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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 – Fall 2016

Early Arrival Times Two. That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Fall 2016 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.

 

Early Arrival Times Two

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Early Arrival Times Two

Rachel Fitzpatrick of Clarksburg was elated to learn she was carrying twins. She followed all of the guidelines for a healthy pregnancy with multiples, so she was surprised when she felt contractions after just 24 weeks. She arrived at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and was put on bed rest to slow  the progression of labor, but her baby girls had other plans. Catherine and Julia arrived two weeks later, on July 3, 2015. Catherine weighed 2 pounds, and Julia weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. The girls immediately took up residence...

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Well-Rounded Care

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Well-Rounded Care

Jeanne Lieder, 53, of Derwood, Md., is a fitness professional who radiates positivity and practices what she preaches to her clients. She eats well and walks daily. She even hula-hoops to stay in shape. She was  surprised, then, to discover a hard mass in her right breast in March 2015. The Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Breast Center took a mammogram and breast ultrasound. A biopsy a week later confirmed stage 3 lobular breast cancer. Lori Hartinger, nurse navigator at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, educated Lieder on...

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Healthful Bounty

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Healthful Bounty

Angela Reid looks at the glass half full. “That comes from my faith and trusting God for my everything,” the Silver Spring, Md., resident says. This isn’t what you’d expect from a woman who just finished six months of chemotherapy. Keeping her glass—and her pantry—full these days are weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables, courtesy of a program at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital that helps recently discharged patients eat healthier. “I love to cook healthy food, so I really appreciate it,” says Reid, 56, a member of...

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Noteworthy Approach

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Noteworthy Approach

Elizabeth Campbell had been free of breast cancer for nearly 12 years and diligently scheduled her annual follow-up appointments. After breaking her leg in fall 2015, she was shocked to learn that cancer had returned. Campbell, 56, of Montgomery Village, Md., turned to Adventist HealthCare’s integrated health system for cancer care. During her treatment at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville, she began experiencing severe back pain. Her oncologist, Paul Thambi, MD, recommended an MRI, which showed a spinal...

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Getting Back to His Sweetheart

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Getting Back to His Sweetheart

When Jerry Creedon of Frederick, Md., was told that he needed open-heart surgery to repair a faulty heart valve, he said no thanks. Although he urgently needed to treat his condition, called aortic stenosis, the six-to-eight-week recovery after surgery was just too long for him. Creedon devotedly cares for his wife of 64 years, his high school sweetheart, who now has Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, the highly skilled heart specialists at Adventist HealthCare offered Creedon a different approach with a faster recovery. As a result, in February...

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Turning Silence into Song

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Turning Silence into Song

The estimated 1 million people in the U.S. who have aphasia cannot easily explain their condition. The language disorder, which typically results from a stroke or other damage to the brain, impairs a person’s ability to speak. Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, with inpatient and outpatient locations in Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Gaithersburg, began offering a community aphasia group in 2006 to provide a support network for those feeling disconnected due to ongoing communication challenges. “There is...

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Critical Support

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Critical Support

Sixteen-year-old “Maggie,” from Rockville, attempted suicide last fall by ingesting a lethal dose of ibuprofen. She survived, but she continued to struggle with suicidal thoughts, severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) until her mother sought help. After receiving inpatient treatment at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services in Rockville, Maggie transitioned to Adventist’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which provides intensive therapeutic support to teens during the day while...

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Urgent Care Now Near You

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Urgent Care Now Near You

When it comes to cuts, breaks and minor illnesses such as the flu, you want convenient access to quality urgent care. Adventist HealthCare has three urgent care centers to serve residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. In May, Centra Care Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care opened in Germantown. In July, the newest center opened in Laurel. Adventist HealthCare’s first urgent care center opened in Rockville in March 2015. Convenience and Compassion Centra Care Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care offers quality and fast care, easy...

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Nothing Slows Down this Former Heart Surgery Patient

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Nothing Slows Down this Former Heart Surgery Patient

Chris Barritt, 62, of Carroll County, Maryland, distinctly remembers what he was doing on April 5, 2011. That’s because he was having open heart surgery at Adventist HealthCare Washington Hospital that removed a life-threatening tumor from his heart. “I just passed the five-year anniversary since my surgery,” said Barritt. “It’s one of those dates that’s set in my mind.” Reaching the five-year mark since heart surgery isn’t the only milestone Barritt has achieved lately. In July, Barritt completed his fourth Sprint Triathlon, which includes a...

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Reaching New Heights

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Reaching New Heights

In 2012, longtime rock climber Guillaume Marçais, was faced with a serious heart condition that threatened his active lifestyle. Thanks to a heart procedure at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Marçais is now reaching new heights with a healthy, well-functioning heart. Before that, Marçais was suffering with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, a common heart problem where “unorganized” electrical activity makes the upper part of the heart beat faster than the rest, causing an irregular heart rhythm. To keep his heart in good...

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