Adventist HealthCare Alternate Care Site to decommission by April 28
In May 2020, Adventist HealthCare worked with the state of Maryland to open a COVID-19 Alternate Care Site (ACS), one of five such sites dedicated to caring for those impacted by COVID-19. Since then, the ACS in Takoma Park at the former Washington Adventist Hospital site has played a vital role in recovering more than 4,000 COVID-19 patients and supported hospitals and health facilities in the region during the pandemic’s surges.
Over the last year, effective vaccines and new treatments have helped to ease COVID-19’s strain. With the end of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 on May 11 and as our communities continue to transition into a new phase of the pandemic, the capabilities that the alternative care sites provided to the state will be transitioned back to acute-care hospitals and other appropriate care sites.
Admissions to the ACS stopped on Monday, February 20, 2023, and current patients, at the time, in the care of the ACS, continued to receive services there until discharge. Adventist HealthCare will decommission the site by April 28.
Those providers needing support in facilitating critical care transfers in Maryland should continue to use the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) via the Critical Care Coordination Center (C4).
Adventist HealthCare has been grateful to extend its tradition of healing in Takoma Park. As was the case before COVID-19, once the hospital is decommissioned, the health system will explore the best future use of the campus.