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Published on January 19, 2006

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Completes First Phase $99 Million Expansion, Renovation Project

New Lobby Opens, Offers ‘Healing Environment' to Patients, Visitors

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital celebrated the completion of the first phase of construction in its $99 million expansion and renovation project today with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new entrance and lobby. The hospital broke ground for the four-year project last spring. The project will add or renovate nearly 260,000 square feet of space at Shady Grove by 2009. While most construction projects open a new entrance or lobby at the end of the project, Shady Grove opened its new lobby in the first phase so that patients and visitors can see the exciting physical changes that are coming to the hospital over the next three years.

Outside of its new 2,900 square foot lobby, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has also added an extended canopy to protect patients and visitors when they arrive at or leave the hospital. A new entrance drive also guides patients and visitors to the hospital's main entrance.

"Only a few short months ago, we broke ground for our expansion and renovation project that will allow Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to better serve our rapidly growing community. Today, we are thrilled to celebrate the completion of the project's first phase with the opening of our new lobby and entrance," noted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President, Deborah A. Yancer.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital recently became the first and only Planetree Hospital in the State of Maryland. Planetree hospitals are dedicated to creating a patient and family-centered environment through services that are offered as well as elements that are incorporated into the hospital's look and feel. The opening of Shady Grove's new lobby offers patients and visitors a glimpse of the Planetree changes that are being made within the hospital. The overall design of the lobby incorporates a healing environment including water, music and personal spaces.

"Last year, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital began its Planetree journey by committing to create a patient and family-centered culture within our hospital. We want each patient and visitor to have an extraordinary experience in our hospital," explains Yancer. "Our new lobby was specially designed to provide healing and peaceful surroundings. Yet, this new space represents just the beginning of our Planetree journey. Our overall goal with Planetree is to impact the patient experience in our hospital and ensure the delivery of extraordinary care at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital."

Shady Grove's new lobby includes two special Planetree features that also bring beauty and special meaning to the space. When visitors enter the new lobby, they will see a water feature that extends from the floor to the ceiling-named "Water Windows." In the Planetree philosophy, the element of water is believed to create a calming environment that promotes healing, reduces stress and helps patients heal and families relax in what can be a stressful place. During the ceremony, Shady Grove President Debi Yancer dedicated Water Windows to the hospital's physicians for their unending dedication to the hospital as well as to the community that it serves.

Planetree also uses art to help create a warm and beautiful environment. Located just behind Shady Grove's Water Windows is a six-foot sculpture that was created as a special dedication to the hospital's employees. The sculpture can symbolize many things, including a tree, a flame or growth. The sculpture represents the gifts and blessings that Shady Grove's employees bring to the hospital.

"While hospitals can be happy places where babies enter the world, they can also be a place where families learn that a loved one is ill or has passed away. At Shady Grove, we want to make our hospital a place where, even during the most stressful situations, families can listen to music or watch our Water Windows and spend a few minutes reflecting or relaxing. Bringing these elements to our hospital is helping us carry out our mission of delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing," explains Yancer.

With the opening of its new lobby, Shady Grove's expansion and renovation project now moves into its second phase, which will involve the building of a new four-story tower. When completed, the expansion (2007) and renovation (2009) project will result in many new and expanded features for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, including:

  • The addition of 144 private patient beds, bringing the hospital's total number of private beds to 218, or 74 percent;
  • A new Surgery Department for inpatient and outpatient cases;
  • Increased space for several areas within the hospital, including the Emergency Department (20 additional adult and pediatric beds), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (bringing the total number of beds to 38, depending on the acuity of patients) and the Obstetrics Department (48 new, private post-partum rooms).

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. 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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