Washington Adventist Hospital
|Washington Adventist Hospital|
|Location||Takoma Park, Maryland, United States|
|Care system||Adventist HealthCare|
|Emergency department||Accredited Chest Pain Center, Level III with PCI|
|Lists||Hospitals in Maryland|
Washington Adventist Hospital is a 252-licensed bed acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital provides a range of health services to the community such as cardiac & vascular care, maternity services, cancer care, surgical services and orthopedics and emergency services. Washington Adventist operates as part of Adventist HealthCare, a health-care delivery system that includes hospitals, home health agencies and other health care services. Adventist HealthCare is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Joyce Portela was named the president of Washington Adventist Hospital in March 2011 having previously served as the hospital’s Senior Executive Officer. She joined in 2009 as the chief operating officer and campus administrator. The previous president of Washington Adventist was Jere Stocks, who had served since 2005. Washington Adventist is in the process of building a new hospital on 48-acres of land near White Oak, about six miles from the current location, in the center of its primary service area. The new hospital partners with the Food and Drug Administration, also located in White Oak, to collaborate on medical and scientific issues. Washington Adventist would maintain health care and emergency services at its Takoma Park location by opening a Village of Health & Well-being.
When Washington Adventist Hospital first opened in 1907, it was Montgomery County’s first cardiac center. Today, more than 500 open-heart surgeries and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures are performed annually at the hospital.
The founding of Washington Adventist Hospital by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1907 was the beginning of the Adventist HealthCare system. Originally called the Washington Sanitarium, the hospital began its transition from a long-term to acute care facility after World War I. It changed its name to the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital and added an acute care hospital building for surgical, obstetric and emergency cases.
Next to the Sanitarium, the Adventist Church built a college now called Washington Adventist University. The first group of nurses graduated from the hospital in 1909; nurses later received their training at the college, a program that will expand with the future School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness, a partnership with Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare, to increase the number of health care professionals in Maryland.
Dr. Lauretta Kress, wife of the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Daniel Kress, was the first female surgeon in Montgomery County. In 1916, she opened a maternity ward and during her hospital career delivered more than 5,000 babies. In 1940, the hospital added the Lisner wing; 10 years later, it added a six-story addition. A special procedures room was built in 1959 to study the heart, kidneys, brain and other organs. In 1962, the Intensive Care Unit, the second to operate in a metropolitan hospital, opened. The School of X-ray technology opened in 1965 and is now known as the Washington Adventist Hospital School of Radiography
The hospital built a $14 million five-story wing and changed its name to Washington Adventist Hospital in 1973. Developments over the next decades included the opening of a Short Stay Surgery Unit in 1977 and a critical care modernization in the early 1990s. Washington Adventist opened the first Chest Pain Center in the D.C. area in 1992.
In 2005, the hospital created a Vision for Expanded Access to address inequalities in access to health care. As part of the vision, Adventist HealthCare created the Center on Health Disparities
To ensure access to health care for the under-served in the community, Washington Adventist Hospital has partnered with several community organizations including the Mercy Health Clinic, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care and CASA de Maryland's Multicultural Center in Langley Park.
The Center on Health Disparities also works to train interpreters as Qualified Bilingual staff that are available to assist patients and their families who may not speak English, during a medical encounter.
Medical Services 
The hospital provides medical and non-medical services for men, women and children. Medical services include cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, radiology, wound care, surgical services, special care services, and emergency services.
Cardiac & Vascular Services 
Washington Adventist Hospital expanded its cardiac services in 2010, adding a new medical director of cardiac surgery and team of surgeons from Cardiac Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVTSA) Washington Adventist Hospital has provided the D.C. region with cutting-edge cardiac and vascular procedures with skill, compassion and experience for almost 50 years. Washington Adventist Hospital was the first in the region to perform open-heart surgery and numerous cardiac procedures, including mitral valvuloplasty, and the first in the mid-Atlantic to perform a revolutionary type of surgery called Mini- Maze that can correct atrial fibrillation (AF), a common form of heart rhythm abnormality and a major cause of stroke.
Awarded the highest level accreditation, Washington Adventist Hospital’s Accredited Chest Pain Center is recognized for providing high-quality care, rapid assessment and life-saving treatment to chest pain patients. Washington Adventist’s board certified cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional radiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons provide the following cardiac and vascular care.
- ECG, holter monitoring, stress testing
- Vascular ultrasound
- Nuclear medicine
- Magnetic resonance anteriography (MRA)
- CT imaging
- Emergent and routine abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent graft
- Carotid stenting
- Arterial embolization
- Full spectrum of cardiac surgery
- Full spectrum of vascular surgery
- Comprehensive electrophysiology service
- Catheter ablation
- Pacemaker and defibrillator implants
- Monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac and Vascular Center for Research (CCVR)
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
- Primary PCI- an early life-saving medical procedure for heart attack patients
The Center for Cardiac and Vascular Research 
The Center for Cardiac & Vascular Research (CCVR) actively enrolls subjects in a variety of clinical research studies based on each subject’s needs. CCVR is involved in world-class cardiology clinical research trials that range from arrhythmia treatments, to heart failure therapies, to thera¬pies for the treatment of angina and heart attacks. Patients have access to leading-edge treatments—some therapies researched and developed by the hospital’s physicians.
Cancer Care 
The oncology program at Washington Adventist Hospital is one of 1,400 oncology programs in the country accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons. Inpatient Cancer Treatments include diagnosis, surgery, blood transfusions, antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, pain management, sickle-cell crisis treatment, treatment for the side effects of cancer therapy. Outpatient Cancer Treatments include blood and platelet transfusions, chemotherapy, blood Draws, IV hydration, Infusion of interferon, injection of growth factors such as neupogen and epogen. The Radiation Oncology Program at Washington Adventist was the first hospital-based facility in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties and in the Washington Metropolitan area to be accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). Other oncology services include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Partial Breast Irradiation.
Surgical Services 
Surgical services include: Cardiac and Vascular, Abdominal, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Colon and Rectal, Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive, Orthopedic (including total joint replacement), Dental Surgery, Otolaryngology, Gastrointestinal, Sports Medicine, General Surgery, Thoracic, Gynecological, Urology and Podiatry.
Orthopedic Services 
The Joint Program 
The Joint Program is for people who may need joint replacement surgery. Candidates attend the Total Joint Replacement Class, where they meet other people considering surgery and learn what to expect during the hospital and ways to manage pain. Washington Adventist’s physical and occupational therapists create a rehabilitation program to meet patients’ individual needs.
Designations, Accreditations & Awards 
- Fully accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Maryland
- American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award
- Accredited Chest Pain Center, Level III with PCI,The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
- Accredited Cancer Program with Commendation, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
- Accredited Radiation Oncology Program, American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO)
See also 
- Adventist HealthCare
- Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
- Clarksburg Community Hospital
- Adventist Behavioral Health
- Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of MD
- Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children