Moses Taylor grants awarded
Foundation distributes $588G among 14 groups
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: firstname.lastname@example.org