The cost of a proposed new regional hospital in Prince George’s County has risen to $650 million, about 10 percent more than initial estimates, and it could go even higher, officials said Tuesday.
The $50 million increase is attributable to new estimates of technology costs and equipment needs at the proposed acute care hospital, state and county officials said. They outlined the new price tag at a joint meeting of the Maryland state Senate’s budget and finance committees as they continued to press for state support for the hospital.
The two committees will play a significant role in determining whether the $200 million pledged by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in his recent $37.3 billion budget plan will be approved.
The new hospital, and an affiliated primary care network of physicians, would replace the financially ailing Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly and create a medical campus that would serve Prince George’s and Southern Maryland. The goal is to help reduce what recent studies have found are substantial disparities in the health of the nearly 1 million residents in majority-minority Prince George’s, where many residents suffer disproportionately from diabetes, heart disease and obesity.