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MaineHealth recognized for high colorectal cancer screening rates

​Did you know Maine has the highest CRC screening rates in the country?

Celebrating past success and with a gaze fixed on the future, our Chief Cancer Control Officer Rich Wender, MD, visited the MaineHealth system this month to recognize their work in colorectal cancer control. 

Dr. Wender presented MaineHealth with an award recognizing the health system’s collaboration and achievement in the 80% by 2018 campaign. The system is at a 77.5% colorectal cancer screening rates with three of their hospitals exceeding 80%. 

Also, he spent the day with MaineHealth leadership discussing the Society’s Cancer Control Blueprint and presenting on the 80% in Every Community. 

The state of Maine has the highest screening rates in the country, at 75.9%, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control. These rates are the percentage of adults aged 50 to 75 who reported being up-to-date with their screening in 2016.

TOP PHOTO: MaineHealth leadership accepting the award included, left to right, Naomi Anderson Schucker, MPH, senior director, Prevention & Wellness, Center for Health Improvement; Marin Johnson, program manager, Center for Health Improvement; Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD, senior medical director; Scot Remick, MD, chief, Oncology, MaineHealth Cancer Care Network; Joan Boomsma, MD, chief medical officer; Dr. Wender; Nicole Heanssler, health systems manager, Hospitals; Elisa Madore, program manager, Mission Delivery; Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH; chief health improvement officer; and Evan Barnathan, MD, resident, Preventative Medicine, and clinical advisor for the CRC Dashboard Action Team.

Society staff also in attendance, but, not pictured, were Lynn Basilio, MS, senior manager, State & Primary Care Systems; Kerri Medeiros, MPA, senior manager, Hospital Systems; and Magda Alden, MSW, LCSW, ACS patient navigator, Maine Medical Center.

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