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Published on July 11, 2011

Maryland Governor Names Adventist HealthCare Executive Director to Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council

Marcos Pesquera Leads Regionally Recognized Center on Health Disparities for Rockville-based Health System

Rockville, MD – Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities, has been named to the 14-member Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC). The MHQCC, co-chaired by Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., provides leadership, innovation, and coordination of multiple stakeholders within the state health system to improve the health of Maryland’s citizens, maximize the quality of health-care services and contain health-care costs.

Pesquera, a resident of North Potomac in Montgomery County, serves on the newly formed health disparities workgroup, announced by Lt. Gov. Brown on June 23, which will work toward eliminating health disparities and improving access to care across the state.

“I am honored by this opportunity to help improve the health of all Marylanders by giving special focus to those who may face barriers to health care whether due to social, economic or environmental conditions,” Pesquera said. “When you look at the issue of health care disparities, it’s important to realize that it isn’t just the health-care system that creates health, it is the interplay of society, culture and all those factors that make a community, which impact health.”

Since its start five years ago, Adventist HealthCare’s Center on Health Disparities has worked on research, training and education to understand and address the challenges that racial and ethnic minorities face in accessing quality health care and achieving healthy outcomes. As a regionally recognized leader and resource for education and training programs to provide patient and family-centered care in a culturally sensitive way, the Center last year alone delivered culturally competent care training for 6,000 health professionals in the greater Washington region. Pesquera and his staff have also worked with other health-care providers in the state, such as Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

“Addressing health disparities among Maryland’s racial and ethnic communities is a moral imperative,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We have new tools for early diabetes detection and kidney care, and yet in Maryland about twice as many African Americans suffer from diabetes
compared to whites. All Marylanders deserve the best possible care and the opportunity to improve their quality of life.”

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, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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