Germantown is an urbanized census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland. The original plan for Germantown divided the area into a downtown and six town villages: Gunners Lake Village, Kingsview Village, Churchill Village, Middlebrook Village, Clopper’s Mill Village, and Neelsville Village. The Churchill Town Sector at the corner of Maryland Route 118 and Middlebrook Road most closely resembles the downtown, or center, of Germantown, due to the location of the Upcounty Regional Services Center, the Germantown Public Library, the Black Rock Arts Center, the Regal Germantown Stadium 14, and a pedestrian shopping that features an array of restaurants. Three exits to Interstate 270 are less than one mile away, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter train is within walking distance, and the Germantown Transit Center provides Ride On shuttle service to the Shady Grove station of the Washington Metro’s Red Line.
The BlackRock Center for the Arts is located in downtown Germantown, at the Germantown Town Center. The BlackRock Center for the Arts also sponsors the Germantown Oktoberfest, an annual festival held every year in the fall, which includes various genres of music, including traditional German folk, rock and pop. The Maryland SoccerPlex sports complex is located in Germantown. The arena now hosts the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League as well as amateur, collegiate, and regional soccer tournaments. Germantown is featured in several episodes of the science fiction television series, The X-Files, notably as a hotbed for biomedical engineering and research, as in reality.
Serving 31,000 residents a year, the Germantown Emergency Center has improved access to emergency care for residents in upper Montgomery County. The center is staffed by a team of board-certified emergency physicians, as well as approximately 30 specially trained nurses and staff.
The Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency provides the same full-service emergency medical care that patients can receive at a hospital emergency department in a convenient, stand-alone location. Patients who need to be admitted are transferred to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center or other area hospitals.
The Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center functions similar to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s Emergency Department, but it does not have inpatient beds. Advanced technology closely links the facility with Shady Grove Medical Center. For example, the hospital’s Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), which provides digital x-ray images, allows doctors at Shady Grove Medical Center to review images from patients at the Germantown Emergency Center. The emergency center, which opened in 2006, was the first part of Adventist HealthCare’s network of comprehensive services in Germantown and the upper part of Montgomery County. These services now include:
- ED Volume: 20,000
- Adventist HealthCare Centra Care Urgent Care
- Adventist Medical Group Primary Care
- Adventist HealthCare Imaging
- Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services Outpatient Clinic
- Shady Grove Radiation Oncology Center at Germantown
- MobileMed Upcounty Primary Care Clinic
- Maternity Partnership Prenatal Center