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Munson says he won't hold hospital meeting

May 19, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

State Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said Thursday that he has given up on the idea of holding a meeting to think of ways to help build a new hospital.

Construction of a new Washington County Hospital on Robinwood Drive has been delayed because of a court challenge to zoning variances. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals is scheduled to hear the case next month.

Munson said last month that he expected to meet with the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, possibly in May or June, to brainstorm ideas.

"Somehow, we've got to find a way to figure out this problem," he said at the time.

Munson planned to invite other members of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

State representatives should get involved, Munson said then, "because the leaders in the county can't figure out how to build a new hospital."

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On Thursday, Munson said he spoke to Maryland's secretary of health and mental hygiene, who told him that the hospital is a private entity and there's little the state can do to move the project along.

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