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Published on October 05, 2005

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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Co-Winner of 2005-2006 Consumer Choice Award

Award Recognizes Consumer Preference and Healthcare Quality

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital - a part of Adventist HealthCare - has been named a co-winner of the National Research Corporation's Consumer Choice Award for most preferred hospital in overall quality and image in the Bethesda, Maryland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

The award, which is given by the National Research Corporation, is based on consumer preference research in the Bethesda, Maryland MSA, a geographic service area defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, located in Rockville, Maryland, serves Montgomery and Frederick Counties in Maryland.

"At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital we strive to meet the healthcare needs of our community through outstanding care, services and programs. Our goal is to provide each patient with an extraordinary experience at our hospital. We are proud to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing to provide excellent healthcare to our community long into the future," noted Deborah A. Yancer, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The award is based on a study of nearly 200,000 households representing 400,000 consumers in the U.S. The winning hospitals rated highest in their MSA. This is the tenth year the National Research Corporation (NRC) has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing quality healthcare services. Shady Grove Adventist's co-winner of the Consumer Choice Award is Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to NRC, co-winners are named when the difference between top scores in a given market is less than 0.2 percent.

"The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to deliver excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. We are pleased that Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has received this important recognition for the services that it provides to the community," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a 269-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility located in Rockville, Maryland, is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. We provide a broad range of health services to the community and are known for excellence in high-risk obstetrical care, cardiac and vascular interventional care, oncology services, orthopedic care, and bariatric surgery. Our Emergency Department is the second-busiest in Maryland, with nearly 90,000 patient visits per year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital also has a special emphasis on providing health care services for children. We have the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and care for 25,000 pediatric emergency patients per year. The hospital also operates the only pediatric intensive care unit in the county. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. Adventist Healthcare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Adventist Home Health.

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