Free Flu Shot Clinic for the Community

LRH Flu Shot B 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Conference Rooms A&B
Laurel Regional Hospital

7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

Arm Yourself Against the Flu!

We want to help protect you.

Vaccines will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For more information call 301.497.7914

Flu shots will not be given to children or anyone under the age of 18 .

Board of Directors Meeting Notice

Public Notice

Dimensions Healthcare System
Board of Directors Meeting Notice

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

The meeting will be held at The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742.
All board members are requested to attend.

Please note that a part or all of the meeting may be conducted in closed session.


MED Gala ACT/I, scheduled to take place on December 11, 2015 has been postponed.

The theme of this year’s Gala, “The Triple Cord,” honors the binding ties and the true-life, awe-inspiring cases of the valiant professionals who administer consummate medical care and expertise to our patients and their families. During Dimensions’ strategic period of transformation designed to better serve the community and out of respect for the ongoing important work of our medical teams focused on delivering care during the early stages of our transition, we now look forward to hosting our guests and sponsors at MED Gala ACT/I, tentatively scheduled in June 2016. More details will follow soon, so please check this web-page frequently.

Thank you to our current sponsors and guests for their commitment to raising critical funds that will benefit the Dimensions Women’s Health Initiatives and reducing health disparities among women and their families in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

When:      Tentative – June 2016

Where:    Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Maryland

Time:        5:00 PM – By-Invitation VIP Gala Reception

                  6:30 PM – Guest Doors Open

                  7:00 PM – Awards Dinner


TITLE ($100,000)

VIP ($75,000)

PREMIER ($50,000)


BEVERAGE ($10,000)




SOIRÉE ($45,000)



RED CARPET ($15,000)





For more information, call:

Lynda Dorman at 301-362-2034 or

New Ambulatory Care Center to Replace Laurel Regional Hospital by 2018

–Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors Votes to Adopt Innovative Approach to Improve Population Heath –

Cheverly, Maryland, July 31, 2015 – The Board of Dimensions Healthcare System agreed to an innovative approach to enhance the health of the population served by Laurel Regional Hospital by reducing the scope and complexity of inpatient services, while simultaneously constructing a comprehensive ambulatory medical facility dedicated to preventive care and keeping people out of the hospital. The new ambulatory facility, which is expected to cost approximately $24 million with a projected completion date of 2018, will include emergency services, outpatient surgery and comprehensive diagnostic imaging, and is expected to be built on the existing hospital campus. During the transition, there are no changes planned to the emergency, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery services currently provided at Laurel Regional Hospital.

For several years, Laurel Regional Hospital has been experiencing significant declines in inpatient utilization, consistent with national trends for small community hospitals. Turnaround efforts led to an increase in admissions in 2013. However, the hospital has been unable to sustain that growth due to a rapidly changing and highly competitive healthcare environment. Total admissions at the hospital have declined by nearly 20% since 2013. As a result of declining inpatient admissions, the hospital is expected to post a significant operating loss in the current fiscal year. In fact, current losses have been trending for more than six years and the hospital is projected to sustain continuing multimillion dollar deficits unless the current configuration of services is changed. The new ambulatory services facility, by contrast, is forecasted to operate without losses based on analysis conducted by the national healthcare consulting firm Kaufman Hall.

With the reduction and ultimate elimination of inpatient beds at Laurel Regional Hospital, employment at the site will be reduced. However, Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) will minimize job losses by offering as many displaced employees as possible comparable positions at Prince George’s Hospital Center and other DHS facilities. Laurel Regional Hospital will phase out all but 30 licensed medical/surgical inpatient beds later this year. It will retain existing behavioral health, rehabilitation and chronic care beds until the new ambulatory care facility is built.

Healthcare is changing rapidly in how it is delivered, funded and regulated. Transitioning Laurel Regional Hospital to an ambulatory care facility is a prudent response to new priorities established by Maryland health regulators to invest in enhancing population health and in services that make the community healthier. The decision to focus on population health embraces the evolving definition of a hospital’s responsibility to the community.

Immediately following the Board’s vote, DHS began informing state and federal health regulators, the employee union, and federal, state and local elected officials of the decision. DHS will also work with Prince George’s County officials and other healthcare providers in the region to address service needs that may be affected, such as behavioral health.

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Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation Awarded $200,000 Planning Grant

Prince George’s County, Maryland, May 18, 2015 – The Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $200,000 planning grant, by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH), to improve the health of the Medicare population in Prince George’s and Calvert counties. The planning grant will also simultaneously work towards lowering healthcare costs. The purpose of the grant is to increase collaboration between health systems, community hospitals, insurance companies, physician practices, long-term care and other providers, as well as community-based organizations and public health departments. The grant also encourages applicants to develop strategies that get more patients and consumers involved in healthcare decision making and processes.

“Many area hospital CEOs, as well as healthcare leaders, support this innovative coalition, which is in the unique position to improve population health for at-risk patients throughout Prince George’s and Calvert communities,” shares Camille R. Bash, chief financial officer for Doctors Community Hospital. “We are a diverse group of stakeholders that truly understand the challenges facing patients, who are frequently admitted into hospitals, and we have joined together to reduce recidivism with ways to improve their overall health. Population health, much like health care itself, can be a complex business. Yet, this coalition is proof that when we all work together we are greater than the sum of our parts.”

The Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation includes: Calvert Memorial Hospital, Dimensions Healthcare System, Doctors Community Hospital (lead applicant), Fort Washington Medical Center, the Area Agency on Aging, MedChi – the Maryland State Medical Society, Southern Maryland Integrated Care, LLC, the Prince George’s County and Calvert County health departments, and many other healthcare providers, religious and non-profit partners.

The coalition’s planning work will initially establish programs for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries that are patient-centered, expandable and sustainable. Patients with frequent hospital utilization and emergency room visits will be interviewed so that the right services can be provided to enhance their care and avoid future complications. Community physicians will be engaged to determine the level of electronic health record and health information exchange utilization, current services for chronic care and transitional care support, as well as their willingness to work within a community-wide infrastructure for patient management.

As the coalition works to develop regional models for enhancing population health, the planning process is expected to last for approximately six months. Once a comprehensive plan has been fully developed, the coalition will go back to HSCRC and MDHMH to seek additional funding for execution and implementation.

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Certificate of Need Application for New Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center Reaches another Milestone


April 3, 2015

CONTACT: Erika Murray
PHONE: 301-618-6044
CELL: 240-445-9460


–Maryland Health Care Commission Dockets RMC Certificate of Need–

Cheverly, Maryland, April 3, 2015 – Dimensions Healthcare System’s Certificate of Need (CON) application for a new Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Prince George’s County has been docketed by the Maryland Health Care Commission, which initiates the formal review process of the CON. The updated application, submitted this past January, included changes made to the design of the RMC, as well as updated responses to standards in the State Health Plan. The original CON application was filed on October 4, 2013.

“We are pleased to hear that the Maryland Health Care Commission has docketed our CON application. I’d like to thank the leadership and staff members of both the Maryland Health Care Commission and Health Services Cost Review Commission for their feedback and assistance,” says Neil J. Moore, president and chief executive officer of Dimensions Healthcare System. “We are optimistic that our CON application will be approved so that we can achieve our vision of transforming health care in this region and improving service to our communities.”

“The new regional medical center in Largo is going to transform health care in Prince George’s County and drive economic development around The Boulevard at the Capital Centre and the Largo Metro Station, as well as increase the number of primary care physicians, specialists and health-related services for our residents,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I want to thank the University of Maryland Medical System, Dimensions Healthcare System, and the State of Maryland, specifically Governors Hogan and O’Malley, for their unwavering support, commitment, and investment in our residents’ health and the quality of life of our communities. Today’s docketing of the Certificate of Need represents years of hard work and preparation. I am confident that this application will be approved and that the regional medical center will quickly come to fruition.”

“The University of Maryland Medical System is pleased that the project has reached this milestone, which advances the dialogue on quality health care for the citizens of Prince George’s County,” said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “UMMS continues to enjoy an ever-strengthening relationship with Dimensions Healthcare System, further advanced by working together to provide enhanced patient care in areas such as cardiac surgery, orthopedics and emergency medicine.”

“Access to quality health care for our residents and growing our local economy are priority concerns for the Prince George’s County Council, and we are certainly pleased at the news that this critical project is taking an exciting step forward with the recent action of the Maryland Health Care Commission on the Certificate of Need application,” adds Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) – District 9. “Committed to the health and wellness of our citizens, the Council, in our capacity as the County’s Board of Health, has designated health care as a legislative priority, and we look forward to our continuing partnership with all stakeholders to build a world-class regional medical center, which will ensure that the people of Prince George’s County receive the quality health care they deserve and serve as an economic engine for the new economy.”

The new medical center project is a partnership between Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS), University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County and the University System of Maryland – as officially designated in a Memorandum of Understanding to meet the healthcare needs of residents of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland. Project work began more than three years ago with a public health impact study authored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study highlighted chronic health conditions prevalent in Prince George’s County, the need for more than 60 primary care physicians in the county, the benefits of an affiliation with an academic institution in regards to health care delivered in the county and the need for enhanced coordination with county public health services.

Since the release of the study, DHS and UMMS have partnered to strengthen emergency department services throughout DHS, renew cardiac surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center and bolster orthopedic trauma care. Prince George’s County has also developed a primary healthcare strategic plan to support significant improvements in the health of all citizens and residents of Prince George’s County. The County’s primary healthcare strategic plan addresses physician shortages, access to healthcare services as well as healthcare coordination.

The new regional medical center has received favorable support from community members, businesspersons and legislative leaders in the area. A significant number of Prince George’s County residents leave the county for care and a new regional medical center would provide residents with high quality care close to home. The proposed 231-bed facility will be located on 26 acres in Largo, Maryland, at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre. Following CON approval, groundbreaking for the approximately $645 million project could occur in 2016 with occupation by 2019.


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Preventing Heart Disease: Dinner & Lecture

Join us at Laurel Regional Hospital for a Senior Dining & Lecture focused on…

Preventing Heart Disease

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $1.00

Presented by: Jamie Brown, M.D., Director of Cardiac Surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Laurel Regional Hospital
7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, MD 20707

For more information or to register, call 301‐497‐7914.

Registration is required.

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2015 New Hire Benefits Guide

2015 Dimensions New Hire Guide

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts 

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

Read More Here: DHS 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

Dimensions Healthcare System Appoints Executive Director of Dimensions Healthcare Associates

Cheverly, Maryland, July 24, 2014 – Dimensions Healthcare System is pleased to

welcome Dimensions Healthcare Associates Executive Director Steven K. Twaddle,

FACMPE. He will oversee Dimensions Healthcare Associates and

report to Dimensions Healthcare System President & CEO Neil J.

Moore. Read More