SILVER SPRING – MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC) announced the opening of an outpatient oncology center and a breast health and imaging center at its Olney community hospital.

“As a community hospital, MedStar Montgomery seeks to provide the best care for our patients in their local community,” Thomas J. Senker, MMMC president, said.

“This means bringing access to world class physicians, state of the art treatment centers and the opportunity to participate in clinical trials without having to travel far from home,” he said. “As part of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, MedStar Montgomery is able to offer all of this (to) our patients right in Montgomery County.”

Placing these two new centers on one campus will enable patients to receive care in one location.

MedStar Montgomery admitted 6,679 patients during Fiscal Year 2019, and treated 34,216 people in its emergency department. It also saw another 36,684 patients who were not admitted to the hospital.

The new breast health center will serve patients with both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. It is expected to begin seeing patients at the end of this month.

“A breast cancer diagnosis is unexpected and is impacted by so many variables, so our priority is treating the whole patient, well beyond the cancer,” Dr. Dawn Leonard, Breast Health Program site director. “We’re proud of what this means for our ability to continue providing comprehensive and integrated care that is critical to our community.”

Some of the features at the breast health center include a new SmartCurve Breast Stabilization System, which is shaped like a woman’s breast, and Intelligent 2D, an imaging technology that enables an “early, accurate diagnosis,” according to the press release.

It also will include such equipment and care as 3D mammography, digital screening and diagnostic mammography, surgery, breast reconstruction, genetic testing and counseling and survivor support.

The other new center is a patient-focused outpatient oncology center, which enables patients to be treated by specialists working together as a team.

“With an increasing amount of cancer care provided in the outpatient setting, which is expected to grow over the next decade, the opening of this new cancer center is imperative,” Dr. Luther Ampey, director of MedStar Montgomery’s Cancer Center said.

“We believe everyone should have access to top doctors and treatment options where they live, without the need to travel far from home.”

That center, which opened in July, includes chemotherapy, hormone and radiation therapies and skin cancer procedures.

Patients at MMMC also have access to doctors at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We are eager to use the centers’ resources to reach more patients in the region,” Senker said.

“Bringing the expertise of MedStar Health cancer care into our community-based hospital allows us to develop tailored, world-class treatment that provides our patients with the best possible care right here in Montgomery County,” he added.

During October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hospital is honoring survivors, their families, caregivers and those who died from cancer with its “Pink with a Purpose” ribbon project.

People are encouraged to add a pink ribbon to the 10-foot ribbon-shaped display.

MMMC is a not-for-profit, acute-care community hospital.  It is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

MMMC was founded in 1918 by Dr. Jacob Wheeler and became part of the MedStar Health family in 2008. The original hospital had 28 beds and was the first acute-care hospital in the county.

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