We are excited to welcome you to Adventist HealthCare & You, a quarterly magazine featuring the health stories of real people in our community that connects you with health care resources at our hospitals and beyond.
Current Issue – Spring 2013
With two new knees and rehabilitation, Marilyn Candler of North Potomac is feeling stronger every day. That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Spring 2013 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.
An estimated 8 million Americans experience chronic wounds, which are wounds that have not responded to medical care within 30 days. Chronic wounds can be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility. The Wound Care Centers at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park offer the most advanced treatment for chronic wounds, including the only hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers in Montgomery County. HBO therapy is used to treat: Radiation cystitis Diabetic wounds...read more
Oxygen therapy helps a Frederick area woman improve her health and quality of life It was just weeks before her wedding when 31-year old Monique Marwani of Ijamsville in Frederick County learned she had cervical cancer. Marwani, now 38, received treatment that left her cancer free for more than five years but also caused some other health issues. “Sometimes when you have an illness like mine that lasts so long, the doctors will tell you you’re lucky to be alive and this is your new normal,” says Marwani, who was treated with...read more
After suffering chest pain, an Upper Marlboro physician chose to see the experts at Washington Adventist Hospital It was soon after Delbert Perkins, M.D., experienced unexplainable chest pain one evening that he put his heart and his trust in someone else’s hands. At his internal medicine practice in Upper Marlboro, Md., Perkins obtained an electrocardiogram (EKG), which records the heart’s electrical activity. He could tell by the results that something was wrong and requested his wife take him to the Emergency Department at Washington...read more
After double knee surgery, a local man recovers at home with expert care With some encouragement, a healing environment and a compassionate caregiver, Robert Colish, 72, of Silver Spring was able to regain his independence just two weeks after bilateral knee replacement surgery. This type of procedure replaces both knees simultaneously, making rehabilitation a critical and often challenging stage of recovery. Patients experience difficulty in moving, lifting and bending both legs for the first several weeks following surgery. “Before therapy,...read more
Healthy joints are key to performing daily activities such as running, walking, playing sports, chasing children or grandchildren and doing the activities you love most. So how do you ensure a long, active life free of joint pain? Here are some common questions on joint health answered by the expert orthopedic surgeons from the Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital. What can I do to lower my risk for bone and joint disease? Dexter Love, M.D.: Genetics play a role in the long-term health of your bones and joints, but there...read more
A North Potomac woman replaced both knees at once to quickly gain back her active life Climbing stairs, even walking, was becoming too painful for Marilyn Candler, 77, of North Potomac. Arthritis in her knees was also keeping her from one of her most cherished hobbies: playing music. “When knee pain keeps you from participating in life, it’s time to consider knee replacement,” says Andrew Bender, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Dr. Bender says it’s also time to consult with an orthopedist if your knee pain keeps...read more
Five minimally invasive techniques that provide precision for doctors and quicker recoveries for patients Innovations in surgical and medical technology have created more minimally invasive options that lead to big patient benefits. This “less is more” approach helps patients get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible, with less painful and faster recoveries. Here are a few of the most innovative minimally invasive approaches at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. 1....read more
Editor’s Note: Dr. Anu Singh, pictured second from the right, passed away suddenly on March 9, 2013. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital expresses its condolences to her family and colleagues. New radiation therapy significantly reduces treatment time for breast cancer A new and innovative form of radiation therapy is dramatically reducing the treatment time for women who have breast cancer—from five or six weeks to only five days for some women. The treatment, called highdose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, is part of the comprehensive...read more
Joints are the points in our bodies where two bones or other elements meet. These are key intersections, such as knees, elbows or hips, that allow us to run, jump, walk and otherwise live active, healthy lives. Yet, for millions of people, painful joint conditions are part of daily living, causing quality of life to sometimes suffer. Offering innovative approaches to joint treatment is an important way that the entire Adventist HealthCare system is improving the health of our community. Whether a patient needs joint replacement surgery,...read more
Despite a heart attack and a stroke last summer, Karen Reed and her heart are growing stronger every day, thanks to the expert care she received at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and her commitment to cardiac rehabilitation. Reed’s journey back to heart health started with what seemed like indigestion, escalating within hours to nausea, cold sweats and dizziness. She called 9-1-1. When the paramedics arrived at her Rockville home, she asked to go to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital—a designated cardiac interventional center by the Maryland...read more