A rendering of Children's National Outpatient and Specialty Center, scheduled to open in 2020 at the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
A rendering of Children's National Outpatient and Specialty Center, scheduled to open in 2020 at the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

For decades, Children’s National Health System in northwest D.C. has serviced hundreds of thousands in need of intensive care and other specialty services.

Prince George’s County residents can receive care closer to home within four years at a $35 million outpatient center at the Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden.

The 60,000-square-foot building managed by Children’s National Health System will offer services that include dermatology, speech, orthopedics and even a sleep lab.

“We’ve take care of about 23,000 children a year from Prince George’s County, now those kids won’t have to travel,” said Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National, who added 2,000 county children received operations last year. “It’s really cool for these families to get their care right here.”

Children’s National has expanded its reach within and outside the D.C. region with clinics, community-based centers and other specialty care services that include two in Southeast, one in Northwest and one in Annapolis. Next year, a clinic may open in the historic Takoma Theater in Northwest.

Hospital, state and county officials held a groundbreaking on Dec. 6, next to the land that will be adjacent from Hampton Inn and Suites and Wegman’s. The mixed-used development welcomed a Nordstrom Rack in September.

Meanwhile, Prince George’s officials have touted its own medical-oriented business. Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States plans to bring 850 employees on a 49-acre complex near the New Carrollton Metro station next year. The company serves about 150,000 people in the county with clinics and centers in Largo and Camp Springs.

Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, will become part of a $1 billion transit-oriented development project in New Carrollton scheduled for completion in the next 10 years

About 10 miles south in Largo, more than 100 officials celebrated a new $543 University of Maryland Capital Regional Medical Center to service resident in Prince George’s and three counties in southern Maryland. The 11-story building will provide cancer and trauma centers, behavioral health services and teach future medical professionals.

The hospital, slated to open in 2021, will operate near the Largo Metro station and situated around thousands of residential units, a hotel and other businesses are under construction in the nucleus of Prince George’s.

Part of the push for medical care stemmed from challenges with behavioral health, cancer and high risks of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

The county health department produced a report last year that stated about two-thirds of county residents are either obese, or overweight. In 2014, Black adults had the highest obesity rate at nearly 39 percent.

“We talk about how important of Children’s National being right here in Prince George’s,” said county Executive Rushern L. Baker III. “To have Children’s a stone’s throw away from the new medical center in the developing area of Glenarden is really fantastic.”

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