Washington Adventist Hospital
Washington Adventist Hospital – Relocation Information
**Update: On February 7, 2018, the Council will receive a presentation by Washington Adventist Hospital officials.**
The relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital’s main hospital out of the City was expected, but is a disappointment to the City of Takoma Park. Washington Adventist Hospital has been an integral part of the history and fabric of Takoma Park. Over the last few years, the City Council, Staff and residents have worked diligently to ensure that throughout the Certificate of Need process the needs of Takoma Park residents have been front and center in discussions.
As a result of our hard work and persistence, the top condition of the Commissioner’s recommended approval is the maintenance of 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. This will ensure that there is no gap in care for the primary care service that our community needs. Clearly, the Commissioner recognized the need for these services based on the information the City presented.
The City and community has advocated for a Freestanding Medical Facility (stand-alone emergency department) to be located 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.
Over the past several years, City Councilmembers and the City Manager have formed close working relationships with the former and current President of Washington Adventist Hospital. Both the City and the Hospital want to see the Takoma Park campus retain a robust array of health care services in an attractive setting. We expect that a clearer picture of what could become of the WAH campus will emerge in early 2018.
Deputy City Manager
Links & Notes
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”