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Posted by on May 21, 2011 |

The Future of Health Care

The Future of Health Care

Washington Adventist Hospital has served the greater Washington area for more than 100 years, and it continues to provide the communities of eastern Montgomery County and western Prince George’s County with high-quality, compassionate health care.

To meet the area’s growing health and wellness needs, Washington Adventist Hospital is seeking state approval to relocate its hospital within its current service area, near White Oak. Adventist HealthCare will also develop a Village of Education, Health and Well-being on the Washington Adventist Hospital Takoma Park campus.

The White Oak site, off Plum Orchard Drive, will allow for a modern health care facility. Patients will receive care in private rooms, with more space for clinical care, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The 48-acre campus will be accessible by public transportation and is near major interconnecting roads, enhancing access to ambulances, patients, visitors and employees.

This hospital campus will bring 1,000 new permanent jobs to Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and more than 275 additional construction jobs will be created during the building of the hospital and campus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in White Oak, Washington Adventist Hospital and the Percontee Life Sciences Village property on Cherry Hill Road play a major role in the East County Science Master Plan. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to become the region’s major gateway for biotech and life sciences,” says Joyce Portela, president of Washington Adventist Hospital.

Ahead of the move, Washington Adventist Hospital and the FDA already have an agreement in place that allows collaboration on health research and medical innovation.

“By sharing resources and talents, the two organizations can open up new areas of medical research, discovery, funding and cooperation that are critically important for protecting and promoting public health in the region and beyond,” says Jere Stocks, senior vice president of Adventist HealthCare and chair of Next Century Health.

Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare are also committed to ensuring there is appropriate access to needed primary health care services in Takoma Park once the hospital relocates. The current campus will be redeveloped into a Village of Education, Health and Well-being. The health care offerings will include primary care/urgent care services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, and a behavioral health clinic, to name a few. Washington Adventist Hospital is also working with Washington Adventist University to plan for expanded educational programs for the region.

Washington Adventist Hospital’s proposed new site already has major traffic and land-use approvals in place, respecting the environment and blending effectively into the surrounding community while employing principles of smart growth. The Maryland Health Care Commission is currently reviewing the project; a decision is expected later this year.

Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work together each day to provide excellent wellness, disease management and health-care services to the community.

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