BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, joined with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to celebrate the transfer of Spring Grove Hospital Center to the school on Wednesday afternoon.
The Maryland Public Works Council approved the transfer of the hospital campus to a neighboring college last week. Outgoing President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski said acquisitions have been a goal of UMBC for 30 years.
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“UMBC has been talking to public officials and community leaders for decades about our need for future open space in Spring Grove,” said President Hrabowksi. “UMBC students, faculty, staff, and future students will be grateful to Governor Hogan and other state leaders for many years to come. This is a visionary partnership for the future of Maryland. ”
UMBC will purchase the complex, which includes 175 acres and 77 buildings, for $1 and lease it back to the Maryland Department of Health for the next 10 years so the agency can continue to operate Spring Grove while it searches. excess hospital bed capacity at other facilities in the land. The health ministry has two five-year options for extending the agreement.
The university said it has no plans for the site, but it will engage with state, county and community leaders in its planning process “to envision a future for the Spring property.” Grove supports the long-term growth of the university and enhances both economic development and quality of life in the Baltimore and Maryland regions.”
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“UMBC is a model for higher education, holistic talent development and innovation,” says Hogan. “I am delighted that its footprint now will be able to grow further in the future. Together, we ensure that UMBC will continue to play a meaningful role in advancing education, community development, and economic and workforce development in Baltimore County and the State of Maryland. ”
Dating back to 1797, Spring Grove is the second-oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital in the country, according to the health department. The agency released its 2041 Master Plan last year and laid out a framework for transitioning services in Spring Grove to other facilities in the state, starting in Fiscal Year 2032.
Hogan selected Dr. Hrabowski for his role in the transition. After three decades at UMBC, the longtime president will retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
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“I just want to thank and congratulate everyone who was involved in making this happen, but especially Dr. Freeman Hrabowski,” Hogan said. “No one has done more to put UMBC on the map and put UMBC in a position to continue to push boundaries, achieve significant breakthroughs and compete as a national and global leader in renew. So congratulations. ”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/18/gov-hogan-university-officials-celebrate-transfer-of-spring-grove-hospital-center-to-umbc/ Gov. Hogan, University Officials Celebrate Transfer Of Spring Grove Hospital Center To UMBC – CBS Baltimore