Washington Adventist University Receives $100,000 Donation for new $9.7 million Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center

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Takoma Park, MD (October 28, 2015) Washington Adventist University received a $100,000 donation from Adventist HealthCare, Inc. for the university’s new $9.7 million Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center, which will be built as a renovation and addition to the existing Health Professions Building on campus. The check, which represents the second largest donation to the University for this project, was presented September 16 at a meeting of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees.

Adventist Healthcare, Inc. operates Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and other healthcare institutions.

“We are proud to be affiliated with Washington Adventist University, an institution that helps educate and prepare talented students for the health care profession,” said Adventist HealthCare President Terry Forde. “This is consistent with, and supportive of, our mission. We appreciate the role that Washington Adventist University plays in our community and are happy to support its efforts to improve the lives of those who live in the Greater Washington area.”

When completed, the 20,794-square-foot center will accommodate Washington Adventist University’s health professions and science programs, along with community health programs and activities. The building will also provide opportunities for the university to partner with the city and county in offering wellness activities.

Funding for the new Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center comes from the University’s annual Visionaries Gala fundraising event, along with support from the State of Maryland through a $3.2 million matching grant from the Governor’s Office. The building is expected to break ground this year, and the architect for the project is Hord Coplan and Macht.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

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