December 26, 2007

1536 Church News 2

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital 
Opens New Patient Tower
capShady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, celebrated the opening of its new patient tower on December 3 with a ceremony and dedication for the community, hospital staff and physicians, and board members.
Federal, state, and local elected officials attended the event including U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett. The tower marks the first major expansion for Shady Grove since it began providing patient care in 1979. 
“For nearly 30 years, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has understood what it means to serve the health-care needs of the upcounty [northern Montgomery County] region,” said Sen. Cardin during his remarks.
Bartlett, a third generation Seventh-day Adventist, praised the hospital for representing the church so well. "Thank you for making us proud."
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President Dennis Hansen said the new patient tower will help meet the health-care needs of Montgomery County and Frederick County residents.
Modern changes to enhance the quality care in the tower include decentralized nursing stations, which allow nursing staff to remain close to their patients at all times at small nursing stations positioned throughout the care units. This change results in an innovative model of care, called relationship-based care, which improves patient and staff satisfaction and safety. 
Shady Grove’s tower will house several patient care units, including oncology, maternity, orthopedics, medicine, and pre/post surgical patients. The tower adds 144 private patient rooms to Shady Grove, increasing the hospital’s overall private rooms from 32 percent to 82 percent. Forty-eight private rooms in the new tower are dedicated to Shady Grove’s mother/baby unit, which opened on November 19.
The first floor of the tower will house a 100,000-square-foot Surgical Services Department, scheduled to open in February 2008. Shady Grove also plans to enhance the healing environment in and around the hospital in the future by building a 33,000-square-foot external Healing Garden on the tower’s second floor. 
                                                                                                                                       --Adventist Healthcare Staff