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April 9, 2014

Local Physician Provides Free Cancer Screening

15 Patients receive free colonoscopies

Burien, WA - Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S. affecting both men and women. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer and it still affect thousands of people every year. One of the most accurate screening tests for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy and gastroenterologist, Harry Teicher, MD made sure that at least 15 people from the Burien area got the test whether they could afford it or not.

“A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to be screened for or to detect colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Teicher. “I know for some people, even if they have insurance that the cost of the procedure can be prohibitive. So, thanks to Highline Medical Center and a number of my medical colleagues we have been able to offer free screenings for the last few years. It is a small way for us to give back to the community.”

The 15 patients who received the free colonoscopies were selected with the help of Sea Mar Community Health’s Burien Medical Clinic. All the procedures were performed on Saturday March 29, 2014 at Highline Medical Center in Burien.

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. –based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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