Panel staff recommends new hospital in Bel Air

MARYLAND WATCH

July 03, 1996

The staff of the Maryland Health Resources Planning Commission has recommended approval for a new hospital in Bel Air, Upper Chesapeake Health System announced yesterday.

Upper Chesapeake operates both hospitals in Harford County, Fallston Memorial and Harford Memorial.

The plans, which will go through hearings in September before a final decision, call for a 120-bed, $60 million hospital in Bel Air to replace the 184-bed Fallston General. Harford Memorial, in Havre de Grace, now licensed for 300 beds, would be reduced to 120 acute beds. Harford Memorial is also seeking approval for a 24-bed subacute care unit.

While the total number of acute hospital beds in the county would be reduced, the two existing hospitals have been operating at only about 40 percent of capacity, according to Debbie Egerland, director of marketing and public relations for Upper Chesapeake. The plans would also move the obstetrics unit from Harford Memorial to Bel Air, in the part of the county where 70 percent of the women of childbearing age live, Egerland said. Construction would be expected to take about three years.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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