Md. hospital reaffirms plans to relocate

Washington Adventist Hospital announced Tuesday that it will not abandon plans to move from its longtime home in Takoma Park despite a recommendation two weeks ago by a state regulator to deny permission because of concerns about the project’s financial feasibility. The hospital wants to move to a site in Silver Spring.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said it would withdraw its current application to the Maryland Health Care Commission seeking a certificate of need and begin a new application. She said she did not know the timeline for the new application.

Adventist wants to move the 281-bed hospital in Takoma Park to a 48-acre site in the White Oak area of Silver Spring, about six miles away, where it hopes to build a state-of-the-art, $389 million hospital. The full commission was scheduled to consider the recommendation at an Oct. 18 meeting.

Lena H. Sun is a national reporter for The Washington Post, focusing on health.

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