Washington Adventist Hospital Relocation
About the Washington Adventist Hospital Relocation
The Washington Adventist Hospital, operated by Adventist Health Care, will be moving from Takoma Park to the White Oak area of Silver Spring in August 2019. The City is working with the hospital to ensure the retention of an urgent care facility, for other uses that can address the community’s needs, and adequate management and maintenance of the property – including security – following the hospital’s departure.
In April 2018, both the City and representatives of Holy Cross Hospital sent letters to the Maryland Healthcare Commission in response to Adventist HealthCare’s request to change their previously approved project and request an exemption from the Certificate of Need process. The request from Adventist HealthCare came as a great surprise in light of the previous (2015) Certificate of Need decision by the Commission. Copies of the letters are available below.
In response to community discussion and questions, staff prepared the following document to help the community understand the situation as it develops.
As part of the relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital’s main hospital to White Oak in Silver Spring, the hospital is required to maintain an urgent care facility at the Takoma Park campus, to be operated every day, 24 hours per day, beginning as soon as the hospital move takes place. The City and community has advocated for a Freestanding Medical Facility (stand-alone emergency department) on the Takoma Park campus. While Washington Adventist Hospital pledged to seriously consider requesting authorization to establish such a facility once State regulations were finalized, they have since determined that a freestanding medical facility is not financially feasible.
For more information, please see the blog piece: “Hospital Considers Leaving Fewer Health Facilities in Takoma Park“, January 23, 2018.
Deputy City Manager
Links & Notes
Washington Adventist Hospital Questions and Answers, March 15, 2018
January 23rd update: Hospital Considers Leaving Fewer Health Facilities in Takoma Park (City Press Release, January 23, 2018)
Maryland Health Care Commission Rules in Favor of Washington Adventist Hospital’s Request to Move (City Press Release, December 17, 2015)
Links to Newsletter Articles
May 2007 – “Hospital Headed for White Oak”
December 2010 – “Adventists Plan Sports and Fitness Center”
July 2011 – “Council Registers Concern Over Hospital Move”
December 2011 – “City, Hospital Await Decision on Move”
September 2013 – “Community Clinic Brings Services to WAH Property”
December 2013 – “Public Hearing Explores Hospital Move”
October 2014 – “Washington Adventist Hospital Emergency Facility Unlikely”
March 2015 – “City Weighs In on Hospital Move”
December 2015 – “Recommended Decision Issued on Hospital Move”