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Vidant Edgecombe receives cancer grant

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Robbie Tilley and Dorothea S. Brock of the American Cancer Society, presents a check for $5,000 to Betsy Collins, manager of Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe, Susan Suiter, vice president of patient care services, and Meredith Capps, project manager for the Edgecombe County Rural Health Network.

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital recently received grant funding from the American Cancer Society.

Robbie Tilley and Dorothea S. Brock, health systems managers for the American Cancer Society, presented acheck for $5,000 to Betsy Collins, manager of Vidant Cancer Care-Edgecombe, Susan Suiter, vice president of patient care services and Meredith Capps, project manager for the Edgecombe County Rural Health Network.

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital was fortunate to receive an ACS grant to prioritize HPV vaccination efforts. In the upcoming months, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital will partner with Areal L Area Health Education Center, which covers Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Wilson and Northampton counties. Through collaborative efforts, education will be provided to local physicians on improving the rates of HPV vaccinations and making it a standard of care in their practice.

Dr. Carolina Ames, urologist, serves as the chairperson of the Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Cancer Committee. As an accredited cancer program, the committee identifies the cancer prevention needs of the community annually to focus on decreasing the number of diagnoses of a specific type of cancer.

This year, the Cancer Committee has chosen to focus on promotion of the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination and the American Cancer Society’s message of “Don’t Wait to Vaccinate.”

The National Cancer Institute reports there are an estimated 79 million Americans infected with HPV and an estimated 14 million new infections each year. They also report that HPV is most common in teens and in those in their 20s. The CDC estimated that during 2010 to 2014, HPV caused about 32,500 cancers in the United States each year, with 19,700 cancers in women and 12,800 cancers in men.

For more information about the award, contact Michele Cherry, manager of grants and special projects at 252-641-8293 or michele.cherry@vidanthealth.com.

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