Community Weighs in on New Medical Center Site

Gale Horton Gay | 3/6/2013, 11:50 a.m.

Many of those who spoke at the meeting said they were in favor of Largo Town Center.

"Largo Town Center is ready for the hospital. Landover Mall is a non-start," said Margaret Boles, who questioned if Landover Mall's owner would be willing to sell.

The Regional Medical Center is anticipated to be a 259-bed, 720-square-foot facility initially treating 16,000-17,000 patients annually and increasing to 21,000 by 2019, according to one official.

Several speakers addressed the issue of traffic, especially on game days at the FedEx Field.

"If you don't have a flashing light, you suffer," said Courtney Johnson, a 25-year resident of Prince George's County, about traffic congestion on game days. "I know we can work things out." He suggested building a bridge from Landover Mall over I-495 and having shuttle service to a Metro station.

Jamal Miller of District Heights said all four proposed sites were within the traffic pattern for the stadium, which he called a "nightmare."

"What is the plan going to be for traffic going into any of the four sites," he asked.

Miller also stressed that having shops and restaurants nearby for the families of patients is also important.

"Hearing from the community we serve is an important part of the location review process...," said Neil J. Moore, president and chief executive officer of Dimensions Healthcare System. "We share our partners' commitment to enhance health care in the region and appreciate the community's interest and participation."