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W.C.A. FOUNDATION DONATION BENEFITS CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

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Showcasing the new high-tech ThinPrep Imaging System from left:  Mrs. Florence Cass, Executive Director, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Lorretta C. Bush, WCA Hospital staff Cytotechnologist; Carol B. Bodgan Family, Ted, Becca (seated), Janet; John Schrecengost, M.D., Pathologist, Associate Director at WCA Hospital; Carol B. Bodgan Family, Theodore; David, Jake.

Jamestown, New York, Friday, December 19, 2008—A generous donation from the W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., and the Carol B. Bodgan Memorial Cancer Treatment Fund will benefit patients at WCA Hospital.  The WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory recently used the proceeds to install a new, revolutionary imaging technology, the ThinPrep Imaging System utilized for pap testing (cervical cancer screening). 

The ThinPrep Imaging System with Dual Review, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the first full integrated, interactive computer system that assists cytotechnologists and pathologists in the primary cervical cancer screening of pap test slides for the presence of atypical cells, cervical neoplasia, and carcinoma.

“We deeply appreciate the donation from the Bodgan Memorial Cancer Treatment Fund and others who support the W.C.A. Foundation,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA President/CEO.  “Access to the latest innovations provides our staff with the tools to help in better diagnosis and treatment.  WCA is committed to providing patients the highest quality care.  The results we obtain from ThinPrep Imaging System will enable us to deliver a superior standard of care in detecting disease early.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 15,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.  Cervical cancer is almost 100 percent curable if detected early.  The new ThinPrep Imaging System combines revolutionary imaging technology with human interpretive expertise to improve cervical cancer screening efficiency and performance.  The WCA Hospital Laboratory has been offering the ThinPrep Pap Test by Imaging since November 2008  and will use the ThinPrep Imaging System for all cervical cancer screenings.

“The new technology provides patients with the most comprehensive and accurate cervical cancer screening test available today,” said John Schrecengost, M.D., Associate Laboratory Director at WCA Hospital.  “The ThinPrep Imaging System utilizes computer imaging technology to complement the abilities of the Cytotechnologist, allowing them to focus their expertise and decision-making on critical areas of each patient slide.  This high-tech system enhances the sensitivity of cervical cancer screening and early detection of disease.”

Carol B. Bodgan served as Vice President and Secretary of Yaw Oil Company from 1974 until her retirement in 1995.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed gardening and had earned a life membership to the Bush School PTA.  The Carol B. Bodgan Memorial Cancer Treatment Fund is used for equipment and training in the fight against cancer.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

For more information about the W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., or to donate to the Bodgan Fund, contact Mrs. Florence Cass, Executive Director, at (716) 664-5461.

 
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