Frequently Asked Questions

Our vision is to encourage philanthropic support, enabling us to deliver top-notch healthcare and provide advanced technology to our oncology patients.

Q. What is MedStar Montgomery Medical Center?

A. We are a 138-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and surrounding areas. We are a proud member of MedStar Health, a regional health care system with a network of 10 hospitals and 20 other related businesses across Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area.

Q. What does “not-for-profit” mean?

A. The profit rendered each year is put back into our facility– helping to create jobs, provide new services, purchase the latest technology and manage current programs.

Q. Who pays for MedStar Health?

A. All of the 10 entities within the system help pay for MedStar Health. Philanthropy dollars do not pay for MedStar, contributions remain at the entity for which they are designated.

Q. Why should I give to MedStar Montgomery, if you’re part of MedStar Health?

A. We may be a part of a healthcare system, that is a not-for-profit system, but we are still an independent not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We rely on the philanthropic dollars to purchase the equipment, support the programs and enhance the services provided to our patients and community. The dollars raised directly benefit our patients.

Q. Why can’t MedStar Health pay for this campaign?

A. MedStar Health, with the support from MedStar Montgomery, made a $3 million investment to the Capital Campaign for Oncology, because they understand the importance of offering this innovative technology to our patients.

Q. Why can’t revenue from operations provide funding for the Capital Campaign for Oncology?

A. We have between $6M to $7M each year for operational funds, to be used for patient care, hospital maintenance and facilities. With this campaign’s capital expansion and the purchase of a new linear accelerator, it will cost about $6.9M, which would leave the hospital with no operational money for emergency capital and other areas.

Q. Will my money support the MedStar Health system or my community hospital?

A. All funds raised through the MGH Health Foundation in support of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center stay at our community hospital. Your money will stay here.

Q. What kinds of gifts are accepted for this campaign?

A. Monetary gifts are accepted, including: cash; check; credit card; or stock.

Q. Why does MedStar Montgomery need this advancement for the Oncology program, now?

A. We are competitive in our county with the surrounding hospitals and medical facilities. We want to be able to offer our patients and families local and convenient treatment. Many oncology patients become very sick during treatment, but offering options that are close to home helps make them feel more comfortable. Health care is ever-changing and we need to continue advancing technology at MedStar Montgomery.

Q. We are in an economic crisis, why should I give my money to this campaign?

A. We are all struggling in the current economy, but giving when we can makes our hospital and community stronger.

Q. How much does this Capital Campaign for Oncology project cost?

A. To expand, construct and renovate the Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy it will cost a total of $7 million. With the support of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Health has made a $3 million investment to this project. The remaining $4 million gap is a partnership we need from our community.

Q: Why is $4 million dollars the campaign goal?

A: To expand, construct and renovate the Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy it cost a total of $7 million. With the support of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Health has made a $3 million investment to this project, because they understand the importance of offering this innovative treatment to our patients. The remaining $4 million gap is a partnership we need from you—our community.

Q. Does MedStar Montgomery offer services to the uninsured?

A. Yes, we offer services through the hospital as well as through a safety net clinic onsite, Proyecto Salud.

Q. Who is Helen P. Denit?

The Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy, opened in 2001 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, was named after an inspirational leader and philanthropist.

Helen P. Denit, a former teacher, and her husband, Louis M. Denit, a prominent Washington attorney, had always been active community supporters. After Louis died in 1957, Mrs. Denit continued to work with numerous civic, patriotic and charitable organizations in the area, including the Women’s Board at MedStar Montgomery. In 1988, the native of Rockville and lifelong resident of Maryland passed away at the age of 90.

Her heirs subsequently established the Helen P. Denit Charitable Trust and funded the original cancer center at MedStar Montgomery in her name. And a few years later, during the 2004 mini-campaign for the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the trust funded the Cancer Resource Center, on the fourth floor of the main hospital. Since then, the trust has generously supported many other fundraising initiatives at MedStar Montgomery, including the Capital Campaign for Oncology. The Helen P. Denit trust has donated $200,000.

 

For questions, please call the Foundation office at 301-774-8777 to speak to a philanthropy officer.