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Published on January 24, 2011

Washington Adventist Hospital and Mary’s Center to Open Clinic on Takoma Park Campus

Clinic Will Be Part of Continuing Health Services When Hospital Relocates to White Oak

Takoma Park, Md.Washington Adventist Hospital is again partnering with Mary’s Center, a federally qualified, comprehensive health center, to expand health-care access to the underserved by opening a second clinic in the hospital’s service area. The new primary care clinic is scheduled to open on the hospital’s Takoma Park campus in late 2011.

Mary’s Center serves more than 3,000 low-income and uninsured patients each year from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, regardless of ability to pay. It is projected that the Takoma Park clinic will help double the number of patients who are given necessary access to health care each year.

“We’re proud to be entering the fourth year of our partnership with Mary’s Center,” said Jere Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. “The opening of this additional clinic will help further our mission of strengthening the region’s health-care infrastructure by expanding access to quality care for families in the communities we serve.”

The new clinic will be located at 7610 Carroll Avenue, in the professional building adjacent to the hospital, and will be Mary’s Center’s second location in Montgomery County. In 2008, Washington Adventist and Mary’s Center partnered to open a clinic in the Long Branch section of east Silver Spring.

"It is through Washington Adventist Hospital that Mary's Center has been able to provide comprehensive medical, social and educational services to the most vulnerable communities in our area," said David Tatro, Mary's Center Chief Operating Officer. "The expansion of our services on the Takoma Park campus will bring us valuable opportunities to continue enhancing the quality of health of our residents.”

Additionally, the two organizations will work together to develop a comprehensive plan which will allow Mary’s Center to operate a primary and urgent care center on the Takoma Park campus as part of the Village of Education, Health and Wellbeing once the hospital relocates to White Oak. The Certificate of Need application to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital is pending with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). Additional information outlining plans for the Village was recently submitted to the MHCC.
“We are committed to ensuring that there is appropriate access to needed primary health-care services in Takoma Park now, and in the future,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “Through our important partnerships with Mary’s Center, Washington Adventist University and others, the Village will not only provide health-care and wellness services, but education and research opportunities for the community as well.”

The Village’s health-care offerings will include primary care services in collaboration with Mary's Center, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, and a behavioral health clinic.

Washington Adventist Hospital also continues to work with its neighbor and partner, Washington Adventist University, to plan for the utilization of hospital space for classrooms and other University functions. The 100-year relationship with the University will expand to include creating clinical simulation learning environments, allow for University nursing faculty and students to work in the primary and urgent care center, and enhance collaboration to expand the University’s School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness.

"Our partnership with Washington Adventist Hospital has been instrumental in helping the University double its nursing school enrollment," said President Weymouth Spence. "We look forward to offering more educational programs, training and research opportunities, and community services as part of the future Village of Education, Health and Wellbeing."

Also, as part of the Village, the University and Adventist HealthCare are working with the community on plans for a Fitness and Wellness Center on the University’s campus.

Work to refine and implement plans for the Village will continue over the next several years. Community input and engagement has been an important part of the planning process from the beginning and will continue as plans move forward. 

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. 

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