Published on July 09, 2009

Washington Adventist Hospital and Mary's Center Mark First Anniversary of Clinic for Under-served in Montgomery County

Partnership Expands Health Care Access. 2,500 Maryland Residents Received Care in First Year.

Long Branch, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital and Mary's Center today marked the first anniversary of delivering medical care and social services to low-income and uninsured residents at its primary care clinic in the Long Branch area of Montgomery County.

The clinic has served more than 2,500 residents in its first year, including 2,179 adults and 335 children. With a $250,000 community service grant given by Washington Adventist Hospital in February, Mary's Center will serve additional people in need of care in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, regardless of ability to pay.

"Our continuing partnership with Mary's Center and the primary care clinic in Long Branch further expands access to those in need of care in the communities we serve - a key element in our Vision for Expanded Access initiative," said Jere Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We recognize that our communities benefit greatly when we form partnerships like this one. Together we are strengthening the region's health-care safety net."

"We are proud to commemorate our first anniversary at this location," said Maria Gomez, president and CEO of Mary's Center. "The increased volume of residents who are coming to our center is a testimony of the need in our communities."

In 2008, Washington Adventist Hospital's provided over $28 million in uncompensated and charity care- or nearly 10% of its revenue, the largest amount of any Montgomery County hospital.

"Thank you to Mary's Center and to Washington Adventist Hospital for their commitment to providing quality and culturally appropriate care to educate and help build better futures for the residents in our communities," said Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities. "Adventist HealthCare has formed many valuable partnerships over the years including Mary's Center, Casa De Maryland, Mobile Med, Impact Silver Spring and many other organizations." "We have more impact to expand access to care when we work together."

For more information about Washington Adventist Hospital's Vision for Expanded Access, go to www.expandedhealthaccess.com. Also, visit Washington Adventist Hospital on Facebook for the latest hospital news and photos.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 288-bed, state-of-the-art acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County's first complete cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 7,000 heart catheterizations each year. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland.

Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care is a federally qualified health care center that has been serving DC Metro area residents for more than twenty years. The mission of Mary's Center is to build better futures through delivery of health care, education and social services as we continue save lives and strengthen communities, one family at a time.