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Moses Taylor grants awarded

Foundation distribute­s $588G among 14 groups

- 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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