Growing Collaboration between Catholic Charities and Doctors Community Hospital Will Serve More Residents of Prince George’s County

Lanham, MD – On January 17, 2017, a blessing ceremony was held to mark the opening of a new Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington location at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland – representing a growing partnership between the two organizations. This new site will provide a collaborative space for Catholic Charities to provide critical social services to the residents of Prince George’s County and increase their capacity to help more individuals in underserved communities.

Reflecting on this collaboration and the hospital’s more than 40-year history, Philip Down, hospital chief executive officer, noted, “Health care has changed. We used to concentrate on acute illnesses, but if the patient had to go out and did not have housing, food, jobs or support, they ended up back here and it was a constant cycle. So, we began expanding our scope of services.” He went on to note that, “Partnerships are the key and Catholic Charities is a great partner to have.”

Msgr. John Enzler gives blessing at opening ceremonyOne of the most comprehensive social service providers in the region, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington serves more than 120,000 people each year in the Washington-metropolitan region. “We’re committed to doing more in Prince George’s County and this partnership is a great way for two organizations to offer more than either of us could on our own,” said Msgr. John Enzler, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. “By housing these programs in one place, it will make it easier for families to get the services they need without traveling from their community.”

Mirroring each organization’s commitment to providing quality care to underserved area residents, the new Catholic Charities location at Doctors Community Hospital offers four programs:  

  • Supported Employment – connects individuals who have developmental disabilities to training that helps them locate and maintain employment; and includes employment assessments, job searches, placement assistance and ongoing employment support
  • Family Preservation – provides an intensive, eight-week program where social workers help families who are at risk of having children removed from their homes due to suspected abuse or neglect; and establishes child-related safety processes to help keep families together
  • Back on Track – provides a highly regulated environment that keeps young, often first-time offenders, out of jail in partnership with Prince George’s County and Prince George’s County Community College
  • Parish Partners – consists of Catholic Charities’ staff members who support community and parish initiatives throughout Prince George’s County while providing individual support to parishioners

Additionally, Doctors Community Hospital and Catholic Charities are partnering at the Susan D. Mona Center, which will open in Temple Hills, Maryland, later this year after construction is completed. The new location will offer a number of community programs in an underserved area of Prince George’s County. More information about the Mona Center will be available in coming months.

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About Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Charities meets the most pressing human needs, serving more than 127,000 people last year throughout the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. We serve everyone who comes to us in need. For more information, visit www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org

About Doctors Community Hospital

Doctors Community Hospital is a non-profit institution located in Lanham, Maryland.  Founded in 1975, this medical and surgical hospital has 212 available beds.  With a mission of being dedicated to caring about the health of the community, the hospital provides comprehensive services ranging from primary care services to advanced robotic surgery technology.  For more information, visit www.DCHweb.org.

Doctors Community Hospital leadership, Paul Grenaldo, Nikki Yeager, Dr. Sunil Madan, Phil Down