Maryland hospital tabbed as destination in the event of bioattack

A newly announced federally funded partnership will make a Cheverly, Maryland hospital a destination in the event of a terrorist attack.

The funding, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Baltimore said, will provide training and health care in the event of a biological or chemical terrorist attack.

The training will include proper usage of respirators and protective suits in the event of a bioterrorist attack and information on the use of special showers for people exposed to chemicals.

The Maryland/National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Partnership will receive $2.5 million in funding to link Prince George's Hospital Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Center on Joint Base Andrews and the University of Maryland Chemical System. How the money will be distributed between the three facilities has not yet been revealed.

The Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, is considered a prime location  for fighting a bioterror attack due to its location as one of the closest trauma centers in Washington, D.C., as well as its accessibility via multiple highways, including Interstate 295 and Route 50.

The funding was secured by Mikulski and U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Fort Washington and comes as part of the U.S. Congress Consolidated Appropriations Bill that was signed into law in December.