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Published on May 15, 2007

Adventist HealthCare Recognizes Shared Visions for Healthy Communities

Inaugural Community Partnership Award Honors Individuals and Organizations for Community Service

Rockville , Md. - Adventist HealthCare presented its inaugural Community Partnership Award to six community partners in honor of their service to the underserved. The inaugural award was presented to Father Valentine Keveny of St. Mary’s Rectory, Montgomery Hospice, MobileMed, CASA of Maryland, the Jewish Social Service Agency and The People’s Community Baptist Church at a special Prayer Breakfast held during Adventist HealthCare’s annual spring conference on Monday, May 14.

“The Community Partnership Award was created as a means of expressing thanks to the individuals and organizations that share and support Adventist HealthCare’s vision for healthy communities,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, Adventist HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through their work and endeavors, they are making it possible to demonstrate God's care by improving health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. We want to bless them with recognition for all they have provided in service and partnership.”

Recipients of the 2007 Adventist HealthCare Community Partnership Award were selected based on core ideas taken from “Deeply Woven Roots: Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community” by community health researcher and author, Gary Gunderson.  In his book, Gunderson identifies several characteristics of blessings that embody the work of the award recipients: honest, hopeful, loving, ongoing, welcoming and inclusive, focused on the future.

Profiles of 2007 Adventist HealthCare
Community Partnership Award Recipients


Photo Caption: (Back, Left to Right:) Recipients of the 2007 Adventist HealthCare Community Partnership Award stand with their award presenters at Adventist HealthCare's annual spring conference on Monday, May 14, 2007: presenter Jere Stocks, Washington Adventist Hospital President; CASA of Maryland recipient, Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA of Maryland; Jewish Social Service Agency recipient, Rabbi Saul Koss; presenter Rev. Ismael Gama, Mission and Pastoral Care Services Director at Washington Adventist Hospital; recipient Father Valentine Keveny of St. Mary's Rectory; presenter Rev. Ted Asfaw, Mission and Pastoral Care Services Director of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; MobileMed recipient, Robert Spector, Mobile Medical Care Executive Director; Montgomery Hospice recipient, Arnold Kohn; and presenter Susan Glover, Adventist HealthCare Vice President/Chief Quality and Integrity Officer. The People's Community Baptist Church was also among those awarded but unavailable for photos.

Father Valentine Keveny of St. Mary’s Rectory was born in Ireland. He has been ministering in Maryland and the District for more than 30 years. As a representative of Catholic Chaplaincy Services, he serves Adventist HealthCare in a volunteer capacity by providing spiritual care and sacramental-services to Roman Catholic patients, families, staff and physicians at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, and Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Recognized in the hospitals’ communities for his uplifting sense of humor and inviting smile, he ministers to all with openness and acceptance.

Montgomery Hospice provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families.  An independent, community-based non-profit, Montgomery Hospice has been serving Montgomery County residents for more than 25 years. Offering end-of-life care and professional bereavement care, Montgomery Hospice’s mission is to bring a gentle touch to the journey through serious illness and loss with skill and compassion. Its vision is to bring comfort by providing the best care to the community’s multicultural residents who are facing serious illness and loss. (

MobileMed operates two mobile medical vehicles in partnership with Adventist HealthCare. The mobile medical vehicles bring low-cost and free health care services to upper, lower and eastern Montgomery County.  MobileMed is an organization that provides primary care and preventive health care to the uninsured, low income, working poor, and homeless throughout the entire county in mobile vehicles and community health centers. MobileMed currently serves more than 5,000 of the community’s most vulnerable and isolated residents. Its patients come from more than 50 countries and speak more than 50 languages and dialects. MobileMed believes that free or low-cost medical care can and should be delivered in a respectful, competent, and compassionate manner to those in need. (

CASA of Maryland has partnered with Washington Adventist Hospital and MobileMed to bring low-cost, primary care serves to low-income members of the increasingly diverse Long Branch community in eastern Montgomery County. CASA’s mission is to work with the community to improve the quality of life and seek equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and their families. CASA also advocates for social, political, and economic justice for all low-income communities. While CASA was established in 1985 to meet the special needs of Central Americans arriving in Washington D.C. from war-torn countries, it serves immigrants from virtually every country in Latin America, as well as Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. (

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) supports Adventist HealthCare in its pastoral care ministry by providing Rabbis on an as needs basis to minister to patients, families and staff of the Jewish faith at Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. In addition, JSSA has been offering a wide-range of family services to the community for more than100 years.  These services include counseling and therapy services, in-home hospice care, older adult services, special needs services, career and employment services, adoption services and more. JSSA upholds the tradition of tzedakah -- charity, justice and responsibility to care for one's neighbor -- and honors the commitment to the concept of tikun olam -- to heal and repair the world. (

The People’s Community Baptist Church partners with Adventist HealthCare and MobileMed to deliver primary and preventive care services through The People’s Community Wellness Center.  The center provides care to uninsured individuals in Montgomery County. Founded in 1978, The People’s Community Baptist Church demonstrates its commitment to a Social Action Ministry that brings life to the teachings of the scripture by enhancing and meeting the needs of the parish and the community while encouraging growth.  The ministries sponsored by The People’s Community Baptist Church include the Community Action advocacy forums; Friends in Action in support of needy families; Generation I programs for seniors; One Church, One Child support for adoptive families; the SHARE community food program; the Preventive Medicine/ Health Committee; the Prison Ministry; and a Substance Abuse and Education Ministry. (

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.  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. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.

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