October 13, 2003
HCA Hospitals Staff TWO-Day Colon Cancer March Medical Team
October 13, 2003—Reston, Virginia—They’re seasoned healthcare professionals. This coming weekend, they expect to treat blisters and be on the lookout for dehydration. The 30 HCA healthcare providers stationed along the route for the TWO-Day Colon Cancer March on October 18 & 19 are also fully trained and prepared for virtually any emergency situation that may arise among hundreds of marchers participating in the landmark event.
Nurses, pharmacists, and other licensed clinical staff from HCA’s Northern Virginia hospitals—including Reston Hospital Center, Northern Virginia Community Hospital, and Dominion Hospital—have volunteered for the Medical Team. The 40-mile march begins at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park early Saturday morning, continues down the W&OD trail, and ends at the Jefferson Memorial on Sunday afternoon.
“The necessary medical supplies have been ordered and we have developed protocols for a wide range of potential medical issues that we could see during an event of this magnitude,” states Darren Lisse, MD, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Reston Hospital Center, who serves as Medical Director for the TWO-Day Colon Cancer March.
The event is the culmination of weeks of work by Medical Team co-chairs Cindy Glover, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer for Reston Hospital Center, and Cyndee Hochstrasser, RN, the hospital’s director of health and wellness. They have spent hours reviewing marcher’s medical information, looking for potential red flags, and calling marchers to learn more about their health.
“Forty miles are not just a walk in the park,” notes Cindy Glover. “The Medical Team needs to be aware of any preexisting conditions that could cause complications during the march.”
Cyndee Hochstrasser, who is also an experienced camp nurse, understands the kinds of health issues that could arise—some that may not be related to the strenuous nature of walking about 20 miles a day.
“We can expect blisters, but we are just as prepared for allergic reactions, animal bites, as well as more serious situations, such as chest pain or seizures.”
HCA teams will be stationed at regular intervals along the 40-mile trail and staff “Village Medical”, a tent where marchers can receive medical assessment and first aid at the March Village, situated at Henry Thoreau Middle School in Vienna.
A rescue vehicle will be dedicated to the event around the clock, and local officials have been notified about the march. In the event of serious illness or injury, the Medical Team will call 911 to get a marcher to a nearby hospital.
“The benefit to the marchers is that our Medical Team cares for patients every day,” Cyndee adds. “Assessment and triage are part of our regular routine.”
Registration Day for the crew and marchers from across the country begins Friday, October 17 at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park. Opening ceremonies begin Ida Lee the following morning at 7 a.m. Following the ceremony, marchers will begin their trek down the W&OD trail toward March Village, where marchers will spend the night. Sunday morning, the marchers continue their journey to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, where the closing ceremony begins at 5 p.m.
The TWO-Day March is the first of its kind nation-wide event designed to raise awareness of colon cancer. Funds raised benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.
“HCA’s Northern Virginia hospitals are pleased to be involved in this event, which puts the spotlight on the serious nature of colorectal cancer,” notes Cindy Glover. “I think each member of the Medical Team is looking forward to having a rewarding experience by being involved in this important event.”back