What you need to know about area hospitals,
their services and specialties
BY ARCHANA PYATI AND AMY REININK
Suburban Hospital treats about
1,500 trauma patients each year.
Some arrive via Maryland State
Police MedEvac helicopters.
Located in Bethesda, Suburban Hospital isa 230-bed facility that specializes in acutecare and offers all major medical servicesexcept for obstetrics. Suburban is thestate-designated Level II trauma center forMontgomery County, meaning acute careand surgical services must be available
24/7. The hospital treats about 1,500
trauma patients each year.
A member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since
2009, Suburban broke ground in early 2015
on a $270 million campus enhancement
project that is expected to be completed in
the fall of 2019. It is the hospital’s first major
clinical addition in 40 years.
Suburban also has a unique relationship
with the National Institutes of Health,
which is located across the street. Stroke
and cardiac patients benefit from the
Suburban-NIH partnership. The NIH Stroke
Center at Suburban Hospital is part of
a multiyear research effort to develop
new strategies for stroke treatment,
while the hospital’s NIH Heart Center
gives patients access to state-of-the-art
cardiac surgery, angioplasty and advanced
cardiovascular therapies, including stem
cell injections. These centers are “setting
new standards for how strokes and heart
attacks are treated worldwide,” says
Ronna Borenstein-Levy, senior director
of marketing and communications for
the Johns Hopkins Medicine Community
Division in the National Capital Region.
Patients with traumatic brain injuries
8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda,
may be eligible for screenings with
advanced MRI technology. In addition,
Suburban offers comprehensive cancer and
ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE SHADY
GROVE MEDICAL CENTER
As one of two local acute-care hospitals in
the Adventist HealthCare system, Adventist
HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is
a 290-bed facility in Rockville. Opened in
1979, the hospital is known for its state-
of-the-art cancer care, from diagnosis to
treatment to recovery and rehabilitation.
Shady Grove opened its Aquilino CancerCenter in the fall of 2013, offering the fullspectrum of cancer treatments, includingradiation, chemotherapy, infusion therapy,rehabilitation and imaging, along withintegrative therapies such as yoga, andclasses on cooking and nutrition. It is theonly freestanding facility of its kindin the county.
The medical center also has built areputation for its orthopedics and joint--replacement programs, earning accreditationfor hip and knee replacements from TheJoint Commission, a credentialing body forhealth care facilities. Shady Grove doesn’tperform open-heart surgery, but it offers afull complement of services for heart attackpatients, including cardiac rehabilitation andthe only designated STEMI (ST segmentelevation myocardial infarction) center in upperMontgomery County. In 2016, Shady Grovereceived national recognition for its emergencyheart attack care from the American Collegeof Cardiology and for its stroke care from theAmerican Heart Association/American StrokeAssociation.
Patients requiring open-heart surgery
are referred to Shady Grove’s sister facility,
Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.
Shady Grove’s other services include
a neonatal intensive care unit and a
maternity and birthing center, the first
in the state to hold the Baby-Friendly