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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on May 07, 2003

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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President Honored as a Top Leader in Maryland

Rockville, MD - Deborah A. Yancer, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, has been selected as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for the year 2003.

The annual award recognizes the professional, personal and community-based accomplishments of leading women across the State. The award recipients for 2003 include physicians, business executives, administrators, judges, politicians and educators, among others. The hospital's Patient Advisory Group nominated Yancer for the award, and she is the only hospital president honored this year.

"Debi is well deserving of this honor and we are very pleased she has been recognized for her very significant contributions in the field of health care," said William G. Robertson, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare, which owns and operates Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. "Throughout her career, and especially at Shady Grove, she has always sought to ensure that hospital services are closely linked to the needs of the communities they serve."

Yancer has nearly 25 years of executive health care experience. She joined Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as President in May 2000 at a time when the hospital was facing close scrutiny by State and national health care regulators. Since that time, the hospital has satisfied all regulatory requirements and is in good standing, and Shady Grove recently won a national award for high outpatient satisfaction survey results.

The hospital has received the Maryland "Workplace Excellence" Seal of Approval from the National Work-Life Alliance, an organization which recognizes organizations that provide a healthy work environment. The hospital also is moving forward with several initiatives to expand its facilities and services based upon growing community need.

Yancer and the other recipients were honored at a special awards ceremony in Baltimore on May 6, 2003. The Maryland's Top 100 Women award is sponsored by the Daily Record, a business and legal daily newspaper based in Baltimore. To be eligible for this award, recipients must live or work in Maryland and must demonstrate professional accomplishment and a commitment to the community through volunteering efforts.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a 263-bed hospital that operates a number of health care services including cardiology, oncology, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine, inpatient/outpatient surgery, high risk maternity care and other services. The hospital employs some 1,700 health care professional.

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