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Aventura Hospital and Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center Celebrate "A Decade of Hope and Caring"

Aventura, FL (April 22, 2009) – Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center. This event, appropriately titled “A Decade of Hope and Caring,” recognized the past ten years of improving the lives of patients and caregivers in our community through the programs and services offered by the Cancer Center.

This special celebration was well-attended by Hospital-affiliated physicians, office staff, volunteers, nurses and employees. “I am very glad to be a part of this important milestone event for the Aventura community and was fortunate to have participated in the Cancer Center’s Grand Opening ceremonies in 1999,” Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, recalled.

Among the honored guests were three former patients of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, now proud survivors for several years: Ms. Loretta Kennedy, Lung Cancer Survivor, Ms. Lucille Rebel, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Mr. Vernill Everett, Prostate Cancer Survivor. Each was especially appreciative of the important work that the Cancer Center has provided over the past decade and reminded everyone why this facility exists – one of the more heartfelt moments of the event.

"I started treatments in September 2003 at this center,” recalled Loretta Kennedy, “The staff was warm and helpful in allowing me to make the right choices available at that time that were most beneficial to my health. Through the years we have come full circle and the staff is still the same -- warm and helpful."

Since the Cancer Center’s foundation, a multitude of wonderful improvements have occurred including the accreditation of the Hospital’s Cancer Program as well as the addition of the innovative technology of the Synergy S cancer treatment system, which is the first and only in South Florida offering targeted treatment options with improved benefits for our patients.

For additional information on the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center and the programs and services provided, please call 305-682-2151, or visit

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award –winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

About Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, a 31,500 square-foot center, provides extensive outpatient services, including superior screening, diagnosis, treatment and education capabilities, as well as compassionate research-based care. As an approved American College of Surgeons “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program”, the members of the medical staff are board certified in the major medical specialties and participate in clinical research as a requirement. Additionally we provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services that are available on site, allowing our patients easy access to all aspects of cancer care at one location.

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