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Published on October 28, 2009

Clarksburg Hospital Design Unveiled in Latest Submission of Medical Campus Plan to State Officials

Adventist HealthCare Proposal, Which Will Expand Access to Health Care and Provide Long-Term Economic Development, Continues to Gain Support

Clarksburg Community Hospital Rendering - Click to Enlarge Rockville, Md. - Adventist HealthCare today unveiled the architectural rendering for its proposed full-service hospital in Clarksburg, part of a comprehensive medical campus that continues to garner backing including support from residents, as well as 11 state legislators who represent the region.

Adventist HealthCare has worked for years with Montgomery County planners, adjoining landowners and the Clarksburg community to complete the various stages of the land-use process for the Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus. In addition to the hospital, the medical campus will include outpatient treatment facilities, doctors' offices, a child care center, a primary care clinic and a nursing center for seniors. There is also room on the campus for expansion as the region continues to grow.

Last month, 11 upcounty state legislators signed a joint letter to the Maryland Health Care Commission, urging approval of the Clarksburg project.

"The Adventist HealthCare/Clarksburg proposal is located in an area without existing health-care services, includes a hospital as the centerpiece of a comprehensive medical campus, has easy access right off of I-270...and already has major land-use and environmental approvals in place," wrote legislators from Districts 15, 39 and 17.

The letter says that Adventist HealthCare's proposal blends well with existing health-care and community services, as opposed to a nearby plan.

"We are concerned about the impact the Holy Cross/Germantown proposal would have on the nearby Germantown Emergency Center," the letter added. "The Clarksburg proposal, combined with the continued operation of the Germantown Emergency Center, provides a well-coordinated array of services for our upcounty constituents."

Adventist HealthCare has already obtained major environmental, transportation and other land-use approvals for the Clarksburg project from Montgomery County. As part of the current state review process, Adventist HealthCare will also today submit an updated Certificate of Need proposal to the Maryland Health Care Commission. The 86-bed, $177 million plan includes updated inpatient bed capacity based upon anticipated projections for Montgomery County, as well as a reduced overall cost for the project.

"Placing a full-service hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg makes sense for our community and the entire region," said Germantown resident and businesswoman Margaret E. Ekam. "This location is right off of I-270 and is easy to access for residents throughout the region. The Clarksburg project complements existing health facilities that serve the upcounty such as the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown, among others."

A critical service on the Clarksburg medical campus will be a primary care clinic for the uninsured. Many in the upcounty note that this and other services on the Clarksburg campus will add an important dimension to the region's health-care safety net by providing improved access for the underserved in upper Montgomery and lower Frederick counties.

Adventist HealthCare provides more uncompensated and charity care than any other health-care provider in Montgomery County. In 2008, Adventist HealthCare provided $51 million in uncompensated care through its hospitals and other health-care services. This longstanding and mission-driven commitment to the community has truly made a difference in the lives of local residents who are now supporting the plans for Clarksburg.

"Adventist HealthCare's hospital and medical campus will help expand the organization's tradition of meeting the needs of the less fortunate throughout Montgomery County," said Candace Kattar, Executive Director of the non-profit group Identity, which is headquartered in Gaithersburg and focuses on helping Latino youth and their families. "The campus will serve both the young and the old, those who can afford health care and, more importantly, those who cannot."

The hospital and medical campus, which adjoins a 30-acre area reserved for senior housing, could bring as many as 1,000 jobs to the upcounty when construction is complete. The hospital, which could open in late 2012 if approved, will be designed to comply with Montgomery County "Green Building" requirements and will follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines.

During the past 30 years, Adventist HealthCare has played a central role in providing health services to the upcounty, beginning with the opening of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in the middle of a rural area in 1979. Since then, important regional services have been added to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital including a Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the county's first 24-hour Pediatric Emergency Department and the area's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Additionally, Adventist HealthCare added several important health services and facilities to the campus around Shady Grove Adventist Hospital such as a rehabilitation hospital, a long-term care facility and a psychiatric treatment facility.

Recent examples of Adventist's commitment to expanding access to care for upper Montgomery County include the opening of the Germantown Emergency Center in 2006 and the opening of health clinics for primary care and women's health services in Germantown in 2008. Adventist also provides hundreds of free health screenings and education programs in upper Montgomery County and has been a longtime supporter of the Mercy Health Clinic in Gaithersburg.

"We believe that placing a hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg is the best way to expand access to health care and health services for upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "We appreciate the community's support for our work to place a new hospital in the right location for all residents in the upcounty region, including those with and those without health insurance."

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God's care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

 

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