Page Hospital offers special program for sexual assault victims
PAGE, Ariz. (Feb. 24, 2012) – Victims of sexual assault can count on prompt and compassionate care at Page Hospital.
Page Hospital has two certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) that have provided exams to sexual assault victims at Page Hospital for the past year.
These nurses have received extensive, specialized training and are prepared to assess, treat and help victims of sexual assault, as well as forensic evidence collection that may be used in criminal justice proceedings.
For this certification, which is issued by a national forensic-nursing board, the nurses were required to complete 170 hours of training, including classroom instruction in forensics and trauma care and extensive clinical education on conducting the examinations.
“Having the ability to provide this specialized service locally is so important for victims of sexual assault,” says Dana Levy, chief nursing officer at Page Hospital. “We want to be able to offer a safe and comforting place for these patients to receive treatment. Having to travel out of the area for an exam adds additional stress and trauma to the situation, and we want to minimize that.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in a nationally representative survey of 9,684 adults: 10.6 percent of women reported experiencing forced sex at some time in their lives, 2.1 percent of men reported experiencing forced sex at some time in their lives, and 2.5 percent of women surveyed and about one percent of men surveyed said they experienced unwanted sexual activity in the previous 12 months.
Page Hospital wishes to recognize the entire membership of the Coconino County Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for their support and encouragement as we have worked to bring this specialized service to the Page Community.
About Page Hospital
Page Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital that serves Northern Arizona. Built in 1958, the hospital provides a range of medical services that include Emergency Services, Surgery, Medical Imaging, Obstetrics, Cardiopulmonary, Acute Care and Rehabilitation. It is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit hospital and health care system that covers seven states and is based in Phoenix, Ariz.