Moses Tay­lor grants awarded

Foun­da­tion dis­trib­utes $588G among 14 groups

The Times-Tribune - - Briefly - STAFF WRITER BY DAVID SIN­GLE­TON

North­east Re­gional Can­cer In­sti­tute will use a grant from the Moses Tay­lor Foun­da­tion to sup­port and ex­pand a can­cer-screening pro­gram aimed at bol­ster­ing pre­ven­tion and early de­tec­tion, in­clud­ing a new lung can­cer screening ini­tia­tive.

The $100,000 grant to NRCI’s Com­mu­nity Based Can­cer Screening Nav­i­ga­tion Pro­gram is part of $588,111 awarded to 14 or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing the lat­est grant cy­cle to pro­mote health and well­ness in North­east Penn­syl­va­nia. The foun­da­tion is a pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tion en­dowed in 2012 with pro­ceeds from the sale of Moses Tay­lor Hos­pi­tal.

Since its cre­ation in 2010, the NRCI nav­i­ga­tion pro­gram has fa­cil­i­tated more than 2,700 screen­ings for mostly low-in­come in­di­vid­u­als for three com­mon can­cers — breast, cer­vi­cal and colon — while help­ing them es­tab­lish or re-es­tab­lish a re­la­tion­ship with a pri­mary care provider, said Laura Toole, the in­sti­tute’s vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity and pa­tient ser­vices.

The new grant will help the in­sti­tute not only con­tinue those screen­ings but also ex­pand the pro­gram to in­clude lung can­cer screening for cer­tain at-risk in­di­vid­u­als be­tween 55 and 80, she said.

“Peo­ple with­out a lot of re­sources tend to put things like can­cer screening on the back burner . ... The job of the nav­i­ga­tion pro­gram is, first and fore­most, to ed­u­cate in­di­vid­u­als about the im­por­tance of those screen­ings and to help take the has­sle out of it,” Ms. Toole said.

The foun­da­tion awarded $74,111 to the Penn State Wor­thing­ton Scran­ton cam­pus to pur­chase an ad­vanced, full-body birthing sim­u­la­tor for its nurs­ing pro­gram. Nurs­ing stu­dents will use the so­phis­ti­cated man­nequin for ob­stet­ric train­ing of birth man­age­ment from pre- to post­na­tal care.

Mil­ton Evans, Ph.D., Wor­thing­ton Scran­ton’s nurs­ing pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor, said the sim­u­la­tor can be in­de­pen­dently pro­grammed to present stu­dents with a range of emer­gency sce­nar­ios, from com­pli­ca­tions that threaten the life of the mother to is­sues that en­dan­ger the newborn child.

The school will also use the birthing sim­u­la­tor to pro­vide clin­i­cal train­ing for area emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians, po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers who may en­counter an un­ex­pected child­birth emer­gency, he said.

“We are go­ing to work with the lo­cal first re­spon­ders,” Dr. Evans said. “We’ll do pe­ri­odic pro­grams, like, say, an emer­gency de­liv­ery out on the high­way or a hem­or­rhage right af­ter or be­fore de­liv­ery.” Con­tact the writer: ds­in­gle­ton@timessham­rock.com

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