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Published on April 17, 2007

Adventist HealthCare Acquires Land for New Washington Adventist Hospital as Part of its Vision for Expanded Access

Hospital officials to engage communities on keeping health services at current location

As part of its Vision for Expanded Access initiative, Adventist HealthCare is announcing today it has purchased land to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital near the White Oak section of Montgomery County in order to preserve and expand access to health care for the communities it serves. At the same time, hospital officials will work with communities around the current campus to discuss future uses, including keeping health-care services, at the Takoma Park site.

During the process of planning for the new site, Washington Adventist Hospital will continue to make investments and purchase new equipment for the hospital at the current site in Takoma Park.  “Maintaining an outstanding level of quality care and service remains a priority for everyone at the hospital,” said Jere Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital.

The new hospital will be located on a 48-acre parcel of land off Plum Orchard Drive and Cherry Hill Road, with easy access from Route 29 and the Capital Beltway. Adventist HealthCare closed on the property last week.

The new location in Montgomery County, approximately six miles from the current Washington Adventist Hospital, is located in the heart of the hospital’s primary service area with major interconnecting roads making it central and more accessible to all of its patients and communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

“We look forward to working with county and state leaders, and the local community, to preserve and expand access to health care for residents in our service area of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare. “We are working diligently to create an accessible and sustainable health-care plan for the 21st century and beyond.”

Robertson said the recent financial problems faced by hospitals in Prince George's County and the District of Columbia make it all the more imperative that Washington Adventist Hospital remains viable long term.

"We cherish our 100-year tradition of playing an integral role in the region's health care safety net, and we are committed to continue investing in accessible health-care services for all in the communities we serve," he said.  "To permit continued investment, we must make sure that Washington Adventist Hospital remains strong and viable both now and in the future."

The current campus is too congested, difficult to access and unable to provide physicians and nurses with the offices and facilities they need.  The narrow, two-lane roads make the hospital difficult to reach.

The new site will include a state-of-the-art hospital along with supporting physician offices, medical service buildings and room for parking.  The new hospital will also improve the region’s capacity to handle major medical emergencies and other public health-care crises.

In September 2005, the Board of Trustees for Adventist HealthCare approved a new Washington Adventist Hospital as part of its Vision for Expanded Access.

Through creative partnerships and alliances, the hospital has extended its health-care services beyond the walls of the hospital. The multi-part Vision for Expanded Access also includes:

  • The recently formed Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities which is working to remove barriers to those who do not have access to health care.
  • A continuing commitment to provide uncompensated care at levels equal to or greater than historic levels and to contribute any shortfall to the Montgomery Cares Program.
  • Delivering care to under-served communities in Montgomery and Prince George's counties by working with a number of local partners to improve access to health care.

Over the next several months, Washington Adventist Hospital executives will meet with residents, community leaders and county and state officials to discuss the new site, which is near the Food and Drug Administration’s headquarters in White Oak and the future East County Center for Science and Technology.

Hospital executives will also engage residents about future uses, including health care, for the current hospital site. For several years, hospital leaders have been in discussions with its immediate neighbors about the best solution to providing more access to health care without infringing on the surrounding neighborhoods.

‘‘We are committed to the populations we serve, to the primary service area that we now care for and to the communities that have been our home for 100 years,” Stocks said. “We take a great deal of pride that our hospital has served this community from our current location for 100 years.  Our vision builds on this legacy of service, and positions our hospital to serve our communities for the next 100 years, and to provide superior care for all of our patients.”

Originally founded in 1907 as the Washington Sanitarium, the facility was on the underdeveloped outskirts of the nation's capital. Today, Washington Adventist Hospital is a 285-bed, acute-care facility serving a densely populated area. It features Montgomery County's first complete cardiac center, performing more than 600 open-heart surgeries and more than 8,000 heart catheterizations each year.

“When the hospital was first built in Takoma Park, it was surrounded by undeveloped land,” Stocks said. “Today, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are first and second in terms of population in Maryland.  Times have changed, and for our patients and our communities, Washington Adventist Hospital must change, as well.”

Relocating the hospital will require various county and state approvals, and time will be needed for design, engineering and construction. The hospital will get ideas and recommendations from staff, nurses and physicians, and work with expert architects to design and build the best hospital for the community.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 285-bed, state-of-the-art acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 600 open-heart surgeries and more than 8,000 heart catheterizations each year. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system 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, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Hackettstown Community Hospital and Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.

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