Proposal filed for new medical center in region [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Laurel Leader

County Councilwoman Mary Lehman notes that the University of Maryland Medical System has filed a plan which provides for a $50 million investment to bring a new state-of-the art medical center to the Laurel/Belstville region. The proposed new building will be situated next to the current Laurel Regional Hospital and will offer 24/7 emergency care, a surgery center and behavioral health resources among other services. Outpatient programs such as wellness promotion will also be available. Councilwoman Lehman states: “For over two years I have worked with Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe and members of the City Council, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, State Senators Jim Rosapepe and Doug Peters, and President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System Robert Chrencik to create a new future for Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) to continue to provide key health care services to our constituents.” A community informational hearing will be held on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. For more information, go to

Bring your yoga mats (or a large towel) to Bedford Park, 8901 Horton Road, on Saturday, May 12, for a free “Yoga and Nature” event. Practice your poses and learn new ones in a beautiful wooded setting. The session is designed for those 12 years of age and older and will take place between 1 and 2:30 p.m., with a rain date of May 19. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Access to the park is through a paved walk path, and there is street parking available. Call Mike at 240-354-9698 to preregister.

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith has introduced bills in Annapolis addressing concerns about the private endeavor by Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR) to build the SCMAGLEV. The bills address the need to provide a structure for citizens to obtain information and to file concerns should final alignment construction ever get underway. Working with other delegates from impacted jurisdictions, Valentino-Smith was successful in getting a provision into the following budget narrative calling for future development of an ombudsman in this matter. At this time, the BWRR anticipates designation of a final alignment along the West Baltimore Washington Parkway as the preferred route for adoption in the fall of 2018 or early 2019.

While BWRR attests that no residential houses will be directly impacted, there continues to be a significant impact on South Laurel with above ground and visual placement. Residents can follow developments on the MDOT website, or contact the delegate at

Vansville Elementary School bids a fond farewell to Principal Tom Smith who has announced his retirement. Smith has been principal of Vansville since 2008, when the school opened. During his time, he stressed partnership with home and community. His legacy includes the recognition of Vansville as the first certified green school in Prince George’s County. Barbara Caskey is currently serving as acting principal, with the assistance of Denise Bush as assistant principal. We wish all three educators the best in their new ventures.

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