"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Plan Maryland

I recently read that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the Plan Maryland executive order targeting urban sprawl and virtually any rural development.  This executive order will achieve this administration's goal of keeping western Maryland green, pristine and poor as hell.  If this order was in place when we were working to find a site for the new hospital on Willowbrook Road, the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center would not be here today.  We would have been forced to use one of the existing campuses, costing millions of dollars more and keeping the Memorial / Sacred Heart issue in the forefront for many more years to come.  By building the new hospital on "greenfield" site, we almost immediately eradicated the anti-affiliation issues that plagued this community for over a decade.  The Governor has virtually stripped away any local planning and zoning authority and did so without any involvement from the General Assembly.  Democracy?

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