Introducing the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center
This fall, the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center will open its doors as the first freestanding, comprehensive cancer center in Montgomery County. Local cancer patients will no longer have to drive from location to location for medical appointments.
Just steps away from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the cancer center will house comprehensive outpatient services that include multiple physician specialties and treatments, as well as education and support resources that include a navigation team.
“When the Aquilino Cancer Center opens this September, cancer patients in our area will have immediate access to a facility that centralizes academic-caliber cancer care with personalized, coordinated treatment plans,” says Jane Peck, executive director of cancer care services for Adventist HealthCare. “All of this will take place in a warm, inviting and unique setting.”
The Aquilino Cancer Center will provide specialty services supporting the mind, body and spirit of cancer patients and their families: physician offices in several areas of cancer care specialties; treatment options including radiation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion; imaging services (PET-CT); cancer navigation services; pain and symptom management; education and resource area with Wi-Fi; space for health programs, support groups and screenings; pastoral care and spiritual support; rehabilitation; nutrition counseling; fitness activities; retail shop for wigs, prosthetics, skin creams and lotions; and a cafe.
“By offering a wide range of resources and services at the Aquilino Cancer Center,” Peck says, “patients will be able to receive all of their cancer care in a single, convenient location, allowing them to spend more time with their families.”
The cancer center will have a dedicated parking area in front of the building for patients and their support team members.
Medical, Scientific Campus
The latest advancements in treatment along with a holistic approach to cancer care will come together at the Aquilino Cancer Center. The location on a medical and scientific campus that includes the National Cancer Institute will mean that expert care teams, cancer patients and their families will have access to the latest in treatments and research through clinical trials. Additionally, integrative therapies—such as massage therapy, healing art, meditation and yoga— will be available to help build strength and bring comfort to patients during their cancer journeys.
The Aquilino Cancer Center will also focus on addressing the individual needs of those a ected by cancer with an integrated approach to care.
“Multidisciplinary care teams will be able to come together to support the patient,” Peck explains. “Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses and the cancer care navigation services team will work together, in one facility, with a focus on personalized care plans.”
The building material that went into the LEED-certified cancer center is environmentally sustainable, from the green rooftop to the stonework.
“The feel of the cancer center is natural. It’s not cold or sterile looking. It makes you feel like you’re in a hotel or spa,” says Michael Aquilino of Potomac, whose family is a key donor and holds a special connection to the building.