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Published on June 07, 2010

Shady Grove Adventist Expands Cancer Care Services Upcounty

New Radiation Oncology Location Will Be First in Germantown Area

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is expanding access to its radiation oncology services in upper Montgomery County. Shady Grove Adventist Radiation Oncology today announced plans to open a new facility in early 2011, conveniently located in Germantown, just off I-270 and Route 118.

"We are pleased to offer this critical, high-quality service as part of our ongoing commitment to meet our community's health care needs and to serve the growing upcounty population," said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. "Opening the Shady Grove Radiation Oncology Center in Germantown offers upcounty patients greater access to this important treatment."

More then 60 percent of people with cancer are treated with radiation oncology, which requires radiation treatments daily, in many cases for approximately six weeks. Radiation therapy is used to treat a wide range of cancers including the most prevalent - breast, prostate and lung cancers.

Opening the Germantown center will be a source of convenience and comfort for upcounty residents. "It's important for persons with cancer who undergo radiation treatment and who have to travel for therapy every day. This new location will keep these services closer to home for upcounty residents. Shady Grove Radiation Oncology will also continue to deliver the high quality and excellent customer service provided in the current Rockville site," said Debra Pollak, Executive Director, Cancer Care Services for Adventist HealthCare.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Radiation Oncology is the only facility that is certified by the American College of Radiology in upper Montgomery County. The designation highlights the high-quality care that the facility provides to those undergoing treatment.

"The new center will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and will afford people in the upcounty expanded access to quality cancer treatment, close to home," said Dr. Don Bridges, who along with Dr. Cathy Salem and Dr. Anu Singh, will be staffing the new site.

Shady Grove Adventist Radiation Oncology Center at Germantown will be housed in 10,500 square feet in the Seneca Meadows Corporate Center, which is managed and owned by Minkoff Development Corporation.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 320 licensed beds that is located in Rockville, Maryland. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; as well as a broad range of surgical specialties. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.