January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month


For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rosie Smith

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
24th Lunch and Learn aims to increase community awareness

January 9, 2018, Marianna, FL.     The month of January is designated Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  This type of cancer can potentially affect over 50% of the US population. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control,

  • 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer is reported annually
  •   4,000 deaths annually from cervical cancer

Bringing awareness closer to home, 8.3 of every 100,000 Florida women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. 

Because of the rising rate of this cancer, Jackson Hospital, Chipola Surgical & Medical Specialties – OB/GYN, and the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Jackson County, join together to bring to the community the first annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Lunch and Learn, Wednesday, January 24th, 12noon-1pm CT. 

Lunch will be served during the program featuring a heart-felt presentation from cervical cancer survivor and Certified Nurse Midwife Stefanie Barnes, ARNP, of Chipola Surgical & Medical Specialties – OB/GYN. 

Stefanie was diagnosed with cervical cancer in her late twenties and will share her personal, moving story with you.  We are delighted to have board certified Medical Oncologist, Dr. John J. Nanfor, FACP, and Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Steve Stokes join us for the lunch.

This first-ever event will be held at the Agricultural Center on Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna.  This program is part of the Hospital’s community benefitand is offered to the community free with advanced registration.  Call (850) 718-2884 to reserve your seat.

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About Jackson Hospital

Jackson hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent award, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board from the Florida Hospital Association at its Quality and Patient Safety Summit in October 2016.  Jackson Hospital's recognition is due to its success meeting the Partnership for Patients' goals in at least 80% of the applicable topic areas, reducing patient harm and readmissions and making the FHA Hospital Engagement Network so successful.  Statewide, the FHA estimates that hospitals in the HEN prevented 5,283 cases of harm, avoiding $28.7 million in health care costs. 

Before that award, designation as iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital, one of only 1,043 of more than 3,300 eligible, was recently recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was also recently designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

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