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Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare traces its roots to the turn of the 20th century when Ellen White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, contributed proceeds from the sale of her book The Ministry of Healing to help build the Washington Sanitarium. Its first entity, Washington Sanitarium opened in February 1904 and was temporarily headquartered in Washington, D.C., until a permanent facility in Takoma Park, Md., was opened in June 1907.

In its early years, the Sanitarium improved the physical, mental, and spiritual health of its visitors through rest, exercise, and a wholesome diet. After World War I it began providing surgical, obstetric, and emergency care. In 1971, the hospital performed its first open heart surgery. Two years later, it was renamed Washington Adventist Hospital.

Months later, a second facility, Hackettstown Community Hospital (now called Hackettstown Regional Medical Center) opened in northwestern New Jersey. In 1979, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital opened its doors in Rockville, Md.

Today, Adventist HealthCare, one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland, employs more than 7,000 people and cares for more than 250,000 patients annually. This nonprofit network includes three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, one psychiatric hospital, numerous nursing centers, and several home health agencies.

Shady Grove Medical Center First in Region to Perform Robotic Knee Surgery

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is the first hospital in the Metro Washington, D.C., area performing minimally invasive total knee replacement using the MAKOplasty® robotics system. MAKOplasty®, less invasive than traditional joint replacement surgery, is performed using a surgeon-controlled robotic arm to enhance stability and increase range of motion.

Lynda Hiponia, a physical therapist with Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, helps fire survivor Memar Ayalew regain strength and mobility in his leg.

Memar Ayalew, a doctoral student from Ethiopia, was visiting his family on Aug. 10, 2016, when a devastating explosion ripped through the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md. Memar suffered extensive injuries and was knocked unconscious for 15 hours.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare
Washington Adventist Hospital each received two awards from the American Heart
Association and American Stroke Association for life-saving, high-quality stroke care.
This comes during National Stroke Month, when we raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke, which affects 800,000 Americans a year.