Statement from Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital, on Next Steps for Hospital’s Certificate of Need Application:
Today, Washington Adventist Hospital sent a letter to the Maryland Health Care Commission withdrawing our current Certificate of Need application ahead of the Commission’s final vote on October 18, while at the same time beginning work on a new application.
Washington Adventist Hospital has proposed to build a new facility in its primary service area in the White Oak section of Montgomery County while continuing to use the Takoma Park campus as the Village of Education, Health and Well-being. While we disagree with and are disappointed by the September 4 recommendation against this particular application, the Commission document indicates many positive aspects of our project and provides helpful advice for moving forward. The final sentence of the 174-page recommendation reads, in part:
“I hope that AHC and WAH will seriously and constructively consider the issues raised in this Recommended Decision and promptly move to develop a new plan to achieve the important objectives addressed in this application….”
Today’s action allows us to immediately begin the process of working on a new application. While we do not yet know what the timeline is for our new application, we are committed to keeping everyone informed each step of the way.
Adventist HealthCare and Washington Adventist Hospital remain absolutely committed to the current and future success of the hospital. We are not giving up. The Commission’s Recommended Decision affirmed the important role Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare have in meeting the health-care needs of residents throughout the region. Our dedication to serving the health-care needs of our patients and community and carrying out our mission is unwavering.
Washington Adventist has a well-earned reputation for providing excellent care and has a long, distinguished record of service to the region and we are redoubling our commitment to another 100 years and more of quality health care to all in our community.
The following are statements of support for Washington Adventist Hospital’s continued efforts:
- Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive: "Montgomery County has been looking forward to the relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital to White Oak," said Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive. "Not only would this project create synergy with the Food and Drug Administration, but it would serve as an anchor for economic development in eastern Montgomery County, creating new jobs and bolstering investor confidence within the Science Corridor."
- Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland and a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees: “Washington Adventist Hospital is an important part of the region's fabric and it's self evident that the hospital needs a new facility in a location with better access and more space," said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland and a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees. "While the Maryland Health Care Commission's initial recommendation is disappointing, we are encouraged that there appears to be a new path forward for Washington Adventist Hospital."
- Betsy Bretz, Chair of the LABQUEST Community Partnership: "Washington Adventist Hospital has served this community for more than 100 years, and in order to continue to provide high-quality care for the next 100, it must be able to relocate its facility to a larger site, which will improve access and allow for the construction of a modern medical facility," said Betsy Bretz, Chair of the LABQUEST Community Partnership. "The relocation will be a key generator of jobs, provide important synergy between the Food and Drug Administration and LABQUEST, and strengthen the surrounding area for supporting land use. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance the Science Corridor's name and reputation, while expanding health access to the community."
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.