State-of-the-art facility at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center will offer a wider range of services

This May, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center opens its newly expanded Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, which will provide exercise, health and wellness support to the community. The updated facility will encompass a larger array of programs for different patient needs, including a pulmonary program, oncology fitness program and vascular rehabilitation.

“In this new environment, our expert multidisciplinary clinical team will continue to provide high-quality care to our cardiac patients, while also offering care to new patients with other health conditions that could benefit from monitored exercise,” says Dennis Friedman, M.D., medical director of cardiac and vascular services. “By providing a wider range of care, we will be able to help more members in the community achieve better health.”

Help for Many Conditions

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center already has more than 26,000 annual patient encounters. With the new renovation, the capacity is expected to increase by at least 25 percent.

Although the center will still treat predominantly cardiac patients, the new space will allow patients with other health conditions to benefit from the facility and expert staff, which includes exercise physiologists, cardiologists, registered nurses, dietitians and licensed psychologists.

When the renovations are complete, the bright, state-of-the-art space will include an education room, an updated locker room and larger waiting area.

Supplemental Support

The new facility will also serve as an important step toward creating a stress management program, with a focus on prevention. Yoga, tai chi, massage, relaxation therapy and other stress control programs will be offered in the facility. The center also plans to offer pastoral care support, as well as nutrition and exercise classes. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is one of the largest programs in Maryland and is a certified cardiac and vascular rehabilitation center by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

“We believe our program is unique because, in addition to fitness and medical treatment, we are offering programs aimed at prevention such as stress management and meditation,” says Barbara Courtney, director of cardiac rehab, respiratory and rehab medicine. “We are offering more complementary programs to help members of our community improve their health before they experience a heart condition.”

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is also home to Montgomery County’s only enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) program, a noninvasive therapy used to treat patients who have chronic stable chest pain, also known as angina.