Citizen Action Needed to Save Regional Medical Center and Cardiac Care for our County 
   
Dear Friends,
 
        I wanted to make sure that you are aware of the latest Maryland Heath Care Cost Commission (MHCC) actions that will negatively impact the Prince George's County Regional Medical Center and Cardiac Care Program. Your action is needed.
 
     Please feel free to share with others and as always, if you have additional questions or inquiries, feel free to contact me at Geraldine.Valentino@house.state.md.us  or call 301-858-3101. 


ALERT

The Maryland Heath Care Cost Commission (MHCC) recently approved the Certificate of Need (CON) for Prince George's Regional Medical Center and ambulatory care center. The intent is to ensure our Prince George's County residents will have access to a new state of the art 205 bed acute care, teaching and research facility designed to be a regional place for health care excellence. The Prince George's Regional Medical Center (PGRMC) will be connected to a health system that will bring quality access to needed primary care and improve the health status of Prince George's County residents.  The Prince George's Medical System in preparing for the new Regional Medical Center and in order
 to meet the outstanding cardiac needs of our Prince George's County residents revitalized its cardiac surgery program. Our Prince George's cardiac program has the highest quality ratings and is growing every day. The cardiac program is a key component to the success of the new Regional Medical Center.  
 
The MHCC has in an unfair and discriminatory manner approved the development of a competing cardiac surgery program for Anne Arundel County (AAC).  The MHCC ignored its own regulatory guidelines and has given no regard to the data that clearly indicated the approval for the AAC site will jeopardize the viability of the new PGRMC they just approved and will certainly threaten the success of the Prince George's Medical System Cardiac Care Program.  The MHCC by allowing Anne Arundel County to pull cardiac patients from Prince George's before the new Regional Center can be completed thereby result ing in lowering the volume of cardiac cases seen in Prince George's, ensur es a weakened and threatened Prince George's Cardiac Care Program.  The MHCC Commissioner applied standards of review different than were applied to Prince George's, ignored information, and did not require adequate responses from AAC, never required proof (as it did to PGRMC) that AAC cardiac program would be financially feasible, and in an apparent discriminatory manner decided that AAC was wealthy enough to absorb losses. 
 
Citizen Action Needed to Save Regional Medical Center Cardiac Care for Prince George's
Act fast- activate neighbors- don't let our County voices go unheard! Don't let Anne Arundel County have access to preferred MHCC treatment, which will drain the viability of our County Cardiac Care Program.   

Email, write, call and make sure you ask for your concerns to be shared with all the
MHCC Commissioners.
Maryland Healthcare Commission
General Information Number: (410) 764-3460  
Toll Free: 1 (877) 245-1762 

* Craig Tanio, MD, MBA, Chair - (Term Expires 9/30/2016) - craig.tanio@gmail.com (the Commissioner that issued the decision) 
 

Sincerely,

Geraldine


Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates, District 23A
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By Authority of Friends For Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer