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Published on February 09, 2009

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Adventist HealthCare Files with State for Long-Planned Clarksburg Hospital to Meet Health Needs of Growing Region

After Years of Work with Montgomery County and Local Residents, Health Provider Now Seeks State Approval for Hospital as Part of Larger Medical Campus

Rockville, Md.Adventist HealthCare announced today it has filed a Letter of Intent with the Maryland Health Care Commission to build its long-planned hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg to expand access to health care for residents in the fastest growing part of the region.

"Our proposal for a comprehensive health-care campus in Clarksburg, including a hospital and other related uses, continues to be the best plan for meeting the needs of residents in upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare. "It is the right hospital project, in the right location, moving forward in the right way."

The 60-acre Cabin Branch site, located at Interstate 270 and Route 121 in Clarksburg, will include a 100-bed hospital, a skilled nursing-care center, medical offices, outpatient treatment facilities, a day care center and other related uses. The campus has received all major land-use approvals from the county, including traffic and environmental approvals, with a final site plan to be filed later this year. In 2008, Adventist HealthCare announced that with most major land-use approvals in place, the organization would file this year for state regulatory approval.

The Clarksburg community and various property owners have been working with Adventist HealthCare for several years to assure that the medical campus fits in seamlessly with planned residential and commercial growth.

"We appreciate the opportunity to work with Adventist HealthCare on a plan that complements our residential communities," said Kathie Hulley, President of the Clarksburg Civic Association. "The health-care campus and planned hospital are conveniently located between Frederick and Shady Grove, and will provide improved access to health care for Clarksburg, upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County. It will also serve as an employment engine for Clarksburg."

The property also allows room for future growth and adjoins a 30-acre area reserved for senior housing tied to the hospital.

"For a number of years we have worked with the Montgomery County Government and local residents to plan for this state-of-the-art hospital and to make sure it is properly located to best meet the needs of the region," Robertson said. "We now look forward to working with the Maryland Health Care Commission to gain its approval for a hospital that will improve access to health care and have minimal impact on Montgomery County’s existing health-care resources."

Adventist HealthCare intends to develop the project in a collaborative manner with other health-care providers. The organization has had numerous meetings with several potential health-care partners and those discussions will continue as work is done on a Certificate of Need (CON).

Adventist HealthCare’s Clarksburg plan is a continuation of its longtime commitment to improving access to health-care services in upper Montgomery County that began with the opening of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in 1979. Since then, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, along with the help of the community and state legislators, opened the Germantown Emergency Center in 2006, which has increased access to emergency medical care for residents. And last year, the hospital opened two clinics in Germantown – a health clinic for the uninsured and a prenatal center for uninsured women.

"Adventist HealthCare is an organization that continually seeks to expand access to care, by being both proactive and collaborating with the community," said Randy Scritchfield, an upcounty business owner and community leader. "This new campus is perfectly situated to meet the growing demands of upper Montgomery County."

Also, Washington Adventist Hospital has moved forward with the relocation of its facility to the White Oak/Calverton area of Montgomery County by filing a Letter of Intent with the Maryland Health Care Commission.

As part of its Vision for Expanded Access, the hospital announced in 2005 that it would relocate from its current campus, which is too congested, difficult to access and unable to provide physicians with the facilities they need. In 2007, the hospital announced it had purchased a 48-acre parcel of land off Plum Orchard Drive and Cherry Hill Road.

The hospital, which has already received all county approvals for its relocation, will create a Village of Health and Well-being on the current Takoma Park campus once the hospital relocates.

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 HealthCare Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, and LifeWork Strategies.

 

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