For Immediate Release June 08, 2021


Jania Matthews:

In a celebratory milestone decades in the making, elected officials, medical, civic and business leaders and community stakeholders gathered today in Largo to celebrate the opening of the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, which officially opens its doors June 12.

The state-of-the-art Medical Center, part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), is the first brand-new hospital in the region in more than 30 years.

Special guests at the ribbon-cutting celebration included:

  • Gov. Larry J. Hogan
  • Sen. Ben Cardin, U.S. Senate
  • Rep. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland's 4th Congressional District
  • County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County
  • Derrick L. Davis, District 6, Prince George's County Council
  • Adrienne Jones, Speaker, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Bill Ferguson, President, Maryland Senate

In September 2017, UMMS assumed ownership of the former Dimensions Healthcare System, creating University of Maryland Capital Region Health, serving residents of Prince George's County and southern Maryland. The new UM Capital Region Medical Center will replace the existing University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center (UM PGHC) in Cheverly that dates back more than 70 years.

"Today is a momentous occasion for Prince George's County and the surrounding area," said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President & Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. "We made a commitment to this community and this new hospital represents a promise reached and a promise extended. It's a promise to patients; healthcare providers; and it's a promise to bolster economic development in the region. I am proud of what this hospital represents and there is much more to come—the future is bright."

Located on a 26-acre site adjacent to the Arena Drive exit off Interstate 495, UM Capital Region Medical Center represents a $543 million, nearly 600,000 square-foot investment and offers the community:

  • 11 levels
  • Two rooftop helipads
  • 205 private inpatient rooms
  • 24/7 emergency care, including a 41-bay Emergency Department an area for trauma care modeled after the Trauma Resuscitation Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and designated separate waiting areas for sick patients. Also equipped with dedicated imaging for emergency department patients.
  • 32-bed intensive care unit
  • Two endoscopy suites
  • Two catheterization labs
  • Eight operating rooms, including dedicated cardiac and trauma ORs and a specially equipped 'hybrid' OR that provides in-room imaging for real time diagnostics15-bed specialty pediatric hospital operated by Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

The project is also slated to include an ambulatory care center.

The new state-of-the-art Medical Center features:

  • Heart & Vascular Institute with a dedicated 16-bed cardiac intensive care unit
  • Dedicated floor for Women and Infants Health with Special Care Nursery and two Healing Gardens
  • Level II Trauma Center, the second busiest trauma center in the State of Maryland
  • Designated Stroke Center
  • Expanded surgical services capabilities
  • Inpatient and outpatient Behavioral Health Services
  • Orthopedics
  • And more

"Today we reach one milestone in our journey to improve the health care of residents in Prince George's County," said the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., chair of the UM Capital Region Health Board of Directors. "This is a day that I have long awaited and I am proud to see a vision and promise realized."

UM Capital Region Health is focused on several strategic priorities, including:

  • Expanding access for primary/community care, specialty care, and other health care services to the region to reduce health care disparities and improve health status
  • Facilitating investment in outpatient practices and health education programs to manage chronic diseases
  • Broadening access to discovery-based medicine
  • Attracting residents of Prince George's County and Southern Maryland region who now receive care from hospitals outside the County

"While we celebrate a historic and pinnacle moment for this organization, I am focused on the work that lies ahead," said Nathaniel Richardson, Jr. President & CEO, UM Capital Region Health. "We have an unprecedented opportunity to changeUP health care and to improve the health and well-being of residents in this region. I take this day and the work that lies ahead seriously. It will be through ongoing partnerships that we reach our fullest potential. Today is only the beginning."

Today's ribbon cutting marks 10 years since partners including Prince George's County, the state of Maryland, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System signed a Memorandum of Understanding (July 20, 2011) for the new hospital to be built in Largo.

For more information about the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, visit

For information on how to support UM Capital Region Health with philanthropic giving, visit

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state's future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system's more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers. The UMMS flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit

About University of Maryland Capital Region Health

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George's County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon formal affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and is committed to improving health outcomes in the communities it serves. University of Maryland Capital Region Health operates the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Largo, University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, University of Maryland Bowie Health Campus, and the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Group with practice locations in Cheverly, Suitland, Bowie, Laurel and the National Harbor. Together, community physicians and University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) faculty provide clinical expertise across a range of specialties and programs including: acute rehabilitation; anesthesiology; critical and chronic ventilation care; emergency medicine; neonatology; orthopedics; and vascular surgery. University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center is home to the State's second-busiest trauma center and a highly regarded cardiac surgery program, which is led by faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine; a certified and designated primary stroke center. For more information, visit