Category Archives: health care

disappointing upcounty hospital decision

Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD

Holy Cross probably wins out over Shady Grove to build hospital in Upper Montgomery County. Or at least that will be the recommendation to the full committee. Here’s the Gazette’s version. And the Washington Post story.

Adventist HealthCare wrote about this disappointing decision in facebook:

We are very disappointed in a recommendation against our new hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg. The Reviewer recommended a proposal by Holy Cross Hospital. Despite the recommendation that our proposal for a hospital in Clarksburg be denied, we are undeterred. Stay tuned as we continue to press for approval of the Clarksburg project.

Let us look at this press release and subsequent recommendation to the full committee as a floating of a political air balloon. See what reaction there is. Otherwise, why not have the committee just talk in private?

So there is always a chance for this to go the other way, where Adventist HealthCare wins out.


hospital decision not an emergency

Kitten image from Little Seneca Animal Hospital website, the only hospital Germantown needs.

Now the powers that be say the decision of a hospital being built by Holy Cross Hospital or Adventist HealthCare is being put off until right before Christmas.

Check the details at Washington Business Journal.

Ho Ho Ho!!!

Addendum: The commission is now saying that in needs until some time in January to make a decision.

neither proposed hospital would be affordable

A Maryland commission found that respective hospitals proposed by Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross would just be too expensive for their founders.  Here is the Gazette’s report on the whole mess.

Washington Business Journal reports on the hospitals’ responses.

Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring

holy cross: we want to serve minorities, elderly, poor…of Germantown

Ari says Holy Cross wants “to serve everyone” (read minorities). And they want to serve the elderly, those hit by the flu this winter. And Ari (with his thick accent) is here to get minorities to support the hospital.

Nothing against thick accents, minorities, the elderly, the poor. But I guess that doesn’t really explain:

1. Why build another hospital? There are these populations in Silver Spring, home of Holy Cross.

2. If you want to build a hospital in the upcounty, be honest. You want money. They need another hospital up there. This is your chance to develop a new cash cow. Otherwise, Holy Cross knows squat about the upcounty. Proof: You are trying to build a hospital on a college campus, when you should be aiming further north, where there is more room for construction. And you won’t be competing with a Rockville (read: Shady Grove) hospital.

We return you to Ari, one way or the other Holy Cross’ minority representative.

whichever hospital gives abortions, wins

With Catholic hospitals, abortions are a no-no.

Pro-choice advocates are voting (at least spiritually!) against Holy Cross Hospital building a new upcounty hospital (in Germantown). Being a Catholic hospital (a member of Trinity Health), they would oppose elective abortions and sterilizations. And they would probably frown upon running in the halls.

In the Gazette’s piece, they stay away from the abortion word, not mentioning it until paragraph four. But in this discussion, abortion is what its all about. We’ll see if abortion with regards to building a new local hospital has legs.

Adventist Healthcare (think Shady Grove Hospital), so far my favorite, is the other group wanting to build an upcounty hospital.

Anyway, despite this piece, I hope abortion doesn’t enter into things too much. I don’t really think of Adventist as being pro-choice or pro-life. I just think of them as offering health care.

hospitals slug it out. billmakers want fair fight.

Two upcounty legislators are seeking to even what they see as unfair competition between Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross Hospital over proposals for hospitals in Clarksburg and Germantown.

First Shady Grove built an ER on Germantown Rd. Then Holy Cross decided a hospital is needed just down the street.

First Shady Grove built an ER on Germantown Rd. Then Holy Cross wants to build a hospital...just down the street.

Clarksburg or Urbana would be a smarter location for Holy Cross to build a hospital. But guess what? (Shady Grove) Adventist Healthcare is already moving on that.

everyone wants to build a hospital these days

Adventist Healthcare has asked me to decide whether or not they should build a hospital in Clarksburg, Maryland. But it’s not that simple. If I like the hospital idea, they would then have to ask a hospital committee if it was ok. There’s a matter of financing. The soil has to perk. Then they’d have to see if there was a Dunkin Donuts near the site.

And the dreaded Holy Cross Hospital (operated by Trinity Health) wants to build a hospital too. I’ll advise the Adventist people to learn from Holy Cross’ mistakes. Whatever they do, come up with some really cool reasons why WE would want to have a new medical facility.

Apparently, Holy Cross did not. This bring me to my…

Worst 10 Reasons for Building a Hospital


Montgomery College's ubiquitous globe being moved to make way for Holy Cross' planned hospital.

10. Mike Knapp likes the idea.

9. We’ve planned some nice private rooms so our hospital doesn’t give you an infection.

8. We can teach nurses onsite. Cute nurses.

7. This hospital will cost $267 million dollars, have 93 beds and 5 floors, and sit on 23 acres. These are all lucky numbers for us. And no 13th floor.

6. Beats another Burger King.

5. We already filed a letter of intent.

4. We want to serve the upcounty, and they need us.

3. We see old people. Old people with money.

2. We’re going to open community clinics for the poor. You should be grateful and let us build a little hospital that will get bigger.

1. But Montgomery College doesn’t have a medical school. So what?

My vote is in.

I’m faxing a letter to Adventist right now. Or maybe just an email. It will contain three words. Tora Tora Tora!!!

That’s Japanese for Build Build Build!!!