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The construction of a new hospital in Germantown is back on track after the Maryland Health Care Commission reissued a certificate of need Thursday.

In February, a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge overturned the commission’s initial approval of the Holy Cross Hospital’s proposal for a Germantown facility, citing an error by the commission on a technical issue related to the approval process.

“We are pleased with the reaffirmation of our plans to expand health care access in upper Montgomery County and will proceed immediately with construction of the new hospital, which will be named Holy Cross Germantown Hospital,” said Kevin J. Sexton, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, in an emailed statement.

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.

The commission initially approved the Holy Cross proposal on Jan. 20, 2011. In December, Holy Cross officials broke ground on the 93-bed facility, but construction was delayed by the judge’s ruling.

Adventist HealthCare, which had a competing proposal for a new hospital in Clarksburg, had objected to the commission’s reliance on population data from different vendors for the two facilities.

Adventist officials had just 20 minutes to make their case at the commission’s exceptions hearing, which was an “unrealistic” opportunity to contest the use of information from a review process, the judge wrote. The judge had overturned two other objections raised by Adventist.

The commission gave Adventist Healthcare a chance to address the information during the follow-up certificate-of-need process to comply with the judge’s ruling.

Adventist HealthCare officials were “disappointed” by the commission deciding again in Holy Cross’s favor.

“Nevertheless, we remain committed to providing quality health care services to the residents of Gaithersburg, Germantown, Clarksburg and other upcounty communities as we have for more than 30 years,” according to an Adventist statement.

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