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March 4, 2022
Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly. Our next issue will be Friday, March 18, 2022.
Come Back for Care!
As COVID-19 numbers continue to fall, we encourage you to come back for care! It’s a perfect time to schedule those annual tests or outpatient procedures that you may have been postponing. Our caring and dedicated staff looks forward to meeting your health care needs. To schedule an outpatient testing procedure, please call 1-866-901-4624.

We are also pleased to announce that, effective Monday, March 7th, Heritage Valley Health System will be extending the visitation hours at each of its three hospitals. With the decreased COVID cases, we feel confident in allowing our patients’ families more time to visit. Our new hours will be from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Are You Due For A Screening?
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we shine a spotlight on the importance of early detection and screening. While there is currently no cure for colorectal cancer, it is highly treatable if caught in the early stages.

Colon cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, yet it is very preventable. Unfortunately, many people with colorectal cancer may experience no symptoms, which is why regular screenings are so important. Finding cancer early, when it’s small and hasn’t spread, often allows for more treatment options. It has been shown that the average person is at risk of developing polyps beginning at 45 years of age; however, removing polyps during screening colonoscopies significantly reduces colon cancer development later in life. And, the only reliable way to detect polyps is through a screening colonoscopy.

Certain risk factors, such as a diet high in red and processed meats; obesity; lack of exercise and smoking can be attributed to certain cancers, although having risk factors does not necessarily mean that you will get the disease.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:

  • A persistent change in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

We realize that many people delayed elective procedures and screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we urge you to discuss colorectal cancer screening with your physician at your next appointment.  Heritage Valley cares about your health!
Celebrate a World of Flavors...
This is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2022, which is celebrated during March to call attention to the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. Everyone is encouraged to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits, according to eatright.org. 

How should you observe National Nutrition Month? Here are three helpful tips: 

(1)   Get moving! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages making exercise an important part of our lives. Try a new activity to keep your workouts fresh and exciting!

(2)   Become inspired! There are countless websites for new recipes and inspiration as you begin your nutrition journey. 

(3)   Meet with a dietitian. You will receive personalized nutrition information that works with your lifestyle to help you achieve your personal goals.

The Community Health Services Department at Heritage Valley Health System offers outpatient medical nutrition therapy, including individualized nutritional counseling. A Registered Dietitian will help you design a healthful eating plan that fits into your schedule.

To schedule an appointment, please call 866-328-8389. Before scheduling an appointment, be sure to obtain a referral from your Heritage Valley Primary Care Physician.  
OB/GYN Associates of Sewickley Has a New 2nd Location
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in Robinson Township for OB/GYN Associates of Sewickley! In addition to their office located on the first floor of Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital, Dr. Rebecca Welch, Dr. Ioanna Kanellitsas and Dr. Wenjun Zong are now providing comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology care in the following location:

Heritage Valley Robinson Township Medical Neighborhood
2201 Park Manor Boulevard
Robinson Township, PA 15205

The practice is currently accepting new patients. Please call 412.749.8317 to make an appointment.
Explore a Career in Nursing!
We invite you to participate in one of our Virtual Information Forums to learn about the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing program. In addition to learning about the nursing program, these Zoom sessions will include information on the admission process and financial aid. Sessions are scheduled for:
  • March 10 at 8 am
  • March 31 at 12 noon
Please register for one of the sessions at SONadmissions@hvhs.orgApplications for the Class of 2024 are being accepted now! (Classes begin in August 2022.)
COVID Corner
For information about scheduling a COVID test, please click here.

For information about scheduling a COVID vaccine or booster, please click here.