Ladies Night Out set for July 27
As part of their second Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is sponsoring their third Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, July 27. Planners have selected a Luau theme to celebrate summer and female wellness. The free event will be held at their Cottonwood Medical Clinic from 5:30 to 7:30. All women of all ages are welcome.
In addition to goody bags for every attendee and chances to win door prizes women who attend will have an opportunity to talk with female health care providers and ask questions about their own health. They can also have a female wellness exam. The Komen grant will cover the cost for Idaho County residents who have not had an exam within the past year and are uninsured or underinsured. If a woman has insurance that will cover the cost of the exam the company will be billed. Payment methods are kept strictly confidential.
“Summer is usually filled with fun so we wanted to have our third Ladies Night Out reflect summer fun. What’s more fun than a luau?” said Stephanie Wagner, SMHC Clinics Coordinator. “We’ve had a very good turnout at our prior two functions and hope women will use this as an opportunity to get their annual female exams in a relaxed, non threatening atmosphere.”
Women wanting a wellness exam that evening should call the clinic, 962-3267, to schedule a time. Staff will also be available during the event to schedule mammograms. The Komen grant will also cover the cost of a mammogram for eligible women.
“Sometimes women think ‘no news is good news’ and that may be true in some situations, but not when it comes to their health. The earlier breast cancer is discovered the better the outcome. We had a number of women diagnosed during our last Komen grant. Postponing an exam or a mammogram should not be an option,” said Shari Kuther, RN, SMHC Clinic Nursing Coordinator. “We also work with women to identify funding sources to help cover the cost of treatment.”
The award was made possible through the Boise affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It will provide free mammograms for 40 women and cover the cost of wellness exams for 100 women. They also awarded Public Health North Central District a grant to raise breast cancer awareness and to educate women in the area.
“The July 27th Ladies Night Out is open for all women. We encourage everyone to bring a friend or two or a family member. We hope the evening hours are convenient for working women,” said Wagner. “There are a number of openings for wellness exams with our female providers, but women need to call our Cottonwood Clinic in advance.”
The fourth and final Ladies Night Out is planned for Wednesday, October 6.