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Cancer center final beam installed

AGH celebrates occasion with signing ceremony for major players last month
Nov 09, 2017
The last beam to be installed in the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center was signed on Oct. 26. Pictured, from left, are Michael Franklin, president and CEO Atlantic General Hospital; Hugh Cropper, IV, Board of Trustees chairman; Jack Burbage, Jr., Campaign for the Future co-chair; Roopa Gupta, M.D. and Rabindra Paul, M.D.

(Nov. 10, 2017) The last beam to be installed in the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center was signed on Oct. 26.

On-site to sign the beam was CEO and President of Atlantic General Hospital, Michael Franklin, Board Chair, Hugh Cropper, IV, Campaign for the Future Co-Chair and campaign Life Visionary, Jack Burbage, Jr., providers Dr. Rabindra Paul and Dr. Roopa Gupta, and Regional Cancer Care Center staff.

In Maryland and Delaware, the cancer rate is higher than the U.S. average. Additionally, Community Needs surveys conducted in the region demonstrates that cancer treatment is considered one of the most critically important health needs today. This new dedicated cancer care facility conveniently located on Atlantic General Hospital’s campus in Berlin will allow patients and their families easy, local access to a broader range of services than ever before.

The Regional Cancer Care Center will combine personalized care and advanced technology, enabling patients to move smoothly through the various steps of their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The center will offer comprehensive, wide-ranging services on one campus including medical oncology/chemotherapy, radiation oncology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, interventional radiology and advanced minimally-invasive surgery such as cystoscopy services, advanced laparoscopic surgery and advanced women’s GYN surgery.

Diagnostic services such as PET scans, CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound and nuclear medicine along with lab and pathology services and an advanced breast diagnostic center including stereotactic needle biopsy, along with colonoscopies and stomach/esophageal endoscopies are available as well.

Also provided will be cancer prevention, education and support for patients and caregivers such as palliative care, pastoral care, patient navigation, pharmacy/medical counseling, rehabilitation services health screenings, education and outreach support groups and services for the entire community.

In addition to those many services, the new center will enhance the direct telemedicine relationship the hospital currently has with the University of Maryland Medical Center. Through this relationship residents of the lower Eastern Shore who may require advanced lung surgery, including those with diagnosed or suspected cancers, are now able to meet with leading experts in thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore without leaving the shore.

By video teleconferencing, UMMC thoracic surgeons virtually consult with a patient at AGH and review scans and other tests to determine if he or she is a surgical candidate. The entire work-up and pre-operative consultation is done at AGH’s campus.

If a surgical procedure is needed, it will be performed at UMMC, home to the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with post-surgical care conveniently provided back at AGH.

The new 18,000-square-foot center began undergoing construction in June. The center is expected to reach completion in the spring of 2018.

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993.

Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services.

It provides quality specialty care such as general ophthalmic and retina surgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center.

Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

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