Two hospitals in county call off discussions of possible merger @

July 28, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel Medical Center and North Arundel Hospital called off merger talks Friday, a move that likely will spark competition for patients between them, hospital officials said.

Both hospitals' merger study groups recommended to their respective governing boards that merger talks end, officials said. Representatives from AAMC in Annapolis and North Arundel in Glen Burnie had been meeting since December to determine whether the two could coordinate operations for more efficient, cheaper service.

"We just came to the conclusion that, at this time, each hospital had its own mission," said Anne Arundel Medical Center President Martin "Chip" Doordan.

The move means the county's two general hospitals will compete for patients.

"The potential for increased competition is always there," said Doordan.

The 329-bed North Arundel Hospital unveiled plans Friday for a birth center in Arnold. The hospital also plans an outpatient center in Crofton for women and children, said James R. Walker, North Arundel Hospital president.

These announcements come just one year after AAMC opened a $28 million center for maternity and women's services at Medical Park on Jennifer Road and an outpatient clinic in Severna Park for women and children.

AAMC officials say they are considering moving the rest of inpatient services to the Jennifer Road site. Expansion of the radiology and pediatrics units also is in the works, Doordan said.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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