March 2014


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March Calendar

 Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:



Yoga for Cancer Survivors


Balanced Life Yoga


 March 14

Extraordinary Women's Conference


March 18
Hip and Knee Pain Seminar


March 22
Youth Night at Road Warriors Hockey. The first 1,000 kids under age 12 at the game will receive a Road Warriors hat!




F eatured Article

If you have a condition that may require a gynecologic surgery, you now have the option to seek a surgeon recognized by the AAGL as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) surgeon. Please continue reading to learn more:

Find a COEMIG Designated Surgeon for Women's Surgeries



 If you have a condition that may require a gynecologic surgery, you now have the option to seek a surgeon recognized by the AAGL as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) surgeon. ST. FRANCIS eastside received COEMIG designation last month, and with that designation, 16 partner OB-GYN physician-surgeons also were named COEMIG-designated.



Those physicians are:


Brandi Alt, DO | Highlands Center for Women

Everett Fuller, MD | Commonwealth Women's Care

David Godwin, MD | Commonwealth Women's Care

David Griffin, MD | Upstate Oncology Associates

Edward Heidtman, MD | Carolina Women's Health

Rebecca Keith, MD | Carolina Women's Health

Todd Lantz, MD | Upstate OB/GYN Group

Ralph Lattimore, MD | Carolina Women's Health

Laura LeBel, MD | Elle OBGYN

Fleming Mattox, MD | Carolina Continence Center

Vanessa Mazzoli, MD | Carolina Women's Health

James Metherell, MD | Highlands Center for Women

John Nichols, MD | Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

Tiffany Rhodes, MD | Upstate OB/GYN Group

Harvey Sikes, MD | Carolina Women's Health

Matthew Smith, MD | Highlands Center for Women


Seeing one of these physicians in tandem with having a minimally invasive gynecology procedure done at ST. FRANCIS eastside means women have both an expert surgeon and facility that has proven excellence.


Learn more about the COEMIG designation >>



Over 50? Schedule a Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. But by having screenings that find and remove precancerous polyps that can develop into cancer, colorectal cancer can be stopped before it ever starts.


"Having a colonoscopy is the single most important step you can take to reduce your risk of colon cancer," says Dr. Brian Sadowski, Colorectal Surgeon with Carolina Surgical Associates. "These screening tests can detect colorectal cancer early when it is most curable."


The most at-risk population are adults over the age of 50. According to the CDC, if everyone age 50 years old and older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. 


Colorectal surgery is a common treatment method for patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. St. Francis physicians perform both traditional and laparoscopic colorectal surgery procedures. If surgery is needed, you now have the option to seek a facility that is a Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries for two years in a Row (2013-2014).


To schedule a colonoscopy, talk with your family physician or schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist or Colorectal Surgeon.  .



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