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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on March 11, 2014

Adventist HealthCare Names Interim President and CEO

Terry Forde, COO and Executive Vice President, to Lead Organization During Transition

Terry Forde

Gaithersburg, MD – Terry Forde, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Adventist HealthCare, has been named the organization’s interim president and CEO. Forde will officially begin his role in early April after the current president and CEO, William G. “Bill” Robertson, leaves for a new position with MultiCare Health in Tacoma, Wash.

Forde, 43, joined Adventist HealthCare in July 2011. Since then, he has overseen the organization’s Maryland entities and operations, and recruited several top executives. His work has been instrumental in helping Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest health system, adapt successfully to the many changes that have occurred at both the state and national levels. Forde previously served as an executive for eight years with Centura Health, the largest health system in Colorado.

“The board members and I are confident that during this interim period, Terry will ensure Adventist HealthCare moves forward with the great work and initiatives already underway throughout the organization,” said Dave Weigley, chairman of the Adventist HealthCare Board of Trustees. “Terry will continue to collaborate with leaders, physicians and employees to ensure we are fulfilling our mission and meeting the needs of the community.”

At Centura Health, Forde served as the president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital and as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Porter Adventist Hospital. In these roles, Forde led a rapidly growing community health system while also delivering extraordinary clinical, patient experience and financial performance. 

Weigley told Adventist HealthCare employees this week that the selection process has begun for the organization’s new president and CEO. There is no timetable for a decision. 

“We are working carefully, and as quickly as we can, to select a leader who will continue to enhance the great work that Adventist HealthCare has achieved to provide higher quality and safer care for our patients, plus expand access to care for our community,” Weigley said. 

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in Maryland, with more than 6,200 employees. 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, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown, the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Health Services, Adventist Medical Group and the Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. 

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