Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Honors Adventist HealthCare for Colorectal Screening Program - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on October 11, 2006

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Honors Adventist HealthCare for Colorectal Screening Program

Program Provides Annual Education and Colorectal Screenings to Fire and Rescue Workers

Rockville, MD — Montgomery County Fire and Rescue honored Adventist HealthCare today, including its Cancer Care Coordinators, Ivy Bazensky and Candice Shoobridge-Moran and community member, John Aravanis, for their work in coordinating and launching the Sarris Colorectal Examination and Education Needs (SCREEN) program, a colorectal cancer education and screening program for Montgomery County fire and rescue workers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers. Under the SCREEN program, Adventist HealthCare supplies free fecal occult blood test kits to Montgomery County fire and rescue workers ages 35 and up. Since its launch in March 2004, over 750 Montgomery County fire and rescue workers have been educated about colorectal cancer, and a total of 200 free fecal occult blood test kits have been distributed. SCREEN is now part of the Recruit Class curriculum for all new fire fighters.

“Adventist HealthCare is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of our community. We recognize that fire and rescue workers play a critical role in keeping our county safe. We are proud to help keep these important community members healthy and to educate them about a serious disease,” noted William G. “Bill” Robertson, Adventist HealthCare President and CEO. “With help from John Aravanis and our dedicated Health and Wellness team members, Ivy Bazensky and Candice Shoobridge-Moran, Adventist HealthCare looks forward to continuing the SCREEN program partnership with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue for many years to come.”

Each year, Bazensky, Shoobridge-Moran and Aravanis travel to fire stations through out the county to educate fire fighters on colorectal cancer and tell them about the risk factors and symptoms of the disease. In addition, Aravanis speaks to fire fighters about the need for greater awareness and early detection. In 2003, Aravanis’ son, Chris Sarris, a Montgomery County fire fighter who was only 45 years old, lost his battle with colorectal cancer—a disease that typically develops in people over the age of 50. As part of the SCREEN program, Adventist HealthCare also offers colorectal screenings at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital.

Bazensky, Shoobridge-Moran, Aravanis and Adventist HealthCare were honored by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Thomas W. Carr, Jr. at a special luncheon on Friday, October 6, 2006.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to deliver excellent healthcare through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Adventist Health Careers Training Center, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.

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