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Shady Grove Gets “Top 100 Hospitals” Rating, Cancer Treatment Designation

By Marisa Lavine

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) based in Rockville, Md., a member of Adventist HealthCare, has been recognized by the Thomson Reuters organization as one of the 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders for 2007. The prestigious award recognizes SGAH’s five-year rate of consistent annual improvement in the hospital industry between 2002 and 2006.

“The collaboration and teamwork of employees, medical staff, executives and boards have helped us achieve this important national recognition for our hospital,” notes SGAH president Dennis Hansen.

Thompson Reuters examined data for 2,800 U.S. hospitals on a variety of criteria to identify the top 100. Hospitals were rated on eight factors: patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. According to the Thompson data, SGAH improved more consistently and faster than 94 percent of its peers between 2002 and 2006. SGAH is included in this year’s Large Community Hospital list and is the only Maryland hospital included in this year’s performance improvement hospitals list.

“This accomplishment highlights the great strides that the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital team has made to meet the changing and growing healthcare needs of our community in recent years,” explains William G. “Bill” Robertson, president of Adventist HealthCare and chair of Shady Grove’s Governance Board.

SGAH Cancer Program Granted Three-Year Approval
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s cancer program has been granted a three-year approval with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), a designation held by only 25 percent of U.S. hospitals. This prestigious designation, granted by the ACoS's Commission on Cancer (CoC), highlights the excellence and high quality of Shady Grove’s cancer program.

In order to receive approval by the CoC, hospitals must demonstrate a commitment to providing the highest level of quality cancer care through a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.

“Shady Grove’s comprehensive cancer program is lead by a multidisciplinary team that works together to coordinate the best possible care for our patients and community,” notes Debra Pollak (pictured), executive director of Cancer Services for Adventist HealthCare and SGAH.

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