SILVER SPRING, MD (October 13, 2011) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, this week visited Riderwood retirement community to update residents on his 10-month administration's progress. Riderwood sits on 120 acres that stretch across Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.
Baker spoke to nearly 100 residents in Riderwood's Encore Theater and answered questions from them during his 45-minute visit.
Baker said his administration has stabilized the Prince George's County Hospital. In addition, he said a regional health facility that is part of the State of Maryland Medical System will be built in the county. "We can lead the way to access and quality health care in Prince George's County, and we will," Baker said.
Baker said his administration is taking a holistic approach to reducing crime in the county. He said crime is now at a 25-year low, adding he is committed to bringing more social services, family services and health care to the county to improve the quality of life for everyone and to help get to the root cause of crime.
He said he has set a goal to increase commercial development at Metro sites throughout the county. Finally, Baker, who is an avid reader, said he is especially proud of the 6 percent increase in middle school test scores countywide.
Baker's appearance was sponsored by the resident-run Democratic Club of Riderwood.