Children’s National Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking today at Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden, Md., the future site of a comprehensive pediatric outpatient and specialty care center slated to open in 2020. The planned 60,000 square foot facility is the latest effort to ensure kids and their families can easily and conveniently access Children’s National specialists and primary care providers.
The new outpatient and surgery center will give families in Prince George’s County greater access to the broad range of world-class pediatric specialty medical and surgical care Children’s National offers including: cardiology, neurology, genetics, allergy, sports medicine and orthopedics, and rehabilitative medicine. Additionally, families will be able to more easily access infusions, transfusion, MRI, hematology and outpatient surgery.
Children’s National President and CEO, Dr. Kurt Newman, made remarks and was joined by a number of city and state officials including Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Maryland State Senator Joanne C. Benson (D District 24), Prince George’s County Councilmember Andrea C. Harrison (D-District 5), and City of Glenarden Mayor Edward Estes.
“Children’s National has long been committed to the health and well-being of children and families in Prince George’s County,” says Dr. Newman. “We are thrilled to have this center in Prince George’s County. Not only does it mean jobs and economic development, it also means taking care of kids and families close to home. Kids won’t have to travel, they can get really complicated things done – like surgery, MRIs, ophthalmology, ENT, physical therapy– and be cared for here. There are probably 20 or 30 services that we will be able to provide here and many of these children need more than one, so having them all together provides one-stop shopping, they can get the care they need right in their own neighborhood.”
Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III, echoed the importance of better access to care for the county’s families.
“Our families and children deserve the very best medical care, and I am pleased that Children’s National will help to fill an important need when it opens the doors to this wonderful new facility,” says Baker. “This new outpatient center is an exciting addition to the Woodmore Towne Center at Glenarden and will perfectly complement the new Regional Medical Center. It clearly indicates that Prince George’s County is becoming a destination for healthcare professionals and businesses, and that there is a market here that has been overlooked.”
Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD), whose district includes Prince George’s County, says the pediatric outpatient center is great news for county families.
"Children's National has been committed to helping our region's children grow up healthy and strong," says Brown. "This new, state-of-the-art pediatric specialty care center in Prince George's County will enable more kids and families to have access to world-class care closer to home. By offering comprehensive and coordinated pediatric care for tens of thousands of children will lead healthier and happier lives every year."
As a part of Children’s National’s overall plan to improve access to care, five new community-based facilities have recently opened in nearby Howard County, Md., in Annapolis, Md., at a new northwest D.C. location in Friendship Heights, and in two southeast Washington, D.C. areas, Anacostia and Ft. Davis.
The coming months will see the health system create even more convenient access for area families, with specialty care services offered at a new location in Frederick, Md., in the repurposed, historic Takoma Theatre and the new primary pediatric care location in Columbia Heights (both in Northwest Washington, D.C.)
Children’s National is ranked among the nation’s top ten pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is the only provider of care in Prince George’s County and in the Washington, D.C. region that is focused solely on children’s health.
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