Southern Maryland Hospital Center has begun discussions to partner with a regional health system as part of its mission to serve the 800,000 citizens of Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties. Aligning with a regional hospital system will give Southern Maryland Hospital Center, which is privately owned, access to additional resources to fund expansion of hospital facilities and clinical services. Hospital officials expect the strategic alignment to be completed by the end of this year.
“This is an exciting moment in the history of Southern Maryland Hospital Center,” said CEO Michael J. Chiaramonte. “Aligning ourselves with a leading regional or national health system will allow us to strengthen our existing service lines, bring new specialty services to the community, expand our facility, and continue to recruit the area’s top physicians. Throughout our history, we have been guided by our vision to be the regional medical center for the citizens of Southern Maryland. This step will help us realize that vision and honor our commitment to serve our community.”
Nearly 35 years ago, surgeon Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD, MPH, FACS, founded Southern Maryland Hospital Center to bring specialty medical and surgical care to the 300,000 people who resided in Southern Maryland at that time. The hospital has grown into a regional medical center with over 20,000 admissions, 68,000 emergency room visits, and 2,000 childbirths each year. It is the flagship of the Southern Maryland Health System, a network of healthcare services and physicians with dozens of neighborhood-based prevention and primary care clinics and a variety of specialty services including community education and outreach programs, rehabilitation centers, and home medical care.
A strategic alignment with another hospital system is part of a larger trend in the healthcare industry that is focused on increasing efficiency and improving clinical outcomes. Southern Maryland Hospital Center will be able to offer a wider range of specialty medical and surgical care close to the community it serves. Capital improvements, such as construction of new facilities will help propel the hospital forward to remain a leader in medical and surgical care.