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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on July 16, 2008

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Partners with Salisbury University and Universities at Shady Grove for Respiratory Therapy Program

Maryland's Only Baccalaureate in Respiratory Therapy Comes to Rockville

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital announces a new partnership with Salisbury University (SU) and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) to support a new respiratory therapy program in Rockville.  The new program is designed to expand the pool of respiratory therapists, who play a vital role in the delivery of medical care in hospitals and other medical care facilities.

Starting in the fall of 2008, Salisbury University will offer its Bachelor of Science in respiratory therapy at USG.  As part of this new program, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville will pay  $100,000 over five years to support a clinical instructorship for the program.  In addition, program participants will be able to perform clinical studies at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

"Like many other medical professionals, respiratory therapists are in short supply and high demand," notes Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  "We are pleased to partner with the Universities at Shady Grove and Salisbury University to offer training assistance in this important and growing field of medicine to our local community."

Respiratory therapists (RT) evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.  As the population ages, these medical professionals are in demand in the DC area as well as around the country.  The RT program at USG will offer the same high-quality curriculum as at the SU main campus. The students at USG will have SU's nationally accredited respiratory therapy baccalaureate, which is one of about 50 programs nationwide and is the only one in Maryland.

"Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a long term partner with USG and has taken the leadership in programs that meet the healthcare needs of the community.  We are pleased that this agreement with our newest university partner Salisbury University, will further that effort by increasing the number of respiratory therapists in the region," said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland and Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove.

"We at Salisbury University are extremely grateful for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's financial and clinical support for our respiratory therapy degree program at the Universities at Shady Grove.  Hospital President Dennis Hansen has set the tone of collaboration through his commitment in linking his hospital, SU's degree program, and the facilities at USG. Together, we will produce outstanding respiratory therapy graduates in Montgomery County to meet the growing demand for these important medical professionals locally, and nationally," said Dr. Tom Jones, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Salisbury University.

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.

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality college degree programs.  USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading  public universities in  Maryland offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County.  Established in 2000, USG serves 2,600 full- and part-time students.  Participating USM partners include:  Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, and University of Maryland University College.  More information on all of the undergraduate and graduate programs is available at .

A member of the University System of Maryland, Salisbury University is nationally recognized with a creative curriculum emphasizing undergraduate research, study abroad, profession internships and community engagement.  In national guidebooks and surveys it consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of public and private institutions nationwide.  Its 7,600 students enrolled in 55 graduate and undergraduate programs are taught by an award-winning faculty, who, along with a dynamic administration, have made Salisbury a Maryland university of national distinction.

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