What do Little America Hotel and Resort Cheyenne, and the Cheyenne VAMC have in common? In this case it is ‘support for Veterans’ -- Veteran’s health that is.
In May, 2012, the Cheyenne VA Medical Center launched an aggressive initiative to increase colorectal cancer screening of Veterans enrolled with the VA system. Proactive colorectal cancer screening can detect cancer, polyps, nonpolypoid lesions and other conditions. If colorectal cancer screening reveals a problem, diagnosis and treatment can occur promptly.
Leadership from the Little America Cheyenne recognized the value of this initiative and generously donated two weekend Golf Getaway Packages as an incentive for Veterans to participate in the FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) screening.
From more than 3,700 screening packets mailed directly to Veterans who met the “at risk” criteria, 400 screening FOBT packets. “This was an excellent response rate for the first year of this initiative and also compared to the historical rates of how many people participate in advance screening for this type of cancer,” said Dr. Cynthia McCormack, Director of the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. She notes that this “most successful endeavor” was a result of the incentives donated by Little America Cheyenne, but also that the FOBT is the least invasive way to screen for colorectal cancer. Participation in this screening initiative is at 11 percent, up from 8 percent in previous years.
Little America Cheyenne’s staff selected two special people in the Grand Prize drawing at the resort on October 1, 2012. Winners will recieve their gift certificates in early October.
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