The staff of Atlantic General Hospital’s Atlantic Endoscopy Center has some numbers to celebrate. The death rate from colon cancer has been dropping steadily for more than 20 years, in large part because regular screenings are finding the disease earlier when it is easier to cure. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.
Awareness of the importance of early screening continues to increase, but more can be done. Colorectal cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country.
That’s why the Atlantic Endoscopy has another number to share: a level of patient satisfaction that ranks it within the top 1 percent of hospitals across the nation; 100 percent of Atlantic Endoscopy Center patients surveyed rated their care as “good,” “very good” or “excellent” according to the most recent quarter’s data. This is a rating that the center has achieved consistently since opening in 2008.
“We have achieved this level of satisfaction because we have a dedicated team of clinical staff and physicians who work hard each and every day to provide the best care possible,” said Terry Moore, RN, clinical leader of the Atlantic Endoscopy Center. “We acknowledge that the screenings we provide are uncomfortable or even embarrassing for some, but we do everything in our power to put our patients at ease and make the process as easy for them as possible.”
Moore went on to stress the importance of regular screenings, particularly among those groups, such as African American men, who are at increased risk for developing colorectal cancer.
“It’s critical that you get your colon cancer screening when it’s time,” Moore said. “Colon cancer is one of the most curable cancers if it is caught early.”
For more information about colon cancer screening and the providers that offer this service in our community, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org/endo
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