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Media Contact: Tom Grant
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Published on May 03, 2006

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children Offers Local Families Outstanding Pediatric Care, Close to Home

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital today highlighted a new name that covers the wide range of pediatric specialty care that it offers - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children. The hospital created the new name to raise community awareness about the pediatric services that are offered close to home. All pediatric areas and services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital will now fall under this new "hospital within a hospital."

"When your child is sick, you want excellent care and you want to stay close to home. As a mother, grandmother and nurse, I know this first-hand. We are pleased to let residents in our community know that they do not have to travel long distances to access pediatric specialists. This care is right, in our community, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children," explains Shady Grove President, Debi Yancer.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children has Montgomery County's first 24-hour Pediatric Emergency Department as well as the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the County. The hospital also has a level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Shady Grove's medical staff includes several pediatric specialty areas, including pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric neurology, pediatric surgery and pediatric endocrinology. These experts are trained to treat some of the most serious illnesses in children.

"Children are important members of our community who require specialized healthcare services. We are committed to providing high quality pediatric care right here in our community. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children allows us to share our commitment to children and the specialized services that we offer with the members of our community. We look forward to developing new services for our pediatric patients," said Yancer.

In addition to the new name for its pediatric services, Shady Grove is also introducing Sunny, a floppy-eared and friendly-faced dog who will be a special friend to children who come to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. In addition, a stuffed version of Sunny will be given to all pediatric inpatients.

"We are thrilled to welcome Sunny to our hospital. We hope that he will ease the stress of pediatric patients and will help them feel comforted while they are at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children," explains Yancer.

Visitors to Shady Grove will see Sunny's paw prints in areas of the hospital where children receive care such as Radiology, Laboratory, Same-Day Surgery and the Pediatric Emergency Department. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital kicked off the new name for its pediatric services with a roundtable discussion on three children's health issues-headaches, allergies and emergencies. Dr. Marc DiFazio, a pediatric neurologist at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children discussed headaches and children. "While headaches are sometimes thought of as an ‘adult condition,' it is important to know that children can suffer from headaches too. However, most headaches in childhood are benign, and not due to serious medical conditions. Yet, some symptoms signal a more concerning diagnoses-the child should see a physician expeditiously in this circumstance," noted Dr. DiFazio.

With the weather warming up, Dr. Scott Freedman, the Medical Director of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children's Pediatric Emergency Department, discussed injury prevention as well as poison prevention for kids. "Many parents begin their regular spring cleaning without considering some of the health risks that the cleaners and other products can have for children. We want to help parents know how to try to prevent poisonings and when it may be necessary to visit the emergency department," explained Dr. Freedman.

Dr. Heidi Isenberg-Feig provided information about food allergies in children, including some of the most common food allergies and ways that parents can identify and help to treat a food allergy. "In the United States, up to four percent of children under age six have food allergies. Approximately 100 people in this country die from food-induced anaphylaxis each year, but it is virtually impossible to predict which allergic patients could die as a result of their allergies. Educating children and their parents about allergies can help to quickly identify and prevent these sometimes life-threatening reactions," said Dr. Isenberg-Feig.
The media roundtable was the first in a series of roundtables that will take place at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital this year.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 269 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, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Community Hospital, and Adventist Home Health.

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