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Statement By Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College, Regarding Decision By Maryland Health Care Commission

I am pleased that the Maryland Health Care Commission voted to support the Holy Cross Hospital proposal to build a new hospital within the College’s future Science and Technology Park on the Germantown Campus. A hospital on our campus will greatly benefit students by serving as an educational resource for aspiring healthcare workers.

Students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with a working hospital and to pursue part-time jobs or internships. Most importantly, our students will soon have 64 total openings for clinical rotations at Holy Cross Hospital, which are critical to the College’s goal of doubling the number of nursing graduates to help address the severe nursing shortage in Maryland.

Since 2001, the College—at the request of the county and with the financial support from both the state and county—has planned its Science and Technology Park to replicate the success of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, anchored by Shady Grove Adventist. As our park’s anchor tenant, Holy Cross Hospital will attract other medical, bioscience, and technology companies to the park, which will provide many new opportunities for employment as well as learning experiences for our students.

We look forward to expanding our ongoing partnerships with both Holy Cross Hospital and Adventist Healthcare in the future.

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