It’s been an amazing year of progress. This fall, we open the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical CenterAquilino Cancer Center as Montgomery County’s first freestanding, truly comprehensive cancer center.

Today, we took a hard-hat tour inside the center. In just 12 months, you can see we went from an empty parking lot:

Aquilino Cancer Center Groundbreaking

… to a building shaped on the outside by a glassed-in lobby, stone and brick, plants on the “green” roof and an awning over the front door. On the inside, it’s framed with treatment rooms, meeting space and running electricity and plumbing!

ACC June 2013

We will start seeing patients in the center this September.

The Aquilino Cancer Center is not just a building. It will change the reality of cancer treatment for local patients. Soon, they won’t have to drive from appointment to appointment. All outpatient services – doctors, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, pain and symptom management, and rehabilitation – will be in one location: the Aquilino Cancer Center.

Patients and loved ones will also find:

  • Cancer navigation services, including nurses, dietitian and social worker
  • Imaging services (PET-CT)
  • Clinical trials
  • Education and resource area with WiFi
  • Space for health programs, support groups and screenings
  • Spiritual support
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Fitness activities
  • Retail shop for wigs, prosthetics, skin creams and lotions
  • Café

“Patients at the Aquilino Cancer Center will be able to receive all of their cancer care in a single, convenient location, allowing them to spend more time with their families,” says Jane Peck, executive director of cancer care services for Adventist HealthCare.

Click to see a slide show of today’s hard-hat tour.

You can also check out the construction progress over the months in the photo album on our Facebook page.