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Published on July 31, 2006

Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center Increases Access to Emergency Medical Care for Upcounty Residents

Community Members Celebrate New Center with Ribbon Cutting on July 31

Rockville, MD - Access to emergency medical care will significantly increase for residents of Montgomery County on August 7 when the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center at Germantown begins offering patient care. The upcoming opening of this important new center was celebrated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which included state and local elected officials as well as members of the community.

"In a medical emergency, minutes truly matter. This new Emergency Center will shave minutes off of the time that it takes for patients to receive the care that they need. We are grateful to all of the community members, hospital employees, physicians and elected officials who have worked with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare to open Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center, which will improve access to emergency medical care for residents of upper Montgomery County and surrounding areas," noted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President, Deborah A. Yancer.

The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center will offer 24-hour emergency medical care for patients who arrive at the facility on their own or by ambulance. The center will be equipped similar to a hospital Emergency Department, but it will not have inpatient beds. The Center's highly qualified staff, which includes emergency physicians, nurses and support staff, will be part of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Emergency Department-the second busiest in the state and the busiest in Montgomery County.

The opening of the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center is the result of years of collaboration between Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, local and state elected officials as well as many community members. Together, these groups recognized that the growing population in upper Montgomery County combined with significant distance between Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and the next closest hospital along the I-270 corridor, a stressed EMS transport system and severe traffic congestion were creating barriers to emergency medical care for upcounty residents.

"At Adventist HealthCare, our mission is to meet the healthcare needs of our communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Since 1994, we have watched the average daily traffic volume on I-270 at the Frederick County line increase by 83 percent and traffic on a key Germantown intersection has increased 140 percent. With a rapidly growing population in upper Montgomery County, the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center will help us better serve the emergency medical needs of these residents who deserve increased access to emergency medical care," explained William Robertson, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

In the spring of 2005, the Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly approved legislation to open the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown. In May 2005, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich signed legislation approving the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center.

Advanced technology will allow the Emergency Center to be closely linked with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. For example, the hospital's Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), which provides digital x-ray images, will allow doctors at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to review images from patients at the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center. For patients who come to the Emergency Center, but require inpatient hospital care, local and state officials have worked closely with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to establish transport protocols. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center is expected to provide emergency medical care to 17,000 patients during its first year and more than 25,000 during the second year.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 268 licensed beds that is located in Rockville, Maryland. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; as well as a broad range of surgical specialties. Also, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children, which is located within Shady Grove Adventist Hospital encompasses a broad range of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and 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 Services, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Adventist Home Health Services.

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