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Published on August 05, 2009

Germantown Prenatal Center Expands Services to Medicaid Patients

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Upcounty Prenatal Center begins offering Medicaid Patients Pre- and post-natal care, gynecological care and family planning

Germantown, MD - Upcounty low-income women who have Medicaid but who do not have easy access to health care will now be able to receive critical services, such as prenatal care, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Germantown Prenatal Center.

The center, which has been providing obstetrical care to uninsured women through the Montgomery County Maternity Partnership Program, will now offer pre-and post-natal care, general gynecological care as well as family planning services to patients who are covered by Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for low-income residents.

"Our ability to offer care to Medicaid patients at our Germantown Prenatal Center allows us to further our mission of improving the health of our community and expand access to important health care services for women in upper Montgomery County," said Dennis Hansen, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Prenatal Center is located on the hospital's Germantown campus, off Route 118 (Germantown Road) and I-270, next to the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center, which marks its third anniversary this Friday. The Emergency Center, which is staffed by the same team of physicians and nurses that work in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Rockville Emergency Department, will care for more than 34,000 patients this year. Since its opening, the campus has added a MobileMed Clinic for the uninsured, the Prenatal Center, physician offices and other medical services.

With the addition of Medicaid patients, the Prenatal Center will expand operations from three to five days each week.

Patient care and education at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Prenatal Center is provided by nurse midwives. The midwives spend significant time educating patients about the birth process, breast feeding, contraception, family planning and diabetes management. The physician group that provides the obstetrical hospitalists to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, led by Dr. Carey Simmons, will also provide the physicians for the Prenatal Center patients.

"Prenatal care can truly make a difference in the long-term health of mothers and babies," said Dr. Simmons. "Our practice is proud to partner with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to provide this important health care service in the upcounty area."

Patients that are interested in receiving care at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Prenatal Center must participate in the Montgomery County Maternity Partnership Program or must be enrolled in the Medicaid program.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 320 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009. Shady Grove offers a broad range of excellent health services including emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county.