the Dimensions Board will be reduced to seven members, which will be replaced in 2019 with a permanent board of 21 members. The board will continue representing those in Prince George's County and UMMS.

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