Finally, the state is ready to give the first grants from the new Maryland Trauma Physicians Services Fund created by the legislation.
Washington County Hospital President and CEO James Hamill said the hospital expects to receive $1.3 million.
About $800,000 of that is from the registration fee increase and the rest will come from increases in hospital reimbursement rates to reflect the cost of providing trauma services, Hamill said.
It costs about $3 million a year to operate the trauma center, he said.
That includes about $1.4 million that trauma surgeons receive to be on call for the hospital, he said.
The hospital has been paying the on-call costs since October 2002, after an agreement with the trauma surgeons, who said providing the service for free was taking a toll on their private practices and their families.
Hamill said the hospital would like to receive more money, but the grants will certainly help.
"We're just pleased to finally be getting some money out of it."