Tag Archives: Maryland Health Care Commission

disappointing upcounty hospital decision

Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD

Holy Cross probably wins out over Shady Grove to build hospital in Upper Montgomery County. Or at least that will be the recommendation to the full committee. Here’s the Gazette’s version. And the Washington Post story.

Adventist HealthCare wrote about this disappointing decision in facebook:

We are very disappointed in a recommendation against our new hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg. The Reviewer recommended a proposal by Holy Cross Hospital. Despite the recommendation that our proposal for a hospital in Clarksburg be denied, we are undeterred. Stay tuned as we continue to press for approval of the Clarksburg project.

Let us look at this press release and subsequent recommendation to the full committee as a floating of a political air balloon. See what reaction there is. Otherwise, why not have the committee just talk in private?

So there is always a chance for this to go the other way, where Adventist HealthCare wins out.

neither proposed hospital would be affordable

A Maryland commission found that respective hospitals proposed by Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross would just be too expensive for their founders.  Here is the Gazette’s report on the whole mess.

Washington Business Journal reports on the hospitals’ responses.

Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring

clarksburg to become dormitory town

clarksburg-house

Clarksburg is nothing but houses.

“[Clarksburg is] fast becoming a dormitory town unless we get some employment here,” said Kathie Hulley, president of the Clarksburg Civic Association.

“It’s not even a town, it’s just houses.”

I doubted this statement when I first read it. But now I think Hulley has a point. Clarksburg doesn’t even have a descent ice cream place. Damascus, the dry town, at least has a Jimmie Cone. And Germantown has a Dairy Queen. No college town should be without a few ice cream places. And I won’t touch upon bars. And IHOPs.

Let’s face it. Clarksburg is worthless without a medical campus.

Clarksburg leaders are trying to paint a scenario that if an (Adventist HealthCare) hospital and medical campus is not built in their beloved town, all is lost. No other business will come. A field of dreams will be turned to a dust bowl.

Clarksburg residents see the Adventist Healthcare proposal as the last chance to attract a major employer, writes the Gazette.

Give me a break.

The Gazette quotes Clarksburg ombudsman Kathleen Mitchell. “Stores and restaurants depend on customers throughout the day. “Without businesses such as the hospital complex, the community will not have the economic base to support them.”

I like a hospital in Clarksburg better than a facility on the grounds of Montgomery College – Germantown. But please go back to comparing the two proposed hospitals.

And drop the pity talk. No hospital is being built to save your town. Leave saving towns for the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.