At Northwestern, we are committed to taking a patient all the way through the system. In my opinion, second to not finding the problem is finding it and then sending a patient elsewhere for treatment. We have a very firm policy that says that we’re only going to do screening programs when we are committed to taking the patient through their treatment, whether that involves surgery, chemotherapy, or neither.
Through this initiative, it is our hope as health care providers to be able to prevent some 30,000 cancers from developing over the next few years.
Northwestern Memorial’s longstanding commitment to serve the health care needs of Chicago and our surrounding community has been a hallmark of the organization for more than 150 years. The partnerships and initiatives created have successfully improved health outcomes in our neighborhoods, and as a physician and administrative leader of the organization, it is rewarding to watch Northwestern Memorial’s legacy of service to our community.
For more information about the colon cancer screening Initiative watch last night’s segment on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight or visit www.cancer.org.