Community, Business Leaders Call for Approval of New Hospital and Medical Campus in Clarksburg
Supporters Recognize Adventist HealthCare's Plan Will Benefit Upper Montgomery County and Lower Frederick County
Rockville, MD - A group of prominent community and business leaders from across Montgomery County has written to the Maryland Health Care Commission urging the commission to approve the long-planned Clarksburg Community Hospital and Medical Campus, calling it the most complete plan to expand access to health care and foster economic growth in the upcounty.
The April 21 letter, which also urges the Commission to ensure the continued viability of the nationally recognized Germantown Emergency Center, comes one year after Adventist HealthCare officially filed plans for the 86-bed Clarksburg hospital and medical campus off Interstate 270, just south of Route 121.
"We are writing ...to express our enthusiastic support for Adventist HealthCare's plans to develop a hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg that would serve a fast-growing region from Germantown up to Urbana in southern Frederick County," the 19 community and business leaders write. "We believe this is the superior proposal for a new hospital in Montgomery County."
The letter writers come from a varied background, including longtime community and business leaders, civic activists and residents and former state politicians.
The letter also comes two weeks after the Commission received an additional 1,350 cards and letters of support from Montgomery County residents for the comprehensive Clarksburg medical campus, which Adventist HealthCare has planned since 2001. The Commission now has more than 3,300 letters and cards from county households specifically supporting the Clarksburg hospital and campus plan.
"We continue to be very impressed by the growing number of supporters who recognize that the Clarksburg hospital is the right proposal, in the right location, done in the right way for the community," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "We are very grateful to them for helping us as we continue our work to expand access to health care for all."
Supporters also cite the years of open, collaborative work between Adventist HealthCare, the community and Montgomery County as a significant reason to back the Clarksburg plan.
"Adventist HealthCare's carefully developed plans have resulted in a proposal that blends well with existing and future planned development in an environmentally responsible manner, consistent with stringent County and State land use requirements," the April 21 letter says. "Finally, Adventist's proposal complements, rather than conflicts with, existing health-care services in upper Montgomery County, including the Germantown Emergency Center, a facility that has effectively and efficiently improved access to emergency medical care."
Adventist HealthCare first purchased land in Clarksburg in 2001 with the intent of providing future health-care services to the rapidly growing upcounty region. In the ensuing years, Adventist HealthCare worked on a solid financing plan for the project and collaborated with the community and county planners to ensure the hospital and medical campus blended seamlessly with other development plans.
At the request of state legislators and Adventist HealthCare, MHCC officials are currently conducting a comparative review of the Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus plan with a last-minute proposal by Holy Cross Hospital to develop a hospital at the intersection of Middlebrook Road and Route 355 in Germantown. Only Adventist HealthCare's proposal:
- Has major environmental and land-use approvals from Montgomery County
- Will not negatively impact other health-care providers in the region
- Offers convenient access for all upcounty residents and emergency responders
- Will bring more than 1,000 jobs to the county
- Features 60 acres with space for expansion as the upcounty continues to grow
- Includes a new community hospital and full-service medical campus with:
- Day-care center to meet the needs of the upcounty's young families
- Nursing and rehabilitation center for the county's aging population
- Primary care clinic for the upcounty's underserved communities
For more information on the proposed Clarksburg hospital, visit www.clarksburghospital.com or become a fan of Clarksburg Community Hospital on Facebook.
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.