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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.”

Call the Foundation today at (301) 891-6920 if you would like to speak with us about our capital campaign and how you can help transform our community!

We are taking unprecedented steps to build new partnerships that integrate wellness, disease management, healthcare services and extraordinary patient experiences. The relocation of Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital to White Oak and the redevelopment of our Takoma Park location will transform the region.

Healthcare today is changing for the better, by prioritizing patient experience and community-wide care that support the health of each patient and the larger region. This paradigm shift allows Adventist HealthCare to leverage its 100-year legacy of whole-person health and its leadership in population health. Washington Adventist Hospital will be the clinical cornerstone of the White Oak Science Gateway which will also include the FDA and a planned Life Science Village.

If you would like to speak with a member of the Foundation team about our capital campaign and how you can help transform our community, call us today.

Christy Swanson, Director – Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation (301)891-6177

Devan Sale, Development Manager – Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation (301)592-4766

Spring Construction Update: Pouring the Foundation

With the promise of spring around the corner, our progress building the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in White Oak steadily continues. The foundation pouring for the new hospital officially began in December and was accompanied by the installation of two large tower cranes. The foundation was completed in March, and next we will see a new floor added each month, with “topping out” expected in the Fall. The “topping out” of the hospital will mark the completion of the concrete framework.

In addition to the foundation work happening on the site, a large retaining wall has recently been completed on the back side of the hospital. This impressive wall measures 30 feet tall at some points and over 1,000 feet long – that’s over three football fields! The construction of the wall took more than 16 tons of stones and about 28 weeks to complete.

On Jan. 11, Adventist HealthCare leaders welcomed LABQUEST to visit the site. LABQUEST is a community organization that has been a supporter of bringing Washington Adventist Hospital to join the Food and Drug Administration as part of the developing life sciences community in White Oak. In addition to learning about the nearly complete retaining wall and the construction activity, members Betsy Bretz and John Dyer tossed a LABQUEST Challenge Coin into one of the footers as it was being poured, marking their special connection to the new hospital.

We are excited to see our new hospital begin to rise from the ground and we hope you are too! Drive by the site or see our progress at

Flower Branch Apartment Explosion Survivor Continues Recovery with Washington Adventist Hospital

Memar Ayalew receiving his physical therapy at the Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation outpatient office located in Silver Spring. Pictured with him is Lynda Hiponia, physical therapist.


Many local residents will forever remember the tragic apartment explosion that rocked our community on Aug. 10, 2016. The fire displaced at least 80 families from their homes in the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring and killed seven people.

Memar Ayalew, of Ethiopia, was visiting his family while on break from a PhD program last summer when that devastating explosion changed his life forever. Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, along with several other community organizations, came together to support Ayalew and some of the other fire victims in need of medical care and other assistance.  Read more of Ayalew’s recovery story.

Seven months later, Ayalew’s recovery continues with help from the community and Adventist HealthCare. NBC4 recently sat down with Ayalew to learn more about his experience, which you can hear about on the NBC4 website. He suffered several injuries and lost both his aunt and uncle to the explosion. While many of his injuries healed, his left knee had required constant physical therapy, which was donated by Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation.

“It was my impression that he had a tear of the cartilage or the ligament in the knee, and so initially we treated him with physical therapy, and Adventist Health Care was willing to provide him with care,” said Ayalew’s orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Magee, MD.

More recently, it was determined that Dr. Magee needed to perform an arthroscopy – a laparoscopic joint surgery – to repair the damage in Ayalew’s knee. With that operation complete, Dr. Magee is optimistic that his patient will now be able to get back to living a normal life.

“I have seen an amazing recovery after surgery. No doubt about it, it has helped me a lot. Now I have a brand new leg,” said Ayalew.

Ayalew is grateful to Washington Adventist Hospital for providing him with care free of charge.

“I never expected this to happen to me and to my relatives,” he said. “I mean, it’s incredible, but I am still alive.”

You can read the full story and watch the video here.

Source: ‘But I Am Still Alive’: Silver Spring Apartment Explosion Survivor Continues Recovery | NBC4 Washington

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.