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Published on October 18, 2002

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Montgomery County Approves Zoning for Emergency Medical Facility

Rockville, MD - The Montgomery County Council has taken action to enable Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to develop an emergency medical facility in Germantown, Maryland.

The action, approved unanimously on October 15, amends the County's Zoning Ordinance to allow for construction and operation of a 30,000 square foot emergency medical facility near the Germantown Town Center. Councilmember Nancy Dacek sponsored the measure.

The proposed facility in Germantown would be a satellite of the emergency department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and would be staffed and equipped to handle any type of medical emergency 24-hours-a-day, including patients transported by ambulance. A similar facility, known as the Bowie Health Center, exists in Prince George's County.

The emergency department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is one of the busiest in Maryland, treating more than 80,000 patients annually. Approximately 30,000 visits come from the fast growing communities in northern Montgomery County, and officials at Shady Grove are working on the development of the satellite emergency department to bring emergency medical care closer to these residents.

"We are very appreciative to the Montgomery County Council and the Park and Planning Commission for approving the zoning for this facility in Germantown," said Deborah A. Yancer, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. "We feel a sense of responsibility to ensure the community we serve, which includes the entire upcounty region, has access to necessary medical services. We will now begin working with Maryland state regulatory officials to receive the necessary state approval for this center."

"We strongly support this project as a safe, effective way to bring closer access to emergency medical care for residents in the upcounty community," said Assistant Chief Mike Love, Chief of Emergency Medical Services with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. "We urge the State to give the necessary approval for this project."

The emergency medical facility would be located on a five-acre site on the south side of Route 118, just across from the Germantown Town Center. This site is being developed as the Germantown Medical Center and construction on a physician office building will begin there in the next few weeks.

"The up-county community is growing rapidly and access to medical care must keep pace with that growth," said Yancer.

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