June 30 - July 6, 2022
Photo Courtesy Luminis Health
Victoria Bayless, chief executive officer of Luminis Health (third from right), and Deneen Richmond, president of LHDCMC (fifth from right), joined Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and other local and state key stakeholders for the ribbon cutting of the new Behavioral Health Services Building located on the hospital’s Lanham campus.
Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center Launches Much Needed Behavioral Health Services in Prince George’s County
By PRESS OFFICER
Lanham, Md. (June 21, 2022)—With a significant rise in the need for mental health services, Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center (LHDMC) will soon offer a broad continuum of services for people dealing with mental health issues and substance use disorders. [Last week], Victoria Bayless, chief executive officer of Luminis Health, and Deneen Richmond, president of LHDCMC, joined Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and other local and state key stakeholders for the ribbon cutting of the new Behavioral Health Services Building located on the hospital’s Lanham campus.
“Mental health impacts all of us, and we know many in our community are struggling, and even more so through the global pandemic,” says Bayless. “When Luminis Health was formed in 2019, we made a commitment to increase access to high-quality care in Prince George’s County. Today, we deliver on that promise by making healthcare easier, more personal, and built for the communities we call home.”
Major funding for the project was made possible through a $20 million grant from Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and the Prince George’s County Council. “We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Luminis Behavioral Health Facility,” says Alsobrooks. “We have looked forward to this day for a while, and today is proof of what happens when we capitalize on a time of rising opportunity for our residents. Prince George’s County has had some longstanding challenges in providing residents with access to behavioral healthcare, but with the opening of this facility, Prince Georgians will now have access to the high-quality healthcare they need right here at home.”
This July, we will open first floor ambulatory services:
• Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC): Therapy and medication management for adults at the beginning, evolving to include children
• Behavioral Health Walk-In Urgent Care: For non-emergent behavioral health concerns for all ages
• Psychiatric Day Treatment Program (PDTP): Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults and adolescents
• 8-bed Addiction Residential Service
• Substance use disorder intensive outpatient treatment program
“This facility will provide much needed access to behavioral health care and will ensure people receive the care they need, close to home,” says Richmond. “We’ve served this community for more than 45 years, and the opening of this facility will help us fulfill our mission of enhancing the health of the people and communities we serve.”
The second phase, a 16-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit on the second floor, is scheduled to open this December.
Maryland-based Luminis Health is a nationally recognized health system comprised of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Doctors Community Medical Center, J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center, Pathways, and Luminis Health Clinical Enterprise. Formed in 2019, Luminis Health serves residents in eight counties across the state and offers services in primary care, imaging, specialty care, emergency care, hospital care, as well as mental health and addiction care. With 741 licensed beds and 80+ sites of care, the health system has more than 6,600 employees, 1,900 medical staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers. Luminis Health generates $1.2 billion in operating revenue and contributes $80 million each year for the community’s benefit. Luminis Health is committed to being a beacon of hope and healing for the region, while igniting new possibilities for how and where health care is delivered. Learn more at LuminisHealth.org and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Proves Int’l Expansion Starts Here at 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit
EDC Business Development hosted spinoff event for IT and Cyber industries at the Innovation Station Business Incubator
By PRESS OFFICER
Largo, Md. (June 23, 2022)—Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation return[ed] to the SelectUSA Summit in person on June 26–29, 2022, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Furthering the message that Expansion Starts Here, the Economic Development Corporation’s Business Development team engage[d] with international businesses both at the summit and throughout Prince George’s County during the course of the summit.
An invite-only spinoff event in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Commerce focused on the information technology sector (IT) and cyber industries [took] place at the Innovation Station Business Incubator on Friday, June 24, 2022. Additionally, the EDC will join the Maryland Department of Commerce, taking SelectUSA representatives on a bus tour exclusively within Prince George’s County, MD, to vibrant sites of tech and cyber growth like WeWork.
“SelectUSA is a great platform for Prince George’s County to meet and network with the international business community and showcase our unique stature as a foreign trade zone,” said Ebony Stocks, Executive Vice President of the Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation. “Through the EDC’s Innovation Station Business Incubator, international businesses have access to our comprehensive services which allow them to establish a U.S. foothold in Prince George’s County, Maryland.”
The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event in the United States dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI). This year’s Investment Summit return[ed] in its familiar format to provide exciting opportunities for more investors from more markets and greater representation from Economic Development Organizations (EDO) across the nation to engage and interact.
“We offer a unique soft landing and launching pad program for international businesses looking to enter the U.S. market,” said Martin Ezemma, Director of International Business for Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation.
For more information about the services, the Economic Development Corporation provides to local companies, visit www.pgcedc.com.
The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s (PGCEDC) mission is to cultivate and promote a strong local economy that supports the growth and prosperity of entrepreneurs and businesses, dedicated to strengthening communities through business development and job creation.
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Free Independence Day Lyft Rides Offered throughout Greater Washington to Prevent Drunk Driving
Over 40% of U.S. highway deaths during Independence Day involve drunk drivers
By PRESS OFFICER
Washington (June 21, 2022)—Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 40-percent (41%) of U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers,* a local nonprofit organization announced today that free safe rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area during next month’s Independence Day holiday.
Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the 2022 Independence Day SoberRide® program will be in operation beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th (Independence Day) and operate until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5th as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday.
During this twelve-hour period, area residents age 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may download the Lyft app to their phones, then enter the SoberRide® code in the app’s “Payment” tab (under the “Add Lyft Pass” option) to receive their no-cost (up to $15) safe transportation home. WRAP’s 2022 Independence Day SoberRide® promo code will be posted at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4 on www.SoberRide.com
“Over 40-percent of U.S. traffic fatalities during the Independence Day holiday involve drunk drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Kurt Erickson, WRAP’s President. “And July 4th’s nighttime hours are or particular concern as 85% of fatal drunk driving crashes in the U.S. during the Independence Day holiday occur at night.”
During the 2019 Independence Day period (COVID-19 prevented the last two year’s full offerings), over 800 (817) persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used WRAP’s SoberRide® program rather than possibly driving home impaired. The charity also offers its SoberRide® program on St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween and the winter holidays.
“Lyft is dedicated to providing access to reliable and responsible rides, and we’re proud to partner with programs like WRAP to offer Lyft as an alternative to impaired driving,” said Kamillah Wood, Director of Public Policy for Community Safety at Lyft. “Through our Roadway Safety Program and our partnerships with the public, we hope to empower our community with the tools to protect themselves and those around them this holiday season.”
SoberRide® is offered throughout Lyft’s Washington D.C. coverage area which includes all or parts of: the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and towns therein plus the cities of Bowie, College Park, District Heights, Gaithersburg. Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, Mount Ranier, New Carrollton, Rockville, Seat Pleasant and Takoma Park; and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and towns therein plus the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Sponsors of WRAP’s 2022 Independence Day SoberRide® campaign include the 395 Express Lanes, Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, Beer Institute, Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands, District of Columbia Association of Beverage Alcohol Wholesalers, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Foundation of Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Giant Food, Glory Days Grill, Kendall-Jackson, Lyft, Molson Coors Beverage Company, New Belgium Brewing, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association. WRAP’s 2022 Partner SoberRide® Sponsors include the Maryland Highway Safety Office/Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Since 1991, WRAP’s SoberRide® program has provided 82,300 free safe rides home to would-be drunk drivers in the Greater Washington area.
Founded in 1982, the nonprofit [501(c)(3)] Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is a coalition of diverse interests using effective education, innovative programs and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, DC metro area. Through public education, innovative health education programs and advocacy, WRAP is credited with keeping the metro-Washington area’s alcohol-related traffic deaths historically lower than the national average. More information about WRAP’s SoberRide® initiative can be found at www.SoberRide.com.
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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