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April Rhodes, CEO Spectrum Healthcare, Employee of the Year Announcement:

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April Rhodes, CEO Spectrum Healthcare, Employee of the Year Announcement:

“I want to share with you a quote I heard recently about NASA: there was a guy touring NASA and he came across someone who was changing light bulbs and putting things away. And the guy stopped and asked this employee, who obviously worked for NASA, “What do you do here?”

And the employee paused, lightbulb in hand, and said, “We’re putting a man on the moon here.”

That story struck me because that is want all of you to feel like; no matter what your role or what you do here at Spectrum, I want you to feel you’re making a difference in people’s lives. Whoever you are; whatever you do.

And this year’s Employee of the Year embodies that every single day. I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face; I’ve never seen him unwilling to help; he tells me almost every single day how happy he is to work at Spectrum. In fact, just talking about it gets me a little emotional.

Congratulations John Chaddock! You are Spectrum Healthcare’s 2017 Employee of the Year!”

The Very Unglamorous Life-Saving Screening: the Colonoscopy

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Excuses. They are SO easy to find, aren’t they? We can come up with an excuse for just about anything we don’t want to do, including getting a colonoscopy:

“I’m too busy.”
“Now is just not a good time.”
“I won’t like it.”
“I think it’s going to be difficult.”
“There are other things I’d rather be doing.”

But when the alternative is colon cancer, none of those excuses really seem to matter, do they? According to statistics, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. That’s huge. But the good news is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if caught early, which is exactly why a colonoscopy is so important. Through a standard colonoscopy screening, doctors can locate polyps, pre-cancerous growths, and remove them before cancer develops. Studies show that these polyps are found in 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women, aged 50 and older. In fact, research by The New England Journal of Medicine found that removing polyps via a colonoscopy can reduce the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53%.

Now, we know that talking about colonoscopies is not glamorous or exciting, and many people tend to put them off because the procedure is viewed as, well, embarrassing. But thanks to today’s advancements in medicine, the procedure has never been easier: easy preparation and a very gentle procedure performed under light sedation. Many patients awake with no recollection of the procedure at all.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so get your behind in to see a physician for this most invaluable cancer screening tool. It could save your life.

Colon Cancer

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You Are Our MVP

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Yesterday was the football game many wait an entire year to watch: The Super Bowl. Maybe your team was on the field; maybe you just watched for the commercials. Or maybe, the game was just a great excuse to get together with friends and laugh and cheer and eat good food.

But no matter the reason for watching, the Super Bowl is a marvelous study in teamwork. In fact, you can’t help but marvel at how the game is nothing without the team: everyone pulling his weight, doing his part to achieve success. Coaches, trainers, support staff, athletes and yes, even the fans, working as one for the same goal.

At Spectrum, we don’t work on a football field, but we do understand the importance of teamwork. It’s what Integrated Healthcare is all about: combining the efforts of all our doctors, healthcare providers and staff to create BETTER healthcare for our patients. We all join forces for one goal: YOU.

Because when YOU feel better, we consider it a “touchdown!” And that’s something to cheer about.web MVP

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