SILVER SPRING – Adventist HealthCare’s new medical center in East County will begin serving patients on Aug. 25.
“White Oak Medical Center will allow us to provide high-quality, high-touch care in a patient-centered, state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to advance healthcare in our community and throughout the region,” Dr. Jim Rost, chief medical officer of White Oak Medical Center, said.
The opening of the $404 million facility in White Oak also marks the end of Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.
The new facility was constructed to include large windows that let in natural lighting as part of what hospital officials called a “natural, healing environment.”
It is located on Healing Way in Silver Spring, off Route 20 at Plum Orchard Drive, close to MD 200, the Intercounty Connector (ICC).
A decision was made to move the hospital to White Oak several years ago to improve access to more areas of the county and for emergency medical services transporting patients. It includes parking for more than 1,000 cars and additional space for outpatient services than was available at the former location.
Planning for the new facility has been going on for several years. Adventist HealthCare obtained the necessary permission from the state to proceed with its plans in December 2015.
Construction started shortly after that.
Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care will open at the former Takoma Park campus on Aug. 26. It will treat minor injuries and illnesses on a 24-hour, seven days a week basis.
The new hospital and medical center will have 180 private rooms for patients and a nationally-recognized heart care program.
It also will provide acute care services as well as treatment for heart and vascular issues, cancer, maternity and childbirth, orthopedic care, emergencies, surgery and imaging and lab services.
Expected to open in the spring of next year is an adjoining medical pavilion, which will house doctors’ offices and services.
According to Erik Wangsness, hospital president, the facility emphasizes the outdoors. Behind the hospital is a lake and walking trail, which includes exercise stations and places to eat.
There is also a roof garden off the fourth floor, he said in a video describing the White Oak Medical Center. A roof garden and other courtyards that include seating and shade trees and plants were designed to create a calm environment, according to the hospital’s website.
The first floor includes a cafeteria, where seating is offered both inside and outside.
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro spoke at the hospital’s Aug. 15 ribbon- cutting ceremony.
“This medical center is an integral part of the White Oak Science Gateway Plan, as it creates jobs and brings a critical amenity to the area,” she said.
“This facility continues to uphold this commitment to excellence. Providing integrated and holistic health care for the body, the mind and the spirit of each patient, basically the way healthcare should be,” she said at the ribbon cutting.
The council has supported the new hospital and approved its Certificate of Need application in 2011 and 2013, she noted.
Navarro quoted from a 2015 study by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, which predicted the new medical facility would contribute $721 million to the region.
In a press release, Adventist HealthCare projected it would contribute $5 billion to the state economy and create more than 7,500 jobs. Close to 2,000 of those jobs will be at the hospital.
The new hospital is located adjacent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s headquarters. It is part of the White Oak Science Gateway, a developing life sciences community of medical researchers, businesses and retailers.
Adventist Health System has been providing medical services in the county since 1907. It also operates Shady Grove Medical Center.