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Methodist Health System Prostate Cancer Screening Program Wins Statewide Community Service Award
Date:1/22/2009

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Methodist Dallas Medical Center has been named the 2008 recipient of the Texas Hospital Association's Excellence in Community Service Award. The hospital is being honored for its innovative prostate cancer screening and education program. The award was presented Jan. 22 at THA's annual Leadership Conference in Austin.

The hospital's prostate cancer screening program has screened more than 50,000 men since 2000, when the program was created. During that time, 200 cases of prostate cancer were identified that otherwise may have gone undetected. The program also has educated more than 122,000 people about prostate cancer.

"With Texas having the highest rate of uninsured citizens in the nation, programs such as this provide lifesaving services to people who otherwise might fall through the cracks," said Dan Stultz, M.D., FACP, FACHE, president/CEO of THA.

When Methodist Dallas Medical Center launched the program, the hospital was uncertain how it would be received in the challenging targeted demographic area -- the southern region of Dallas County. But the unprecedented momentum and impact the Prostate Screening Awareness Program (PSAP) has generated now serves as a model to outreach programs across the country.

"Our community health assessment revealed a huge need for a program to decrease the incidence of prostate cancer in the population we serve in southern Dallas County," said Michael Arvin, senior vice president and chief development officer, Methodist Health System. "We realized that men were slipping through the cracks because there were not enough access points for them to be screened and educated."

"Our challenge in southern Dallas County is that it has a high concentration of African American and Hispanic men who are more at risk for prostate cancer than other populations," Arvin added. "Compounding the problem is that cultu
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