Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Showcases New Endoscopy Center
More than 150 people attended an open house today to celebrate the opening and blessing of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s new Endoscopy Center.
Mercy Health System executives were joined by local community leaders in celebrating the opening of the Endoscopy Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Located on the fifth floor of the hospital, the 7,600-square-foot Endoscopy Center offers services to detect and help treat digestive problems, such as acid reflux, stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease, colon polyps, early signs of cancers, and more. Procedures offered in the Center include colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, wireless video capsule endoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.
“I believe the new Endoscopy Center gives people in our community a great option to have their colonoscopies and other screenings done closer to their homes,” said Dr. Steven Lichtenstein, director of gastroenterology at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “I can’t stress enough the importance of having these screenings done on a regular basis because they really can help save lives.”
Dr. Lichtenstein recommends most people begin regular screenings for colonoscopies at age 50. For African Americans and those with a family history of colorectal cancer, he advises to begin regular screenings at 45 years old or sooner, depending on when your family member was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Key officials joining Clark and Dr. Lichtenstein at the open house included Catholic Health East Executive Vice President of Ministry Operations Ray Welch, Mercy Health System Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Acute Care Operations Kathryn Conallen, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Executive Director Karen Javie, Lansdowne Borough Council President Sharon Coleman, Yeadon Borough Council President Denise Stinson, Yeadon Borough Member Asher Kemp and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Alex Charlton.