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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen
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Published on June 28, 2017

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services Provides Telemental Health at Fort Washington Medical Center

Rockville, MD — Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services (BH&WS) is excited to announce its partnership to provide telemental health services to Fort Washington Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Telemental health allows BH&WS medical experts to use live video technology to remotely assess Emergency Department patients with behavioral health crises and determine their treatment needs.

Each year, Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) serves over 40,000 patients in its Emergency Department. Approximately 10 percent of these patients have behavioral health symptoms. BH&WS experts in Takoma Park are now using live, two-way video to observe and assess a patient’s behavioral health needs from FWMC.

“The use of telemental health helps FWMC better identify patients with behavioral health needs, reduces ED wait times for behavioral health patients, and expedites access to care,” said Adam Younoszai, M.D. Medical Director of Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services in Takoma Park. “We are thrilled to partner with FWMC to offer its patients improved access to behavioral health services.”

“Almost 19 percent of Prince George’s County residents have self-reported experiencing some form of mental distress,” said Griffin Davis, MD, MPH, MBA, Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer of Fort Washington Medical Center. “Fort Washington Medical Center wants to meet all the health needs of our community and this innovative program helps our residents get the help they need within their community. We are excited about our partnership and the ability to provide this much needed service to our patients.”

About Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services is a comprehensive behavioral health provider with locations in Dorchester, Wicomico and Montgomery counties, including Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit and The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness. The organization offers a broad range of behavioral health programs and services for young children, adolescents, adults and senior adults including therapeutic nursery programs, acute inpatient care, outpatient/dual diagnosis chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, special education and community-based residential services. Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services is part of Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in Maryland.

About Fort Washington Medical Center

Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) is an acute care not-for-profit hospital located in Fort Washington, Maryland. FWMC provides 24-hour emergency medical care, critical care, laboratory services, general and outpatient surgery, digital mammography, diagnostic imaging, inpatient rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, and specialty services. The hospital is owned by Nexus Health, a health care management company in Oxon Hill, Maryland. For more information, visit www.fortwashingtonmc.org.

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