The City of Laurel and Prince George’s County have been spearheading an effort to keep Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) open and operating rather than the shut down in 2018 as indicated by Dimensions. The City is working with State of Maryland officials, the University of Maryland Medical System Corporation and Prince George’s County officials to evaluate services currently provided at the LRH. Part of this collaborative effort has included the creation of a Strategic Planning Work Group that will perform a comprehensive analysis of the various services and health care programs currently being provided at the LRH. They held their first meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 and established seven committees to further examine various areas within the overall hospital infrastructure. These areas include Emergency Medicine/EMS; Campus Development; Clinical Operations; On-Campus Services; Work Force Development; Behavioral Health and Volunteer Services. This is an exciting step we move forward in the process to provide quality health care for the citizens of Laurel and northern Prince George’s County. If you are in the Beltsville, Calverton, or College Park areas of PrinceGeorge’s County and want to participate as a member on one of these committees, please contact Craig A. Moe, Mayor, Co-Chair, SPWG Executive Committee, at email@example.com or 301-725-5300, extension 2125. The LRH serves a large area beyond The City of Laurel which needs to be represented.