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Published on January 23, 2014

Washington Adventist Hospital Welcomes Community Clinic, Inc. to Takoma Park Campus, Expanding Access to Primary Care 

Takoma Park, MD – As the national focus on keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital grows, Washington Adventist Hospital and Community Clinic, Inc. (CCI) have forged an innovative partnership and opened a new clinic on the hospital’s campus intended to improve access to primary and preventive care for uninsured and under-insured patients. 

The partnership between Washington Adventist Hospital and CCI makes it possible to specifically help, through discharge and transition planning, underserved patients at high risk of hospital readmission. The program, one of the first collaborations in Maryland between a hospital and a Federally Qualified Health Center, reflects the growing change in Maryland and across the nation on how health care is delivered, linking patients with primary care providers and disease management specialists with the goal of improving their health. 

“Having the clinic on the grounds of the hospital enables our caregivers to provide an unbroken transition from hospital to home for at-risk patients,” said Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. “Patients have direct access to the clinic where they can make appointments with a new primary care physician as soon as they leave the hospital.” 

As part of its mission of improving the health of people and communities, Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare maintain a staunch commitment to providing access to high-quality health care to all community members regardless of their ability to pay. An expansion of CCI’s clinical space is planned for later this year which will allow for more primary care providers, disease management specialists and treatment rooms to accommodate 12,000 patient visits a year. 

CCI provides quality primary care, nutrition services, and other Women, Infants and Children (WIC) health-related services to medically under-served persons, promotes improved access to health-care services, and conducts its mission in a non-discriminatory manner, sensitive to the needs of the community. The new clinic brings a patient-centered medical home to the Takoma Park campus in order to provide needed medical care to high-risk populations. 

“We offer a full array of primary care and WIC services to help individuals get well and stay healthy,” says Dr. Bill Flynt, CEO, Community Clinic, Inc. “By working hand in hand with Washington Adventist Hospital, we're able to connect with people in need of follow up care and help them stay on track to achieve optimal health.” 

As Washington Adventist Hospital seeks state approval to build a new hospital in the White Oak area of Silver Spring, CCI plays an integral role in the continued health services that will be offered on the Takoma Park campus. The combination of a new facility in White Oak, along with clinical services, behavioral health services, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices and other services in Takoma Park, provides additional points of access to health care for the community.

 CCI is a Federally Qualified Health Center, accredited by The Joint Commission, employing a highly diverse, certified staff of well-trained professionals at 16 clinic locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Licensed Board Certified medical providers and primary care support staff include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, behavioral health therapists, a certified diabetes educator, patient referral coordinators and medical assistants. 

Throughout the years, Washington Adventist Hospital has continued to be a regional leader in caring for the under-served. In 2012, the hospital provided nearly $34 million in charity care and community benefit to those who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Community benefit consists of Washington Adventist Hospital’s programs and activities that provide treatment or promote health and wellness as a response to identified community needs. 

Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Cycle III Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

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