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St. Mary’s Healthcare Takes Action Against Cancer

Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) Program for Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties announced today the outstanding actions St. Mary’s Healthcare has taken against cancer. As part of St. Mary’s Healthcare commitment to providing care you can trust, St. Mary’s Healthcare has partnered with Cancer Prevention in Action to become the first healthcare system in New York State to adopt a Cancer Screening Paid Time Off Benefit for all associates.

“St. Mary’s Healthcare is very pleased to announce a community partnership with the Cancer Prevention in Action Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties. Part of our mission is dedication and commitment to the health of our associates. 1 in 4 deaths in New York State is due to cancer. We are taking actions to decrease cancer suffering. On behalf of myself and the entire executive leadership team at St. Mary’s Healthcare we are extremely proud to implement a paid time off benefit for cancer screenings,” stated Scott Bruce President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New York State. Screening tests can find cancers early when they are most easily treated or before they even start. Early detection can lead to better health outcomes, save lives and improve workforce health. PTO for cancer screenings is offered at St. Mary’s Healthcare because we care about the health of our associates, and regular cancer screening exams throughout an associate’s lifespan will capture cancer early, when it is most successful to treat.

The Cancer Screening PTO Benefit for St. Mary’s Associates is a separate bank of time available for the sole purpose of an associate to obtain cancer screening exams each year during work hours.

St. Mary’s Healthcare is committed to reducing the cancer burden by affording their associates time to use this benefit and placing emphasis that health and early detection is a priority.