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Published on May 15, 2003

Press Release

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Applies for Approval to Develop Satellite Emergency Department in Germantown

Health Care Facility to be Located Near Germantown Town Center

Germantown, MD  - Population growth and skyrocketing emergency department visits have prompted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to apply for regulatory approval from the State of Maryland to develop a satellite emergency department in Germantown to serve residents in upper Montgomery County.

The hospital filed a formal application for a Certificate of Need (CON) with the Maryland Health Care Commission, which oversees approval for certain health care services in the State. The proposed facility will offer emergency medical care 24 hours-a-day as a satellite of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and will also have five inpatient beds.

The emergency department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is one of the busiest in Maryland and the entire Washington, D.C. metropolitan region with some 85,000 visits projected for this year, compared to 69,931 at the end of 2000.

"The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department strongly supports the development of this satellite facility," said Gordon Aoyagi, Fire Administrator of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. "Our ambulances spend a significant amount of time when transporting patients from the northern reaches of the county down to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. This project brings emergency medical care closer to developing communities, will ultimately help reduce ambulance response time and will also help relieve some of the pressure on overburdened emergency departments throughout Montgomery County."

The 27,000-square-foot facility in Germantown will be located on Route 118 near the intersection with Middlebrook Road. The Montgomery County Council has approved zoning for the facility, and regulatory approval from State health planning officials is necessary before construction can begin. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is also developing a physician office building, scheduled to open later this year, on the same campus where the satellite emergency department will be located.

The proposed satellite emergency facility in Germantown could treat all types of medical emergencies, pending transport regulations established by Montgomery County Fire & Rescue and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

"The equipment and services would be similar to a hospital's emergency department and would be capable of handling patients who walk in or are transported by ambulance," said Dr. Angelo Falcone, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Dr. Falcone noted that other states around the country have approved these types of facilities, including Virginia.

"The up-county community is growing rapidly and we have a responsibility to meet the health care needs of local residents," said Deborah A. Yancer, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. "We believe this is an important and necessary service for our community."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a 263-bed hospital that provides an array of health care services including cardiology, oncology, high-risk maternity care, specialized pediatric care, neonatology services, inpatient/outpatient surgery, and emergency medicine, among others. The hospital employs some 1,700 health care professionals.

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