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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Opens New Tower
By Adventist HealthCare Staff
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md., 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. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. The tower marksthe 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 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.
“We celebrate the expansion of our hospital, which will help us meet the needs of our growing community today and in the future,” Hansen said. “In our new tower and throughout the hospital, delivering high-quality, compassionate care remains our top priority.”
Many elements of Shady Grove’s new tower were designed to enhance the healing environment for patients and families. For example, the tower’s patient-care units include a family lounge that is equipped with a kitchen that can be used to prepare homemade food for patients—providing an important reminder of home.
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 new and expanded space for 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, which is scheduled to open in February 2008. Shady Grove also plans to further 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.
“Whether they are welcoming a new addition or having major surgery, patients in our community will truly benefit from the modern space that has been added to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital,” notes Dr. Gaurov Dayal, a pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “This space makes Shady Grove an exceptional place for clinicians to provide care and for patients to receive care.”