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Published on June 01, 2012

Adventist HealthCare Officials to Break Ground on the Aquilino Cancer Center

Montgomery County’s first free-standing, comprehensive Cancer Center to Open on the Campus of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in 2013

Rockville, MD – On Wednesday, June 6, Adventist HealthCare officials will break ground on the Aquilino Cancer Center – the first free-standing, comprehensive outpatient cancer center in Montgomery County. The 50,000-square-foot, three-story building will offer personalized, expert care to cancer patients, with up-to-date technology and support services to treat various forms of cancer.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the grounds of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital located on 9901 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Md. The Center is scheduled to open in summer of 2013.

“We are pleased to be a part of this exciting time in cancer care as we break ground on the Aquilino Cancer Center on the campus of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital,” says William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “This center will offer local residents a state-of-the-art facility that provides integrated, comprehensive, quality cancer care close to home.”

In addition to the latest technology, the Center will house clinical services as well as a range of support services for patients and families, including:

  • Physician offices
  • Chemotherapy and infusion
  • Radiation therapy
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Cancer Navigation Team, which includes Nurse Navigators, a Dietitian and a Social Worker
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Clinical Research
  • Education and resource area
  • Support groups
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Complementary alternative medicine
  • Fitness activities

“A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and stressful for patients and their families. The Aquilino Cancer Center will provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to cancer care for local residents,” says Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “We are pleased to bring this important facility to our campus and to the community.”

In addition to the numerous services in the building, several physician offices will be located in the Aquilino Cancer Center including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and others.

“Physicians at the Aquilino Cancer Center will be able to utilize the advances in cancer treatment, including technology and equipment, while also coordinating regularly with other members of the cancer care team on individualized treatment plans for patients,” says Dr. Joseph Haggerty, Medical Oncologist and Chair of the Cancer Committee for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and future tenant of the Aquilino Cancer Center.

The Aquilino Cancer Center was made possible through a generous donation from county resident, Michael Aquilino, whose wife died from cancer in 2004.

“When you’re going through cancer, time is so valuable. You don’t want to spend that time commuting while maintaining a routine with your family, your work and the hospital,” Aquilino said. “I truly believe upper Montgomery County deserves and needs a convenient, high-caliber cancer center like the one that is being built, with all the critical services in one place and top medical researchers in close proximity.”

As part of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center and the Great Seneca Science Corridor in Rockville/Gaithersburg, physicians at the Aquilino Cancer Center will also be able to closely collaborate with local and national research organizations, offering patients an opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research projects.

“By offering a wide range of resources and services at the Aquilino Cancer Center, patients will have access to all of the important services that they need and will receive the very best care delivered in a personalized way that makes their cancer experience more manageable,” says Jane Peck, Executive Director of Cancer Care Services for Adventist HealthCare. “In the Aquilino Cancer Center, the latest treatments will be provided in an environment that promotes the healing of the whole person as they battle their cancer.”

The cancer center will also have a chapel, retail shop providing services and products specific for the needs of cancer patients and a quiet living room space where patients will have access to the latest educational information related to cancer.

The Adventist HealthCare Rockville Campus currently offers comprehensive cancer care services including surgeries and both inpatient and outpatient treatment services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, as well as lymphedema therapy at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. In addition, screenings, educational programs and special services are provided to the community aimed at the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

For more information on the Aquilino Cancer Center or cancer care services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, visit

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 339 licensed beds. 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; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children. 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.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital,Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Care Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, and LifeWork Strategies.

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