Government, Community and Healthcare Leaders Attended Ribbon Cutting of New Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Center

Lanham, MD – On July 8, government, community and healthcare leaders attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center. A Genesis Healthcare and Doctors Community Hospital collaboration, this new rehabilitation and transitional care facility will provide high-quality and comprehensive services to short-term-stay patients and long-term residents – people who need additional care prior to transitioning from hospital settings to their home environments.  Guest speakers included Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin.

Many hospitalized patients require specialized care prior to going home.  When combined with the increasing rates of various chronic medical conditions, transitional care can benefit patients’ long-term health.  This type of care can include providing comprehensive rehabilitation that improves patients’ mobility and specialized clinical services for those who need extended recovery time to address complex wounds or injuries.  Simultaneously, transitional care can contribute to the reduction of hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs by helping people receive needed medical services that better prepare them for the return to their home environments.

During the ribbon-cutting program, Phil Down, president at Doctors Community Hospital, stated that the new center will help with that transition by treating “people in the most cost effective setting and getting them back to their homes, to their jobs; and we’re going to be able to do it here.  This would have, in the past, been done in the hospital at a much higher cost.  So, we want to drive the hospital cost down, give better care and have better outcomes for the patients.” 

“What is going on here, on this campus, is the future of health care.  We have a lot of discussions going on nationwide with very big acute care systems, academic medical systems, but I will tell you, there is no acute care organization that is further along, not just in talking about what they want to do, but actually bringing it to life,” elaborated Mike Reitz, chief operating officer at Genesis HealthCare. “The continuity of care and the transition of care as people move through the system – move from the acute care setting to post-acute and home is critical – and typically not well done.  What Phil and his leadership team are doing [at Doctors Community Hospital] is breaking down those barriers, making sure when somebody goes to that hospital, they get the right care there and move very quickly, very safely, very successfully through the continuum.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included guest speakers Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and County Council Chair Mel Franklin.  They spoke of the importance of this new center and Doctors Community Hospital to the community. 

Lieutenant Governor Rutherford stated, “Doctors has built a legacy over the years of being a trusted neighborhood facility, neighborhood hospital providing high-quality health care to the citizens of Prince George’s County and Maryland.”  “The opening of the Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center, in collaboration with Genesis Health systems, is building on that proud legacy that was already established by Doctors; and patients will come here to receive specialized care that they need.  They will receive treatment from top medical professionals and access to the most modern equipment; and its convenient, comprehensive and quality care that will be provided to everyone that crosses those doors.  This is a success for the county; it’s a success for Maryland.” 

Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin went on to state, “Doctors has provided this caliber of care for years and years and years, often times not getting the recognition that Doctors deserves. But I’m here today to say Prince George’s County loves Doctors Community Hospital.  We believe that this kind of facility is the caliber of facility we want to see all across our great county.”

Other ribbon-cutting attendees included Mayor Frederick Robinson, City of Bowie; Delegate Tawanna Gaines, District 22; Delegate Anne Healey, District 22; Mayor Emmett Jordan, City of Greenbelt; City Councilmember Konrad Herling, City of Greenbelt; City Councilmember Henri Gardner, City of Bowie; Senator Paul Pinsky, District 22; Delegate Alonzo Washington, District 22; and Chief Executive Officer Gene Ransom, Maryland State Medical Society.

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About Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center

A Genesis HealthCaresm and Doctors Community Hospital collaboration, this new facility will provide high-quality and comprehensive care for short-term-stay patients as well as long-term residents — all within a compassionate and nurturing environment. Located on the campus of Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, this new 77,000 square feet center has:

  • 130 beds and 84 private rooms
  • 3,500 square feet rehabilitation gym
  • Two cafés offering restaurant-style dining and culinary-trained chefs
  • Four private lounges for patient and family activities
  • Two enclosed therapeutic and recreational courtyards
  • Flat-screen televisions and bedside telephones
  • Wi-Fi access and laptops for patients
  • Beauty salon
  • Ample parking

For more information, call 301-552-2000.

About Genesis HealthCare

Genesis Healthcare, Inc., (NYSE: GEN) is a holding company with subsidiaries that, on a combined basis, comprise one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers with more than 500 skilled nursing centers and assisted/senior living communities in 34 states nationwide. Genesis subsidiaries also supply rehabilitation and respiratory therapy to more than 1,800 healthcare providers in 47 states and the District of Columbia.   For more information, visit genesishcc.com or call 866-745-CARE (866-745-2273).

About Doctors Community Hospital

Doctors Community Hospital is a 182-licensed bed medical and surgical hospital. A non-profit hospital that was founded in 1975, some of its high-quality and comprehensive services include: Bariatric and Weight Loss Center; Center for Comprehensive Breast Care; Center for Ear, Nose and Throat; Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine; Comprehensive Orthopedic Services; Doctors Regional Cancer Center; Emergency Department; Imaging Services; Infusion Center; Joslin Diabetes Center; Metropolitan Medical Specialists; Rehabilitation Services; Sleep Center and Vascular Health Program. For more information, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).