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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on October 20, 2014

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Honors Maryland Senator

Rockville, MD – The Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation will honor Maryland State Senator Jennie Forehand for her long-standing advocacy of Shady Grove Medical Center during its annual dinner on Tuesday, October 21.

“As one of the initial supporters of Shady Grove Medical Center, Sen. Forehand has been critical to our success,” says John Sackett, president of Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and executive vice president & chief operating officer of Adventist HealthCare. “We are pleased to recognize her for making both our history and present possible as we continue to meet the changing needs of our community.”

Sen. Forehand, a Rockville resident and community leader, saw the need for a hospital in upper Montgomery County in the mid to late 1970s. She was on the Montgomery Health Planning Board when the idea for Shady Grove Medical Center (formerly Shady Grove Adventist Hospital) emerged. The facility opened in 1979 and celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

“That was my first introduction to what was to become this wonderful facility that it is today and is so important to our community,” says Sen. Forehand. “Anybody who has been [at Shady Grove Medical Center] has received quality care and caring care and I am just ever so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with so many great people here.”

Sen. Forehand is retiring this year after serving District 17 for 36 years in the Maryland General Assembly. She was elected to the House of Delegates in 1978, then elected to the Senate in 1994.

In addition to recognizing the senator at its dinner, the foundation will honor her in the Aquilino Cancer Center, located on the campus of Shady Grove Medical Center. The Foundation will name the Center’s meditation room, which promotes spiritual and mental healing, in her honor. The Foundation will install a plaque during a ceremony later this year.

“We are pleased to recognize Sen. Forehand for her years of support,” says Will Smith, chief development officer of the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation. “We have a stone in our meditation room that represents strength and courage. Those are words that come to mind when I think of Jennie Forehand and what she has stood for over the years.”

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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