The Belmont community gathered yesterday to celebrate the grand opening
of the CaroMont Endoscopy Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted
by the Montcross Chamber of Commerce. The new center in Belmont extends
outpatient endoscopic procedures for upper endoscopy and screening colonoscopy—the
most sensitive and precise tool used to detect colon cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men
and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates
143,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease each year; of those,
99 percent will occur in people 50 or older. In Gaston County alone, 35
people will die this year from colon cancer.
“Cancer, unfortunately, does not choose favorites,” said Kathleen
Besson, Vice President of Clinical Operations. “Regardless of who
you are, where you live, and how much money you have, everybody is at
some level of risk from the disease. You should have a colonoscopy because
it is the right thing to do, for yourself, your health, and your loved
Early detection is critical to survival. Colon cancer is often detected
in later stages after symptoms have developed. Fortunately, a periodic
colonoscopy can remove polyps and prevent most colon cancer from developing.
However, an alarming number of people report never having been screened—one
in three (33.4%) North Carolinians age 50 or older according to the North
Carolina Institute of Medicine.
The fully accredited CaroMont Endoscopy Center is dedicated to high quality,
cost effective colon cancer prevention and early detection of GI related
problems. Its staff of eight medical professionals including ACLS certified
Registered Nurses and Endoscopy Technicians, as well as six Gastroenterologists,
make it possible to provide 5,500 colonoscopies each year in addition
to the 3,000 performed at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Moreover,
upper endoscopy procedures are also provided at this location helping
to diagnose and treat a variety of upper digestive conditions.
“We know that fear can be a big obstacle to having a colonoscopy,”
commented Henry Danis, MD, Medical Director. “My colleagues and
I welcome the opportunity to make it a good experience for our patients,
and I am confident they will be pleasantly surprised.”
Additional features of the state-of-the-art facility include two procedure
rooms, a large waiting area and eight private Pre-Operative/Recovery rooms.
The new center is located at 1212 Spruce Street, Suite 101 in Belmont and
provides services Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. with future plans to operate five days a week. Services are performed
under the expert treatment of William J. Caddick, MD; Srinivas Cheruvu,
MD; Henry L. Davis, III, MD;
For more information, visit caromonthealth.org or call 704.825.5677.
About CaroMont Health
CaroMont Health, the parent company for CaroMont Regional Medical Center
has more than 3,800 employees, 43 medical practices, and eight affiliates.
A Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and quality patient care, CaroMont
Regional Medical Center
is a 435-bed acute care facility supported by a medical staff of more than
CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to
the communities it serves, and in 2012, it has been recognized by the
Healthiest Employer Award by Charlotte Business Journal
Thomson and Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital
Thompson and Reuters 100 Top Hospital
Premier Alliance Quality Advisor Top Performer Award
Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
Health Grades Excellence Award for Emergency Medicine
Health Grades Americas 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Spine
Surgery, Women’s Health
Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM Grade A for Patient Safety
Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Best Community Hospital
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Critical Care for Second Consecutive Year
CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can
be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at www.caromonthealth.org.