Washington County Hospital Recipient of American Cancer Society Grant

Washington County Hospital Recipient of American Cancer Society Grant

Hagerstown, MD (March 17, 2008)- Washington County Hospital recently received a $7,755 Targeted Community Investment Grant by the South Atlantic division of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The grant funds will be used to establish an outreach program to raise awareness and educate the African American community to the importance of prostate cancer screening for men age 45 and older. The outreach program will include a series of educational programs located in community-based centers. The programs will include a healthy dinner, and educational presentations by physicians and other healthcare providers. Program attendees will be encouraged to utilize community resources, including free screenings and other clinical services available to them. The grant outreach program will be lead by Melanie Clifford, RN, CHPN, oncology care specialist at Washington County Hospital.
"One of our primary objectives is to identify African American men age 45 and older who are uninsured or underinsured to make them aware of free screening opportunities," said Clifford. "We also want to maintain an ongoing relationship with the African American community for other cancer prevention, education, and outreach opportunities."
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, African American men are 61 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease (source: www.prostatecancerfoundation.org). Clifford said it is because African Americans have a much higher risk for prostate cancer that the hospital is reaching out to this community.
"The Targeted Community Investment Grant program financially supports local projects consistent with the Society's priorities for health disparities in individual communities," said Patricia P. Hoge, RN, PhD, chief mission officer for the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic Division. "Local organizations know the situations in their communities and often recognize the best way to address the issue, and the Society is here to complement that work."
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information about the ACS, visit www.cancer.org.
Chartered in 1904 and opened in 1905, Washington County Hospital is accredited as an acute care facility by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It includes not only inpatient and outpatient services but also the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, Total Rehab Care at Robinwood, and the Urgent Care Center at Robinwood and at the Sylvania Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.