You are witnessing a nail being driven into the coffin of Holy Cross’s hospital-in-Germantown proposal. The opposing idea comes from Adventist Healthcare (think Shady Grove Hospital), to build a facility in the more sensible Clarksburg.
Following is a letter appearing in the Gazette Newspapers. It is written by the mayor of Gaithersburg:
Gaithersburg has a longstanding relationship with Adventist HealthCare and Shady Grove Hospital. I value the health care services they provide in this community, and I truly appreciate the collaborative manner with which Adventist addresses current and future health initiatives.
I urge the Maryland Health Care Commission to improve access to health care in upper Montgomery County by allowing the development of Adventist’s new hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg. Adventist HealthCare has done an admirable job planning for this new facility, working in a transparent manner with the community as well as local and state leaders. The Clarksburg project blends well with existing health care services, and ensures the preservation of continued, quality services at Shady Grove Hospital and the Germantown Emergency Center. The new project will extend, in a complementary and effective manner, access to quality health care for the fast-growing communities of Germantown, Damascus, Clarksburg, and Urbana.
With a strong track record of meeting the health care needs of residents in the Gaithersburg community, Adventist Health Care’s expansion into the Clarksburg area can only be of tremendous benefit to the entire region.
Sidney A. Katz, Gaithersburg
The writer is mayor of Gaithersburg.