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Published on December 03, 2007

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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Patient Tower

New Space Provides Growing Community with Private Rooms and Modern Features to Enhance Quality, Safety

Rockville , MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital celebrates the opening of its new tower today with a ceremony and dedication for the community, elected officials, hospital staff and physicians.  The tower marks the first major expansion for Shady Grove since it began providing patient care in 1979.

"In recent years, the community around Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has grown rapidly.  We celebrate the expansion of our hospital, which will help us meet the needs of our growing community today and in the future," notes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President, Dennis Hansen.  "Yet, in our new tower and throughout the hospital, delivering high quality, compassionate care remains our top priority."

Patient care units in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's new tower are designed to enhance the quality care that is delivered to patients in the hospital.  These modern changes include decentralized nursing stations, which allow nursing staff to remain close to their patients at all times through small nursing stations positioned throughout the care units.  This change results in an innovative model of care, called relationship-based care, which improves patient and staff satisfaction and safety.

Many elements of Shady Grove's new tower are also designed to enhance the healing environment for patients and families.  For example, the tower's patient care units will include a family lounge that is equipped with a kitchen, which families can use to prepare homemade food for patients-providing an important reminder of home.  Some units in the new tower will also include computer stations that are designated for patients and families. 

"Every element of the tower - from the decentralized nursing stations to the lighting - creates the best and safest experience for patients and staff while enhancing the healing environment that we are committed to creating in our hospital," notes Becky Beauchamp, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive for Shady Grove.

Shady Grove's tower will house new and expanded space for several patient care units, including oncology, maternity, orthopedics, medicine and pre/post surgical patients.  The new tower adds 144 private patient rooms to Shady Grove, increasing the hospital's overall private rooms from 32 percent to 82 percent.  Forty-eight private rooms in the new tower are dedicated to Shady Grove's mother/baby unit, which opened on November 19, providing more personal space for new families to bond.

The first floor of the tower will house a 100,000-square-foot Surgical Services Department, which is scheduled to open in February 2008.  The new surgical area - Montgomery County's largest - will feature 16 new operating rooms; private consultation rooms that provide a space for sensitive discussions between families and physicians; new technology such as flat-screen monitors and ceiling mounted equipment booms in each room; special equipment to accommodate barriatric patients; fiber-optic data lines in all operating rooms, making these spaces compatible with the latest technology in surgical equipment.

Shady Grove will further enhance the healing environment in and around the hospital in the future by building an external Healing Garden on the tower's second floor.  This 33,000-square-foot space, which is visible to patients and visitors from many rooms on the second, third and fourth floors of the tower, will provide a place for patients, visitors and staff to sit and relax among elements that health the mind, body and spirit, such as water and plants.  The hospital's foundation is currently working to raise funds to cover the cost of the Healing Garden, which hospital officials hope to construct by the end of 2008.

The first patients moved into the mother/baby unit of Shady Grove's new tower on November 19; other units will follow through the end of February 2008 as construction is completed in these areas. Shady Grove's tower is part of the hospital's four year, $100 million expansion and renovation project that started in 2005.  The project, which will be completed in the spring of 2009, also includes the renovation of 52,000 square feet of space in the existing hospital.

"Whether they are welcoming a new addition or having major surgery, patients in our community will truly benefit from the modern space that has been added to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital," notes Dr. Gaurov Dayal, a pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  "This space makes Shady Grove an exceptional place for clinicians to provide care and for patients to receive care."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 275 licensed beds that is located in Rockville, Maryland.  Shady Grove is committed to demonstrating God's care by improving the health of people and communities 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; pediatric services including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county; as well as a broad range of surgical specialties.  The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for upcounty residents.  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.

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