A new age in cancer care is about to unfold on the campus of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, bringing the latest advances in care, plus all the services and resources cancer patients and their families need, under one roof.

Hospital officials will break ground for the Aquilino Cancer Center next year. The facility, which will sit on the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital campus, is scheduled to open in 2013 as Montgomery County’s first community hospital-based, integrated, comprehensive cancer care program.

“The Aquilino Cancer Center will offer our patients and families access to expert clinicians in medical, radiation and surgical oncology, as well as essential cancer support services,” says Dennis Hansen, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “This is an exciting opportunity to provide patient-centered and quality-driven care in one convenient location.”

Technology and Support Under One Roof

The Aquilino Cancer Center will house the most advanced technology to fight a range of tumor-site-specific cancers alongside an array of resources, such as a shop for wigs and prosthetics, an education library and space for support groups, nutrition counseling and cooking demonstrations.

Local resident Michael Aquilino has generously supported the building of this center after losing his first wife to cancer. “It was a difficult time, but the treatment she received at Shady Grove was phenomenal,” he says. “There are no words to describe the medical expertise and amazing care.”

The Aquilino Cancer Center will allow local cancer patients to avoid shuttling from appointment to appointment during anxious times and will provide space for wellness programs, health screenings, research, treatments, palliative programs and survivorship support.

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

Better Care Through Collaboration

As part of the Great Seneca Science Corridor in the Gaithersburg/Rockville area, the center will provide opportunities for collaboration on cancer treatments, research and clinical trials that will result in expanded access to exceptional and cutting-edge cancer care for the community.

“This will truly mean coordinated care for patients, with their caregivers conferring on treatments and management of their disease,” says Joseph Haggerty, M.D., chair of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Cancer Care Center Committee. “And for physicians, the center will give them access to the latest technology and the most advanced research and studies on care.”

Physicians at the Aquilino Cancer Center will be able to treat their patients with state-of-the-art equipment that can target the cancer tumor with radiation while preserving the healthy tissue. Chemotherapy patients will undergo their infusion treatments in a soothing and private setting that overlooks the hospital’s healing garden.

The Aquilino Cancer Center will build upon the expert, personalized cancer care services Shady Grove Adventist Hospital currently offers combined with a focus on wellness through complementary therapies including healing art, meditation, yoga and massage.