Adventist HealthCare

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.

In the Community

To serve community needs, the Adventist HealthCare provides prevention and wellness programs, including free childhood immunizations, low-cost mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, colon cancer education and outreach, flu shots, and over 100 health education classes on topics ranging from exercise and stress reduction to CPR training and smoking cessation. It also partners with Columbia Union College to train nursing students.

Getting in Touch

President and CEO: William G. Bill Robertson
Executive Vice President and COO: Terry Forde
Executive Vice President and CFO: James Lee
Vice President for Marketing/Public Relations: Tom Grant

Tel.: (301) 315-3030 Fax: (301) 315-3000


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