White Oak Medical Center Set to Increase Patient Capacity

Adventist health-care institution seeks to serve more patients across the Washington D.C. area.

Amy Shaw
White Oak Medical Center Set to Increase Patient Capacity
Architect rendering of one of the new rooms in the new section of White Oak Medical Center. [Image: Adventist HealthCare]

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center, an acute-care hospital in eastern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, is adding patient beds to increase its ability to serve patients from across the Washington, D.C., region who seek emergency and inpatient care for medical, surgical, and heart procedures.

White Oak Medical Center is adding 30 patient beds on the eighth floor of the hospital’s south tower. This floor was added to the hospital a few years ago while awaiting approval from the state of Maryland to increase capacity. Construction is now underway on the interior space.

“The demand for services has consistently been high since White Oak Medical Center opened in August 2019,” White Oak Medical Center president Anthony Stahl said. “Most days, we are at or over capacity. Our focus is on helping patients by providing world-class care that reflects our mission to extend God’s care though the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing. We need more beds to meet the sheer need in our community, especially as the population continues to grow.”

The new unit is expected to open in late 2024 and will include 30 beds for patients who require acute care after coming through the emergency department or from a surgical procedure.

“Adventist HealthCare is committed to meeting the needs of the communities we serve in Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” Adventist HealthCare president Terry Forde said. “Adding capacity and implementing plans for future growth at White Oak Medical Center is one example of Adventist HealthCare’s intentional approach to meeting the needs of all patients who seek continuing care at our world-class non-acute and hospital-based facilities.”

The addition of the new floor is an important step in White Oak Medical Center’s longer-term plans to increase capacity to accommodate the growing need for services. Plans are also under development to add a second medical office building and ambulatory surgical center to White Oak Medical Center’s campus, which is expected to break ground in late 2024.

White Oak Medical Center is within walking distance of the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

About Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the longest-serving health systems in the Washington, D.C., region, and one of the largest employers in Maryland. It includes Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center, Fort Washington Medical Center, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, Home Care Services, and Adventist Medical Group and Imaging. The stated mission of Adventist HealthCare is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing.

The original version of this story was posted on the Adventist HealthCare news site.

Amy Shaw