Community Rallies in Support of Clarksburg Community Hospital and Germantown Emergency Center - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on May 17, 2010

Community Rallies in Support of Clarksburg Community Hospital and Germantown Emergency Center

Residents Speak of Commitment, Collaboration and Economic Viability of Adventist HealthCare's Upcounty Proposal

Germantown, Md. - Upcounty residents and business leaders gathered in Germantown today to show support for Adventist HealthCare's planned Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus as well as the continued operation of the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown.

"We are impressed by the outpouring of support for our upcounty proposal, which provides comprehensive care to the entire upcounty," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "We are grateful to them for helping us as we continue our work to make health care accessible for all."

Since 2002, Adventist HealthCare has been working closely with upcounty residents, community leaders and elected officials on plans to build a hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg, which would serve communities throughout the upcounty including Germantown, Boyds, Clarksburg, Damascus and Urbana in lower Frederick County.

The Clarksburg project reinforces Adventist HealthCare's 30-year commitment to serving upper Montgomery County along the I-270 corridor - starting with the opening Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in 1979, continuing through the opening of the Germantown Emergency Center in 2006 as well as clinics in Germantown offering primary and women's care and finally with current plans to build the medical campus in Clarksburg.

The proposed $177-million, 86-bed hospital is designed to serve the fast-growing populations of upper Montgomery County and lower Frederick County. The comprehensive medical campus would also include doctors' offices, a child care center, a primary care clinic for the uninsured and a nursing center for seniors.

"The Clarksburg Hospital, with its location right off of the 270 exit for Route 121, is the strongest location for a hospital- not only in Montgomery County but within the state," said Gordon Taylor an upcounty business owner. "The location provides important access to health care for the entire upcounty region."

Clarksburg Community Hospital would expand access to health services for residents of the entire upcounty while also complementing the Germantown Emergency Center, which provided medical care to more than 35,000 patients in 2009, and other health care services.

Residents of Germantown, Clarksburg and Damascus attended today's gathering to also show support for the Germantown Emergency Center and the proposal for a hospital in Clarksburg. The Clarksburg Community Hospital and medical campus plan is the only option that would sustain the future viability of the Germantown Emergency Center. The competing proposal for a hospital in Germantown would threaten the future viability the Emergency Center.

"When my mother needed emergency care, the Germantown Emergency Center was there for us. In fact, Adventist HealthCare has been working with our community for nearly a decade to provide better access to health care for all upcounty residents," said Maria Garcia, a Germantown resident.

After years of open and collaborative work to ensure all appropriate approvals and plans for the Clarksburg Community Hospital and Medical Campus, the project:

  • 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 well in excess of 1,000 jobs to the county
  • Features 60 acres with space for expansion as the region continues to grow
  • Will blend seamlessly with other upcounty development plans

Adventist HealthCare provides more uncompensated and charity care than any other health-care provider in Montgomery County: $68.9M in 2009. The Clarksburg project, with its full medical campus, would be one more way to expand health-care access for residents of upper Montgomery County.

The Maryland Health Care Commission is currently conducting a comparative review of the competing proposals.

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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