Holy Cross may need some divine intervention to build this hospital.
The second-largest hospital in Maryland, Holy Cross just filed two applications for Certificates of Need with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHHC) that outline details of the two endeavors.
Holy Cross may be asked to justify to the MHHC why they are going out of their service area to basically compete with Shady Grove Hospital and its new freestanding ER. The reason is probably because they are facing too much hospital bed competition down in Silver Spring.
A hospital has to bring in the cash to remain viable. One plan is to construct/convert more private rooms. The Germantown facility should have more than the usual single rooms.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay for private rooms when it is safe to place a patient in a semi-private one. But patients with money who don’t want to listen to a hacking and moaning roommate next to them will be willing to shell out the extra cash out-of-pocket to have peace and tranquility while they’re ill.
Increasing the number of private rooms is the latest thing for cash strapped hospitals.
Hospital CEO and President Kevin Sexton said in a recent interview that moving to private rooms would help prevent the spread of diseases and also make better use of hospital space since often single patients have to be put into double rooms.
“We understand the urgency of ensuring access to quality health care to a rapidly growing and aging population, and we intend to do everything necessary to move our projects ahead to meet these extraordinary demands on the health care system,” Sexton said.
I have to think, in my opinion, that Sexton is leaving something out here. I am sure Holy Cross is concerned with the spread of disease. Hospitals are known to make you sicker than when you checked in. But they are also concerned with the bottom line. Holy Cross probably needs more money. Another facility, more private rooms, might just be the answer.
Perhaps a better locale would be Urbana, Clarksburg, or Damascus.