EL CENTRO, Calif. – October 26, 2010 – Recent visitors to ECRMC may have noticed the addition of pink into the Hospital. ECRMC is recognizing the 25th Anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by joining in the Pink Gloves movement and using only pink exam gloves.

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, ECRMC wants to take a moment to remind the Imperial Valley community of the importance of early detection and screening. Early detection can save many thousands of lives. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancers found because of symptoms tend to be larger and have likely spread beyond the breast. Those found during screening exams are more likely smaller and confined to the breast.

“Pink gloves are our reminder to the community that early detection and prevention is key,” said Peggy Lyons, Director of Imaging. “The mortality rate of breast cancer would decrease dramatically if all women receive regular screenings and mammograms after the age of 40.”

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women. The disease takes the lives of approximately 40,000 women each year. Risk factors include age, genetics, obesity and family history. Women who exercise frequently, maintain healthy diets and see their doctors regularly tend to have lower diagnosis of breast cancer.

In addition to raising awareness, these pink gloves are helping provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Medline, the pink glove manufacturer, is contributing $1 for every 1,000 Generation Pink gloves purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Over 130,000 free screenings have been provided since 2004 by the NBCF. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win the battle against breast cancer.

About ECRMC

El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a new facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service.

ECRMC has recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.

Effective August 2010, ECRMC partnered with TeamHealth, one of the nation’s leading healthcare staffing organizations, to provide high quality emergency department management and staffing, elevating the hospital’s ER department.

About Generation Pink Gloves

The Generation Pink exam glove line from Medline includes a vinyl glove, a nitrile glove and the new Pink Pearl (nitrile glove with aloe). Medline is the leading provider of exam gloves in the U. S., including a complete line of latex and latex-free products featuring patented 3G and aloe technologies.

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