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 2015
Journey of Hope. That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Spring 2015 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.
Adventist HealthCare is Helping Create a Healthier Community. Learn About Four Paths to Wellness Over the last few years, reform to the U.S. health care system has brought about many dramatic changes to hospitals and the care they deliver. Instead of just providing high quality care to the sick within a hospital, today’s health care professionals are focusing more on preventing disease and maintaining health among the entire population, while reducing costs. For Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest...read more
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is the First in Maryland to Earn an International Designation for Breastfeeding Support Breastfeeding has many benefits for both moms and babies, research has shown. However, support and guidance during the first days following birth are critical to begin and continue with breastfeeding long-term. Earlier this year, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital became the first hospital in Maryland and one of only 179 in the U.S. to achieve Baby-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization and the United Nations...read more
Atrial fibrillation threatened to slow down this former triathlete—that is, until the Washington Adventist Hospital experts restored his rhythm As a former triathlete and husband to a professional runner, 61-year old Thomas Scott of Rockville wasn’t used to taking things slow. That changed when heart problems struck. Since 2012, Scott experienced what he later learned was intermittent atrial fibrillation (a-fib), the most common type of arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. “All of a sudden, my heart would begin to race,” Scott says. The...read more
If scheduling your yearly mammogram tends to slip off your to-do list, you’re certainly not alone. But the fact remains, you should make this invaluable exam a priority. According to the government’s Office on Women’s Health, a high quality mammogram plus a clinical breast exam performed by a doctor is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Schedule your mammogram today by calling the Shady Grove Breast Center at 301-590-8999 or Washington Adventist Hospital at 301-891-5053. Research shows that early detection saves lives....read more
Aquilino Cancer Center’s Healing Touch Extends with Specialized Therapy Barbara Homon, 71, of Derwood, Md., is an inspiration to those she meets. After undergoing treatment for breast cancer in 2009, she developed lymphedema, a common side effect for cancer patients who have lymph nodes removed. She now works diligently to keep her lymphedema well-controlled by receiving regular therapy at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center. After experiencing many aspects of cancer care, she gives the rehabilitation services at the cancer...read more
Our fall magazine highlights the story of Charis and Peter Mbugua of Clarksburg, expectant parents in the midst of planning their delivery at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Between writing this story and the issue going to print, the Mbuguas welcomed their first child, a son named Micah, at 9:32 p.m. on May 17. He weighed six pounds, 10 ounces. Charis, a Montgomery County Public School teacher, said she knew right after touring the hospital’s Birth Center that she wanted to deliver there. When the day came, doctors and nurses delivered Micah...read more
We’re very pleased to announce that Adventist HealthCare has received a combined 10 distinguished marketing awards for video, advertising campaign and website design work in 2013. The Aster Awards The first set of awards is The Aster Awards, a medical marketing awards program allowing health-care organizations and advertising agencies to compete against similarly sized competitors from across the nation and world. Adventist HealthCare received: Gold Award, TV/Video Advertising: “Two Hips, Two Weeks” featuring a Shady Grove Adventist...read more
Experts answer common questions on pregnancy and maternity care Q. What is “full term”? In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issued new definitions to explain the duration, or “term,” of a woman’s pregnancy. Early term: 37 weeks, 0 days, to 38 weeks, 6 days Full term: 39 weeks, 0 days, to 40 weeks, 6 days Late term: 41 weeks, 0 days, to 41 weeks, 6 days Post-term: 42 weeks, 0 days and beyond The guidelines were created in response to the trend of inducing...read more
Test helps doctors diagnose and treat head injuries in student-athletes As head injuries become an increasing concern in sports, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is working with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to improve concussion diagnosis and treatment. The result of the partnership is a program, which began last fall, that requires all high school athletes to take a preseason baseline exam every two years using a computerized tool called ImPACT™. “ImPACT measures cognitive functions such as memory, processing speed...read more
After suffering from heart trouble during a morning run, one Lanham man was saved—and restored This past June, Sandra Roberts and Beatrice Yeawon, patient care technicians at Washington Adventist Hospital, began their morning with a routine walk around Lake Artemesia in College Park. On that particular day, however, their presence had a much greater impact than they could have ever imagined. They turned a corner to find a jogger collapsed on the ground. Another bystander was already calling 9-1-1. “I immediately ran over to check on the man,”...read more