Washington Adventist Hospital relocation request: December 9 presentation, hearing & council discussion

The December 9, 2014 city-council meeting will be devoted to a single topic —

Washington Adventist Hospital’s petition to relocate to White Oak

— with a 7 pm presentation by WAH President Joyce Newmyer, followed by a 7:30 pm public hearing and then a worksession discussion with Ms Newmyer.

(Worksessions are open to the public but do not involve public participation. If you have points you’d like me to raise, please let me know. You can watch the council meeting, and other city TV programming, online via a link on the city Web site.)

The hospital, earlier this fall, submitted a revised Certificate of Need application to the Maryland Healthcare Commission, to justify moving the major part of its operations to White Oak. The commission would likely rule on the application in the spring of 2014. The relocation wouldn’t happen for something like five years after that, and the hospital would leave certain medical services behind in Takoma Park.

The December 9 meeting agenda is online. You’ll find two links on that Web page:

– Washington Adventist Hospital Relocation Information

– Takoma Park Newsletter – December 2013 Issue

The December issue of the city newletter, which you should have received by mail earlier this week, includes a background article, “Public hearing explores hospital move,” by Deputy City Manager Suzanne Ludlow; a summary of WAH’s plan by Diana Troese, WAH Public Relations and Marketing Manager; and material compiled by city staff answering “What would the move mean for Takoma Park?”

Finally, my next Ward 1 drop-in office time will be Tuesday, December 10, 5 pm-6 pm at my office, 7006 Carroll Avenue #202, above the Middle Eastern Cuisine restaurant. I won’t have office time the 4th Wednesday of the month, December 25, but you can come by the next 2nd Tuesday, January 14, 5 pm-6 pm, or just phone (301-873-8225) or write (sethg@takomaparkmd.gov) if you have anything city-related you’d like to discuss.

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