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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on April 06, 2011

Adventist HealthCare Launches Next Century Health

Initiative to Engage Partnerships, Transform Health Delivery with Focus on Communities Served by Washington Adventist Hospital

Next Century HealthWashington, D.C., April 6, 2011Adventist HealthCare, an integrated healthcare delivery organization, today announced the launch of Next Century Health, a forward-looking initiative that seeks to identify and implement innovative solutions to improve the health of communities. Overseen by Jere Stocks, Senior Vice President and Chair of Next Century Health the initiative will initially focus on the growing population and health needs of the communities served by Washington Adventist Hospital and foster the collaboration among private and public sector partners.

Working from a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to collaborate with doctors and share resources, Next Century Health focuses on the relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital to be adjacent to the consolidated FDA in White Oak, Md. The initiative also focuses on the redevelopment of the hospital’s Takoma Park campus to serve as a Village of Education, Health and Well-being, which will provide health-care and wellness services, as well as community education and research resources.

“The opportunity to work closely, both figuratively and literally, with the FDA presents a unique occasion to generate ideas, discover new approaches and apply technology against practical wellness needs, and achieve the best in health and health care,” said Jere Stocks, Senior Vice President and Chair of Next Century Health. “This partnership is just one of the many ways that Next Century Health seeks to create new opportunities and new solutions to benefit this community and those beyond.”

Also launched today was the first in a series of Next Century Health Leadership Forums, a panel discussion focusing on health care innovations.  The panel, moderated by Morton Kondracke, was comprised of members of the Next Century Health Leadership Council, including Dr. David Kessler, and other healthcare thought-leaders.

“Today's discussion demonstrates that those both within and outside the health care industry have the capacity and interest to affect their long-term health and well-being," said Dr. David Kessler, professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Next Century Health Leadership Council consists of thought-leaders in health care. In addition to Dr. Kessler, other members include Bill Novelli, professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown University and founder and chairman of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Bill Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare and Dr. Louis Sullivan, chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The efforts of Next Century Health and the council work to further Adventist HealthCare’s legacy of delivering innovative models of community-based care and to advance health and wellness and to mitigate chronic illness.

About Next Century Health

Adventist HealthCare is committed to serving as a leader within the health care industry to transform health care practices. Based on a heritage of whole-person health and healing, the Next Century Health initiative serves as a forward-looking platform that identifies, encourages, and implements innovative solutions that improve the health of people in local communities.

About Adventist HealthCare

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

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