County Executive Receives Briefing on Potential Federal Funding for Prince George's Hospital Center

WI Staff | 6/18/2009, 8:11 a.m.

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson joined Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) at Prince George's Hospital Center for a briefing on potential federal funding for the hospital.

The funding would be part of a new emergency preparedness partnership that would include Prince George's Hospital Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

"Prince George's Hospital Center provides critical medical care to more than 180,000 patients annually," Johnson said. "I applaud Sen. Mikulski and Congresswoman Edwards for recognizing the key role this hospital plays in our regional healthcare and the real need for federal funding to ensure that it remains a high quality facility."

Mikulski is asking for $5 million from the Senate and Edwards is asking for $25 million from the House for this regional program. It is unclear at this time exactly how much money would come directly to Prince George's Hospital Center. Both requests must go through congressional appropriations before funding levels are finalized and approved. That process is expected to be complete by October.

This announcement comes after years of only local support for the county's hospital system. Over the last six years, the Johnson administration has provided $73 million to the hospital system. Johnson told Mikulski that the county has committed $12 million additional dollars in the FY 2010 budget along with a $75 million commitment, which will be matched by the state, to whatever entity purchases the hospital system.