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Published on October 06, 2008

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, MobileMed Open Health Clinic in Germantown

Primary Health Care Clinic to Serve Uninsured Upcounty Residents

Rockville, MD - Access to health care for uninsured upper Montgomery County residents expands with the opening of the MobileMed Upcounty Care Clinic at the Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center in Germantown.  The new 3,000 square-foot clinic is the result of collaborative efforts between Mobile Medical Care, Inc. and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital with the support of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services through Montgomery Cares.  The clinic will provide primary care services to residents of upper Montgomery County who cannot afford to pay for medical care.

"We have been working with MobileMed for more than a year to plan this clinic, which will expand the health-care safety net for residents in the upcounty community," said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  "We are pleased to join with MobileMed to provide this service to our community."

This MobileMed clinic, which opened on September 2, 2008, is expected to provide medical care to more than 1,000 county residents in its first year of operation.  The clinic is located on Germantown Road, just west of I-270, and immediately adjacent to Shady Grove's Germantown Emergency Center, which opened in 2006.

In 2000, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital supported the opening of the Mercy Health Clinic in Germantown.  Last year, the Mercy Clinic moved from Germantown to a larger space in another location.  Shady Grove continues to support the activities of the Mercy Clinic.  After the Mercy Clinic moved, leaders from Shady Grove and MobileMed immediately began discussions to create a new primary care clinic in Germantown.

"This clinic is a logical extension of MobileMed's desire to provide quality health care to the uninsured residents of Montgomery County wherever the need exists.  We are delighted to be working with our long-time partner, Adventist HealthCare, in reaching this underserved part of the county," said Bob Spector, Executive Director of MobileMed.

Mobile Medical Care, Inc. provides primary and some specialty health care services to low-income, uninsured and homeless people in Montgomery County.  Some of their clinic sites are housed in fully equipped mobile medical vans to provide access to health care where there is no space available for a clinic in a building.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and its parent organization, Adventist HealthCare, have partnered with MobileMed on health-care projects to expand access to health care for Montgomery County's underserved for several years.  In 2005, for example, Adventist contributed $1,000,000 to fund one of three mobile medical vehicles that provide free care to low-income residents.

"Adventist HealthCare's mission is to improve the health of people and communities.  One of the important ways that we carry out this mission is by providing health care services to members of our community who cannot afford to pay for this care," said Bill Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare.   "We thank MobileMed for joining us in this commitment to the community."

Later this month, access to health care services for upcounty residents will further expand with the opening of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Prenatal Center in Germantown.  This clinic, which is part of the Montgomery County Maternity Partnership Program, provides free prenatal care to about 200 county residents each year who are uninsured or under insured.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital , is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 293 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.  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.

Mobile Medical Care is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality health care to the uninsured, low income, working poor,and homeless residents of Montgomery County.  For forty-one years, MobileMed's staff, volunteers, and supporters have been dedicated to the vision that free or low-cost medical care can and should be universally delivered in a respectful, competent, and compassionate manner to anyone who is in need.  With 23 clinic sites throughout the county, MobileMed takes quality health care where the need is.

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