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Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation’s certified athletic trainers (ATC) are skilled and licensed in the prevention, assessment and management of sports injuries, concussions and illnesses. We are honored to continue our partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools to provide athletic training services at 13 local high schools for the 2017–2018 school year. All ATCs work under the direct supervision of a physician and are on-site for all home athletic events and games at their designated school, providing care to student athletes when necessary. Our ATCs look forward to another year of keeping local student athletes safe and healthy!


Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation’s outpatient clinic at RIO Washingtonian is moving

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expert rehabilitation services by physicians and physical therapists who specialize in orthopedic and sports-related injuries. The rehabilitation team at Crown will provide patients with evidence-based treatment approaches that are both safe and effective for many sports-related injuries. Are you experiencing pain or discomfort during or after exercise? Call 240-826-8940 to schedule a free injury assessment screening with a physical therapist.

ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE HOSPITALS RECEIVE PATIENT SAFETY AWARDS This past spring, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park were recognized by the Maryland Patient Safety Center for their commitment to quality and patient safety practices. Both hospitals had projects in the top 20 submissions for the 2017 Patient Safety Innovation Awards, which the center grants to organizations that make a demonstrable difference in safety through innovative solutions. Two projects by the Shady Grove Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit focused on reducing serious illnesses that can affect premature babies. The health system also received honors for work to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics and to increase compliance of biomarkers, which help evaluate heart function in patients with chest pain or other potential heart conditions. Visit for more about Adventist HealthCare’s quality awards.



VS. MINIMALLY INVASIVE What’s the Difference? With about half of all Americans at risk for heart disease, heart procedures are becoming more common. There’s a good chance you or a loved one will need a heart procedure someday. Fortunately, a less invasive option for a faster, easier recovery is available.





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Two-week recovery

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Four- to sixweek recovery

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Heart surgery patients Susan Joseph, right, and Stefanie Rothschild

HE days of an extensive recovery following heart surgery are gone for many patients. At Washington Adventist Hospital, minimally invasive heart surgery patients are surprised by how quickly they can return to their daily activities. “After performing minimally invasive heart procedures for 20 years, we consider virtually every patient a candidate,” said Paul Massimiano, MD, a cardiac surgeon with Adventist Medical Group and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Unfortunately, heart patients sometimes miss out on these benefits because they are unaware of this option. All patients who need heart surgery should consider whether a minimally invasive approach is right for them, Dr. Massimiano said.



When Susan Joseph, 73, of Rockville, learned she needed heart surgery, she asked a friend who had the same heart problem for advice. Her friend, Stefanie Rothschild, of Bethesda, recommended talking to Dr. Massimiano about minimally invasive heart valve surgery. “So, I went online and researched — I checked Hopkins and University of Maryland, and I called doctors in Baltimore,” Susan said. “The only place I could have this procedure was Washington Adventist.” On Nov. 21, 2016, Dr. Massimiano performed Susan’s minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery, and three days later, she went home in time for Thanksgiving. She had very little pain and was back to caring for her grandkids in just two weeks. Susan now tells anyone who needs heart surgery, “You need to go and check if you can have it done minimally invasively.”

Visit to learn whether minimally invasive heart care at Washington Adventist Hospital is right for you.








Whether you are packing lunches or preventing illness, simple steps can make a difference in your family’s health and well-being.


1 slice whole grain bread

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds Sliced plum, peach or apricot


Spread peanut butter evenly onto the bread. Sprinkle with the sunflower seeds and place the sliced fruit on the seeds. Fold the slice of bread in half and place in an airtight bag or container to keep the fruit fresh.


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HE start of the new school year can bring a flurry of activities to many families. That busy schedule does not have to mean a drop in healthy eating. Avni Jain, MD, family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group’s Germantown office, says healthy lunches offer many benefits. “Providing a healthy school lunch gives kids the energy needed for the rest of the day,” Dr. Jain said. “It also helps curb unhealthy snacking at the end of the school day and establishes good eating habits for the rest of their life.”



Does the beginning of the school year make you cringe as you think about packing lunches? Try turning this daily activity from a chore into an opportunity to teach your kids about good nutrition. “Helping your kids establish wholesome eating habits — along with encouraging them to exercise — can help them maintain a healthy body weight throughout their lives,” explained Elly Shaw-Belblidia, RD,

Avni Jain, MD, family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group in Germantown, prepares a healthy lunch with her sons.


Richard Samuel, MD, medical director for Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care, offers parents tips to help keep kids healthy and prevent the spread of illness.


Pencils, crayons, toys, desks and other objects can harbor germs and bacteria. Teaching children to wash their hands well throughout the day is an important way to prevent germs from spreading. “Washing your hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water can lower your risk of getting sick,” Dr. Samuel said. Also, to prevent kids from bringing school germs home, make sure they wash their hands when they arrive home each day.


If illness strikes your home, help prevent further spread by staying home until you or your children are free of fever, vomiting or other symptoms for 24 hours. Extra rest from staying home will also speed recovery, Dr. Samuel added.


Many contagious germs spread easily on common surfaces such as desks, door handles and tables. Cleaning these surfaces with sanitizing wipes or bleach helps prevent illnesses from spreading. One common item Dr. Samuel said most people forget to clean is their cell phone. “Cell phones are often handled by the entire household, so it’s important to remember to clean them regularly with a sanitizing wipe,” he noted.


It is not too early for a flu shot. “The flu vaccine is still the best defense against getting the flu,” Dr. Samuel said. An annual flu shot is recommend for everyone, particularly young children, pregnant women and the elderly. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, so don’t wait until the flu reaches your home.

a pediatric dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. “This reduces their risk of developing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.” Including your children in the lunchpacking process allows you to offer healthy options and model nutritious eating with your own lunches. “Your kids watch how you eat, just as they watch everything else you do,” Elly said. “If you set the right example, they are more likely to have good eating habits in the long run.”


A basic healthy lunch includes at least one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables, along with some lean protein and whole grains, Elly said. A healthy diet should include five servings of fruit or veggies daily. For packaged food and drinks, always read the nutrition label and choose the foods lowest in sugar, sodium and fat. Watch out for hidden sugar in beverages. Two sugary drinks per day can double your child’s diabetes risk. For example, 6 ounces of apple juice can pack up to 21 grams of sugar — that’s more than an average candy bar.

Get care at your speed at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care centers in Rockville, Germantown and Laurel. Walk in or visit FA17UrgentCare to make an online reservation.

PACK IT OR DITCH IT? Packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, you can stick to classics like a natural peanut butter and jelly sandwich (see recipe on preceding page) with some healthy substitutions, such as fruit instead of sugary jelly. PACK IT: • S andwich on whole wheat bread or pita with lean meat (e.g., turkey), lowfat cheese, and hummus, guacamole or mustard

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• Yogurt with excess sugar • S ugary drinks like soda, juice or sports drinks • L unchables™ or other prepackaged meals

 ice cakes or plain/low-salt popcorn R Fruit and vegetables P lain, nonfat yogurt that’s low in sugar Water or milk from the cafeteria






This year, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center became the first hospital in the Washington metro area to perform minimally invasive total-knee replacement using the MAKOplasty® robotic system.

ITH MAKOplasty, a specially trained orthopedic surgeon uses a robotic arm to enhance stability and increase range of motion during joint surgery. The new total-knee technology adds to Shady Grove’s robotic capabilities for partial-knee and total-hip replacements, which the hospital pioneered in our region in 2015.


DURING SURGERY In the operating room, our expert doctors perform the surgery using the personalized specifications from the robotic technology.



BEFORE SURGERY Using a CT scan of the knee joint, a MAKO®-trained orthopedic surgeon creates a 3-D model of the knee and loads it into the robotic system to create a personalized surgery plan for the patient.

AFTER SURGERY The doctor, specialized nurses and physical therapists in Shady Grove’s Joint Center of Excellence set goals to get the patient back on the move. Some patients go home the same day, while others stay just one to two days.


Orthopedic surgeons Sridhar Durbhakula, MD, left, and Mark Peterson, MD, performed our area’s first MAKO total-knee replacements in the spring.


• More detailed planning and accuracy. • Doctors can instantly make adjustments for any discoveries during the surgery, improving precision in joint placement and alignment. • In clinical studies, MAKOplasty patients report less pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times and high long-term satisfaction compared with patients treated with traditional joint replacement surgery.

Is your knee pain or hip discomfort a temporary bother or something more serious? Take our online risk assessment to see if it’s time to talk to our orthopedic surgeons. Visit


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REGISTRATION Online registration and payment options are available for most programs. Visit or call 877-684-1511 for information or to register.

LIVING healthy The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity & Wellness offers classes, events and activities to support a healthy mind, body and spirit. A full listing of classes and events is available at

HEART HEALTH Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Adventist HealthCare offers a number of blood pressure screenings throughout the community each month. Rockville Senior Center 10 a.m.–noon First Monday of each month— Sept. 11*, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 Damascus Senior Center 10–11:30 a.m. First Wednesday of each month— Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6 Benjamin Gaither Community Center 9:30–11:30 a.m. Fourth Wednesday of each month— Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15*, Dec. 20* Long Branch Community Center 10:30 a.m.–noon Second Monday of each month— Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11 Mid-County Community Center 10–11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday of each month— Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12 White Oak Community Recreation Center 1–2 p.m. Third Thursday of each month— Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14*

Takoma Park Community Center 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Fourth Thursday of each month— Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16*, Dec. 21* Victory Tower Senior Apartments Last Friday of each month— 10–11:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17*, Dec. 15* Green Ridge House Apartments 1–2 p.m. Nov. 8 *These dates deviate from the normal schedule listed in the first line due to holidays.

PRENATAL, FAMILY AND WOMEN’S HEALTH Adventist HealthCare offers maternal and child health classes to provide expert advice, support and education before and after birth. Classes include: • Childbirth. • Breastfeeding. • Grandparents Class. • Fatherhood 101. • Brother/Sister and more. Learn more at

Lactation Services

Adventist HealthCare offers a range of lactation classes, consultation, breastpump sales and rentals, as well as breastfeeding support groups. To learn more, visit and look under Maternity & Child, or call 240-826-MOMS (6667) for those living near SGMC or 301-891-4TLC (4852) for those living near WAH.

Gestational Diabetes Education

Gestational diabetes counseling is by appointment. This counseling teaches momsto-be how to manage blood glucose through proper nutrition, monitoring and exercise. Info: Call Shelly Milsted at 301-315-3459 to register, or have your doctor fax a referral to 301-315-3135. Where: SGMC

Support Groups

Adventist HealthCare offers several support groups for parents. To learn more or to find a location near you, call 877-684-1511 or visit

BEST Program: Breastfeeding Education, Support and Togetherness (SGMC and WAH) • Hecho de Pecho — Madres Latinas Unidas para la Lactancia: ¡Acompañe





a otras madres que hablan español en un grupo gratis de apoyo a la lactancia! Comparta sus experiencias y participe junto con otras madres en una reunión cordial e informativa para aprender sobre la maternidad y apoyar la lactancia materna. Puede traer a sus bebés, a sus niños mayores o a una persona de apoyo. ¡Proveemos el desayuno gratis y regalitos! • Discovering Motherhood: Adjusting to Your New Role • Perinatal Loss Support Group: new support group run by an experienced perinatal loss specialist for those who have experienced a loss related to pregnancy


When: Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Nov. 1, 6–8 p.m. Where: ACC Info: Call 240-826-6297.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Adventist HealthCare, in partnership with the Montgomery County Health Department, offers this FREE, lifesaving screening program. Info: Call 301-315-3507 to see whether you are eligible.

Montgomery County Cancer Crusade Coalition

Join this meeting to discuss community needs for cancer screening. Info: Call 301-315-3507 for meeting dates and times.

Integrative Medicine Program

Adventist HealthCare’s Integrative Medicine Program combines conventional cancer care with evidenceinformed complementary therapies addressing the whole person — body, mind and spirit. For more information, including specific activities, visit Where: Aquilino Cancer Center — First floor Info: To schedule a clinical consultation or to learn about our educational programs, call 301-795-0078.

Navigation Services

At Aquilino Cancer Center, cancer care navigation teams assist people living with cancer, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. The navigation teams consist of professionals who can provide guidance through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Info: Call 240-826-6297 or email for all navigation services and care coordination requests.

Look Good ... Feel Better®

Spend time with a professional esthetician to learn makeup tips so you can put your “best face forward” during and after treatment for cancer. Meet other women living with cancer, and receive a “personal toolkit” to take home. When: Monday, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20, 10 a.m.–noon Where: WAH, Radiation Oncology Info: Call 301-891-5559.


Cancer Support Groups

Adventist HealthCare offers a range of support groups for patients living with cancer and their caregivers or for those who have survived cancer. For dates, times and locations, call 240-826-6297 (ACC) or 301-891-5559 (WAH). Thyroid cancer (ACC) When: First Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., starting in September Info: A support group on Facebook is available for patients with other types of cancer: ConnectingThroughCancer. In addition, ACC patients and their caregivers may call 240-826-6297 for information about joining an online support group.

NEUROSCIENCES Community Aphasia Group

A support group for those with aphasia Cost: $140 for six-week series Info: Contact Sandi Lancaster — 240-864-6033 or

Support Groups

• Brain injury • Stroke • Spinal cord injury Info: For additional information about these groups, including a schedule of meetings and locations, call 877-684-1511 or visit


Join Adventist HealthCare for this monthly cooking and nutrition class to learn a plant-based meal plan for optimal health. Samples of the meal prepared are provided by Executive Chef Jeff Whary. Nutrition updates are provided by Patricia Guay-Berry. Cost: FREE but registration is required When: Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Where: Aquilino Cancer Center, Iris Room Info: 240-826-2010 or; parking will be validated

Nutrition Counseling

Adventist HealthCare’s Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Office offers individual appointments with a registered dietitian for management of multiple conditions. This service is covered by many health insurance plans. When: Weekdays by appointment Where: Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Office, Washington Adventist Hospital, Professional Building, 7610 Carroll Ave., Suite 350, Takoma Park Info: Call 301-891-6105 to schedule an appointment. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment Where: SGMC Info: Call 301-891-6105 to schedule an appointment.

Weight-loss Surgery Informational Seminars

Learn about the life-changing weightloss surgery options offered at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. When: Monthly on the first Thursday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.; second and fourth Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m.; and fourth Sunday, 5–7 p.m. Where: SGMC Cost: FREE Info: Ongoing series, open to all; call 240-826-5278 for room location and to register.

Weight-loss Surgery Support Group

This group provides ongoing support for those who have had weight-loss surgery. Registration is not required.



When: First four Thursdays of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. Where: SGMC Sycamore Conference Room Cost: FREE Info: Call 240-826-5278 for room location and to register.

DIABETES Comprehensive Diabetes Self-management Education

Learn to better manage your diabetes with this three-class series, taught by a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian. Physician prescription required. Most insurance policies cover diabetes education; call your insurance to verify coverage. Group classes are offered at both Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital. When: Tuesdays, 5–8 p.m., or Thursdays, 1–4 p.m., every other month Where: SGMC Info: Call 301-315-3459. When: Alternates monthly — consecutive Wednesdays, 5–8 p.m., or Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. Where: WAH Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education Office 7610 Carroll Ave., Suite 350, Takoma Park Info: Call 301-891-6105.

Prediabetes Class

Learn to manage prediabetes and prevent Type 2 diabetes. When: Sept. 14, Nov. 9, 5–7:30 p.m. Where: SGMC Magnolia Room, first floor Info: To register for these FREE classes, visit

Diabetes Support Group

This free group offers support to anyone living with diabetes or prediabetes. When: Last Tuesday of each month, 5–6 p.m. Where: WAH Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education Office, Suite 350 Info: RSVP at 301-891-6105.

NEW! Diabetes Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare quick, easy, healthy and delicious meals with ingredients that will help you better manage diabetes. When: Offered quarterly. Sept. 7, Dec. 7, 6–7 p.m. Where: SGMC Cost: FREE with parking validation

SENIORS’ HEALTH Adventist HealthCare recognizes the specialized health needs of our community’s aging adult population. FREE monthly lectures cover a wide variety of timely health topics for

seniors, in addition to health screenings and personal consultations. For more information, including dates and locations, call 877-684-1511.

Grief Support Group

Adventist HealthCare’s Mission Integration and Spiritual Care Department offers compassionate help and hope to the community with FREE, specialized grief support groups held in a safe, nurturing environment. Where: SGMC Info: For information and to register, email or call the Pastoral Care Department at 240-826-6112. Where: WAH Info: Call the Pastoral Care Department at 301-891-5265 for more information.

Other Support Groups

Adventist HealthCare offers many FREE support groups for patients and their loved ones. Ongoing support groups are available on the following health topics: • Amputee. • Sickle cell anemia. • Narcotics. • Diabetes. • Alcoholics Anonymous. For information about these groups, including a schedule of meetings and locations, call 877-684-1511 or visit




CPR & FIRST-AID CLASSES The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity & Wellness offers convenient CPR and first-aid courses at various times and locations. Visit or call 877-684-1511 for course schedules, locations and registration.

American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI): All Ages CPR and AED Certification

This ASHI CPR and AED program is designed for anyone in the community who wants to learn how to perform CPR on people of all ages. All class material is included, along with a two-year certification card. When: Saturdays, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Where: 14915 Broschart Road Ladew Conference Room, First Floor Rockville, MD 20850 Info: Call 877-684-1511 or visit

American Safety & 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. Two-year certification. When: Saturdays, Oct. 7, Dec. 2, 2–4 p.m. Where: 14915 Broschart Road Ladew Conference Room, First Floor Rockville, MD 20850 Info: For additional information, including dates, locations and times, visit or call 877-684-1511.


The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity & Wellness offers classes at numerous locations. Visit for additional class/event locations. SGMC Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center 9901 Medical Center Dr. Rockville


ACC Aquilino Cancer Center

9905 Medical Center Dr. Rockville

WAH Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital 7600 Carroll Ave. Takoma Park*

AHC Adventist HealthCare

820 W. Diamond Ave. Gaithersburg*


Rehab Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation 9909 Medical Center Dr. Rockville *Free parking



A new hospital and healthcare campus is rising in the White Oak area of Montgomery County, near the Prince George’s County border. HIS new facility, scheduled to open in May 2019, will offer the high-quality and compassionate care you’ve come to know from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park in a new location, off Route 29 and Cherry Hill Road. The campus sits on 48 acres near the U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters, which partners with the hospital on health research. It’s also located at the center of the emerging White Oak Science Gateway, a planned life sciences community bringing together medical researchers, businesses and retailers in eastern Montgomery County. Construction of the exterior of the hospital will be complete by late fall, and work will begin on a medical office building before the end of the year.



Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital has served our community for more than a century. It is our privilege to continue with our healthcare services like urgent and primary care in Takoma Park, following our move of inpatient care to White Oak.

FEATURES OF THE NEW HOSPITAL ON PLUM ORCHARD DRIVE • 170 all-private inpatient rooms • State-of-the-art equipment and technology • Key services such as emergency, cardiac, cancer, maternity, medical and surgical care • A healing environment incorporating natural elements, such as large windows with views of the woods and pond, a green roof garden and a walking trail • Outpatient services and on-campus physician offices • Easy access from major roads and increased bus routes to the campus • Ample parking, including a parking garage

Help us build a new future for healthcare for our community. Donate today in support of our capital campaign by visiting or calling 301-891-6920.





BEYOND CANCER Local Marathoner and Mom of Three Crosses Finish Line with Support of Comprehensive Care Team

When Karen DiCamillo lined up for the 2017 Boston Marathon, the 26.2 miles ahead were nothing compared with what was behind her. The experienced marathoner had outpaced breast cancer over the seven months beforehand so she could accept her second invitation to the elite race. September 2016, a routine mammogram at Adventist HealthCare Imaging revealed a lump in the breast of the 42-year-old mother of three from Germantown. A biopsy found Stage Two breast cancer. Karen immediately began working with oncologist Chitra Rajagopal, MD, breast surgeon Nancy Markus, MD, and the comprehensive care team at Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center. Because of Karen’s Jewish heritage, the doctors tested her for a mutation in the BRCA genes that is linked to hereditary cancers. While Karen awaited results, which were negative, she began chemotherapy and reviewed her surgical options with Dr. Markus. Karen also asked Dr. Markus about running. “When she sat me down and told me I had cancer, my second thought was, ‘What about Boston?’” Karen said. Dr. Markus was cautious but hopeful. Breast cancer navigator Lori Hartinger, RN,

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encouraged Karen to train for the April 2017 race with clearance from her medical team. Karen was unable to run during the six chemotherapy treatments she received every two weeks. Instead, during treatments, she attended the free Gentle Yoga classes at the Aquilino Cancer Center and used its range of services and support for cancer patients. Oncology dietitian Patty Guay-Berry helped Karen optimize nutrition during treatments. Hartinger and oncology social worker Lindsey Wise provided resources and support, both for Karen and her children. The availability of treatments and services in one location at Aquilino Cancer Center made it easier for Karen to maintain her family’s routine. “I was there every day. I felt like it was my second home,” said Karen, who would drop off her preschooler and then arrive at the center, where her appointments were in one place. “It wasn’t stressful.”

NEW RUNNING PROGRAM CONNECTS CANCER PATIENTS During her cancer treatment, Karen DiCamillo had support from her training partners from the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), who took turns joining her for walks. Now, the MCRRC is bringing a new program to Aquilino Cancer Center. Running Beyond Cancer, a training program exclusively for cancer patients and survivors, kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 3. Experienced MCRRC coaches Don Shulman and Andy Steinfeld will lead the twice-weekly sessions. On Tuesdays, runners or walkers who want to build up to running will complete a loop around the Adventist HealthCare Rockville campus. On Saturday mornings, runners will meet at scenic trails around Montgomery County. The program is free. New and experienced runners coming back from cancer are welcome, but a doctor’s clearance form is required. Participants will receive a long-sleeved technical shirt as they aim to complete the MCRRC 2018 New Year’s Day 5K. This new program aims to help cancer survivors form social connections while building stamina and strength.

For more information or to register, visit

“I love to run. That’s where my heart is.” — Karen DiCamillo When Karen finished chemotherapy in December, Dr. Markus cleared her to run again. Karen took a short break in January for removal of lymph nodes and a lumpectomy that showed no signs of cancer. She also received lymphedema therapy, which can ease physical symptoms of cancer treatment, and began radiation treatment with Marie Gurka, MD. Karen built up her running distance to 8 miles—far short of the distance she’d trained for her other marathons but enough to persuade her to make the trip. On April 17, Karen completed the well-known course from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston. She walked through water stations and climbed the race’s notorious hills, taking it easy to avoid injuries and focusing on enjoying the experience. Karen aimed to complete the race in 6 hours, before the course removed its support services. She finished in 4 hours, 57 minutes, 36 seconds.

Today, Karen is back to her running routine, frequently completing 5-mile loops near her Germantown home. She still takes yoga at Aquilino Cancer Center but says her new pastime will never replace the one that makes her the happiest. “I love to run. That’s where my heart is.”


Join Adventist HealthCare to raise awareness of early detection for breast cancer. Take a free breast cancer risk assessment, and join us for a pink walk around the lake at RIO Washingtonian on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Learn more at AHCYOU.COM/FA17


Help for Loved Ones



Lois, Elaina and Don Kimes of Rockville, Maryland, are grateful for the support services for both them and their family member struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

After Don and Lois Kimes’ youngest son battled mental illness and addictions for nearly a decade, the Rockville, Maryland, family finally found hope for him in Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services’ (BH&WS) Intensive Outpatient Program. HE Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) helps adults who struggle with a behavioral health disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol. “Our son has battled schizophrenia and addiction to marijuana and alcohol since his freshman year of college,” Lois said. “After almost 10 years and nine psychiatric hospitalizations, we finally found a program that treated both of his conditions together.” “The IOP offers structured therapy to help patients understand the underlying causes of their illness and their dependence on drugs or alcohol,” said Marissa Leslie, MD, medical director for BH&WS in Rockville. The IOP also offers a family support group, which provides a therapeutic outlet for patients and their families to share their experiences. “When one family member has a mental health or addiction problem, it affects the entire family,” Don said. “The IOP family

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support groups were not only an important part of our son’s treatment, but they were also important to our healing as a family.“ Now 27 and a recent college graduate, the Kimes’ son has shown significant progress in his recovery and the family is hopeful for his future. “For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have my brother back again,” said his sister, Elaina. “My advice to other families coping with mental illness and addiction is to get professional help at the first signs of unusual behavior and to build a support network,” Lois said.

If you or a loved one needs help for a mental illness and addiction, visit or call Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services at 800-204-8600 to schedule a free consultation.





Cancer rehabilitation is a form of therapy that addresses the effects of cancer and its treatments. Jessica Engle, DO, an experienced physiatrist with Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation who specializes in cancer rehabilitation, provides compassionate care to patients at Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville. Dr. Engle answers some common questions about the benefits of cancer rehabilitation.

Q| W  hat is cancer rehabilitation? DR. ENGLE: Cancer treatment takes a physical toll on many patients, impacting several areas of their lives. Cancer rehabilitation helps patients regain strength and physical functions affected by cancer treatment. Specialized techniques used in cancer rehabilitation build endurance and improve movement, balance and posture. This therapy also promotes scar-tissue reduction.

Q| How does cancer rehabilitation benefit patients? DR. ENGLE: Cancer patients can benefit from incorporating rehabilitation

throughout their care journey by working with trained professionals whose scope of practice includes rehab diagnoses and treatments specific to cancer. Treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation often cause extreme fatigue and muscle weakness. Cancer rehabilitation counteracts these conditions and can reduce pain and numbness in the hands and feet.

Q| Who can benefit from cancer rehabilitation? DR. ENGLE: Rehabilitation can be especially helpful for patients with brain tumors, who must work through cognitive issues, pain management and difficulty walking. Also, rehab assists patients who have spinal cord compression, who can experience bowel and bladder issues and whose family members may need extra training as caretakers. For breast cancer patients, rehabilitation experts can help manage post-mastectomy syndrome or pain. Finally, for patients with limb loss or those prone to fractures from treatment, cancer rehabilitation can help improve physical health.

self-care techniques do you recommend Q | What for cancer patients? DR. ENGLE: Exercise and healthy habits can be very empowering at every stage of cancer care. Also, creating goals — even goals as simple as sitting in a chair for a short time each day or participating in a favorite hobby or activity — can have a big impact. Finally, I encourage those experiencing cancer to find ways to reduce stress. It is important to have something to look forward to. Remember that cancer does not have to be the “new normal.”

To learn more about cancer rehabilitation or to schedule an appointment, visit



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In August 2016, Memar Ayalew was suddenly blasted from his aunt and uncle’s Silver Spring apartment. A natural gas explosion and devastating fire ripped through the Flower Branch apartments, killing seven people, injuring more than 30 and displacing 80 families. EMAR suffered a deep cut on his back and serious injuries to his left knee. Worse, his aunt and uncle died in the blast. “I thought I was going to die. I was praying to God,” Memar recounted after he awoke in pain and with a breathing tube. While most of his wounds began to heal, Memar sought help for his knee injury from Adventist HealthCare and Christopher Magee, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Adventist Medical Group. Dr. Magee first prescribed physical therapy for Memar at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation to address issues with his torn ligament. Through the therapy, Memar was able to walk again. However, for Memar to reach full mobility, Dr. Magee determined a laparoscopic joint surgery at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park was needed. “I have seen an amazing recovery after surgery,” Memar said. “It’s like I have a brand-new leg.” Memar truly appreciates the care — including both the therapy and surgery — that he received free of charge and is humbled by the outpouring of community support. “I am so grateful to everyone,” he said.


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