Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md., said it expects to build a new hospital on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College by the end of 2012, pending a state regulatory process. It also plans to add two primary-care centers that would cater to the uninsured and underinsured.
The plan comes as the states wealthiestand one of its fastest growingcounties braces for an influx of seniors over the next decade, said Kevin Sexton, president and chief executive officer of 411-bed Holy Cross. Studies show that 45% of Montgomery Countys growth over the next 10 years will come from people over 65.
Preliminary plans call for about a 100-bed hospital to be built on a little more than 20 acres on the college campus, moving Holy Cross closer to a quarter of its patient base while also allowing it to partner with the school for staff development and research, Sexton said. The ability to do this on the campus is absolutely, incredibly exciting, he said. Its where were going to get a diverse workforce from.
The two clinics, slated for Gaithersburg and Wheaton, are expected to help ease emergency department overcrowding by catering to patients who typically use the department as a de facto primary-care site. Over recent years, Montgomery County, Md., primarily a suburb of Washington, has seen a rise in the number of uninsuredespecially as its immigrant population has grown. -- by Matthew DoBias