Adventist HealthCare

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Adventist HealthCare
Founded1907; 111 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersGaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.[1]
Area served
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
Number of employees

Adventist HealthCare is a not-for-profit health services organization based in Gaithersburg, Maryland that employs more than 6,200 people and provides healthcare for more than 400,000 individuals in the community each year. The primary service area for Adventist HealthCare is the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Despite similar names, it is not a part of the California-based Adventist Health, or the Florida-based Adventist Health System.

History and facilities[edit]

A photo of The Washington Sanitarium taken between 1910 and 1926.

Adventist HealthCare began with the founding of Washington Adventist Hospital by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1907. Originally called the Washington Sanitarium, the health facility treated illness and disease, and taught patients the benefits of exercise, a balanced diet, rest and fresh air.

After World War I, the Sanitarium transitioned from a long-term to acute-care facility. It changed its name to the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital and added an acute-care hospital building for surgical, obstetric and emergency cases.[2] Next to the Sanitarium, the Adventist Church built what is now Washington Adventist University. The first group of nurses graduated from the hospital in 1909; nurses later received their training at the college.

In 1973, Adventist HealthCare started Adventist Home Care Services, which provides care to patients in their homes.[3]

In December 1979, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center (then called Shady Grove Adventist Hospital) opened as the first hospital in northern Montgomery County.[4]

In 1997, Adventist HealthCare acquired Hackettstown Community Hospital, a community hospital serving northern New Jersey now known as Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. In 2016, Hackettstown joined Atlantic Health System in New Jersey.[5]

In 2000, Adventist HealthCare acquired Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, which offers an array of inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital services for adolescents and adults. It includes the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, which was founded in 1983.

In 2001, Adventist HealthCare partnered with Kessler Rehabilitation Corporation to open the Kessler-Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital, a freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital now known as Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation. The hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for care of hospitalized patients in four specialty areas — brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and amputation.[6]

In October 2014, as part of a branding initiative to emphasize the Adventist HealthCare system name, the hospitals were renamed Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.[7] In 2015, both hospitals were named by The Joint Commission as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for the third consecutive year.[8]

In March 2015, Adventist HealthCare opened its first urgent care center in Rockville, Md., and will open two more in Germantown, Md. and Laurel, Md. in 2016.[9]

In December 2015, Adventist HealthCare received approval to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital to the White Oak/Calverton area in the East County area of Montgomery County.[10] The move will expand access to care strengthen the partnership between Washington Adventist Hospital and the Food and Drug Administration to collaborate on medical and scientific issues.[11] The new hospital will open in 2019.

Community involvement and charity care[edit]

Adventist HealthCare is a faith-based organization that provides care to the community at large as well as to high-risk populations such as the uninsured and underserved.[12] The organization avoids filing lawsuits against patients who are unable to repay medical expenses—to illustrate, Adventist provided $5.3 million of healthcare in 2008 that was ultimately unpaid.[13] In addition to supporting programs for the underserved, Adventist HealthCare provides one of the highest percentages of community benefit out of all Montgomery County hospitals.[14]

Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness[edit]

An extension of Adventist HealthCare, the Center for Health Equity and Wellness was created in 2006 to raise community awareness about local health disparities, improve capacity to deliver population-based care, and develop solutions to eliminate local disparities in health care.[15] To achieve these goals, the center focuses on education, services, and research.[16] With their education initiative the center provides online and in-person training to health care professionals and staff. Through these classes they seek to increase cultural understanding and improve cross-cultural communication skills.[17]

The center also provides services to the Montgomery County community. These include interpretation and translation for patients, as well as health and wellness programs such as health education classes, screening events, support groups and special events. Through a partnership with Mobile Medical Care, the center helps to improve access to primary and preventative care to patients around the county regardless of ability to pay.

The Center on Health Disparities conducts and supports research into the causes of and solutions to health disparities providing an annual report in conjunction with a health disparities conference and working with partners in research throughout the year.[18]

Marcos Pesquera, executive director for the Center for Health Equity and Wellness,[19] serves on the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council[20] and co-chaired by Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on the health disparities workgroup.[21]

Additional programs[edit]

Adventist HealthCare’s ACES (Ambulatory Care Electronic Health Records Solutions) program[22] offers affiliated outpatient assistance in implementing EHRs in their practices. Physicians and hospitals who implement an electronic health care record (EHR) and demonstrate effective use of the system are eligible for federal incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).[23] ACES allows physicians to have a secure, electronic platform for patients to receive more coordinated medical care.[24]


Terry Forde, the president and chief executive officer of Adventist HealthCare, has held those positions since April 2014.[25] He was previously the organization’s chief operating officer and executive vice president.

Additional Adventist HealthCare executives include, James G. Lee, executive vice president and chief financial officer, who is director of the HealthCare Financial Management Association (HFMA) board; Patrick Garrett, M.D., senior vice president of Physician Integration/Innovation and president of Adventist Medical Group; Susan L. Glover, senior vice president, chief quality and integrity officer, who is a board member for the Maryland Patient Safety Center and Maryland Healthcare Education Institute Board of Trustees;[26] and Marta Brito Pèrez, vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer.[27]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Jasinski, Agnes (June 13, 2007). "From the Sanitarium to a future beyond the city". Gazette. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Home Care Services Receives Elite Award 4th Straight Year".
  4. ^ Plaia, Jennifer. "Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Marks 30 Years of Care". Adventist HealthCare. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Adventist HealthCare Completes Transfer of Ownership for New Jersey Hospital | Visitor Magazine". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  6. ^ "Provider Profile". CARF International. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  7. ^ "New Logo, Bright Future for Adventist HealthCare". Adventist HealthCare. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Joint Commission 2015 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Adventist HealthCare Opens First Urgent Care Center in Rockville". Archived from the original on 2015-09-26.
  10. ^ "Hospital project in White Oak gets OK from Maryland regulators".
  11. ^ Aratani, Lori (January 23, 2009). "Adventist Hospital, FDA Ink Partnership Deal". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  12. ^ Arias, Jeremy (February 25, 2009). "Hospital provides $250K to primary care clinic". Gazette. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  13. ^ Schulte, Drew, Fred, James (December 21, 2001). "In their debt". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Maryland Hospital Community Benefits Report FY 2010" (PDF).
  15. ^ Sands, Sean (December 21, 2005). "Panel created to plan health center". Gazette. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Health Disparities". U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  17. ^ Vaughn, Peggy (March 7, 2007). "Cross-cultural remedies for health care disparities". Gazette. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  18. ^ Robbins, Lindsey (January 20, 2012). "Maryland providers applaud plan to cut health care disparities". Gazette. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  19. ^ Martin, Maria (July 21, 2011). "Health Connection: Healthcare Systems". Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council". Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The State of Maryland. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Health Disparities Workgroup Final Report and Recommendations" (PDF). Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council. The University of Maryland School of Medicine. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  22. ^ "Maryland's Adventist HealthCare Selects eClinicalWorks". eClinical Works. eClinical Works. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  23. ^ "ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AT A GLANCE". Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  24. ^ Sedam, Sean (April 5, 2012). "Adventist HealthCare Conference Addresses Electronic Health Records". Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
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  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-07-17.

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