AV Hospital to host public town hall meeting, free health lecture

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) will host a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday to update the community on the hospital’s progress and future plans.

Edward Mirzabegian, AVH Chief Executive Officer, will discuss expansion and renovation plans, improved customer service, new procedures and future goals for the hospital.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

The AV Hospital Town Hall Meeting will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Café, located at 1600 West Avenue J in Lancaster. The Café is located inside the hospital on the first floor.

Free health lecture on Colon Cancer

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the hospital will be offering a free health lecture about Colon Cancer in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March.

“Early detection is the key to decreasing deaths from colon cancer,” says Jatinder Pruthi, M.D., FACG, an internist and gastroenterologist on staff at AV Hospital. “Screening can detect polyps before cancer develops, and the sooner the disease is caught the greater the chance of survival.”

Dr. Pruthi will discuss symptoms and ways to prevent colon cancer at the free health lecture, which takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at 44105 15th Street West (the corner of Avenue J-5 and 15th Street West), on the 4th floor, in Conference Room 15.

While everyone is at risk for colon cancer, certain factors can make you more susceptible. If you are over the age of 50, smoke, have a family history of colorectal cancer, have a personal history of other cancers and have been diagnosed with polyps or colitis you could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, consult your physician for a screening schedule.

Even if someone does not have the risk factors, at age 50, they should begin having screenings, including a colonoscopy every 10 years.

“Early detection can result in better outcomes for a number of diseases,” says Edward Mirzabegian, AVH Chief Executive Officer. “AV Hospital is dedicated to early detection and prevention of disease through education.”

To reserve a seat at the free health lecture about Colon Cancer, call 661-726-6499 or send an e-mail to communityrelations@avhospital.org. Leave your name, contact number, and number of guests attending the lecture.

(Information via press release from Antelope Valley Hospital.)