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Published on October 20, 2005

Press Release

Washington Adventist Hospital Elects New Members to Board of Trustees

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are: Marcellus T. Robinson of Mitchellville, Maryland; Frankie Blackburn of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Gustavo Torres of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mr. Torres is the Executive Director of CASA of Maryland, Inc., the largest Latino service provider and advocacy organization in Maryland. Mr. Torres, a political activist who fled war-torn Colombia, has lived in the United States since 1991 and has served as CASA’s Executive Director since 1993. Under his leadership, CASA has expanded its services to include a range of educational, organizing and advocacy programs, as well as employment, economic development programs, and legal assistance. In 2001, Mr. Torres received the Leadership for a Changing World award from the Ford Foundation. Because of his work, CASA has been recognized as both the advocacy organization and the affiliate of the year by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino organization in the United States and last year received the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families Count recognition.

Pastor Robinson, an ordained minister, is the Senior Pastor of the Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church, a predominantly African American congregation with nearly 900 members representing more than 25 countries located in Ashton, Maryland. He is a graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from which he also earned a Masters degree in Divinity. Prior to his current position, Pastor Robinson served as Pastor of the Bladensburg Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Ms. Blackburn, an attorney, is the founder and Executive Director of IMPACT Silver Spring, a non-profit organization that works to build and sustain a thriving and multicultural Silver Spring, Maryland. Ms. Blackburn’s prior experience includes founding Silver Spring Community Vision, a center in downtown Silver Spring providing comprehensive services to the homeless, serving as the Vice President of the Montgomery County Housing Partnership, and working as a legal service attorney with the National Housing Law Project.

“I am delighted to welcome Mr. Torres, Pastor Robinson, Ms. Blackburn and to the Board of Washington Adventist Hospital,” said Jere D. Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. “Recently, we announced an expanded vision for Washington Adventist Hospital as we look to assertively meet the health care needs of all in our community long term. One of the elements of our vision is to re-construct our board to ensure it is more reflective of the diverse community we serve. The appointment of Mr. Torres, Pastor Robinson and Ms. Blackburn strengthens our Board and will enable us to better serve our community. We look forward to making other additions to the board in the future .”

Washington Adventist Hospital  is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. Adventist HealthCare includes Washington Adventist Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Cytology Services of Maryland, Maryland Regional Cancer Care, Greater Washington Sleep Disorder Centers, and Adventist Home Health.

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