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Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare system began with the founding of Washington Adventist Hospital by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1907. Originally called the Washington Sanitarium, it was established as a health facility that treated illness and disease as well as taught patients the benefits of exercise, a balanced diet, rest and fresh air. After World War I, “the San,” began its transition from a long-term to acute-care facility. It changed its name to the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital and added an acute-care hospital building for surgical, obstetric and emergency cases. Next to the Sanitarium, the Adventist Church built a college later called Columbia Union College and now, Washington Adventist University. The first group of nurses graduated from the hospital in 1909; nurses later received their training at the college. In December 1979, Adventist HealthCare’s Shady Grove Adventist Hospital opened as the first hospital in northern Montgomery County. In 1997, Adventist HealthCare acquired Hackettstown Community Hospital, a community hospital serving northern New Jersey now known as Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. In 2000, Adventist HealthCare acquired Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, which offers an array of inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital services for adolescents and adults, now part of Adventist Behavioral Health. Adventist Behavioral Health includes the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, which was founded in 1983. In 2001, Adventist HealthCare partnered with Kessler Rehabilitation Corporation to open the Kessler-Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital, a freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital now known as the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. The hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for care of hospitalized patients in four specialty areas — brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and amputation. The hospital is currently the only facility in the nation with the TreadSense device, which helps patients recovering from stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders impacting balance to regain mobility. The TreadSense device, created by kinesiology researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides feedback to people with poor balance so that they may improve their control and prevent future falls. Experts from this hospital have traveled to Haiti help care for patients who had suffered traumatic injuries from the January 2010 earthquake, such as the loss of a limb and brain and spinal cord injuries. Adventist HealthCare is awaiting approval to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital to the White Oak/Calverton area in the East County area of Montgomery County, a plan that has garnered strong community support. The move will enable a partnership between Washington Adventist Hospital and the Food and Drug Administration to collaborate on medical and scientific issues