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Adventist HealthCare Officials Break Ground on Cancer Center

Story by Susan Griffiths
Published 6/13/12

Adventist HealthCare executives break break ground on the Aquilino Cancer Center. William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare, is pictured fifth from the right.

Adventist HealthCare officials broke ground June 6 on the Aquilino Cancer Center—the first free-standing, comprehensive outpatient cancer center in Montgomery County, Maryland. The 50,000-square-foot, three-story building will offer personalized, expert care to cancer patients, with up-to-date technology and support services to treat various forms of cancer.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the grounds of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital [SGAH] located in Rockville, Md. The center is scheduled to open in summer of 2013.
“We are pleased to be a part of this exciting time in cancer care as we break ground on the Aquilino Cancer Center on the campus of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “This center will offer local residents a state-of-the-art facility that provides integrated, comprehensive, quality cancer care close to home.”
In addition to the latest technology, the center will house clinical services as well as a range of support services for patients and families, including:

•     Physician offices
•     Chemotherapy and infusion
•     Radiation therapy
•     Pain and symptom management
•     Cancer navigation team, which includes nurse navigators, a dietitian and a social worker
•     Genetic counseling
•     Clinical research
•     Education and resource area
•     Support groups
•     Rehabilitation
•     Nutrition counseling
•     Complementary alternative medicine
•     Fitness activities
In addition to the numerous services in the building, several physician offices will be located in the Aquilino Cancer Center, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and others.
“Physicians at the Aquilino Cancer Center will be able to utilize the advances in cancer treatment, including technology and equipment, while also coordinating regularly with other members of the cancer care team on individualized treatment plans for patients,” said Joseph Haggerty, MD, a medical oncologist and chair of the Cancer Committee for SGAH and a future tenant of the Aquilino Cancer Center.
The center was made possible through a generous donation from county resident, Michael Aquilino, whose wife died from cancer in 2004. “When you’re going through cancer, time is so valuable. You don’t want to spend that time commuting while maintaining a routine with your family, your work and the hospital,” Aquilino said. “I truly believe upper Montgomery County deserves and needs a convenient, high-caliber cancer center like the one that is being built, with all the critical services in one place and top medical researchers in close proximity.”
As part of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center and the Great Seneca Science Corridor in Rockville/Gaithersburg, physicians at the Aquilino Cancer Center will also be able to closely collaborate with local and national research organizations, offering patients an opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research projects.
The cancer center will also have a chapel, retail shop providing services and products specific to the needs of cancer patients and a quiet living room space where patients will have access to the latest educational information related to cancer.
The Adventist HealthCare Rockville campus currently offers comprehensive cancer care services including surgeries and both inpatient and outpatient treatment services at SGAH, as well as lymphedema therapy at the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. In addition, screenings, educational programs and special services are provided to the community aimed at the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. For more information on the Aquilino Cancer Center or cancer care services at SGAH, visit

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