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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on May 26, 2005

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Governor Signs Legislation Approving Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's New Emergency Medical Facility in Germantown

Annapolis, MD - Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich today signed legislation that will allow Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to establish a freestanding medical facility in Germantown to improve access to emergency medical care for residents in the fast-growing upper Montgomery County region.

Hospital officials joined legislative sponsors and others at the bill signing ceremony in Annapolis.

"A committed team of elected officials, community leaders, county officials, and others worked collaboratively to navigate a complicated regulatory and legislative process to secure this new facility for the community," said Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President Deborah A. Yancer. "Our focus is now to complete the project and begin improving access to emergency medical care for residents in upper Montgomery County."

The emergency facility will be located behind the three-story physician office building currently visible from Route 118 just west of I-270 and across from the Germantown Town Center. The shell of the building currently exits, but interior design and construction must be completed before the facility can open.

The legislation signed by the Governor was overwhelmingly approved by the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year. The lead sponsors in the Senate were Sen. Patrick J. Hogan (District 39) and Sen. Rob Garagiola (District 15). Delegate John Hurson (District 18), Chair of the House Health & Government Operations Committee, was the lead sponsor in the House of Delegates. He was joined by a number of other delegates who were co-sponsors, including legislators from Districts 15 and 39:Charles Barkley, Jean Cryor, Kathleen Dumais, Brian Feldman, Nancy King and Joan Stern.

"We are blessed to have state legislators working so tirelessly in Annapolis on behalf of improving health care for our community. As well, at every hearing and in key meetings, members of our community stepped forward to advocate for the facility. Montgomery County Councilman Mike Knapp has been an extraordinary advocate for this service. County Fire Chief Thomas Carr offered invaluable expertise in his testimony before legislators, as did Rick Helfrich of Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services," Yancer said.

Local community members who attended hearings and testified included Susan Burkinshaw, and Trish Heffelfinger, Executive Director of the Maryland Soccerplex and Discovery Sports Center.

According to Yancer, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has appointed a team of administrative and clinical staff to work on the Germantown facility and "bring the needed emergency services to the community as soon as possible." This work includes completing final buildout plans; working with State health regulators to develop licensing standards for the facility; contracting with insurers for reimbursement for care; working with State officials to develop transport protocols for patients, and managing many other details. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital officials anticipate the facility will be open to care for patients by early 2006.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a 281-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. Shady Grove provides a broad range of health services to the community and is known for excellence in high-risk obstetrical care, cardiac and vascular interventional care, orthopedic care and bariatric surgery. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital also has a special emphasis on providing health care services for children. With the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County, Shady Grove provides care to 25,000 pediatric emergency patients each year. The hospital also operates the only pediatric intensive care unit in the county. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Rockville, Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare , an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. Adventist Healthcare also includes Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Community Hospital, and Adventist Home Health.

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