Howard University Lends a Helping Hand to Adventist HealthCare


WASHINGTON – On Sunday, August 25, more than 40 Howard University students and staff volunteered to assist Adventist HealthCare in moving their 76 patients and equipment from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma, Maryland to Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Howard University Staff and Students at Washington Adventist HealthCare in Takoma Park MarylandThe effort required an all-day commitment, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Howard University offered a lending hand from all health sciences colleges: College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. During the relocation to White Oak, Gina Brown, Ph.D., a registered nurse and dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, lead the Howard University team in both locations.

“The focal point of the team was to provide family assistance and support at both institutions,” said Dean Brown.  “Howard was pleased to participate in such a major healthcare endeavor and to show strong interdisciplinary support to the Adventist HealthCare family.”

Adventist HealthCare planned the transition for two years, which involved 20 ambulances and several nurses, technicians, and physicians. They were grateful for Howard’s presence on their exciting moving day.

“We’re excited that our friends from Howard University are here to help us with our move. We thank them for a safe and exciting day for our patients and staff,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

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(On Sunday, August 25, Howard University staff and students were divided into two teams at Washington Adventist HealthCare in Takoma Park, Maryland and Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center, assisting with the relocation of patients and equipment- courtesy of Imani Pope-Johns/Howard University)

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.  For more information on Howard University visit

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