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Annual Golf Tournament Raises More Than $210,000 for New Hospital

Nearly 130 golfers hit the links for a good cause on May 22 at the Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Golf Classic.

The event at the Country Club at Woodmore in Bowie raised more than $210,000, which will directly support the building of the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in White Oak. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and golfers, the Classic has raised more than $1 million over the past six years.

Set to open in 2019, the state-of-the-art hospital will support patients, families and caregivers with all-private rooms, offer care units optimized for clinical efficiency and include comprehensive outpatient services. The facility will also feature the latest equipment and technology in a healing environment that incorporates natural light, rooms with lake views and landscape features such as a walking trail.

“It’s an exciting time and we thank you for being part of it,” said Erik Wangsness, president of Washington Adventist Hospital. “We are truly blessed by your support and the lasting impact it will have on our community’s health into the future.”

NAI The Michael Companies, Inc. has generously served as the Golf Classic’s underwriter for seven years. Other major tournament sponsors included Turner Construction Company, CallisonRTKL and Trammel Crow Company. Joe Kranz, project executive at Turner Construction, chaired this year’s Golf Committee.

“We are so grateful to all of the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made this event such a huge success,” said Christy Swanson, director of the Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation. “This generous support is helping to transform our community and expand access to care for all of the patients and families we serve.”

Adventist Healthcare Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Golf Classic

The highly anticipated Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Golf Classic is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for May 22 and enjoy a great day at The Country Club at Woodmore in Bowie, Md. with proceeds directly supporting the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital at White Oak.

Join your colleagues and friends for a fun-filled casual round of golf. Registration includes a round of golf with cart, practice green and driving range, continental breakfast, grill at the turn, gifts for each golfer and an awards luncheon following the tournament. Player sponsorships are available. If you are unable to golf and wish to support our golf classic, please consider a nonplaying sponsorship or a donation.

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Hospital Staff Get Sneak Peek at New Hospital Rooms

In early December, physicians, nurses, hospital leaders and other key staff had the opportunity to assess and confirm the layout and design of mock Emergency Department, Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Unit rooms for the new hospital being built in White Oak, Maryland.

Everything from patient beds, to medical devices to lighting and outlet placement were exactly as they would appear in the new hospital. This allowed clinicians to not only visualize the rooms but also to touch and test the clinical spaces. Hospital employees were impressed with the spacious, private rooms, comfortable furniture for visitors and smart design elements that will improve efficiency. After the validation activities, the walls brandished yellow sticky-notes indicating suggestions for the designers to make modifications. This process ensures that the room designs enable our caregivers to provide the most effective, efficient patient care.

Built on the Washington Adventist University campus, just across from the hospital, the rooms have been donated to the university for nursing student training and education.

Our new hospital in White Oak is scheduled to open in 2019.

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Begins Pouring Foundation for New Hospital


Hospital and community leaders, caregivers and partners of Adventist HealthCare gathered on Dec. 2 for a blessing ceremony just ahead of the pouring of the foundation for the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in the White Oak area of Maryland, set to open in 2019.

The ceremony, opened by Erik Wangsness, president of Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, celebrated not only the physical foundation pouring, but also recognized Adventist HealthCare’s foundation built upon the longstanding legacy of Adventists bringing holistic, whole-person healing to their communities.

“We gather to reflect and ask continued blessing for the construction of the new hospital — an expansion of our more than 100-year health ministry to the community,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO, Adventist HealthCare. “We are blessed to carry forth our founder’s vision — with both a new hospital on this land and continued health and wellness offerings in Takoma Park.”

The foundation pouring marks the beginning of the construction of the hospital building after months of site preparation including leveling the site and building a massive retaining wall. To date the construction has brought in over 90,000 cubic yards of dirt to level the site. Recently the retaining wall spanning 1,100 feet was built on the rear side of the site to accommodate the foundation.

“As the foundation for this building is laid, we want to dedicate this moment to you and ask that you bless this foundation so that this building can be a place where your presence is felt and your care is experienced,” said Ann Roda, vice president of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care, Adventist HealthCare, who led guests in a prayer.

Geoff Morgan, vice president of Expanded Access at Washington Adventist Hospital, presented four items to be embedded into a concrete wall of the hospital to signify Adventist HealthCare’s legacy, including:

• Reproduction pages from the original 1907 patient ledger showing the first patients admitted to the Washington Sanitarium, now Washington Adventist Hospital,
• The book The Ministry of Healing by one of Adventist HealthCare’s founders Ellen White,
• A copy of a letter Ellen White wrote regarding the purchase of the Takoma Park property and location for the Washington Sanitarium.

Annual Gala Raises over $300,000 for Adventist HealthCare

Terry Forde, Adventist Healthcare CEO, stands with EagleBank’s Andy Bridge, to present the Adventist HealthCare 2nd Annual Gala honorees Ron and Joy Paul with the Spirit of Partnership Award.

Adventist HealthCare’s annual gala is our premiere fund-raising event of the year, bringing together business leaders, medical professionals, and other supporters in the community. On Saturday, November 19th, over 500 guests filled the Bethesda North Marriott ballroom to celebrate Adventist HealthCare “Your Heart.Our Hands” Gala. The Gala raised over $300,000 to support and advance Adventist HealthCare’s cardiac programs and other services.

Awards were presented for outstanding contributions to Adventist HealthCare’s mission and its future.  Ron and Joy Paul were honored with the Spirit of Partnership Award for their commitment to fostering the health and well-being of our community. Mr. Paul is the chairman and CEO of Eagle Bank and Mrs. Paul is a licensed clinical social worker. They are generous donors to AHC and many other charitable organizations.

“Adventist HealthCare has been recognized as a leader in cardiac care since performing the area’s first heart valve surgery in 1962, said Dr. Paul Massimiano, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital. “Since then, there have been many other “firsts”—in 1971 the region’s first open heart surgery was performed at Washington Adventist Hospital, and in 1992, Adventist HealthCare opened the region’s first Chest Pain Center.  Today, both Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Medical Center have cycle 4 chest pain centers.”

“Proceeds that are raised though our annual gala empowers Adventist HealthCare to enhance and expand programs and services to our community” said Jim Damron, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Adventist HealthCare. “We are grateful to all our supporters who are valued partners in that mission.”

Physician Partners Honored at Blueprint Signing Ceremony

Omid Moayed, MD (left) a physician with First Colonies Anesthesia Associates who practices at Washington Adventist Hospital stands with his colleague Gloria Pilgrim and Washington Adventist Hospital president Erik Wangsness to celebrate their partnership and commitment to the capital campaign, Our Community Transformed.

Omid Moayed, MD (left), a physician with First Colonies Anesthesia Associates, who practices at Washington Adventist Hospital stands with his colleague Gloria Pilgrim and Washington Adventist Hospital president Erik Wangsness to celebrate their partnership and commitment to the capital campaign, Our Community Transformed.

Physicians who have committed $10,000 or more to the capital campaign for the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in White Oak were honored and recognized at a June 30th ceremony in the hospital boardroom. The Partner-Level donors gathered to hear from Adventist HealthCare leadership about the important role they have played in philanthropic support for the new hospital.

“You have shown tremendous commitment to this endeavor and I would like to express my gratitude for your willingness to pave the way for this cutting-edge healthcare facility,” said Erik Wangsness, President of Washington Adventist Hospital.  “It is because of generous support from friends like you that we are able to build this vital new facility that will transform healthcare in our community.”

“You’ve given more than just your time and dedication to Washington Adventist Hospital–you have given your financial support to this project and that’s a very powerful thing,” said Dr. Nicolas Cacciabeve, Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Washington Adventist Hospital. “It demonstrates to our colleagues and our community how much we believe in this project.”

Dr. Cacciabeve unveiled a blueprint of the new hospital and invited his colleagues to sign it. “Thank you to Adventist HealthCare for their dedication to making this a reality,” he said.  “What a great team to be part of–we’ve got a great medical staff, great hospital leadership, and a great mission to demonstrate God’s care through our help and healing.”

“Physicians and physician groups account for over 40% of contributions to the capital campaign so far,” said Jim Damron, Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Adventist HealthCare.  “That’s a huge commitment—being able to say to the community that the people who execute this mission on a daily basis have really led the way. Thanks to each of you who has helped drive this forward.”

“This hospital has a bright future,” said Terry Forde, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.  “The opportunity to serve more people in our community is there and we want to be ready to step up and fill that need. The new campus will be a major medical hub and will truly transform the region.”