Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Marks 30 Years of Care
Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, part of the Adventist HealthCare system, is celebrating 30 years of delivering health care to residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
When Shady Grove first opened its doors in 1979, the hospital was surrounded by fields in a "rural" part of the county. Today, the 320-licensed bed hospital is wrapping up a four-year expansion and renovation project while celebrating numerous quality recognitions that have marked its anniversary year.
"Our community has dramatically changed since we saw our first patient 30 years ago and so has our hospital," notes Shady Grove president, Dennis Hansen. "We are proud to mark this anniversary for our hospital and to use this milestone to highlight our ongoing commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care to our patients. We are also using this opportunity to look to our next 30 years and beyond to ensure that our hospital is prepared to continue providing the care and services that our changing community will need in the future."
Since opening as the first hospital in northern Montgomery County, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has expanded to meet the changing health care needs of its diverse and widespread community. During its rich 30-year history, Shady Grove's outstanding physicians and staff have contributed to the hospital being the first and only hospital in Montgomery County and, in some cases the region, to offer specialized services and care. Examples include:
- The first 24/7 pediatric emergency department in Montgomery County, providing care to more than 24,000 patients in 2009.
- The first level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit in Montgomery County, providing high level care and expertise to critically ill babies.
- Montgomery County's only Sexual Abuse and Assault Center, which provides around-the-clock services to victims of physical and sexual abuse.
- The first and only Planetree-affiliate hospital in Maryland, demonstrating its commitment to improving the patient and staff experience.
- The first hospital in Maryland to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) under a waiver from the Maryland Health Care Commission.
In 2006, after years of collaboration with the upper Montgomery County community as well as state and local legislators, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare expanded access to emergency medical care for residents of upper Montgomery County by opening an emergency center and medical campus in Germantown. The 24-hour facility is expected to provide care to more than 37,000 patients in 2009. Other health services on the campus include a primary care clinic and women's health clinic for low-income patients, an outpatient radiology center and numerous physician offices.
"Adventist HealthCare's commitment to meeting the health care needs of upper Montgomery County began 30-years ago when Shady Grove Adventist Hospital first opened," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "We have continued that commitment through our ongoing work in Germantown and with our long-standing plans to build a hospital and medical campus in Clarksburg. We are proud to celebrate this milestone for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and for our entire community."
Shady Grove also holds a number of important designations, accreditations and awards, including:
- Primary Stroke Center designation by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
- Level II Chest Pain Center accreditation, by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
- Accredited Cancer Program with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons
- Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Ernest Amory Codman Award from the Joint Commission.
More than 100 physicians and nearly 20 employees who began at the hospital 30 years ago are being recognized by the hospital.
"We commend these dedicated employees and physicians who have served at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for the past 30 years for their remarkable dedication to our community. We are honored to celebrate this milestone with these employees and physicians," notes Hansen.
These employees and physicians are:
|R. Marshall Ackerman
W. Barry Basen
H. Robert Birschbach
M. Eduardo Bravo
Elba Martinez Colon
A. Kaldun Nossuli
L. Alberto Nunez
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 320 licensed beds, celebrates 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. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.