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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on January 06, 2011

Adventist Hospitals Receive Komen Grant to Expand Access to Breast Cancer Screenings for Local Women

2,000 local women will benefit from $1 million grant

Rockville, Md. – Local women will have improved access to breast care services thanks to a nearly $1 million grant Adventist HealthCare has received from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The four-year, $917,000 grant will fund the Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program, which will provide comprehensive breast care services to medically underserved, low-income, minority women in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  The grant will be split between Adventist HealthCare’s two local acute care hospitals – Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist.    

“We are grateful to Komen for providing this grant that will allow us to create a program to expand and enhance breast care services for women in our community,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.  “We believe that this important program will improve health and save lives among local women.”

The Navigate to Health program is just one example of Adventist HealthCare’s numerous community programs.  In 2009, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals contributed approximately $63 million in community benefit through charity care and other programs – more than any other health system in Montgomery County.  Programs at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals have been providing free mammograms to local women for the past 18 years.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, in the United States, exceeded only by lung cancer.  The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates that about 12% of women, or 1 in 8, will develop invasive breast cancer at some time during their life.

The Navigate to Health program, which will begin in the first quarter of 2011, is expected to provide breast cancer care and services for approximately 2,000 new patients between 2011 and 2014.  The program will provide specialized services to decrease the time between diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for local women.  Additionally, the Navigate to Health program will work to expand the number of mammograms provided to underserved women, educate local women on breast self-awareness and enhance the follow-up process for women who have had a positive result from a screening. 

“We know that breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Marylanders,” said Dr. Gaurov Dayal, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist HealthCare.  “This program not only aligns with our mission of improving the health of our community, but it also provides an important service to women who may not have access to breast cancer screening and treatment.”

Adventist has partnered with the Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition for the Navigate to Health program.  The Komen grant is the largest single grant ever awarded to Adventist HealthCare.    

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.  The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.  Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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