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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2005
Contact: Karen Warmkessel, kwarmkessel@umm.edu
Ellen Beth Levitt, eblevitt@umm.edu 410-328-8919

STATE-OF-THE-ART CENTER FOR OUTPATIENT CANCER CARE OPENS AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER ON JUNE 29

New Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion showcases multidisciplinary approach to treatment at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

The Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion – a state-of-the-art outpatient center offering cancer patients comprehensive, multidisciplinary care in a modern, comfortable setting – is opening June 29, 2005, at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m.

The $14 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center, located on the first floor of the University of Maryland Medical Center at 22 S. Greene St., brings together oncology services from several locations. Patients will now be able to see their doctors, receive treatment and get follow-up care in one central location just steps from the main entrance of the hospital. They will also have access to support services such as palliative care, social work, nutrition counseling and patient education.

“The Stoler Pavilion is very welcoming and patient-friendly. It dramatically improves our outpatient facilities and increases access to our comprehensive, multidisciplinary care,” says Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “It’s a big step forward for us. Our patients now have a ‘home base’ for all of their cancer care.”

The new facility is named for Leonard Stoler and his wife, Roslyn, who donated $5 million toward its construction. The founder and president of Len Stoler Automotive, Mr. Stoler owns 12 auto dealerships in the Baltimore area. The couple’s lives were touched by cancer when a young granddaughter was successfully treated for the disease 11 years ago. “There are very few things that you can do that truly make a difference in a person’s life,” Mr. Stoler said in making the donation. “In doing something for cancer patients, I think you are really making a difference.”

Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, says, “The Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion provides the latest innovations in cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as a warm, comfortable environment for patients and their families. This focus on the whole patient – and our multidisciplinary approach to care – sets our Cancer Center apart from many others. We thank the Stolers for their very generous gift.”

The Stoler Pavilion has 28 examination rooms, an infusion area with 22 bays, three treatment rooms, a phlebotomy (blood drawing) room, conference rooms with videoconferencing capabilities, meeting rooms and a satellite pharmacy. Elevators link the new center directly to inpatient units and offices on the eighth and ninth floors of the medical center.

“The clinical area is designed around our multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating cancer patients,” says Barry Meisenberg, M.D., deputy director of the cancer center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The exam rooms are clustered in pods with meeting rooms where our teams of doctors can discuss the best treatment options for patients. New patients will be able to see a surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist in one visit without leaving the Stoler Pavilion. They will come back to the center for treatment and follow-up visits.”

Patients will receive chemotherapy in an airy, sunlit room equipped with comfortable chairs, flat screen televisions and Internet access. They will wait to see their doctor in a large waiting room decorated in warm shades of blue, green, beige and gold. Physicians will be able to examine patients and then meet to quickly develop individualized treatment plans. Sophisticated videoconferencing links in the center’s conference rooms will also enable doctors to consult with colleagues throughout Maryland at the touch of a button.

The cancer center is also adding a patient navigator who will guide patients through the diagnosis and treatment process and help them connect with resources available at the cancer center and the American Cancer Society to facilitate their care. The patient navigator will help patients arrange for child care and transportation, offer financial aid information and help them access support services such as social work or nutrition counseling.

In addition to the Stolers, donors who have made contributions to the new center include the FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament, the Covenant Guild, the Albert Katz Fund, the France-Merrick Foundation, the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation, the Charles A. Buerger Golf Tournament, the Dr. Michael Feinglass Foundation and True Sisters of Baltimore.

The Stoler Pavilion is a key part of a major expansion of the cancer center’s clinical and research facilities. The Cancer Center also plans to increase the number of medical and surgical oncology beds. It added 10,000 square feet of new research laboratory space in March 2004, and will add another 10,000 square feet in 2006.

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. With comprehensive programs for treating all types of cancer, it is a major referral center for patients throughout Maryland and the region.

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