From News Release, June 14, 2015:   Adventist HealthCare (AHC) received the 2015 Justice Award from CASA for expanding access to vital healthcare services for the Latino and immigrant community. CASA’s mission is to “create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.”

Adventist HealthCare is a network of medial facilities, serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and northwestern New Jersey. The network includes five nationally accredited, acute-care and specialty hospitals, mental health services and home health agencies. According to the AHC website, the network has 2,279 physicians and medical staff and a total of 6,200 employees.

Six award winners were recognized at the June 11 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The event commemorated CASA’s 30th anniversary by recognizing businesses and individuals who have shown significant commitment to the Latino and immigrant community.

At the ceremony, Washington Adventist Hospital, which is operated by Adventist HealthCare, was honored for being among the first supporters of CASA’s Multicultural Center campaign in 2010, which allowed for a health clinic to open within the Center, expanding access to healthcare to the underserved communities of Langley Park and surrounding areas. The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity & Wellness was also recognized as a pioneer of health equity issues through its ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes for underserved and high-risk populations.

“CASA and Adventist HealthCare have worked together to improve healthcare for the thousands of immigrant families in the region. We are proud to have a partner that believes and shares the core values that promote a dignified lifestyle for the hard-working, low-income communities. This award is recognition of the many years AHC has dedicated tirelessly to our community,” said Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director.

Since 2012, Adventist HealthCare has been an annual supporter of CASA’s Learning Together parent engagement program. As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) roll out, Adventist HealthCare has continued to partner with CASA to improve healthcare for the immigrant and low-income communities of the region.

“We are honored to partner with local organizations like CASA who have an unwavering commitment to advocating for underserved and immigrant families in our community,” said Terry Forde, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “By working together, we aim to expand our impact and access to quality healthcare services for those who need it most.”

Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare have collaborated with community organizations over the years, including CASA, Community Clinic, Inc., Mary’s Center, MobileMed, Impact Silver Spring and others who share its commitment to bridging the healthcare access gap and building healthcare equity for minority and underserved populations in the region.