Bethesda, Md., (July 12, 2011) – Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee (T&E) recommended the abandonment of one block of Lincoln Street in Bethesda, a critical component of Suburban Hospital’s campus enhancement project.
The recommendation recognizes that the one block of Lincoln Street is predominantly used by the hospital and is not necessary for current or anticipated public use.
Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large), one of the three committee members, noted “For the hospital, the one block of Lincoln Street is a necessity; for the neighborhood, it is a convenience.” The T&E Committee is chaired by Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-District 1) and also includes Councilmember Nancy Floreen (D-At Large).
Hospital officials note that they are extremely pleased with the recommendation, which will be voted on by the entire County Council on Tuesday, July 19. “This is an important decision for our patients,” said hospital spokesperson Ronna Borenstein-Levy. “We are hopeful that this project can move ahead quickly so that our patients can benefit from the improved facilities.”
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for close to 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.