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Published on July 21, 2010

Former Upcounty Legislator Endorses Adventist HealthCare's Planned Clarksburg Hospital and Medical Campus

P.J. Hogan latest of well-respected state, community leaders to voice his support

 Rockville, Md. - Former District 39 State Senator and longtime Montgomery Village resident, Patrick J. Hogan, this week urged upcounty residents and community leaders to support Adventist HealthCare's planned Clarksburg Community Hospital and Medical Campus. Hogan, who was also instrumental in helping to open the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown, Md., in 2006, made his comments in a video posted on the hospital's web site and social media outlets.

In Hogan's video, he discusses the growth of not only upper Montgomery County but also lower Frederick County and how the Clarksburg location will provide residents with a range of health-care services the region needs.

Hogan said the Clarksburg plan is also the perfect complement to already existing health-care services, including Frederick Memorial Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in the Gaithersburg/Rockville area and the Germantown Emergency Center on Route 118.

"The reason the Clarksburg plan is the right site for a hospital is that it splits that difference between a hospital in Frederick and Shady Grove Adventist," Hogan said. "It will provide all the different health-care services that people need."

Hogan also reinforces why he believes the 86-bed Clarksburg Community Hospital is the right hospital, as Adventist HealthCare has worked for years with the community to expand access to health-care services.

"Not only is the hospital needed in Clarksburg today, it will be needed in the future even more. So it truly is the right place to put it," P.J. Hogan said. "It's the right location and it will provide the health-care services as the county continues to build out."

The proposed $177 million Clarksburg Community Hospital is designed to serve the fast-growing populations of upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County. The comprehensive medical campus, to be located directly off I-270 just south of Route 121, will also include doctors' offices, a child-care center, a primary care clinic for the uninsured and a nursing center for seniors. It is the only upcounty hospital proposal to have all major land, environmental and traffic approvals from Montgomery County.

Hogan was one of several key state legislators and county politicians to help Adventist HealthCare open what has now become the nationally recognized Germantown Emergency Center.

"This was a bold step for Adventist HealthCare to put an emergency center in Germantown," Hogan said. "Nobody else was willing to do it. They have a proven track record of providing health care."

In 2009, the Germantown Emergency Center provided medical care to more than 35,000 patients and has become a model for other states looking to open free-standing emergency centers.

Hogan is the latest of numerous well-respected supporters to vocalize their advocacy for the Clarksburg Community Hospital. Last fall, 11 of the 12 state legislators who represent upper Montgomery County wrote letters on two separate occasions asking the Maryland Health Care Commission to approve the Clarksburg plan and to preserve the Germantown Emergency Center.

"We are very grateful for supporters like P.J. Hogan who have given so much of their time and energy to the upcounty for many years," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "Their valuable input into our Clarksburg project has helped us develop a comprehensive plan that will benefit the entire region not only today, but in the future. We look forward to continuing our work with the community in expanding access to health care services for the entire region."

To view Hogan's video testimonial and other Clarksburg Community Hospital supporter videos, visit www.ClarksburgHospital.com or become a fan of the Clarksburg Community Hospital Facebook page.

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, Shady Grove Adventist Germantown Emergency Center, 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.