The Better Health for a Better You employee wellness program at Garrett Regional Medical Center celebrated Cancer Awareness Month in February. Occupational Health Nurse and program coordinator Amanda Shreve hosted a month-long lunch and learn series for employees to provide education on several common forms of cancer. Each week a different type of cancer was covered including ovarian, prostate, colon and Melanoma. The 30-minute lunch time presentations reviewed symptoms, treatments, and prevention tips.
“My goal for the lunch and learn series was to make cancer prevention information easily accessible to all employees,” said Amanda Shreve. “Programs like this are a great way to get staff from different departments interacting outside of our normal work day. Everyone who attends is encouraged to ask questions, share stories, and discuss the topic together.”
During the February 26th Lunch and learn on melanoma, Amanda brought the hospital’s skin scope machine. The machine analyzes a user’s face to provide a visual representation of where any problem areas are or where they may occur.
Amanda also organized an internal fundraiser for the hospital’s Cancer Center. Over 330 t-shirts were sold throughout the hospital; the t-shirt design featured ribbons representing all forms of cancer. Proceeds from the sale went to the purchase of gas cards used in the Cancer Center to help patients with travel costs while receiving treatment.
The Better Health for a Better You program was created to promote a culture of health at GRMC and provide employees with healthy initiatives for their overall wellbeing. Through the program, employees have access to annual blood screenings, flu shots, and vaccinations as well as educational programs throughout the year.
To learn more about the Better Health for a Better You program, contact Amanda Shreve at 301-533-4371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.