Author: Adventist HealthCare

Running Beyond Cancer

Local Marathoner and Mom of Three Crosses Finish Line with Support of Comprehensive Care Team When Karen DiCamillo lined up for the 2017 Boston Marathon, the 26.2 miles ahead were nothing compared with what was behind her. The experienced marathoner had outpaced breast cancer over the seven months beforehand so she could accept her second invitation to the elite race. In September 2016, a routine mammogram at Adventist HealthCare Imaging revealed a lump in the breast of the 42-year-old mother of three from Germantown. A biopsy found Stage Two breast cancer. Karen immediately began working with oncologist Chitra Rajagopal,...

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Traditional Open-Heart Surgery vs Minimally Invasive – What’s the Difference?

With about half of all Americans at risk for heart disease, heart procedures are becoming more common. There’s a good chance you or a loved one will need a heart procedure someday. Fortunately, a less invasive option for a faster, easier recovery is available. The days of an extensive recovery following heart surgery are gone for many patients. At Washington Adventist Hospital, minimally invasive heart surgery patients are surprised by how quickly they can return to their daily activities. “After performing minimally invasive heart procedures for 20 years, we consider virtually every patient a candidate,” said Paul Massimiano, MD,...

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Back to School & Back to Health

Whether you are packing lunches or preventing illness, simple steps can make a difference in your family’s health and well-being. The start of the new school year can bring a flurry of activities to many families. That busy schedule does not have to mean a drop in healthy eating. Avni Jain, MD, family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group’s Germantown office, says healthy lunches offer many benefits. “Providing a healthy school lunch gives kids the energy needed for the rest of the day,” Dr. Jain said. “It also helps curb unhealthy snacking at the end of the...

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Knee Replacement Goes High-Tech

This year, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center became the first hospital in the Washington metro area to perform minimally invasive total-knee replacement using the MAKOplasty® robotic system. With MAKOplasty, a specially trained orthopedic surgeon uses a robotic arm to enhance stability and increase range of motion during joint surgery. The new total-knee technology adds to Shady Grove’s robotic capabilities for partial-knee and total-hip replacements, which the hospital pioneered in our region in 2015. Benefits of MAKOplasty vs. Traditional Joint Replacement Surgery More detailed planning and accuracy. Doctors can instantly make adjustments for any discoveries during the surgery, improving...

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Expanding Care with a New White Oak Hospital

A new hospital and healthcare campus is rising in the White Oak area of Montgomery County, near the Prince George’s County border. This new facility, scheduled to open in May 2019, will offer the high-quality and compassionate care you’ve come to know from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park in a new location, off Route 29 and Cherry Hill Road. The campus sits on 48 acres near the U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters, which partners with the hospital on health research. It’s also located at the center of the emerging White Oak Science Gateway, a planned life sciences...

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