Atlantic General Hospital...your Not for Profit Community Hospital.
A not-for-profit, community-based hospital:
- is under local control
- focuses on local concerns
- has no private gain
- provides access to care
- gives its attention to community needs
As a not-for-profit, community-based hospital, Atlantic General Hospital
and Health System holds itself accountable to the people we serve — Y.O.U.!
- Our assets stay in the community
- Our Board of Trustees is local and serves without pay. They balance financial
decisions with community concerns.
- There is no “private” profit – no individual or corporation
makes any profit.
- All income above expenses is used to improve the health of the community.
- We provide a full spectrum of care – education, prevention, and treatment
– that benefits all members of our community.
With donor support, we will:
- Continue the Integrated Health Literacy Program. The first of its kind
in the NATION. Serving more than 2,400 students in Worcester County Public
Schools, this program has expanded from a small pilot to every student
in the county in grades 1 through 5 - with a new pilot starting in our
middle schools. Research shows these students are becoming more aware
of what constitutes good health, and how to make healthy choices due to
this program. Our vision through this program is healthy life choices
and a healthier community.
- Continue to provide mission-driven community education and health services.
This has allowed our associates direct interaction with more than 63,000
members of our community outside of traditional clinical settings.
- Continue growing our pain management program. Addressing the critical need
for effective, lasting relief from chronic pain - a leading cause of disability
in this country.
- Provide home sleep studies. AGH is the ONLY provider of home sleep studies
that also provides comprehensive one-on-one education and instructions
for using the equipment. Offering lower-cost, comfort and convenience.
- Continue to grow our Dermatology and Pediatric offerings. Atlantic General
Health System now includes two dermatologists in Selbyville, Delaware,
and three pediatricians located in the new Atlantic General Medical Center
in West Ocean City to serve these specialty needs.
- Continue the non-surgical component to the Bariatric (weight loss) Program.
Offered at Atlantic General Bariatric Center. Nearly 70% percent of adults
in our community are considered overweight or obese, which often leads
to other chronic illnesses. This program provides these individuals with
the treatment and ongoing support and monitoring necessary to safely reach
their goals and achieve permanent weight loss.
- Increase community awareness around our Pulmonary Clinic. To address the
education and care coordination needs of our population with pulmonary
diseases. Patients with emphysema or other COPD, asthma, or other diseases
can now receive the comprehensive care they need to properly manage their
conditions in an outpatient clinical setting.
- Continue additional mission-driven projects including the partnership in
telemedicine with Kennedy Krieger Institute. Atlantic General Hospital
is the first hospital in the nation to partner with Baltimore’s
internationally recognized Kennedy Krieger Institute to provide neurodevelopmental
pediatric specialty services via telemedicine to children with autism,
ADD / ADHD, intellectual disabilities, communication, learning and other
developmental disorders who live far from specialty care. This allows
the neurodevelopmental pediatricians at Kennedy Krieger Institute to simultaneously
monitor a child’s behavior in the play area in the back of the room
while consulting with the patient’s parent or guardian in the foreground.
The telemedicine equipment utilized by AGH/AHC/ KKI is secure and encrypted
to protect patient information confidentiality.
Where We’ve Been
Atlantic General Hospital’s previous five-year strategic plan helped
us achieve many notable accomplishments, including:
Implementing better service and more convenience for our patients and for
- 30-Minute ER Promise
- Atlantic ImmediCare clinics
- Patient-Centered Medical Home model
- RediScripts pharmacy
- Implementing the Health Literacy project in the Worcester County Public
Schools and through faith-based initiatives with local spiritual leaders
- Implementing an integrated electronic health record system across the entire
- Attaining Level I and Level II Meaningful Use goals set by the federal
- Performing well in healthcare quality metrics and achieving strong patient
- Expanding the pool of primary care physicians and specialists in our region
… And we’ve accomplished all this coupled with operational
efficiencies and positive financial performance.
AGH's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
The U.S. healthcare industry continues to face unprecedented uncertainty
as fundamental reforms are implemented:
- The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
- Maryland’s new healthcare financing model for hospitals
The goals behind the initiatives are praiseworthy:
- Improve the health of the population
- Enhance the patient care experience
- Reduce the cost of care
Achieving this triple aim is a challenge, as there are many unresolved
questions about their implementation. Our new 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
is designed to get us there.
Our 2020 Vision is all about integrating healthcare beyond the acute care
facility. Investment in technology-based solutions will result in care
being distributed more evenly throughout our region, with easier access
for all. AGH will be the leader in promoting our region’s good health
and the prevention of disease.
2020 Vision: The Right Path to Good Health
- Focused on affordable patient and family care
- Error-free healthcare services
- Focused on primary care providers
- Timely delivery of healthcare services
- Driven by best practices
- Community-based healthcare services
- Primary care available everywhere
- Conveniently available healthcare specialists
- Telemedicine capabilities
- A service orientation
- A provider mix that aligns with our community’s needs
- The right healthcare specialists, available locally
- Continuous learning and improvement
- Accountable, affordable care
- Advanced acute care referral
- Rehabilitation care
- Long-term care
- Hospice and palliative care
- Mental health care
- The right hospital to lead care coordination in our community
- The right place to receive care
For more information about our strategic initiatives or how you can support
our efforts through a Major Gift, please call Tammy Patrick at 410-641-9690 or email