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CaroMont Extends Services to Belmont

01-17-2013

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 ones.”

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.

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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 300 physicians.

CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to the communities it serves, and in 2012, it has been recognized by the following experts:

  • § 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.