New Era of Healing a Year Away
News / October 12, 2018
A year from now, Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center will be open, carrying forward a legacy of care that began more than 110 years ago six miles south at the Washington Sanitarium in Takoma Park.
As construction crews bring the structure of White Oak Medical Center closer to completion, staff have been working on another critical task: installation plans for the medical equipment that will transform the 472,000-square-foot building into a state-of-the-art hospital.
With the exterior completed and substantial progress made in fitting out the interior, including the walls, ceiling grid and utility system, departments will soon begin to prepare their spaces. Early next year, the Laboratory, Pharmacy and Sterile Processing teams will begin to install equipment, followed by the Emergency Department, Cardiac Catherization Laboratories and other departments.
“To see the progress from when White Oak Medical Center was first conceptualized and now watch this cutting-edge health ministry come to life is remarkable,” said Geoff Morgan, Vice President and Project Executive at Washington Adventist Hospital who has worked at the hospital for more than three decades. “The new hospital will allow our clinicians to do their work more efficiently, which enhances patient care in every way.”
For patients at White Oak Medical Center, their enhanced care experience will begin even before they come through our doors. The hospital’s more centralized location off U.S. Route 29 and Cherry Hill Road is close to major roadways, providing easier access for patients, visitors, staff and EMS vehicles.
Inside, White Oak Medical Center’s Emergency Department – which has twice the footprint of the current ED – is steps away from Radiology, allowing for efficient MRIs, CT scans, X-rays and other diagnostics. The hospital also features a special corridor that runs from the Emergency Department to service elevators that allow for rapid transfer of patients to procedure areas.
“I feel a strong sense of ownership of White Oak Medical Center and the state-of-the-art emergency department that will allow us to better serve our patients,” said Linda Nordeman, MD, chair of the Emergency Department and co-chair of the Our Community Transformed Physician Partners Committee. “Our generous philanthropic partners can feel proud knowing they are playing a vital role in transforming healthcare in our community for decades to come.”