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‘You Can Fight It’ A lifetime nonsmoker, Danielle Nigh of Hagerstown was diagnosed with— and conquered!—lung cancer PAGE 8

Joint Success

Meet a mother from Bowie who is enjoying life again after knee replacement page 4


Introducing the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center page 6

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Opening Thoughts

Expanding the Adventist HealthCare Family It is my pleasure to share two exciting additions to Adventist HealthCare. First, please help me welcome John Sackett, the new president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. John joined Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in April after spending the last 31 years at Avista Adventist Hospital, near Boulder, Colo. His dedicated work and leadership at Avista helped the hospital provide top-quality patient care and achieve some of the nation’s best patient experience ratings. John has brought his expertise to our community and is helping Shady Grove Adventist Hospital deliver exceptional, compassionate health care to you and your family. This fall, we will celebrate another new addition to Adventist HealthCare with the opening of the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center on the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital campus. The facility will be the first freestanding, comprehensive cancer center in Montgomery County. (See page 6.) The unique and progressive approach to cancer care that will occur within the Aquilino Cancer Center will set it apart in our region. The center will bring together a full spectrum of cancer care services under one roof. The Aquilino Cancer Center will also provide space for collaboration among members of the cancer care team to help provide the most coordinated and comShare with Us ... prehensive cancer care in the area. Patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis no longer have to travel to how you like the different locations for appointments and treatments. new magazine look! At Adventist HealthCare, we recognize that health care is constantly evolving. As Montgomery County’s adventisthealthcare first health care system and the first provider of health and wellness services, we are proud to pave the way for our community to access top-notch, quality health adventisthc care services.

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’You Can Fight It’ Danielle Nigh counted on the care team at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to help her beat lung cancer. PAGE 8

6 A New Era in Cancer Care

Introducing the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center.

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Better Heart William G. “Bill” Robertson President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare

Washington Adventist Hospital surgeons fix an architect’s mitral valve.

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Supporting a Smoke-Free Life People who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite serious health threats, millions of Americans struggle Julinda Massey with effectively kicking this harmful habit. To help people conquer this challenge, Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program was established in 2002. The program provides expert counseling, support and resources for people to achieve a smoke-free life. Program features include: • NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (NRT). Nicotine patches, gums and lozenges help relieve nicotine cravings and reduce withdrawal

symptoms by providing low doses of nicotine without the harmful toxins found in smoke. • COUNSELING. Expert, one-on-one counseling provides personalized guidance to people over the course of a year. People are monitored and receive follow-up at one week, three months, six months and one year, to track progress and minimize relapse. • SUPPORT GROUPS. Held monthly at Washington Adventist Hospital, these voluntary sessions offer additional support to help people succeed in staying smoke-free. Open discussions with others facing similar challenges help decrease feelings of isolation, build confidence and keep patients motivated to quit. Since the program’s inception, Washington Adventist Hospital’s dedicated tobacco cessation coordinators, Julinda Massey and Bozena Skraban, have provided expert counseling and support to more than 5,300 people.

WANT TO QUIT? GET HELP TODAY For more topics on how to quit smoking, contact Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program today at 301-891-5004, or visit the Adventist HealthCare & You Blog at blog.adventist

“Our program strives to keep open and ongoing communication with patients, accommodating their needs to ensure their continued success,” Massey says. “Through following best practices such as counseling, NRT and consistent follow-up, we are able to support patients at each stage of their journey.”

Pack a Lunch with a Healthy Punch

Want to help your kids stay focused and energized throughout the school day? Masha Fox-Rabinovich, outpatient dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital, offers these easy suggestions for packing a balanced lunch with punch! • Protein and fiber help to keep us fuller longer. Foods such as turkey, cheese and peanut butter are high in protein. Combine the protein with the fiber in whole-grain bread, and you have a kid-friendly sandwich that will keep kids fueled up all day.

• Save the vending machine Masha money, and pack healthy Fox-Rabinovich snacks. Try baked chips, popcorn, string cheese or unsalted nuts.

• What about dessert? Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth with healthy alternatives such as • Always include vegetables for added fiber and Greek yogurt with fruit, pudding or homemade nutrients. Carrots, celery, cucumber slices or cherry tomatoes go great alongside any sandwich. baked goods such as oatmeal raisin cookies or fruit muffins. • Empty calories from the loads of sugar in soda and juice can cause an energy crash and contribute to weight gain. Best drinking option? Water!


Average number of calories we consume each day from added sugars. Source: American Heart Association

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New Life with a

New Knee A Joint replacement surgery helps a Bowie mom return to an active life

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, both part of the Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare sysChristopher tem, offer comprehensive Magee, MD approaches to joint care including a pre-surgery class where patients, like Heywood, meet with an orthopedic clinical nurse specialist to discuss what to expect before, during and after surgery. “The pre-surgery class Sridhar was incredible,” Heywood Durbhakula, MD says. “All my questions were answered, and I started doing exercises that later helped during rehabilitation.” Heywood was amazed at how quickly she was out of bed following her March 2013 surgery. “Joint replacement patients are up and rehabbing the day after surgery,” says Sridhar Durbhakula, MD, co-chair of the Joint Replacement Program at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “It’s critical for our team to get patients moving, and on a path to healing, as soon as possible following their surgery.” The Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Joint Centers are staffed by coordinated care teams made up of specially trained orthopedic nurses, patient care techs, physical therapists, occupational therapists and a patient educator. Both hospitals provide dedicated rehabilitaActive since her knee replacement surgery in March 2013, tion areas within their joint units to Rita Heywood enjoys walking with her two children, Mary and Benjamin. help patients quickly hit the road to

fter suffering with knee pain for several years, Rita Heywood, 55, of Bowie, reached her tipping point. “Medication wasn’t working anymore. I knew surgery was the next step,” Heywood says. Taking the recommendation of a friend, Heywood went to see Christopher Magee, MD, orthopedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital. “When I met Rita, it was clear conservative measures were no longer managing her intense knee pain,” Dr. Magee says. “She’s still young with two teenage kids to look after. Total knee replacement surgery was the best option to improve her quality of life and provide long-term relief.” The Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital and the Joint Center at



JOINT REPLACEMENT Q&A Visit blog.adventist to watch orthopedic surgeons from Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals answer your important questions on bone health and joint replacement surgery.


Whether you have questions about joint replacement or are looking for a physician for joint replacement surgery, the experts at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park provide expert, coordinated care. To learn more, visit This year, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital was recognized with the Gold Seal of Approval for quality joint care from The Joint Commission.

recovery following their surgery. Additionally, as part of the Adventist HealthCare system, patients at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital have access to a comprehensive system of joint care that includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as in-home nursing care and physical therapy. For Heywood, the comprehensive team helped her move through her surgery and recovery. “My care team anticipated my every need; they really set the tone for my recovery,” says Heywood, who has already lost 20 pounds since surgery and has been able to enjoy her favorite activities, such as walking with her kids. “They strike the perfect balance of compassionate care and understanding with a ‘get up and let’s work’ attitude to motivate you.”

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Employee health initiative improves life for a Germantown man


n November 2011, it seemed as though surgery was the only option left for 49-yearold Dave Alger of Germantown, who was attempting to regain his health after years of being overweight. “Just getting to the point where I was contemplating having bariatric surgery was enough of a wake-up call to get me on the right track,” says Alger, outpatient scheduler at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. In March 2012, Alger found a way to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, without surgery, through Adventist HealthCare’s employee health program, My Health Place®. The program offers employees access to an online portal of health resources as well as a discounted gym membership with Sport&Health fitness clubs.


“We recognize our staff of caring professionals is our greatest asset, and we want to care for them as they care for our community,” says Marta Brito Pèrez, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Adventist HealthCare. Through the My Health Place® program, Alger received a personal health nurse to help him set and reach his goals. He also participated in personal training sessions at Sport&Health. “He was always confirming appointments, always here early and always asking questions,” says Benny Florezan-Dorsey, Alger’s personal trainer at Rio Sport&Health. “Training is not a

Personal trainer Benny Florezan-Dorsey works with Dave Alger at Rio Sport&Health.

luxury. I tell people that it adds years to your life. It is part of your life, and hopefully people will make it that.” Since beginning the program, Alger has lost more than 110 pounds and no longer has to take blood pressure medication. “It’s nice to know that as a health care provider, the company is taking interest in the employees that work here,” he says. “It sets a better example when patients come in and see that the people

working here are in good shape or attempting to get themselves into better shape.”


As the program expands to the community, My Health Place® will be conveniently located in uniquely designed centers within Sport&Health fitness clubs, places of employment, community centers, senior independent living facilities and churches.



Visit for tips and other information for a healthier lifestyle.

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FREE CANCER CARE PACKAGE Visit to request a FREE care package for yourself or a loved one who is battling cancer.

The Aquilino Cancer Center will support the mind, body and spirit of cancer patients and their families.

A New Era in

Cancer Care

Introducing the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center


his fall, the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center will open its doors as the first freestanding, comprehensive cancer center in Montgomery County. Local cancer patients will no longer have to drive from location to location for medical appointments. Just steps away from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the cancer center will house comprehensive outpatient services that include multiple physician specialties and treatments, as well as education and support resources that include a navigation team.


“When the Aquilino Cancer Center opens this September, cancer patients in our area will have immediate access to a facility that centralizes academic-caliber cancer care with personalized, coordinated treatment plans,” says Jane Peck, executive director of cancer care services for Adventist HealthCare. “All of this will take place in a warm, inviting and unique setting.” The Aquilino Cancer Center will provide specialty services supporting the mind, body and spirit of cancer patients and their families:


physician offices in several areas of cancer care specialties; treatment options including radiation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion; imaging services (PET-CT); cancer navigation services; pain and symptom management; education and resource area with Wi-Fi; space for health programs, support groups and screenings; pastoral care and spiritual support; rehabilitation; nutrition counseling; fitness activities; retail shop for wigs, prosthetics, skin creams and lotions; and a cafe. “By offering a wide range of resources and services at the Aquilino Cancer Center,” Peck says, “patients will be able to receive all of their cancer care in a single, convenient location, allowing them to spend more time with their families.” The cancer center will have a dedicated parking area in front of the building for patients and their support team members.


The latest advancements in treatment along with a holistic approach to cancer care will come together at the Aquilino Cancer Center. The location on a medical and scientific campus that includes the National Cancer Institute will mean that expert care teams, cancer patients and

their families will have access to the latest in treatments and research through clinical trials. Additionally, integrative therapies—such as massage therapy, healing art, meditation and yoga— will be available to help build strength and bring comfort to patients during their cancer journeys. The Aquilino Cancer Center will also focus on addressing the individual needs of those affected by cancer with an integrated approach to care. “Multidisciplinary care teams will be able to come together to support the patient,” Peck explains. “Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses and the cancer care navigation services team will work together, in one facility, with a focus on personalized care plans.”


The building material that went into the LEED-certified cancer center is environmentally sustainable, from the green rooftop to the stonework. “The feel of the cancer center is natural. It’s not cold or sterile looking. It makes you feel like you’re in a hotel or spa,” says Michael Aquilino of Potomac, whose family is a key donor and holds a special connection to the building.

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Making a Difference The Aquilino family and the Aquilino Cancer Center


or those who support a loved one through cancer treatment, the idea of a comprehensive cancer center can mean so much: time, convenience and comfort. “I had to go through it, driving to different appointments, taking someone who’s frail in and out of the car,” recalls Michael Aquilino of Potomac. “When you’re going through cancer, time is so valuable. It will be great to have one place for their care.” Aquilino began supporting cancer care projects at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital when his late wife, Tammy, battled cancer. “It was a difficult time,” he says, “but the treatment she received at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital was phenomenal.” Aquilino and his family donated a suite in Tammy’s name to the hospital’s dedicated

inpatient cancer care unit. He also supported plans for a freestanding cancer center. “That was six years ago. It’s exciting to see the building up today,” Aquilino says. The comprehensive services that will be offered inside the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center are also a source of pride and excitement for Aquilino. “The caliber of doctors and the collaboration around the latest cancer research and clinical trials will really elevate Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to another level, offering the community access and proximity to top-notch care close to home.” Visit to watch the Aquilino family share more of their thoughts on the opening of the Aquilino Cancer Center.

Michael Aquilino (fourth from right) and his family join officials from Adventist HealthCare to break ground for the Aquilino Cancer Center in June 2012.



For more information on how to support cancer care services at Adventist HealthCare: • Call the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Foundation at 240-826-6570. • Call the Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation at 301-891-6920. • Visit us online at

GENEROUS GIFTS SUPPORT GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE The many services and programs that allow Adventist HealthCare to continue to provide comprehensive, quality cancer care to those in our community would not be possible without the generosity of donors. Members of the community have the opportunity to support vital initiatives that directly benefit families, friends and neighbors by donating to the Adventist HealthCare Foundations. Support from generous donors continues to change the lives of community members. Here are some examples: SHADY GROVE ADVENTIST AQUILINO CANCER CENTER. This facility will expand access to a wide range of coordinated services for cancer patients, bringing doctors, nurses, pain management specialists and complementary therapies together to deliver exceptional, compassionate care under one roof. BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM. This community screening program provides free screening services to underinsured and uninsured women. The program reduces the number of deaths related to breast cancer by making preventive health care and follow-up treatment accessible to all. CANCER CARE SUPPORT SERVICES. A range of services help patients and families cope with a diagnosis of cancer: cancer care navigation services, support groups, palliative care services, integrative health therapies, nutritional counseling and cooking classes, massage therapy and meditation, yoga classes and fitness activities, education library and pastoral care services. Every gift—small or large—helps provide access to health care for those who need it most.

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‘You Can Fight It’ Hagerstown woman puts the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital cancer team in her corner

D Video Danielle Nigh has beaten cancer three times over the last 10 years. “You need to have the right cancer care team behind you,” she says. “If you do, it makes all the difference in the world.”

IN DANIELLE’S OWN WORDS Visit blog.adventist to watch Danielle Nigh discuss her cancer journey.

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anielle Nigh never smoked a day in her life. Yet, she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the age of 37. “When you hear ‘stage IV lung cancer,’ it’s like the worst thing you can hear,” recalls the Hagerstown resident, now 46. “I was shocked. I was a nonsmoker. I was healthy, never really sick. But it can happen.” Smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer, but the American Cancer Society says about 15 percent of lung cancers develop in people who never smoked. Two-thirds of nonsmokers who get lung cancer are women. In Nigh’s case, a persistent cough sent her to a pulmonologist, who ordered a CT scan. The reading detected a suspicious mass in her chest. During her biopsy, a thoracic surgeon opted to remove her left upper lung. After recovering from surgery, Nigh met with medical oncologist Joseph Haggery, MD, chair of cancer care at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. They discussed her treatment options. He helped arm her with the knowledge— and hope—to fight the disease. That included putting the right cancer care team in her corner. For Nigh, it was the comprehensive team at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “You can fight it, you can beat it, you can win,” Nigh says. “You need to have the right cancer care team behind you. If you do, it makes all the difference in the world.” It’s been 10 years since her first diagnosis. Twice more over the years, Nigh found herself battling cancer, when it spread to her brain and spine. As a result, her hair no longer grows. With a multidisciplinary treatment course of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and the support of her family, friends and caregivers, Nigh has been cancer-free for seven years. “I couldn’t have received any better care at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital,” she says. “The nurses were wonderful. I knew the radiologists, I knew the doctors. The care was just fantastic.”

Number of people in the U.S. who are cancer survivors today, an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The cancer care navigation team at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals includes (from left) Traudi Rose, lead navigator; Lori Hartinger, breast nurse navigator; Samantha Whalen, oncology social worker; Cindy Clark, oncology dietitian; Elizabeth Castro, oncology social worker; and Fatu Fofana White, nurse navigator.


Navigating the Way, Together

hady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park are committed to delivering coordinated, integrated cancer care to patients. The approach includes a comprehensive navigation team that consists of skilled and experienced professionals trained to help patients and their loved ones navigate the cancer journey. The cancer care navigation team, which provides services to all patients who have cancer, focuses on ensuring patients have timely access to care by providing support and eliminating barriers they may encounter while undergoing treatment. The cancer care navigation team offers cancer patients and their families a multidisciplinary approach involving nursing, nutrition and social work support, from

A team approach to personalized cancer care

diagnosis through treatment and recovery. “Our navigation team provides personalized care to meet the unique needs of our cancer patients and aims to ease the burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis,” says Traudi Rose, RN, OCN, CHPN, MBA, lead navigator for the Adventist HealthCare system. “Whether a patient needs resources, nutritional counseling, financial assistance, emotional support or other services, our team is here to help.” The Adventist HealthCare cancer care navigation team includes: CANCER NURSE NAVIGATORS to assist in coordinating and streamlining cancer care. They collaborate with physicians, patients and caregivers to decrease the time from diagnosis to treatment and provide education and counseling to patients and their families.

ONCOLOGY NUTRITION COORDINATORS to help patients achieve optimal nutritional status prior to surgery for faster healing. They also provide education to avoid malnutrition and help educate patients on complex nutrition and supplement issues before, during and after treatment. ONCOLOGY SOCIAL WORKERS to assist in identifying financial resources and psychosocial support. They work with patients and families on coping skills to use during their cancer journeys. To reach a member of the Adventist HealthCare cancer care navigation team, call 240-826-6297 for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital or 301-891-5559 for Washington Adventist Hospital, or visit www.yourcancer to learn more. B LO G . A DV E N T I S T H E A LT H C A R E .CO M |

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Heads Up Learn the signs of a concussion and what to do if you see them


concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. If a concussion is not properly managed, symptoms may persist. Early intervention can help reduce the possibility of continual symptoms. When a head injury or an injury that could cause a concussion occurs, it is important to watch for the following symptoms: • Headache or pressure in head • Nausea or vomiting • Dizziness or balance problems • Double or blurred vision

• Sensitivity to light or noise • Drowsiness • Poor concentration or memory problems • Confusion • Dilated pupils or difference in pupil size from left eye to right eye • Slurred speech • Seizures • Decreased or irregular pulse or breathing • Mood changes • Loss of consciousness As football, soccer and other fall sports begin, it is important to be aware of concussion symptoms that may occur after a head injury at games or practices. Athletes who have sustained a concussion may: • Be confused about assignments or positions • Forget instructions such as sports plays




Visit concussion for more information on Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland’s concussion program.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland offers a comprehensive Concussion Assessment and Management Program that includes education, awareness, prevention, intervention and clinical care. The program treats people ages 14 and older who have head injuries from sports, motor vehicle accidents, falls or other head traumas. The program’s interdisciplinary team includes a neuropsychologist and a physical therapist as well as a physiatrist (a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation). “Our team works together to evaluate the presence or level of injury and determine a plan of care,” says Shital Pavawalla, PhD, neuropsychologist and clinical director of the Concussion Assessment and Management Program at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “In addition to being convenient for the patient, our comprehensive approach provides patients with a coordinated treatment plan that is also communicated back to their referring physician.” Plans include referral to appropriate therapeutic services such as physical therapy or further neuropsychological testing. Patients are also provided with recommendations on return to play, school and work as well as academic modifications.

• Be unsure of the game, score or opponent • Move clumsily • Answer questions slowly It is important to stop activities and seek medical attention if these symptoms occur after a head injury. Diagnosis and management of concussions are vital to a quick and full recovery. When symptoms of a concussion occur, contact a physician or go to the nearest emergency room. If a concussion is diagnosed, follow-up care may be needed to manage the concussion and symptoms.

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Building a Better


Architects Harry Gordon and daughter Caitlin are grateful for the Washington Adventist Hospital team that assembled to heal Gordon’s heart.

Architect Harry Gordon called on the experts at Washington Adventist Hospital to fix his leaky mitral valve


Washington Adventist Hospital was the first hospital in Maryland to be named an accredited Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, or angioplasty) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, which recognizes high-quality care and rapid, lifesaving treatment given to chest pain patients. Are you at risk for heart disease? Visit to learn your heart age and risk with a free online assessment.


arry Gordon, 63, of Garrett Park, spends most days designing structures alongside his daughter, Caitlin. But when it came to the shape of his heart, he had to add a different type of architect to his team. Gordon was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse about 30 years ago, a disease in which the heart valve leaflets (tissue) become abnormal and stretchy. As a result, the tissue is unable to close properly, causing the valve to leak. The condition did not affect Gordon’s lifestyle or put his health at risk until recently. “I would have to stop and rest with activities that I could do before very easily,” says Gordon, who enjoys running, hiking and canoeing in his spare time. After consulting with his cardiologist, Dennis Donahue, MD, at Washington Adventist Hospital, it was determined that surgery would be the best course of action to address Gordon’s leaking mitral valve. If not treated in a timely manner, his condition could lead to heart failure. Gordon was referred to Paul Massimiano, MD, heart surgeon and program director of cardiac surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital, who performed a minimally invasive mitral valve

repair, a surgery that involved a 2-inch incision through the right chest. “We chose the minimally invasive approach for Mr. Gordon to help him get back to his active lifestyle as quickly as possible,” Dr. Massimiano says. “The minimally invasive repair technique provides an excellent solution with fewer complications and a faster recovery.” Says Gordon: “What impressed me about Dr. Massimiano was how he took the time to explain in detail how he fixed my heart, through drawings. As an architect, this really helped me understand and gave me reassurance.” Looking back, Gordon is grateful for the support he’s had both before and after surgery. “My experience with the entire team at Washington Adventist Hospital was very comforting and encouraging,” Gordon adds. “From the person at the welcoming desk to the admitting station, to my doctors and nurses, at every level I felt like there was a true care and concern for the patient.” With a successful procedure, Gordon is on the road back to his favorite outdoor activities. “Dad plans to be hiking well into his 90s,” Caitlin says, “and I’m confident he’ll get there.”

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Living Healthy Other locations: • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, Fridays, Sept. 27 and Nov. 15, 10 a.m.–noon • Mid County Community Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.–noon • Gaithersburg UpCounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.–noon • Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, Friday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.–noon

SeptemberDecember 2013 Health and wellness classes, programs and activities for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Brought to you by the Health & Wellness Department of Adventist HealthCare. HEART-HEALTH SCREENINGS WITH MEDICAL CONSULTATION

Health Screenings Our comprehensive screenings and private, two- to fourminute personal consultations with licensed medical professionals are designed to help you understand and manage your specific health risks for heart disease and related conditions.

Please note that some screenings require a fee and fasting. When: Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and Nov. 6, 8–10 a.m. Where: SGAH When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8–10 a.m. Where: WAH Cafeteria Conference Rooms A&B Info: For information on room locations, visit www.adventist or call 800-542-5096

Info: Call 800-542-5096; registration required; event subject to cancellation due to low registration

Screening Description and Fees Lipid profile: Basic cholesterol test, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, triglycerides, cholesterol/HDL ratio (12 hours of fasting recommended); $35, $31 for seniors (55-plus); only order this or the expanded cholesterol test Expanded cholesterol test: This VAP (vertical auto profile) includes all of the lipid profile plus information that can help identify inherited and hidden heart disease risks; $65, $61 for seniors (55-plus); only order this or the lipid profile test Homocysteine: Vascular fitness test; $95 HsCRP: Tests high-sensitivity C-reactive protein for cardiovascular risk; $45 Blood pressure monitoring: FREE Glucose: Basic screening for diabetes (12 hours of fasting recommended); $8

A1c: Blood sugar test for known diabetics or those at high risk; $40 PSA (prostate-specific antigen): Prostate cancer screening test for men; $40 Body-fat analysis: Tests percentage of body fat; $10

Heart Screening Packages Sweetheart: Lipid profile and glucose; $38 Heart smart: Expanded cholesterol test (VAP) and glucose; $69 Heart risk special: Expanded cholesterol test (VAP), homocysteine and HsCRP; $199 Diabetes check: Glucose and A1c; $42 Free, Monthly Blood Pressure Testing When: First Wednesday of each month, 10–11:30 a.m. Where: Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus When: Second Tuesday of each month, 10–11:30 a.m. Where: Mid County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring When: First Monday of each month, 10 a.m.–noon Where: Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville When: Second Monday of each month, 10 a.m.–noon Where: Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring When: Third Tuesday of each month, 10–11 a.m. Where: Tower Oaks Apartments, 101 Odendhal Ave., Gaithersburg


Adventist HealthCare health and wellness classes are offered at numerous locations within the community, including: SGAH Shady Grove Adventist Hospital 9901 Medical Center Drive, Rockville Paid parking


WAH Washington Adventist Hospital 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park

AHC Adventist HealthCare 820 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg

ARHM Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland 9909 Medical Center Drive, Rockville Paid parking

Visit www.adventist calendar for additional class/event locations.

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When: Third Wednesday of each month, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Where: SGAH Cafeteria When: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Where: Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg When: First Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Where: WAH Cafeteria When: Third Thursday of each month, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Where: New location! White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, White Oak Info: Call 800-542-5096


At Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals, cancer care navigation teams assist people living with cancer, their families and friends, and caregivers. The navigation teams consist of professionals who can provide guidance through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Info: Call 240-826-6297 (SGAH) or 301-891-5559 (WAH) to speak to a member of the cancer care navigation team

Look Good ... Feel Better Meet with other women living with cancer and a professional esthetician to learn makeup

tips so you can put your “best face forward” during and after treatment for cancer. You’ll have fun and receive a “personal tool kit” to take home. When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6–8 p.m. Where: SGAH Info: Call 240-826-6297 When: Monday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.–noon Where: WAH Info: Call 301-891-5559

Cancer Support Groups Two cancer support groups are offered at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Participants meet people facing similar challenges, share their experiences with cancer,


REGISTER TODAY Visit www.adventist for detailed descriptions of classes. To register for any of the fall classes and events, call 800-542-5096 or the number listed in the program description.

and offer practical advice and emotional support. See page 15 for a full list of available cancer support groups.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Adventist HealthCare partners with the Montgomery County Health Department to offer this FREE, lifesaving screening. Info: Call 301-315-3507 or 301-315-3147 to see if you are eligible Montgomery County Cancer Crusade Coalition Monthly meeting to discuss community needs for cancer screenings. Info: Call 301-315-3507 or 301-315-3147 for meeting dates and times

Featured Class

Expecting? Expect to Be Expecting?

A wide range of maternal/child health classes is available to you at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals. Parents-to-be and siblings-to-be get expert advice, support and education both before and after the birth of your baby. Detailed descriptions and listings for locations are available online at www.adventist or by phone at 800-542-5096.


LACTATION SERVICES Lactation consultation, breast-pump sales and rentals, and breastfeeding support groups. SGAH: 240-826-MOMS (6667) WAH: 301-891-4TLC (4852)


Introduction to Cardiac Rehabilitation and EECP Treatment for Chest Pain Info: For an appointment, call the Center for Fitness and Health at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital at 240826-6662 or Washington Adventist Hospital Cardiac Rehab at 301-891-6016 Cost: FREE Heart to Heart Support Group For patients and families. When: Thursdays, Sept. 19,

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Special Event

Navigating Your Vascular Health Join our physicians and staff for an afternoon of screenings and lifestyle topics to enhance your vascular health. When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1–4 p.m. Where: SGAH Surgical Services Area, First Floor When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1–4 p.m. Where: WAH Short-Stay Unit Info: To register, call 800-542-5096 or visit Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, 7–8 p.m. Where: SGAH Center for Fitness and Health, 9715 Medical Center Drive, Suite 130, Rockville

Women and Heart Disease Support Group For patients and families. When: Thursdays, Sept. 19, Oct 17, Nov. 21 and Dec 19, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Where: WAH Cafeteria Conference Room, Lower Level II Internal Cardiac Defibrillator and Pacemaker Discussion Group Group discussion for patients and the families of patients with these devices. When: Mondays, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11, 7–8 p.m. Where: SGAH Center for Fitness and Health, 9715 Medical Center Drive, Suite 130, Rockville Info: Call 240-826-6662 Congestive Heart Failure Class and Discussion Group For patients and families. When: Mondays, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9, 7–8 p.m. Where: SGAH Center for Fitness and Health, 9715 Medical Center Drive, Suite 130, Rockville Info: Call 240-826-6662


Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Support Group For patients and families. When: Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and Dec. 17, 6–7 p.m. Where: SGAH, Willow Room Info: Call 240-826-6177 or email


Diabetes Outpatient Education Programs This comprehensive, threeclass series will help you learn how to better manage your diabetes with tips on self-care, eating right and more. Covered by most health insurances.

Call your carrier to verify your coverage. When: Monthly on Tuesdays, 6–9 p.m.; call 301-315-3129 for dates Where: 9715 Medical Center Drive, Suite 201, Rockville When: Day and evening classes available; call 301891-6105 for times and dates Where: 7610 Carroll Ave., Suite 350, Takoma Park

New! Prediabetes Class Learn how to manage prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes in this two-class series. Session 1: Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Session 2: Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Session 3: Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Where: SGAH Session 1: Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 12, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Session 2: Thursdays, Oct. 3 and 10, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Session 3: Thursdays, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Where: WAH Info: Visit www.adventist to register for the classes, which are FREE due to a grant from the foundation

Nutrition Counseling Individual nutrition counseling. Appointment duration is one hour. When: First Monday of each month in the evening Cost: $85

Info: Call 800-542-5096 to register

Community Aphasia Group A support group for those with aphasia. Cost: $140 for six-week series Info: Contact Sandi Lancaster at 240-864-6033 or slancas2@


Beginning T’ai Chi Ch’uan T’ai chi ch’uan is a set of naturally flowing movements performed slowly in a sequence with a spirit of calmness, balance and awareness. It teaches ways of relaxation and is excellent for stress reduction and developing strength and flexibility. Come to class with an empty stomach. Wear sneakers and loose clothing. When: Saturdays, Sept. 28– Nov. 16, 10–11 a.m. Where: SGAH Short-Stay Lobby Cost: $15 per class; $80 per session SugarLoafers Walking Club A club for people who share an interest in keeping fit through walking. When: Business meeting on second Tuesday of each month, 7:15–9 p.m. Cost: FREE Info: Call Jackie at 301977-6870 or Maribeth at 301-946-5496, or email; visit

Featured Class

American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI): Basic First Aid Class

OSHA-approved first aid certification for construction workers, teachers, scout leaders, security guards, lifeguards and those who want to help in the community with emergencies and disasters. Three-year certification. When: Sept. 17 and Nov. 5, 5:30–8 p.m. Where: To be determined

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Adventist HealthCare Walking Club Includes free blood pressure screenings. When: Tuesdays, 8–9:30 a.m. Where: Westfield Montgomery Mall first floor near Aroma

YOUTH HEALTH & EDUCATION Infant Safety and CPR A Family & Friends class that covers safety, CPR skills and choking management for newborns to 1-year-olds. When: Sundays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 10 a.m.–noon When: Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and 20, 6–8 p.m. Where: SGAH When: Saturdays, 9:30– 11:30 a.m. Where: WAH Cost: $40 per person, $55 per couple

Private Infant Safety and CPR Info: Call 800-642-0101 for details Baby-Sitting This two-session class for boys and girls ages 11 to 15 covers accident prevention and basic care for infants and children. Both sessions required for certificate. When: Saturdays, Aug. 24 and 31, Sept. 21 and 28, 10 a.m.–noon Where: SGAH Cost: $35 per person Teen CPR Companion to Baby-Sitting Rescue breathing, CPR skills, use of automated external defibrillator and management of choking for all ages. When: Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, 2–5 p.m. Where: SGAH Cost: $60 per person ($10 discount when taken with baby-sitting class) Home Alone Prepares 8- to 11-year-olds and their parents for times when children will spend brief periods

alone at home. Children must attend with a guardian. When: Saturdays, Sept. 28, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–noon Where: SGAH Cost: $15


Arthritis or Joint Pain? Learn about the total hip or knee replacement procedure, hospital stay and rehabilitation program at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. When: First Wednesday of each month, 1:30–3 p.m. Where: SGAH Cost: FREE Info: Call 800-642-0101


Adventist HealthCare recognizes the specialized health needs of our community’s senior population. FREE monthly lectures cover a wide variety of timely health topics for seniors, in addition to health screenings and personal consultations.

Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton Healthy Living Lecture Series When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:15–2:15 p.m. • 2013 Diabetes Update Info: 240-777-4999


Adventist HealthCare’s Pastoral Care Services offers compassionate help and hope to the community with FREE, specialized grief support groups held in a safe, nurturing environment. Please call 301-891-5265 to preregister for all groups.

Washington Adventist Hospital • Empty Arms, Aching Hearts (English and Spanish) A baby loss support group Sundays, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, 2:30–4 p.m. • DivorceCare This 13-week support group is a safe and nurturing environment for those healing from separation or divorce

SUPPORT GROUPS Adventist HealthCare offers many FREE support groups for patients and their loved ones. Ongoing support groups are currently available on the following health topics: • Congestive heart failure • Living with heart disease • Heart patient • Alcoholics Anonymous

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Amputee Brain injury Diabetes DVT (deep vein thrombosis) • Weight-loss surgery • Stroke

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Narcotics Sickle cell anemia Spinal cord injury BEST breastfeeding Discovering motherhood

For additional information about these groups, including a schedule of meetings and locations, visit or call 800-542-5096.


Three cancer support groups offering opportunities to meet people facing similar challenges are available at Adventist HealthCare. Members share experiences with cancer, offer practical advice and emotional support, and gain a sense of empowerment and control. The following cancer groups are currently meeting: • Women’s lifestyle (WAH)

• Breast cancer (SGAH)

• Thyroid cancer (SGAH)

Call 240-826-6297 (SGAH) or 301-891-5559 (WAH) for dates, times and locations.

Saturdays, Sept. 14–Dec. 7, 3–4:30 p.m. • Holiday Grief Workshop A time through sorrow to celebrate and honor treasured memories of your loved one Sunday, Nov. 3, 3–5 p.m. • Journey Through Your Goodbyes Six-week mutual support group to reflect on the journeys through hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties encountered by change (loss of job, financial change, end of a friendship, extended illness, death) Tuesdays, Nov. 5–Dec. 10, 7–8:30 p.m. • New! Holiday Divorce Workshop Help for the divorced and separated during the holidays Saturday, Nov. 9, 3–5 p.m.

Info: Call Carolyn Jones at 301-891-5265 to preregister

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Call the Pastoral Care Department at 240-826-6112 or email jmufuh@adventist for more information


The Center of Resuscitation Excellence offers convenient CPR and first aid courses at various times and locations. For course schedules, locations and registration, visit www.adventistlife or call 240-826-CORE (2673).

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Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center ..................................301-444-8000


Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Prenatal Program ....................... 301-444-8350


Shady Grove Adventist Radiation Oncology Center - Germantown ..301-795-0064


Shady Grove Adventist Radiation Oncology Center - *Rockville ...... 301-309-6765


Adventist Behavioral Health .......... ...........................................301-251-4500


Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland .............................240-864-6000


The Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children .........3 01-984-4444


Adventist Home Care Services Offices ........................................301-592-4400


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