Reston, Virginia, May 25, 2010 - Today community members, physicians, hospital leaders, and the friends and family of Ann Rodriguez gathered in the Radiation Oncology Pavilion at Reston Hospital Center to celebrate Ann's legacy, and the naming of the hospital's cancer center in her memory.
"Ann was not only a friend of the hospital, but the entire community," said Bill Adams, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center. "She had a special way of bringing people together-and she continues to do so even today, as we name the Ann B. Rodriguez Cancer Center in her memory."
In addition to the naming of the Cancer Center, Virginia State Senator Janet Howell and State Delegate Ken Plum presented Ann's son Paco Rodriguez with a state resolution honoring Ann's memory and all that she has done for the Northern Virginia community.
"I always looked up to my mother and thought she was amazing in all that she did for our family, for others, and for the community." said Paco Rodriguez. "Actions like the one that Reston Hospital Center is taking today make me realize that she wasn't just amazing to me, but she had a huge impact on others' lives as well. It is only fitting that this place of hope and healing now bears her name."
Ann Rodriguez was a beloved advocate for the arts and quality of life issues in Reston and Fairfax County. Her work on countless community organizations, including the Reston Hospital Center Board of Trustees, improved the lives of many. After being treated at Reston Hospital Center, Ann lost her battle at home in November 2009.
The Ann B. Rodriguez Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer treatment center. It includes dedicated surgical oncologists; advanced radiation oncology with the Trilogy system, which is capable of stereotactic radiosurgery as well as image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy, and HDR brachytherapy; the Outpatient Infusion Center; an inpatient oncology unit; access to research and clinical trials; and the full spectrum of support services including dedicated patient navigators. The Center is also home to the Northern Virginia Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Disorders, which is dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of lung and esophageal cancers. The Center is an accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
The Ann B. Rodriguez Cancer Center staff wore pearl colored ribbons in remembrance of Ann and in honor of the battle that she fought against lung cancer.