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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on June 22, 2007

Adventist Healthcare Submits First Land Use Filings for Washington Adventist Hospital Campus

Rockville, MD – Adventist HealthCare took the first step in the building of its new Washington Adventist Hospital campus near White Oak this week by filing several amendments with the Montgomery County Planning Board, hospital officials announced today.

The amendments, submitted Wednesday, June 20, are to prepare the property to file a site plan later this year.

Washington Adventist Hospital officials met with east county residents, landowners and civic leaders on Thursday, June 14, to discuss the amendments. A public hearing will be held later this year.

"This entire process is about improving access to health-care service for our community," said Jere Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital.  "The combination of the development of a 21st century facility and the redevelopment of our Takoma Park campus will strengthen health care in our region.  We must take these steps to keep the hospital and the region's health-care infrastructure strong."

In April, Adventist HealthCare announced it had 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. 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.

At the same time, hospital officials are working with communities around the current campus to discuss future uses, including keeping health-care services, at the Takoma Park site.

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.

The hospital is currently working to address the various site plan and subdivision-related activities. “We look forward to continue engaging residents, civic groups and neighboring businesses as we work on the new campus and the redevelopment of the current campus to improve access to health care in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties,” said Geoffrey Morgan, Vice President for Expanded Access at Washington Adventist Hospital.

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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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