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Published on December 05, 2008

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Washington Adventist Hospital Receives Final County Approval to Relocate Hospital to White Oak/Calverton Area

Unanimous Planning Board Vote Clears Way for Hospital to File with State in Spring 2009

Takoma Park, Md. - Washington Adventist Hospital's plan to relocate to the White Oak/Calverton section of Montgomery County was unanimously approved by the Planning Board on December 4, the final county approval needed for the 294-bed project. Hospital officials will now begin work on filing a Certificate of Need with the state in the spring.

In their 5-0 vote, the Montgomery County Planning Board commissioners praised hospital officials for their years of outreach to the community and for the hospital's design and layout.

"This is the way [hospitals] ought to interact with the community," said Planning Board Commissioner Joe Alfandre.

Since 2005, hospital leaders have been meeting with community groups and elected officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to discuss health-care needs in the region. In April 2007, hospital officials announced plans for the relocation and continued reaching out to community leaders and civic groups for their feedback about the new site, in addition to future health-care uses for the current Takoma Park campus. The Planning Board received more than 700 letters from the community in support of the hospital's relocation.

The 48-acre campus, conveniently located off Plum Orchard Drive near Cherry Hill Road and Route 29, will provide multiple means of access to the hospital. The location is just six miles from the existing hospital in Takoma Park and is more central to all of its patients and communities in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

"I want to thank the Planning Board and its staff for working with us on this exciting new project for the region," said Jere D. Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. "This new location and the development of a 21st century hospital will allow Washington Adventist Hospital to greatly enhance our ability to serve the community and remain viable long term."

The future Washington Adventist Hospital will have the same number of licensed beds as at the current hospital, but with all private rooms located on a medical campus complete with supporting physician offices, medical services buildings, parking facilities and a faith center. The site provides an opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility that would not be possible at the hospital's current location. This will benefit the caregivers, patients and community as a whole.

During the December 4 hearing, the board commissioners complimented hospital officials for creating a project that emphasizes patients' wellness and the healing process.

"You did a very good job with the architecture, landscaping and site plan," said Royce Hanson, Planning Board Chairman. "You've made it almost fun to be sick."

The new campus, which is near the Food and Drug Administration's headquarters in White Oak and the future East County Center for Science and Technology, will also improve the region's ability to handle major medical emergencies and other public health-care crises. Hospital officials estimate the relocated hospital could open by 2013.

"We look forward to working with the Maryland Health Care Commission on the next phase of this plan in order to preserve and expand access to health care for the residents we now serve in Montgomery County, Prince George's County and surrounding communities," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare. "We are working diligently to create sustainable access to 21st century health care for everyone."

In addition to the hospital's relocation, Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare in September announced plans for the creation of a Village of Health and Well-being on the hospital's current 13-acre Takoma Park campus once the hospital moves.

The relocation of the hospital and the continued use of the Takoma Park campus are part of Washington Adventist Hospital's Vision for Expanded Access, a multi-part initiative developed to provide for improved facilities and services, and to improve access to health care for all served by the hospital.

"The new campus and the future services at our Takoma Park site will allow us to continue our more than 100-year tradition of improving the health and wellness of our communities," said Geoffrey Morgan, Vice President for Expanded Access at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 294-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County's first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 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.

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