Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. offered to inject $10 million into 312-bed Prince George's Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md., through a temporary rate increase. The offer is contingent on replacing the system's current management with a "control" board that would work with a consulting firm to restructure the hospital and possibly arrange a sale or merger. According to a county-commissioned review of Dimensions Healthcare System, which operates Prince George's and other area healthcare facilities, the hospital needs $15 million to stay afloat. Under Ehrlich's plan, Prince George County would provide $5 million in addition to the state-approved rate increase. County Executive Jack Johnson opposes the plan, saying it doesn't offer an immediate cash infusion and wouldn't allow the county control of the financially troubled hospital. Johnson is expected to offer a counterproposal next week. -- by Tony Fong
Md. offer to help hospital comes with strings
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