Widespread Support for Washington Adventist Hospital Relocation as Certificate of Need is Filed with State - Adventist HealthCare

Published on April 13, 2009

Widespread Support for Washington Adventist Hospital Relocation as Certificate of Need is Filed with State

FDA, Community and Civic Organizations, Churches, and Citizens Boost Plan to Expand Access to Care in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital submitted its State Certificate of Need (CON) application Friday along with letters of support from a cross section of the community and one from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration highlighting its partnership with the hospital in improving the health of the region.

The more than 1,200 letters, many from civic leaders, community organizations and faith communities of many denominations, show widespread support for the hospital's plan to relocate to the White Oak/Calverton area of Montgomery County, as part of its continuing commitment to improve access to health care.

"We are very excited about the support we have for our hospital relocation. We have been working, and will continue to work, closely with community groups and individuals in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to ensure we provide improved access to 21st century health care," said Jere Stocks, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We want Washington Adventist Hospital's relocation and the health-care services developed on our Takoma Park campus to be a great source of pride for the communities we serve."

As part of its Vision for Expanded Access (www.expandedhealthaccess.com), Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare further plan to create a Village of Health and Wellbeing with extensive health-care services in Takoma Park. Those services will include emergency/urgent care services, a clinic, primary care, and expanded educational and other social service opportunities on the hospital's current campus, once the hospital relocates to the White Oak/Calverton area.

"Washington Adventist Hospital has long been a leader in ensuring access to health care for all, including low-income and uninsured individuals, and I know this tradition will continue with the new hospital and your continued health-care services in Takoma Park," writes State Senator Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park in a letter included with the CON application.

Washington Adventist Hospital and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a formal partnership that advances medical and scientific progress.

"The development of Washington Adventist Hospital in East Montgomery County next to our new FDA campus will provide tremendous health-care services as well as research and economic development benefits for the entire region," writes John Dyer, Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the FDA. "Washington Adventist Hospital's strong commitment to the community and its access to the best possible health care complement FDA's mission to protect and promote public health."

The 48-acre campus, centrally located off Plum Orchard Drive near Cherry Hill Road and Route 29, provides better access to all of its patients and communities in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Washington Adventist Hospital received all land-use approvals for the project from Montgomery County in 2008.

The future Washington Adventist Hospital will have 288 patient beds in private rooms located on a medical campus complete with supporting physician offices, medical services buildings, parking facilities and a faith center. The site provides an opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility that would not be possible at the hospital's current location. This will benefit staff, patients, families and community as a whole.

"The hospital has gone out of its way to ensure that all in its community, including minority and immigrant populations, have access to care. You [Washington Adventist Hospital] have been a model of outreach, compassion, care and concern for those less fortunate," writes Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of Casa De Maryland, in another letter of support.

Hospital officials estimate the relocated hospital will open by 2013.

Washington Adventist Hospital is an acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County's first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.