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Lydia Parris

Published on April 17, 2020

Adventist HealthCare Prepares for Influx of COVID-19 Patients

Gaithersburg, MD – As COVID-19 cases rises in in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, Adventist HealthCare continues preparing its facilities to respond to the increase in COVID-19 patients. Adventist HealthCare has been working closely with the state of Maryland in the U.S. to coordinate additional capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. Adventist HealthCare is adding 178 beds across our three acute-care hospitals. Additionally, 200 temporary beds will be added at the former Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park for patients recovering from COVID-19, in partnership with the state.

All Adventist HealthCare facilities have suspended certain elective surgeries in response to COVID-19, freeing up such spaces for any surge in patients. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville has prepared a second Intensive Care Unit and has plans to expand into areas such as its pre-operative spaces if additional beds are needed.

Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center in Prince George’s County has opened Maryland’s first medical-surgical field hospital to provide care for COVID-19 patients. The hospital will add additional temporary care units over the coming weeks.

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring has increased its bed capacity by adding ICU and medical-surgical beds throughout the facility. The hospital also will convert 63 beds currently used for Rehabilitation patients in Takoma Park if it needs more space for a surge in patients.

Also, Adventist HealthCare is providing infrastructure, staffing and supply support to Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., as part a management services agreement with Howard University that began in early 2020 between the two organizations.

"COVID-19 is a historic moment in Adventist HealthCare’s 113 years. We are grateful for the chance in this time of great need to extend God’s care to the people of Maryland and Washington, D.C., said Terry Forde, President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare. The growth of our system last year has provided an opportunity to help even more people in our area who need care so urgently right now."

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the longest-serving health systems in the Washington, D.C., region, and one of the largest employers in Maryland. It includes Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center, Fort Washington Medical Center, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, Home Care Services, Adventist Medical Group, Imaging and Urgent Care. Our mission is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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