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Maryland Senator Visits, Commends Washington Adventist Hospital

By Lydia Parris

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin met with staff members, physicians, and administrators at Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) in Takoma Park, Md., to learn more about the hospital’s collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on medical and scientific research, an effort that seeks to improve access to healthcare and promote public health.

Norton Elson, scientific liaison to the FDA/Washington Adventist Hospital collaboration, and Mark Turco, director of WAH’s Center for Cardiac and Vascular Research, briefed Senator Cardin on some areas of collaboration with the FDA, including cardiac, critical care, and oncology.

During the visit, Cardin complimented the work WAH does on prevention and wellness and expanding healthcare access in the community through free health screenings, educational outreach, as well as the relocation of the hospital to White Oak and reuse of the Takoma Park campus.

“Your mission has been very much about wellness and now, with your opportunities at White Oak, combined with this facility here, you really do, I think, contribute greatly,” Senator Cardin said. He acknowledged that prevention plays an important role in reducing healthcare costs. The senator also asked to hear comments on healthcare reform from attendees.

“We appreciate Senator Cardin’s interest in our mission to provide quality, compassionate care, and our commitment to improving the health of our communities,” WAH president Jere Stocks said.