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Published on May 21, 2010

Adventist HealthCare Recognizes Four Local Partners for Helping Expand Access to Care in Montgomery County

4th Annual Partnership Award Honors Organizations' Commitment to Improving Health of the Community

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare will present its 4th Annual Community Partnership Awards on May 24 to four local community partners at Adventist HealthCare's annual spring conference. The 2010 honorees include The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Mercy Health Clinic, Identity and the Montgomery County Stroke Association.

The award honors the organizations' work in helping to expand access to health-care services throughout the community and their commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through health education and screenings.

"These groups represent the richness of diversity and faith that exists in our community and how we all work together to strengthen Montgomery County's health-care safety net," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "In many ways, these groups represent the unsung heroes of our communities."
The awards will be given at the spring conference to be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located at: 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda.

Award Recipients

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington promotes Jewish continuity and identity, creating community through warmth and meaning. It is a place for social, recreational and cultural activities for all ages and backgrounds with more than 2,000 diverse programs, services and classes offered each year. It is also a place concerned about improving the health of its community. Adventist HealthCare has enjoyed a long partnership with the Center by offering screenings and health and wellness programs to many of its members.

In 2009, the Center was the first community group to help Adventist HealthCare provide H1N1 influenza shots to the public. The Center proved its commitment to health by helping Adventist HealthCare provide health screenings, more than 50 babysitting classes, 30 CPR classes and seasonal flu shot clinics.

Mercy Health Clinic - More than a decade ago, Dr. James Ronan, then a cardiologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, along with members of his Catholic church in Potomac, saw a need to help the
uninsured in Montgomery County. That group's vision became the Mercy Health Clinic, a community-based, primary health-care provider that offers quality health care to uninsured, low-income residents.

Based first in Germantown and now in Gaithersburg, the Clinic has more than 150 dedicated volunteers working to provide services free of charge to the underserved. The clinic's commitment to improving and expanding the quality of primary medical care and educational support to eligible patients aligns with Adventist HealthCare's mission to improve the health of people and communities.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital provides free day-to-day laboratory support, blood tests and other diagnostic services to the clinic. Shady Grove Adventist, as well as other health-care providers, has at times donated its facilities and support for critical surgical procedures performed by the Clinic's volunteer surgeons.

Identity is a non-profit organization that serves Montgomery County's Latino youth with programs and services that focus on achieving a sense of confidence, connection and control over their lives. Identity acts as a symbol of hope and empowerment for Latino youth, helping them and their families connect to all pertinent social service systems in the community.

In late 2009, Identity teen members gathered more than 200 letters from upcounty residents and sent them to the Maryland Health Care Commission in support of Adventist HealthCare's planned Clarksburg Community Hospital and Medical Campus.

Identity's participation in the Upcounty Health Alliance, and its endorsement for the continued operation of the Shady Grove Adventist Germantown Emergency Center, has helped build tremendous support in upper Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Stroke Association is a non-profit organization that provides caring support, stroke education and support groups for stroke survivors and their family caregivers within the community.

Montgomery County Stroke Association has a long-standing partnership with Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland to work together to improve the lives of stroke victims. The Rehabilitation Hospital provides the group with meeting space and helps to coordinate health professionals to speak at the Upper County Chapter's meetings. Other support within the partnership includes financial assistance, volunteers for events and stroke education programs.

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.