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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on April 28, 2014

Adventist HealthCare Names New President and CEO

Terry Forde to Lead One of Region’s Largest Health-Care Providers

Terry Forde

Gaithersburg, MD – Terry Forde has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest provider of health-care services.

Forde, who has served as the organization’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2011,  has overseen the growth of Adventist HealthCare’s services and programs in Maryland during his tenure. He has also worked with executives, employees and physicians to successfully adapt to the many changes that have occurred in health care at both the state and national levels.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be chosen to lead an organization with a remarkable tradition of service to the region,” said Forde, 43, of Silver Spring. “I am blessed to work with a dedicated group of employees, physicians and volunteers committed to delivering quality care and improving the health of the communities we serve.”

Forde takes over for former president and CEO, William G. “Bill” Robertson, who earlier this year accepted a new role as the president of MultiCare Health in Tacoma, Washington.

Since joining Adventist HealthCare in July 2011, Forde has recruited several of the organization’s top executives and worked with his team on numerous new services, including:

  • Opening the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville in the fall of 2013;
  • Launching one of the area’s largest Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in January 2014;
  • Expanding community outpatient services and clinics;
  • Planning the opening of urgent care centers later this year.

In addition, several of Adventist HealthCare’s hospitals and entities have been recognized nationally for their quality care, including Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, which last year were all named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health-care organizations.

“Terry is the clear choice to continue to build on Adventist HealthCare’s successful vision and, most importantly, to ensure that we fulfill our mission to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing,” said Dave Weigley, chairman of the Adventist HealthCare Board of Trustees.

Terry Forde

Adventist HealthCare has more than 6,200 employees, cares for more than 600,000 people annually and is the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care in Montgomery County. It began serving the Washington, D.C. region in 1907, with the opening of Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. Over the years it has expanded its services with the opening of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Home Care Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Adventist Medical Group and the Mid-Atlantic Primary Care ACO.

“Terry brings a keen understanding of the challenges facing health-care providers, especially in Maryland, and the importance of delivering exceptional health care while being a good steward of an organization’s financial resources,” said Jeff Pargament, a member of the Adventist HealthCare Board of Trustees and a Montgomery County community leader. “He has demonstrated success not only during his time here in Maryland, but throughout his career in health-care administration.”

Forde previously served as an executive for eight years with Centura Health, the largest health system in Colorado. In that role, Forde helped lead a rapidly growing community health system while also delivering extraordinary clinical, patient experience and financial performance. 

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in Maryland, with more than 6,200 employees. 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. 


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