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State Gives Final Approval for Dorchester County Medical Center

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - It's a major milestone for medical care in Dorchester County - Maryland has given final approval to bring a new medical center to the area. The move also opens up acres of space for new development, creating a possibly opportunity to boost the county economy.

On a stretch of green lawn, Memorial Day flags flew near the waterfront Sailwinds Park. It's a stretch of land also home to the Dorchester General Hospital - soon the city's next vacant building.

For nearly three decades, Frank Narr has eyed the 25 acres as potential for new Cambridge development. Now, as a part of the Cambridge Waterfront Development Board, he and seven others are exploring opportunities to bring both homes and businesses to the area.

"We are farther along this site than we ever have been," Narr said. "These are opportunities for true commercial development that increases the employment base and brings people to the site on a more permanent basis."

The hospital services will transfer to the old K-mart at Cambridge Marketplace. Now state-approved, the building would house 22 treatment rooms and six observation beds.

Shore Regional Health CEO Ken Kozel says the move will bring state-of-the-art medical services to the county.

"It really exceeds the community need in a brand-new facility - uh that really creates a win-win too," Kozel said.

Narr says they are in the very early stages of developing the waterfront property at Sailwinds. Kozel says they will start construction on the new medical center in February 2020 and finish in a little over a year.


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