WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Adventist HealthCare and Howard University, which operates Howard University Hospital in the District of Columbia, announced today that the two organizations have signed a three-year management services agreement in which Adventist HealthCare will bring in a senior leadership team to help strengthen the hospital's presence in the region. The agreement begins Feb. 17, 2020.
"Adventist HealthCare and Howard University Hospital share long traditions of caring for our communities," said Terry Forde, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare, one of the longest-serving providers in the D.C. region. "We want Howard to continue to be a vital healthcare provider to meet the growing needs of the community, the region and the country now and in the future."
As part of the agreement, Adventist HealthCare will work with Howard University to build a new replacement hospital as part of the overall strategy to continue serving the community and region.
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The partnership between these two institutions will provide access for the talented Howard medical trainees, residents, medical students and graduates to train and work within Adventist HealthCare's network of hospitals. This is vitally important given the national shortage of diverse physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Howard University is the No. 1 producer of black applicants to U.S. medical schools. Today's announcement will allow Howard to continue to provide high-quality care to the local community in a culturally focused atmosphere.
"This is a historic day for Howard University because this union with Adventist HealthCare signifies a stronger foundation for building our academic programs and it enhances our ability to train the next generation of healthcare professionals," said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. "I'd like to thank Adventist HealthCare, the Howard University Board of Trustees, the leadership of the District of Columbia, our friends in the local unions, and the hard-working men and women of Howard University Hospital who helped to make this dream a reality."
The new CEO of Howard University Hospital will be Anita L. A. Jenkins, former president of Sycamore Medical Center near Dayton, Ohio. Sycamore is part of the Kettering Health Network in Ohio. Jenkins also served as COO of Kettering Medical Center for four years. Jenkins brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the hospital.