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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on July 02, 2013

Washington Adventist Hospital Supports Takoma Park Safe Grow Zone Initiative

Hospital Will No Longer Use Insecticides or Herbicides for their Cosmetic Grounds Maintenance Program 

Takoma Park, MD – As of June 17, 2013, Washington Adventist Hospital no longer uses insecticides or herbicides for their ground maintenance program. This move is in support of the Safe Grow Zone Initiative started by residents of the Takoma Park Community. 

Residents have requested that the City Council adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns and gardens within the City. The definition of the word "pesticide" would include herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Health and environmental risks have been linked to the use of these lawn pesticides. The Takoma Park City Council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance at a work session scheduled for July 8. 

“We’re proud to fully support this important community initiative,” said Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. “We always strive to create the safest environment for the community we serve, and we worked quickly with our landscaping and turf management program managers to implement this change.” 

Washington Adventist Hospital is currently working on effective options for grounds maintenance that fits within the framework of the proposed Safe Grow Zone Ordinance. In addition, the hospital will continue with plans this year to review rainwater management and promotion of the use of native and adaptive plants to reduce water needs. 

Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

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