UH St. John Medical Center observed March as Digestive Health Month with several important wellness and outreach events.
Colon Cancer Education and Awareness Exhibits were featured from 10-2 p.m. in the UH St. John Medical Center Lobby from March 22-24.
Many supportive institutions were available for education, support, and also to sign up for colonoscopies.
Participants included: UH Digestive Health Institute, UH Seidman Cancer Center, Colon Cancer Alliance, American Cancer Society, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, The Gathering Place, Community Outreach and UH St. John Dietary Department. Registration for the colonoscopies included scheduling within 2 weeks of the sign up.
Over 125 participants visited the educational tables, and many took advantage of the colonoscopy sign-up.
A wonderfully informative Roundtable Health Talk about colon cancer by a panel of 4 healthcare professionals was hosted at UH SJMC the evening of March 23.
The program began at 5:30 p.m. with UH SJMC Chef John Ellis making a delicious healthy salad. The talk began at 6 p.m. with Gastrointestinal physician Sravanthi Parasa, MD, speaking about colon cancer, Colorectal Surgeon Joseph Trunzo, MD, speaking about surgical interventions, Shirley Seay, PhD., speaking about colon cancer in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties and younger individuals being diagnosed with cancer, plus a moving testimonial from a colon cancer survivor, Maureen Traine, RN, UH SJMC Trauma Coordinator.
Participants took advantage of making appointments for colonoscopies and receiving a FIT kit for screening at home.
Notable was a 10-foot inflatable colon, which you could walk through in the ED lobby, with examples of different digestive problems. The UH Digestive Health Institute provided this valuable learning tool. DHI nurses were available to answer questions.
The event was driven by Ashley Mathews BSBA, the Outreach Coordinator of the University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute. Other participants included: Sapna Thomas, MD, Medical Director of the Digestive Health institute • Sravanthi Parasa, MD, Gastroenterologist • Chesley Cheatham, Manager of Community Outreach for Seidman Cancer Center • UH SJMC Community Outreach Manager Paul Forthofer and Coordinator Mary Kiczek, RN, BSN • Maureen Traine, RN, UH SJMC Trauma Coordinator and Colon Cancer Alliance Representative • Erica Hirsh, Health Systems Manager American Cancer Society • Catie Dargue, Executive Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation • George Gore from The Gathering Place • Marge Robison, MPH, RD, LD, and Karen Filipic, RD, LD, UH SJMC Dieticians • Nancy Furry, RN, Research Coordinator at UHCMC • Melissa Balog and Hannah Becker – CMA Gastroenterology • Heidi Miller, RN, MAED, Endoscopy Lab