Statement from Joyce Newmyer on State Recommendation to Deny Hospital’s Certificate of Need Application - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Diana Troese
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Published on September 04, 2012

Statement from Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital, on State Recommendation to Deny Hospital’s Certificate of Need Application:

We are deeply disappointed with the Maryland Health Care Commission’s recommendation to deny the Certificate of Need (CON) application to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital to the White Oak area of Montgomery County and our plan to continue to use the Takoma Park campus as the Village of Education, Health and Well-being.

We are, however, encouraged by Commissioner McLean’s comments within the recommendation.

“I have concluded, based on the weight of the evidence, that replacement is likely to be a more cost effective alternative than replacement and renovation of the existing WAH facilities.” Commissioner McLean further adds, “I hope that AHC and WAH will seriously and constructively consider the issues raised in my Recommended Decision and promptly move to develop a new plan to achieve the important objectives addressed in this application so that the future of both WAH and AHC can be assured.”

Make no mistake the plan laid out in the CON application is well-thought out, affordable and supported by thousands of people in our community.

This recommendation will now go to the entire Health Care Commission, which will issue a vote on our CON at its Oct. 18 meeting in Baltimore.

We are not giving up in our efforts to make the full commission understand the regional importance of this project. At this time, we are carefully reviewing the recommendation and are drafting a formal response to the Commission.

Adventist HealthCare and Washington Adventist Hospital have been working for more than six years with the community and officials on these relocation plans, which will be located next to the FDA and ensure continued health-care services on our current campus. The relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital will also be a key generator of jobs.

I assure you we will not be deterred from advocating for a plan that we know is the best way to ensure our hospital can continue to offer the highest-quality health care possible, and meet the area’s growing health and wellness needs now and into the future.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing hundreds of open-heart surgeries and thousands of heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. 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.

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