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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.

Bonnie Alexander, RD, a dietician and the outpatient diabetes educator at Washington Adventist Hospital, offered fruit-infused water and explained the benefits of drinking water instead of sugary beverages at Washington Adventist University’s Family Fun Festival on Sunday.

In the tradition of bringing health and wellness to the community, Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., provided health screenings and nutrition activities at Washington Adventist University’s Family Fun Festival held April 10 on the university’s campus, which is right next door to the hospital.

Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest healthcare provider, has officially transferred ownership of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey to Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown, N.J.

Adventist HealthCare leaders and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County officials celebrate Adventist HealthCare receiving Rebuilding Together Montgomery County’s Innovation Partnership Award at the 25th Anniversary Breakfast on March 24.”

Adventist HealthCare was recently awarded with the Innovation Partnership Award by Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a non-profit organization that provides free home repairs for low-income seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Celebrating the two organizations’ growing collaboration, the award recognizes a corporate partner for innovation and forward-thinking to improve the health and safety of community residents.

Central Sterile Processing staff is on the front lines of patient safety and protecting patients from hospital-acquired infections. These certified healthcare professionals are tasked with highly sterilizing and disinfecting surgical and other hospital equipment.  And they are in high demand.

Story by Danielle Lewald