Night Out planned
How do we get women to focus on their health? That was the question originally posed by the planners for the second St. Mary’s Hospital Komen for the Cure grant. Their answer was to plan some Ladies Night Out events that feature fun, education and women’s wellness exams.
The first Ladies Night Out is scheduled at their Cottonwood Medical Clinic on Wednesday, February 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. It will include a free pink bag for all participants filled with gifts and goodies. Also that evening a masseuse will be available for free chair massages and a bit of music and door prizes will add to the festive atmosphere.
Female health providers are also taking evening appointments for wellness exams and receptionists will make mammogram appointments for mammograms through their mobile mammography service.
“We are hoping the evening hours are convenient for working women and for women of all ages,” said Stephanie Wagner, SMH Clinics Coordinator. “We’re encouraging women to bring a friend or two and spend an early evening with us learning about women’s health, getting their annual exams completed and having fun at the same time.”
Insurances will be billed for those who qualify and the Komen grant will be billed for Idaho County women who are underinsured or uninsured and haven’t had an exam within the past year. “Of course, the billing information will be strictly confidential. We’ll obtain that information in a private setting so no one will know,” said Wagner. “We hope that insured women will take advantage of the evening program and others will take advantage of the Komen grant that will provide free mammograms for 40 women and cover the cost of wellness exams for 100 women.”
This is the second year SMHC has received a Komen for the Cure grant from the Boise affiliate. North Central District Health Department also received a grant for educational programs and is working with SMHC, Syringa Hospital and Clinics and other area entities to raise breast cancer awareness.
“Women often put their own health care behind their families and loved ones. We’re hoping they grab a friend or come on their own to our first Ladies Night Out. We’ll have female health care providers available to answer questions and provide wellness exams in our clinic exam rooms,” said Shari Kuther, RN. Anyone interested in an appointment on Wednesday evening, February 6th is encouraged to call the Cottonwood Medical Clinic, 962-3267, to schedule a time.