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.
“This new Endoscopy Center, triple the size of the previous endoscopy space, is the newest shining example of Mercy’s vision in action,” said David Clark, chief executive officer and president of Mercy Health System, parent organization of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “Ensuring our healthcare services are easily accessible by anyone who needs them is something we continually evaluate throughout Mercy Health System. Having one location for all endoscopy services here at Mercy Fitzgerald will provide many benefits.”
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.”
The Endoscopy Center is equipped with the newest technology of scopes that features key operator control technologies that enhance the physician’s ease of use and the patient’s comfort, as well as improved optics and image quality to enable earlier disease detection.
“For example, colonoscopies are very effective in finding polyps and pre-cancerous lesions,” added Dr. Lichtenstein. “When found early, the cure rate for colon cancer is excellent.”
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.
The hospital converted former office spaces, and the former neonatal intensive care unit and nursery into three endoscopic procedure rooms, two private pre- and post-procedure rooms, seven semi-private bays, and a dedicated waiting and reception area that comprise the Endoscopy Center.
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.
The leaders of companies involved in the Endoscopy Center construction project were also at the open house, including John McManus and Sean McManus of McManus Builders, Charles Cross of Charles Cross Architecture and Andrew Horning of Bala Consulting.
Sister Donna Watto, RSM, vice president of mission and ministry at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, provided the official blessing of the Endoscopy Center. She was joined by lead endoscopy nurse BJ Preston, RN, who also serves as a Sisters of Mercy Associate, in saying a prayer.