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CaroMont Health
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CaroMont Health Hosts Free Screenings and Dinner for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Gastonia, NC – September 24, 2010 – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and
CaroMont Health will provide free prostate cancer screenings to the community at Gaston
Memorial Hospital from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 27th.
All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer and it has been recognized as the most
common malignancy in American males and the third highest cause of cancer deaths next to
lung and colon cancer. Today, one in six U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
during their lifetime and approximately one in 36 men will die from prostate cancer. The greatest
risk factor is age though race and family history may contribute.
CaroMont Health’s free prostate cancer screenings -- available to males ages 50 and older and
African American males ages 45 and over -- will include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Gaston Urological Associates, Piedmont Urology Associates,
and Southeast Radiation Oncology will perform the screenings.
Fortunately, various treatment options exist that help men overcome this disease. A key factor
in fighting prostate cancer is early detection. Since introduction and approval of the PSA test by
the Food and Drug Administration in 1986, prostate mortality in the United States has drastically
Dr. Ciamack Kamdar, Urologist from CaroMont Health, explains, “Prostate-specific antigen is a
serine protease that is produced by the prostate. Prostate cancer can elevate the PSA value,
but other benign conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (an enlarged prostate) and
prostatitis (an infection in the prostate) can also elevate the PSA.” In addition to the free screenings, CaroMont Health held a Prostate Cancer Awareness Dinner
on September 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gaston Memorial Hospital in the Pine/Elm
Rooms. CaroMont Health experts shared vital information about prostate cancer, prevention,
detection and treatment.
About CaroMont Health –
CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina is a regional, independent, not-for-profit health
care system, and nationally recognized “value-based” healthcare provider (high quality, low cost). CaroMont Health is the only hospital in the region named by Thompson-Reuters as a 100
Top Hospital for quality care, and is one of only two HealthGrades’ Clinical Excellence recipients in North Carolina. CaroMont Health is among an elite group of only 19 selected participants (out
of 3,000 national hospitals/systems) engaged in demonstrating “Accountable Care Organizations” (hospitals focused on accountability for highest outcomes at the lowest cost for
individualized patient care). CaroMont is engaged in innovative Chronic Disease Management
pilot projects in partnership with local and regional employers, is implementing innovative
prevention and wellness focused on individual and population health, and has a unique national
partnership with GE and Sg2 to reduce costs and create integrated and coordinated systems of
care. CaroMont Health also is among a select few hospitals to be granted affiliation with
Columbia HeartSource of New York—a clinical partnership that provides patient access to
world-class clinical guidance and research trials. CaroMont was recently upgraded by S & P to
an AA bond-rating category—based on key rating factors that include: exceptional quality and
clinical outcomes, excellence in governance and management structure, comprehensive
information technology infrastructure, engaged excellence and integrated medical staff, fiscal
accountability, operating performance, strong financial position and low cost structure.
CaroMont Health System encompasses Gaston Memorial Hospital with 435-beds; Courtland
Terrace, a 96-bed skilled nursing facility; Gaston Hospice, which includes the 12-bed Robin
Johnson House inpatient facility; and CaroMont Medical Group, a network of 44 primary and
specialty physician offices. The CaroMont Heart Center provides a full range of life-saving
cardiac care, including open heart surgery. Additionally, the CaroMont Cancer Center provides
advanced 3-D radiation treatment planning and chemotherapy. An expansive, surgical suite
offers the latest advancements such as stereotactic technology, which utilizes computer
simulation, microscopic surgery and x-ray images to achieve pinpoint accuracy. CaroMont also
offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit for high risk infants and a pre-adolescent
psychiatric center. CaroMont Health is proactively engaged is achieving its vision: To be a
nationally recognized leader and valued partner in promoting individual health and vibrant
communities. CaroMont Health employs 3,800 health care professionals, including a medical
staff membership of 455. CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C. and
can be reached at 704-834-2000.
CaroMont Quality Awards
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care
CIGNA highest quality rating for Patient Outcomes in Angioplasty, Cardiac Catheterization,
Colon Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Craniotomy-Adult, Disc Surgery, Heart Attack,
and Spinal Fusion
Top Performer status (3rd highest score among all participating U.S hospitals, and highest
score of any NC hospital) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier
Healthcare Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project
Aetna - Recognized Institute of Quality Cardiac Care
Advanced Certification in Stroke Care from the Joint Commission
Advanced Certification in Diabetes Care from the Joint Commission
Hospital Value Index: Top 100 Best in Value Hospital
American Heart Association Heart Failure Silver and Bronze Performance Achievement Awards.
Certification in Hip and Knee Surgery from the Joint Commission
Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award from College of Surgeons
ACS MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award Winner for Excellence in Clinical Performance
HealthGrades - 7 five-star designations in Back and Neck Surgery (spinal fusion), Heart Valve
Replacement Surgery, Sepsis Care, Respiratory Failure Care, Pulmonary Care and
Gastrointestinal Procedures & Surgeries. This includes an award for excellence in care of the
Back and Neck Surgery Cleverley + Associates Five-Star Honor for high community value
Among only 6 percent of national hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition status for nursing
excellence from the American Nurses Association