Statement Regarding State Health Care Commission Ruling - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on January 20, 2011

Statement Regarding State Health Care Commission Ruling

Bill Robertson's Remarks to the MHCC

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Today, the Maryland Health Care Commission issued a decision denying Adventist HealthCare's proposal to develop a hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg. Instead, the Commission voted in favor of a plan by Holy Cross to develop a hospital on the Montgomery College/Germantown campus.

We are deeply disappointed in today's ruling, especially for the thousands of upcounty residents and community leaders, many of whom spent almost a decade working with us to expand access to health care in the region and create jobs with the Clarksburg Hospital and Medical Campus. Many of the same community members working with us on the Clarksburg project also worked together in developing the successful Germantown Emergency Center and other health-care services over the past 30 years of serving upper Montgomery County.

We believe that the state Certificate of Need process did not adequately consider relevant community input, nor did it take into account the importance of working with the community and county to ensure a plan that has all land, traffic and environmental approvals. We will remain actively engaged on these issues as the Holy Cross project begins the lengthy process of seeking approvals from Montgomery County.

Further, we believe the Commission did not include vital information in the official record for this case and portions of its decision are inconsistent with the State Health Plan. Adventist HealthCare will evaluate our appeal options over the next several weeks and decide the best course of action.

We thank the residents, community leaders and legislators who understand that the Clarksburg Hospital is still the right project, at the right time, planned in the right way.

William G. “Bill” Robertson
President and CEO
Adventist HealthCare

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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.