Washington Adventist Hospital
Washington Adventist Hospital – Relocation Information
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. State regulations related to Freestanding Medical Facilities are in development. Washington Adventist Hospital has pledged to seriously consider requesting authorization to establish such a facility, if it is determined that such a facility is feasible. A feasibility study is currently underway.
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. The City fully expects that dialog and collaboration will continue.
Deputy City Manager
Links & Notes
Maryland Health Care Commission Rules in Favor of Washington Adventist Hospital’s Request to Move (City Press Release, December 17, 2015)