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Easton Planning Commission Approves Regional Hospital Plan

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EASTON, Md.- A revised plan for a new regional hospital set to open on Maryland's Midshore in 2016 was accepted by the Town of Easton, but changes were made and the biggest was repositioning the entire hospital.

"The hospital proposed to rotate the building for two reasons: one to provide a better orientation to U.S. Route 50 and to improve their efficiency during construction," said Deputy Town Planner Zach Smith.

Smith hopes this will allow construction to get done faster.

"Rotating the hospital counter-clockwise from the previous proposal, they are able to start construction on the hospital building itself and at the same time on the new [Route] 662 while leaving existing 662 open," Smith said.

Roger Crump of Easton is on board with a new hospital but wants multiple ways to access it.

"One concern I know we have is how to get to the hospital if they were going to make a back road so you didn't have to get back out on Route 50," Crump said.

Kunz Lesser agrees, adding that if he ever needs to get to the hospital, he will want to avoid Route 50 at all costs.

 "I think it's a much safer way to enter the hospital than from Route 50 because with all the summer traffic it could present a major and huge problem with the traffic," Lesser said.

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