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Shady Grove Hospital Names New President

By AHC Communication Staff

Adventist HealthCare has selected Dennis Hansen to serve as president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) in Rockville, Md. Hansen joined SGAH in May 2006 as vice president and chief operating officer. He has also been serving as interim president since March when Deborah Yancer left to take a position in California. 

"Dennis has brought a number of outstanding skills to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and is the best candidate to lead the hospital as it continues to expand and serve the community," says William G. "Bill" Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.
Hansen, who began his career as a physical therapist, worked for the Centura Health System in Denver, Colo., from 1996 until 2006 when he joined SGAH. He served as vice president and chief operating officer at Littleton Adventist Hospital from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he worked as the administrative director of Business Support, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Occupational Health Service, and Rehabilitation Services at Porter and Littleton Adventist Hospitals. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a BS in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in California.
“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has been an important part of our community for more than 27 years,” he says. “Providing an exceptional experience for patients and their families remains a top priority.” 
Later this year, Shady Grove will celebrate the opening of its new tower. The tower, which is part of the hospital’s four‑year, $99 million expansion and renovation project, will add 144 private patient beds, including 48 private postpartum rooms, a new Surgical Services Department for inpatient and outpatient cases, with 16 new operating rooms, and new space for several patient care units, including oncology, medical/surgical, and orthopedics. The project will add 207,000 square feet of space to the hospital. An additional 50,000 square feet will be renovated in the existing hospital by 2009.
SGAH has 1,800 employees as well as 1,200 physicians on its medical staff. In recognition of its efforts in this area, the hospital recently received the Workplace Excellence Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence for the fifth year in a row.