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Shady Grove, Washington Adventist Hospitals Receive $1 Million Komen Grant

Story by Marissa Lavine

A team from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital took part in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C.

Women in Washington, D.C., metropolitan area now have improved access to breast care services due to a nearly $1 million grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure given to Adventist HealthCare, the largest single Komen grant ever awarded to the health network.

The four-year, $917,000 grant will fund the Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program, which will provide comprehensive breast care services to medically underserved, low-income, minority women in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The grant will be split between Adventist HealthCare’s two local acute care hospitals, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist. The health network is partnering with the Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition for the program.

“We are grateful to Komen for providing this grant that will allow us to create a program to expand and enhance breast care services for women in our community,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, Adventist HealthCare president and CEO. “We believe that this important program will improve health and save lives among local women.”

Through the Navigate to Health program, which started during this first quarter of 2011, the hospitals are expected to offer breast cancer care and services for approximately 2,000 new patients between 2011 and 2014. The program will also help them offer specialized services to decrease the time between diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for local women. Additionally, the Navigate to Health program will help the hospitals expand the number of mammograms they provide to underserved women, educate local women on breast self-awareness and enhance the follow-up process for women who have had a positive result from a screening.

“We know that breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Marylanders,” said Gaurov Dayal, chief medical officer for Adventist HealthCare. “This program not only aligns with our mission of improving the health of our community, but it also provides an important service to women who may not have access to breast cancer screening and treatment.”

The Navigate to Health program is a wonderful addition to Adventist HealthCare’s numerous community programs. In 2009 both hospitals contributed approximately $63 million in community benefit through charity care and other programs—more than any other health system in Montgomery County. Programs at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist hospitals have been providing free mammograms to local women for the past 18 years.