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Published on March 17, 2011

Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals Host Free Cancer Screening Events

Rockville, Md. – As part of their mission-driven work to expand access to health care services for local residents, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals are hosting free cancer screening events in March.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s screening event will take place on Sunday, March 20 from 9:30 – 1:00 p.m.  On Sunday, March 6, Washington Adventist Hospital its cancer screening event which provided nearly 400 screenings to 89 participants. 

“Screening for cancer can result in earlier diagnosis and treatment and can literally save lives,” said Judy Lichty, Regional Director of Health and Wellness for Adventist HealthCare.  “Our annual cancer screening events are just one way that Adventist HealthCare carries out its mission of improving the health of the local community.”

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2010, 569,490 cancer deaths were reported and more than 15 million cancer cases were diagnosed. Evidence shows that regular screenings can help detect cancer in its early stages, making it easier to treat and even cure. 

In 2010, Adventist HealthCare’s two cancer screening events provided nearly 800 free screenings at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals. At this year’s events, participants can receive free screenings for bladder, colorectal, oral, prostate (PSA &DRE), skin, thyroid and breast (clinical breast exam) cancers. 

The March events are part of a long history of community cancer screenings for the two Adventist HealthCare hospitals.  For the past 18 years, community breast screening programs at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals have provided free mammograms to local women.  Recently, Adventist received a four-year grant of nearly one million dollars from the Susan G. Komen for the Cureto further expand its breast screening and care programs.  The grant will fund the Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program, which provides breast care services to medically underserved and low-income women in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

The breast screening programs and the annual cancer screening days are just two examples Adventist HealthCare’s free health services, information and screenings for the local community.  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.  

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Adventist HealthCare, an intergrated, 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 health. 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.