Community Support Continues to Grow for New Hospital and Medical Campus in Clarksburg - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on December 08, 2009

Community Support Continues to Grow for New Hospital and Medical Campus in Clarksburg

Supporters Recognize Adventist HealthCare's Plan Will Benefit All of Upper Montgomery

Rockville, MD - Residents, community leaders and state legislators across upper Montgomery County continue to express tremendous support for Adventist HealthCare's longtime plan to build a hospital and comprehensive medical campus off Interstate 270 in Clarksburg, an announcement made one year ago this month.

Sheer numbers alone show the widespread support Adventist HealthCare has received to develop the 86-bed Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus, while preserving the nationally recognized Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center on Route 118 in Germantown:

    • More than 1,500 response cards and signed letters sent in so far by Montgomery County residents to Adventist HealthCare specifically support a new hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg, and the continued viability of Germantown Emergency Center as a vital community asset.

    • More than 200 residents from the upcounty's Latino community have written this month to the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) backing Adventist HealthCare's plan, citing the health provider's years of meeting the needs of the county's underserved populations. Adventist HealthCare provides more uncompensated and charity care than any other health system in Montgomery County.

    • By a 2-to-1 margin, a June poll of upcounty residents determined that Adventist HealthCare's proposal for a Clarksburg hospital and medical campus is preferred over a competing proposal by Holy Cross Hospital to build a hospital in Germantown.

  • Eleven of the 12 state legislators who represent upper Montgomery County wrote letters on two separate occasions asking the MHCC to approve the Clarksburg plan and preserve the Germantown Emergency Center.

"We are very grateful that our supporters recognize that the Clarksburg hospital is the right proposal, in the right location, done in the right way," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "We believe that working with the community, local officials and county planners in an open and collaborative manner, as we have done in Clarksburg the past eight years, is the proper way to expand access to health care for all."

The letters and e-mails that have come pouring into Adventist HealthCare recognize that Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus is the only plan that will expand access to health care for the entire upcounty, will not harm existing health-care services and will bring needed economic growth to the region. Supporters also cite the years of open, collaborative work between Adventist HealthCare, the community and Montgomery County as a significant reason to back the Clarksburg plan.

Adventist HealthCare purchased land in Clarksburg in 2001 with the intent of providing future health-care services to the rapidly growing upcounty region. In the ensuing years Adventist HealthCare worked on a solid financing plan for the project and collaborated with the community and county planners to ensure the hospital and medical campus blended seamlessly with other development plans. Adventist HealthCare announced its plans to move forward with the hospital and medical campus in December 2008 and filed its Certificate of Need application with the MHCC in April 2009.

At the request of state legislators and Adventist HealthCare, MHCC officials are currently conducting a comparative review of the Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus plan with a last-minute proposal by Holy Cross Hospital to develop a hospital at the intersection of Middlebrook Road and Route 355 in Germantown. Once the MHCC gives its approval, the Clarksburg hospital could open as soon as 2012.

Only Adventist HealthCare's proposal:

  • Has major environmental and land-use approvals from Montgomery County
  • Will not negatively impact other health-care providers in the region
  • Offers convenient access for all upcounty residents and emergency responders
  • Will bring more than 1,000 jobs to the county
  • Features 60 acres with space for expansion as the upcounty continues to grow
  • Includes a new community hospital and full-service medical campus with:
    • Day-care center to meet the needs of the upcounty's young families
    • Nursing and rehabilitation center for the county's aging population
    • Primary care clinic for the upcounty's underserved communities

Adventist HealthCare's Clarksburg plan is an extension of the organization's long-standing commitment to expand access to health care in the upcounty. In 2005, Adventist HealthCare joined with the upcounty community, state legislators and county officials to build the Shady Grove Adventist Germantown Emergency Center off Route 118. The Germantown facility has successfully operated for three years and provides emergency medical care to more than 36,000 patients each year. The Emergency Center's medical campus also has a primary care clinic for uninsured residents, a prenatal clinic for low-income women, outpatient radiology services and physician offices.

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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, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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