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When all that matters is...

...a grandchild's giggles.

The birth of any first grandchild is thrilling. For new grandfather Jimmy Green and his family, the birth of Ethan Michael Knighten on December 12, 2007, was especially so — Ethan and his mom were two of the first “guests” in our new mother-baby suites. But just two weeks later, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center was to play another important role in their lives.

“This was a great experience for us,” Jimmy says of Ethan’s birth. “The new suites are wonderful, very
comfortable and peaceful.”

The Greens and Knightens were among the first to experience the joy of our new large, private family-sized mother-baby suites. Here, moms have the choice to keep their newborns with them full time, dads can stay all night, and families can hang out together in a homelike lounge.

But two weeks after going home, the kind of minor freak accident that every parent dreads brought Ethan back to Shady Grove. He had bumped his head, and to be on the safe side, parents and grandparents brought the baby to our Pediatric Emergency Department to be thoroughly checked out.

“Shady Grove turned a frightening experience into a positive one for all of us,” Ethan’s grandfathter Jimmy said. “They were just fabulous, very calming and professional.” Ethan stayed in one of our pediatrics rooms for observation with his mother, where nurses “took care of my daughter as well as the baby. They were just great.”

Ethan was able to return home and resume the normal life of a healthy newborn — much to the relief and appreciation of his grandfather. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center had given Jimmy “the sense that Ethan was getting the best care in the world.”

It’s a level of care we bring to all our services for our community’s youngest, from the County’s first full-service pediatric emergency department and only pediatric intensive care unit to the pediatrics unit where Ethan stayed.

Ethan is now completely healed, and “smiling and giggling at my silly faces.” Perfect.

How You Can Help

Interested in helping patients like Ethan and other patients in our Pediatric Emergency Department? Contact the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation at (240) 826-6570 to learn more about our giving opportunities and how your gracious contribution can be best directed to help.

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