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Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare traces its roots to the turn of the 20th century when Ellen White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, contributed proceeds from the sale of her book The Ministry of Healing to help build the Washington Sanitarium. Its first entity, Washington Sanitarium opened in February 1904 and was temporarily headquartered in Washington, D.C., until a permanent facility in Takoma Park, Md., was opened in June 1907.

In its early years, the Sanitarium improved the physical, mental, and spiritual health of its visitors through rest, exercise, and a wholesome diet. After World War I it began providing surgical, obstetric, and emergency care. In 1971, the hospital performed its first open heart surgery. Two years later, it was renamed Washington Adventist Hospital.

Months later, a second facility, Hackettstown Community Hospital (now called Hackettstown Regional Medical Center) opened in northwestern New Jersey. In 1979, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital opened its doors in Rockville, Md.

Today, Adventist HealthCare, one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland, employs more than 7,000 people and cares for more than 250,000 patients annually. This nonprofit network includes three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, one psychiatric hospital, numerous nursing centers, and several home health agencies.

Montgomery College and Adventist HealthCare are partnering to grow a local workforce of qualified nurses through enhanced educational pathways that allow students to gain practical experience and connect with expert healthcare providers.

Adventist HealthCare and the Montgomery College Foundation are partnering to provide enhanced opportunities for nursing students in the community over the next eight years.

Dwayne Leslie Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare (AHC) has named Dwayne Leslie as their new Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Leslie currently serves as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance/Integrity Officer, and replaces Ken DeStefano, who is retiring after serving as General Counsel for 25 years.

Nurses and other team members representing units and services within the new tower joined Adventist HealthCare President and CEO Terry Forde and hospital President Dan Cochran for the first dig.

Adventist HealthCare hospital leaders and caregivers welcomed community partners and government officials for a joyous groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction for the new patient tower at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Senators Cardin, Van Hollen Present $1 Million in Funding to Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center to Combat Diabetes

The funding, which was secured by Congressman Steny Hoyer in fiscal year 2023 appropriations, will finance several components of the facility, including a diabetic clinic, the Diabetic Education and Resource Center, a diabetes related vascular screening center, the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, and a cardiovascular clinic.