LANHAM — Doctor’s Community Health System and the Anne Arundel Medical Center took the first step in rebranding their system since they announced they would be merging as one health system in July.
The two medical systems announced Luminis Health as the new name of their combined medical facility on Sept. 17.
According to their announcement, they chose the name as Luminis is a symbol of light and signifies the commitment of the new health system to being a beacon of hope and healing for their community.
“Light is quite literally the energy that you can see — and by joining forces and moving forward as one, we’re igniting new possibilities for how and where health care is delivered,” they said.
Doctors Community Health System (DCHS) was founded in 1975, and the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) was established in 1902. They shared their intent to partner in May and signed their definitive agreement in June. They officially closed on the deal on July 1.
AAMC is headquartered in Annapolis and has a 349-bed nonprofit hospital as part of its system in addition to a multi-specialty medical group, imaging and lab services, convenience care clinics, a research institute, a substance use treatment center and health enterprises. It has outpatient pavilions in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena and Waugh Chapel.
Meanwhile, DCHS, a network of medical and surgical services, primarily serves Prince George’s County with its headquarters in Lanham. It has about a dozen care centers in places including Bowie, Camp Springs, Crofton, District Heights, Hyattsville, Lanham, Largo, Laurel, Riverdale and Temple Hills.
With a changing health care landscape where the number of independent hospitals in a sea of large health systems is beginning to decline, DCHS and AAMC decided to come together to meet the growing needs of their patients, said AAMC Communications Supervisor Arminta Plater.
The goal of the new health system is to reimagine the scope of community care while improving access to care and improving the overall health of the population health as they expand services throughout Maryland.
“For years, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Doctors Community Health System have shared a dedication to compassionate care, delivered when and where people need it most,” said Victoria Bayless, who serves as the president and CEO of AAMC and CEO of Luminis Health. “We’re carrying that same commitment into the future as Luminis Health, a health system that ishere to embrace progress and awaken a new era in care for our communities.”
DCHS and AAMC chose their new name through input from members of their community, employees and physicians using surveys, research and interviews. Community input will continue to be an essential aspect of future changes.
Now that a new name has been chosen, the next step for Luminis Health will be to determine how the new name will apply to the existing entity names of DCHS and AAMC while, at the same time, respecting the legacies of each.
That will also include a significant amount of research and input from stakeholders as they define the new brand.
The brand will officially launch in spring 2020. However, for the time being, patients will not experience any immediate changes to their care and can continue seeing their preferred providers as insurance coverage and participation, and access to the patient portal will not change.
“Luminis Health will serve as a beacon of hope and healing to strengthen our local communities,” said DCHS President Paul Grenaldo. “Those important phrases truly represent elements of each organization’s great traditions while looking towards the future as to how we can be of greater service to people throughout Maryland.”
As Luminis Health continues to develop over the coming months, they will continue to reach out to their community for feedback. They will be holding public town hall meetings on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at AAMC in Annapolis and on Nov. 7 at Doctor’s Community Hospital in Lanham.
Despite the current changes, full integration of the two hospital systems is expected to be completed in about two years.