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Published on April 22, 2009

Team of 200 Staff, Physicians from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to Walk in Montgomery County March for Babies

Hospital Therapist Turns Personal Experience into Fundraising Mission

Rockville, MD - An occupational therapist for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has turned her personal experiences with specialized neonatal care into a fund-raising mission in support of the local March of Dimes Walk. Rockville resident, Jeni Yielding, a twin herself who was born at 32 weeks and the mother of a son who was born premature, has raised more than $900 and will join a team of nearly 200 staff and physicians from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to walk in Saturday's Montgomery County March for Babies.

"I have personally seen how the funds raised by this walk benefit mothers and babies throughout the world through education and research," said Yielding. "I am proud to support this effort and to join so many of my colleagues and fellow community members from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to support this important event."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is partnering with March of Dimes to raise funds and awareness for healthy babies. The hospital will also support a number of activities related to the walk including hosting the local kick-off event, providing a family services tent at the walk and a number of fundraising activities.

On Saturday, April 25, Shady Grove's team of more than 200 people will join other community members for the four-mile Montgomery County March for Babies, which will take place in Rockville's King Farm neighborhood. Over the past few months, the team has raised more than $3,000 for the March of Dimes through fundraising events.

"We are pleased to partner with March of Dimes to support the health of babies in our community," said Shady Grove president Dennis Hansen. "This wonderful partnership helps us forward our mission of improving the health of people and communities. The staff and physicians of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital are excited to support this great cause and to participate in the local March for Babies."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's partnership with March of Dimes fits with the hospital's deep commitment to meeting the health care needs of local families, including children. The hospital has a number of specialized programs and services for children including a level IIIB NICU, the first 24-hour pediatric emergency department in Montgomery County and the only pediatric intensive care unit in the county. In June, Shady Grove will celebrate the opening of its new state-of-the-art NICU, which will offer more space for critically ill babies and their families.

The March of Dimes is a national organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, community service, education and advocacy.

"Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a first-year team that has enthusiastically embraced our mission," said Deanna Bucciarelli, March of Dimes Suburban Maryland Community Director. "Our partnership with Shady Grove will help give every baby a healthy start--in Montgomery County and throughout the region. We're excited to have them on board!"

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 293 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009. Shady Grove offers a broad range of 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. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for more than 33,000 residents in 2008. Shady Grove is part of Rockville, Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare.

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