EASTON, Md. (AP) — The Commerce Department is awarding $1.6 million to Talbot County to support the construction of a new hospital in Easton — if it gets built.

The grant announced Friday would help pay for construction of a wastewater system and pump station to serve the new Shore Health System medical center.

But Shore Health System announced last month that its plans to build the new $250 million hospital are on hold indefinitely.

The company said it didn’t have enough money for the project right now but still wants to in the future.

The Commerce Department says Easton Memorial Hospital is no longer large enough to serve the mid-Shore region, and that relocating the hospital would potentially move 2,100 jobs out of the area and hurt access to health care.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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