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Adventist HealthCare

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It’s been over 100 years since the Washington Sanitarium—which later became Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital—opened in Takoma Park, Maryland as the first hospital in the county.

Since then, Adventist HealthCare has brought a lot of “firsts” to Montgomery County and the region, including the first maternity services in 1916, the first behavioral health unit in 1949, and the first heart surgery in the D.C. region in 1962.

“From the very beginning, we were concerned with the care of the whole person,” says Adventist HealthCare President and CEO Terry Forde. “We were committed to caring for our community, and we still are today.”

In 1979, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center opened its doors, becoming the first hospital in northern Montgomery County. In 2001, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation opened on the Shady Grove campus as Montgomery County’s first and only rehabilitation hospital. In 2013, the Aquilino Cancer Center also opened on the Shady Grove campus, becoming the county’s first and only comprehensive cancer center.

Today, Adventist HealthCare still stands as the largest provider in the county with three hospitals, numerous urgent care and imaging facilities, home care services, primary and specialty care doctor offices, and the Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness. The system is expanding, with the new Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center due to open in late summer 2019.

In addition to the organization’s Joint Commission Accreditation for its quality care, Adventist HealthCare has also received national recognition for heart, stroke, cancer, orthopedics, obstetrics, rehabilitation and home care.

So, what is the secret to not only surviving for more than 100 years, but thriving? “We’ve stayed true to our mission for over a century,” says Forde. “Every decision we make is centered around improving the mental, physical, and spiritual health of our community.”

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