Adventist HealthCare Seeks State Approval for Hospital, Medical Campus to Meet Health Needs of Growing Region - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on April 13, 2009

Adventist HealthCare Seeks State Approval for Hospital, Medical Campus to Meet Health Needs of Growing Region

Residents, Political Leaders and Neighboring Health System Support Long-Planned Clarksburg Project That Already Has County Land Approvals

Rockville, Md. - Citing an ideal location that will meet the health care needs of upper Montgomery and lower Frederick counties, as well as broad support from the community, political leaders and a neighboring health-care system, Adventist HealthCare formally filed a Certificate of Need (CON) Friday with the state to build a new hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg.

The CON for the long-planned Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus, filed with the Maryland Health Care Commission, includes numerous letters of support from area residents, state and county politicians and Frederick Memorial Healthcare System.

"We are very pleased that so many residents and organizations recognize that our comprehensive medical campus and hospital is the best plan for meeting the health care needs of residents in upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare. "We now look forward to continue working with our community partners and state health officials to expand access to care in the region in the most cost-effective manner."

The 60-acre Cabin Branch site, located at Interstate 270 and Route 121 in Clarksburg, will include a 100-bed hospital, a skilled nursing-care center, physician offices, outpatient treatment facilities, a day care center and other related uses. The hospital will include all private rooms, an 18-bed obstetrics unit and a full-service Emergency Department. The campus has received all major land-use approvals from Montgomery County, with a final site plan to be filed later this year. If approved by the state, the hospital could open as early as 2013.

"The project you propose is both vital for the delivery of health care in upper Montgomery County and blends seamlessly with existing health-care services," writes Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett in a letter of support.
The hospital and medical campus will also be the heart of several initiatives to address the health-care needs of minority communities, children, the homeless and aging seniors needing assistance to remain in their own homes. The plan will include:

  • A primary care clinic for low-income, uninsured residents;
  • A proposed prenatal clinic for low-income pregnant women as part of the Montgomery County Maternity Partnership Program;
  • A new, non-profit organization, the Center for Healthy Communities, led by a Board of Directors with broad and diverse representation of key stakeholders from throughout the region. The Center will develop baseline data on community health and then track levels of health on a long-term basis as programs and services are implemented to address specific community needs, especially the under-served.

"Adventist HealthCare has been at the forefront of meeting the health care needs for all residents, including low-income, under-served communities," Leggett writes.

Clarksburg's population is expected to grow 600 percent over the next 20 years - the largest increase of any Montgomery County community. Urbana, a nearby community in Frederick County, is also experiencing significant growth. Considering this growth and the location of existing health facilities, a Clarksburg hospital will improve access to care for the region with minimal impact on existing health-care services.

Adventist HealthCare is developing the medical campus in a collaborative manner with other health-care providers. It has had numerous meetings with several potential health-care partners and those discussions will continue.

"Given the projected population growth in southern Frederick County and northern Montgomery County, particularly along the I-270 corridor, the placement of this new hospital in Clarksburg is a preferable location which minimizes the impact on existing services," writes Thomas Kleinhanzl, President & CEO of Frederick Memorial Healthcare System, in a letter included with the application.

Kleinhanzl said Frederick Memorial looks forward to continued discussions with Adventist HealthCare about the ways the two health-care organizations can "benefit the growing community we mutually serve."

Adventist HealthCare has also been working collaboratively for several years with the Clarksburg community and various property owners to assure that the medical campus fits in seamlessly with planned residential and commercial growth.

"We feel the hospital and associated campus are critical to the future of Clarksburg," writes Kathie Hulley, President of the Clarksburg Civic Association. "The an important addition to our region's health-care infrastructure that is eagerly awaited by residents across the upcounty who need these services far more readily accessible than they currently are."

The property also allows room for future growth and adjoins a 30-acre area reserved for senior housing that will be tied to the hospital.
Adventist HealthCare's Clarksburg plan is a continuation of its longtime commitment to improve access to health-care services in upper Montgomery County. This commitment began with the opening of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in 1979 and continued with the opening of the Germantown Emergency Center in 2006. Last year, the hospital opened two clinics for the uninsured in Germantown and a prenatal center for uninsured women. Adventist HealthCare provides more uncompensated and charity care than any other health system in the county.

"The Germantown Emergency Center, the Center on Health Disparities and your partnerships with Mercy Clinic [in Gaithersburg], MobileMed and others are just a few examples of your collaborative work to strengthen the delivery of health care in our region," writes Dr. Carol Garvey, who served as Montgomery County Health Officer from 1995 to 2003. "Time has demonstrated clearly the wisdom of Adventist HealthCare in its planning to meet the county's health care needs."

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.


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