Dimensions Healthcare System, which runs county-owned Prince George's Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md., warned that the cash-strapped hospital could close by the second quarter and cited projected multimillion-dollar monthly shortfalls. State and county executives have been negotiating with nearby universities to take ownership of the hospital, according to the Associated Press. In a letter last month to County Executive Jack Johnson, Dimensions cited several factors contributing to the budget woes, including investments in operations, a need to increase wages to recruit and retain staff, and uncompensated care. The state and country provided the 403-bed hospital with a $50 million bailout in 2004. Last year an oversight committee recommended the county terminate its relationship with Dimensions, which has operated the hospital since 1983. -- by Matthew DoBias
Md. county hospital warns of possible shutdown
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