Leadership Breakfast Raises Awareness About Hospital's Community Focus

Lanham, MD – On September 27, 2016, Doctors Community Hospital welcomed more than 30 local business and government professionals to a leadership breakfast meeting.  Attendees learned about the hospital’s ongoing commitment to provide Prince Georgians with accessible, high quality and comprehensive healthcare services. 

Charles Dukes, Jr., hospital board member and business leader, and Steve Adler, consultant, greeted participants who included Congressman Chris Van Hollen.  Also, Dukes recognized Philip Down, hospital president, and his team for adeptly adapting to a changing healthcare environment.  “Medical service delivery is changing rapidly and Doctors Community Hospital is right in the middle of [that evolution],” stated Dukes. 

Down explained that the hospital coordinates ambulatory and outpatient services throughout the county to provide a system of coordinated care.  Starting as one building in Lanham, MD, in 1975 to more than a dozen sites throughout Prince George’s County today, residents have access to numerous healthcare locations where they can establish a medical home and receive preventative care.

The hospital’s community outreach initiatives were also a focal point of the discussion.  Down mentioned the popular Wellness on Wheels mobile health clinic. A major goal of the clinic is to help underserved residents maintain and improve their health by providing free health screenings and education at locations throughout the county. As an example, Down explained to attendees, “There are many people walking around who don’t know they are diabetic; and if we can identify them and start treatment, then we can really make a change in their lives.”

The hospital has nurtured meaningful partnerships with locally and internationally recognized organizations to identify additional opportunities to keep the community healthy.  From collaborating with Johns Hopkins to assist with the development of a sickle cell program at Doctors Community Hospital to receiving a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation that provides free mammograms to area women, such partnerships help strengthen health care throughout the region. 

Reflecting on Maryland’s unique healthcare system, Congressman Van Hollen concluded the event by stating, “There are incentives for hospitals and physicians and all different healthcare providers and systems to collaborate and coordinate.  At the end of the day, it’s an emphasis on reaching out into the community and providing preventative health care.”  Van Hollen also congratulated the hospital for its recent recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a high performing hospital in the areas of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Echoing Van Hollen, Robyn Webb-Williams, vice president of Doctors Community Hospital Foundation, observed, “Hosting these types of events is important in raising awareness about how we continue to be dedicated to caring for the health of Prince Georgians.” She continued, “By investing in the development of healthcare programs that residents need and fostering partnerships with community supporters, we can help more people receive life-saving care – regardless of their ability to pay.”

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Doctors Community Hospital is a premier medical and surgical hospital located in Lanham, Maryland. With a mission of being dedicated to passionately caring for the health of patients and the community, the hospital has provided high-quality as well as comprehensive health care to residents of Prince George's County and the region for 40 years. 

A nonprofit and 190-licensed bed facility, Doctors Community Hospital has a wide range of specialty programs and services. 

For more information, please visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).