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Washington Adventist Hospital Announces Leadership Transitions

Story by Lydia Parris

Jere Stocks, senior vice president for Adventist HealthCare and chair of Next Century Health 

Today Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH), one of three institutions under Adventist HealthCare based in Rockville, Md., announced new positions for two of its administrators. Jere Stocks, who has served as WAH president for the past six years, was named senior vice president for Adventist HealthCare and chair of Next Century Health. Joyce Portela, who first joined WAH in 2009 as senior executive officer, will take Stocks’ place as WAH president.

In his new role within Adventist HealthCare, Stocks will focus on forging expanded collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and developing additional research and healthcare partnership initiatives around healthcare delivery in the 21st century. Stocks is charged with bringing the initiative from concept to practice. He is also a member of the Potomac Conference's Olney (Md.) church.

Portela, a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, is now charged with leading the 281-bed tertiary healthcare facility that serves tens of thousands of patients in a region that includes much of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Before coming to WAH in 2009, she served as the chief operations officer at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Madison, Tenn. She also worked at hospitals in California and Florida.

“I am excited about the future for Washington Adventist Hospital and look forward to the success that both Joyce and Jere will bring to the hospital and Adventist HealthCare through their new roles,” commented William G. “Bill” Robertson, Adventist HealthCare president and CEO.

“Joyce has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission and leading Washington Adventist Hospital in continually delivering safe, high-quality, compassionate care,” added Robertson. “She will play a key role in helping the hospital continue to expand access to care for the communities we serve as part of its Vision for Expanded Access.”

Joyce Portela, Washington Adventist Hospital president
That vision includes the development of a new 21st century WAH campus next to the Food and Drug Administration building in White Oak, Md., and the redevelopment and continued use of the hospital's Takoma Park, Md., campus as a Village of Education, Health and Well-being.

“I look forward to working and connecting with the communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that Washington Adventist is privileged to serve,” said Portela, a member at Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md. “We are here to serve everyone—those with and those without health insurance. “We must prove ourselves each and every day with each and every patient. I look forward to being of service to the community.”

In the past two years, Washington Adventist Hospital provided $69 million in charity care and community benefit. In 2009 this was more than any other hospital in Montgomery County and also ranked among the top five hospitals in Maryland. (State data is not yet available on hospital comparisons for 2010.)