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VOL. 10 , ISSUE 3
MARCH 31, 2003

Marian Community Hospital Member, Maxis Health System, Carbondale, PA

March is Colorectal Cancer Prevention Month
It is estimated that 148,300 new cases of colon or rectum cancer will be diagnosed in 2003, and it is projected that those cases would claim nearly 56,000 lives. This amount is staggering and is especially important to local residents as colorectal cancer is one of the leading types of cancer treated in NEPA. The good news is that colorectal cancer, when found in the earliest stages, is treatable and more often curable. The bad news is that a full 90 percent of those who die from this disease could have lived.

Education is the key to prevention; prevention is the key to cure. Except for those with hereditary conditions that may predispose them to developing colorectal cancer relatively early in life, 90 percent of all cases occur after the age of 50. The average age for developing the disease is 62. Unlike so many other cancers, colon and rectal cancers are easily detected. The difficult part is getting everybody — not just people who fall within the higher risk categories— to see their doctor before colorectal cancer has a chance to get started.

Today the accepted standard in screening for colon cancer, for most individuals, is a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy enables the physician to view the entire colon and remove polyps, or other abnormal tissue for pathological examination. While not all polyps are cancerous, all cancers begin as a polyps. By removing pre-cancerous polyps, one also removes the threat of cancer.

It is the hope and aim of the American Cancer Society and other related entities to bring awareness to the community that colorectal cancer is preventable. Everyone has the responsibility to protect themself from getting colorectal cancer. If you are over age 50 and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, contact a Gastroenterology physician and visit these web sites for additional information: Screen for Life: The National Colorectal Cancer Action, www.cdc.gov/cancer/screenforlife/index.htm; National Cancer Institute, www.nci.nih.gov; American College of Gastroenterology, www.acg.gi.org

Diet and Lifestyle Can Help in Preventing Colorectal Cancer

There is evidence that diet and life-style appear to be associated with colorectal cancer risk. Among populations that consume a diet high in fat, protein, calories, and meat (both red and white) and low in calcium and folate, colorectal cancer is more likely to develop than among populations that consume a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruit and vegetables. A diet high in saturated fat combined with a sedentary life-style may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Physical activity speeds digestion and decreases the time carcinogens stay in gastrointestinal tract. This makes regular exercise a key weapon in the fight against colon cancer. Experts say that vigorous exercise is not necessary, just incorporate more action into your daily routine. There is also evidence that drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. These are steps you can take to move toward a healthier diet and life-style. In addition to reducing your risk of cancer, your entire body benefits by following these simple suggestions.

Marian Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for MRI and Mammography services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, VA, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment are accessed.

Medication Administration Record
As part of a hospital wide Patient Safety Initiative, the Pharmacy Department has been working with the Nursing Department to create and implement a computer generated Medication Administration Record or MAR. Eliminating the current handwritten MAR has been a desire of nursing for sometime. Meetings between pharmacists and working nurses who use the current system has identified problem areas in the medication distribution system. Creation of a computer generated MAR will add another layer of protection for our patients, giving nurses a "double check" of medication orders and eliminate errors due to misinterpretation of handwriting.

Relay for Life Team Expresses Thanks
Marian Community Hospital's Relay for Life Team is grateful to everyone who supported the recent Bake Sale. Your contributions of baked goods made it a huge success for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Thanks also to Theresa Skubic who is always ready to help.


Jim Chropowicki, Mental Health Unit, attended a seminar for "Instruction Certificate" for Nonviolent Crisis Prevention, Atlantic City, NJ www Richard LeBlanc, Nursing, attended a seminar entitled, "Excelling As a First-time Supervisor", Wilkes-Barre, PA www Sr. Jennifer Baker, RSM, and Sr. Kathleen Smith, RSM, Spiritual Care, attended a symposium for multifaith spiritual and religious caregivers, "Charting the Future of Chaplaining", Toronto, Canada www Congratulations to Myron Zrowka, Materials Management, who announced his retirement effective May 1 www Anita Marchegiani, Home Health, attended a seminar on JACHO 2003 Regulations for Home Health, Harrisburg, PA www Barbara Granville, Nursing Administration, attended "Mistake Free Grammar and Proof Reading", Wilkes-Barre, PA www Congratulations to Lisa Conway, Social Work, upon the birth of a baby boy

Horizons III Teams Update

Emergency Department Services Initiative


wAdmission Process Improved for privacy and efficiency
wTriage area established to better assess patients
wCritical levels of care revised
wIncreased communication with patients and families
wEstablish written information pamphlet
wRevised Patient Satisfaction Survey



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Coming Events

Thursday, April 3
Uniform Professionals Sale
Marian Hall - 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 5
Breakfast with the Bunny
Cafeteria -- 9:30 a.m

Wednesday, April 16
Relay for Life Team
Easter Egg Sale
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call ext. 3128 or 1038

Thursday, April 24
Take Our Daughters to Work
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is April 18, call ext. 1069

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