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Published on September 30, 2014

Washington Adventist Hospital Names Erik Wangsness President

Takoma Park, MD – Erik Wangsness, a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, has been named President of Washington Adventist Hospital, charged with leading Montgomery County’s first hospital that serves tens of thousands of patients in the region.

Erik Wangsness, President, Washington Adventist HospitalWangsness joins Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare after serving for more than three years as the president/chief executive officer of Jellico Community Hospital in Tennessee, part of the Florida-based Adventist Health System. Under his leadership, Jellico was one of only 20 hospitals in the U.S. to receive the 2013 Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence award for patient satisfaction. He has also served on numerous state health committees and local groups working to improve the health of the community. Wangsness replaces Joyce Newmyer, who in June was named a regional president and CEO in charge of multiple hospitals with the Adventist Health system in Portland, Ore.

“Over the course of his career, Erik has successfully demonstrated a commitment to employee engagement, physician relationships, community partnerships and fundraising to help his organizations fulfill their missions,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “We feel blessed that Erik has joined us to lead the great work happening now at Washington Adventist Hospital and to continue shaping and implementing a prosperous vision for the hospital.”

That vision includes Washington Adventist Hospital’s proposed relocation to White Oak and also providing for the health care needs of the community through key population health services available at its Takoma Park campus. The hospital recently filed a modified Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission; an update to its October 2013 application, which was required due to statewide changes earlier this year in the way hospitals are paid for services.

“It is a pleasure to be with Washington Adventist Hospital at such an important time in its more than one-hundred years of service to the community,” said Wangsness. “Like our employees and physicians, I am deeply connected to the mission of our hospital. We will all work together in continuing to provide high-quality medical care, expand access to care and improve the overall health of our communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.”  

The CON application addresses the need for new facilities with all private patient rooms in an accessible location, continued health care services for the community at the existing campus, and reflects the changing dynamics of how health care is provided. The plan includes:

  • 170 private inpatient beds, plus an additional 8-bed observation unit and a 12-bed clinical decision unit near the Emergency Department.
  • Space on campus for outpatient services & physician offices
  • On-campus parking for staff, physicians, patient and visitors

The current Takoma Park campus will remain home to the 40-bed Behavioral Health unit, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland/Takoma Park and the Maternity Partnership Program clinic for low-income women. Other services on the Takoma Park campus will include outpatient services, including a walk-in primary care clinic, a federally qualified health center operated by Community Clinic, Inc., and physician offices.

Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

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