- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2008

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — An emergency bill drafted to prevent the financially sickly Prince George’s Hospital Center from closing has passed the House of Delegates.

The measure would create a state entity to run the hospital system in partnership with the county.

The 268-bed hospital and three related facilities are currently owned by Prince George’s County and operated by a nonprofit company. The hospital has come close to closing several times in recent years, in part because it serves many poor patients who cannot pay for treatment. The center treats about 180,000 patients a year.

Lawmakers set aside $50 million last fall to save the hospital, and the money will be used to help keep it running until the hospital is sold to a private company

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