Ladies Night Out scheduled
As part of their second Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is sponsoring their fourth and final Ladies Night Out on Wednesday, October 13. The focus for this event is to honor the Boise Chapter of the Komen for the Cure. Goody bags and door prizes will feature Komen themed items. The free event will be held at the SMH Cottonwood Medical Clinic from 5:30 to 7:30.
All women of all ages are welcome. There will be free refreshments, chair massages and fun music. The female SMHC healthcare providers will be available for questions and to perform wellness exams for interested participants. Receptionists will be available to schedule mammograms.
The grant covers the cost of female wellness exams and mammograms for Idaho County females aged 18-49 who are uninsured or underinsured and have not had an exam within the past year. Funds are also available for some treatment and transportation expenses. Qualified women may make an appointment for a convenient time at any St. Mary’s clinic including their Grangeville, Kamiah, Cottonwood, Nezperce or Craigmont Medical Clinics.
Although all women of all ages are invited to the Ladies Night Out functions those wishing to schedule a female exam that night should call for an appointment, 962-3267.
“All billing information is kept strictly confidential,” said Stephanie Wagner, SMH Clinics Coordinator. “We can bill private insurances or the Komen grant for the exam. Women are encouraged to make an appointment or call for further information. We have a limited number of appointment slots so we’re encouraging women to call earlier, rather than later.”
“One in eight American women will experience breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s a sobering statistic,” said Shari Kuther, RN, SMHC Clinic Nursing Coordinator. “Diagnosing breast cancer early can mean a big difference in the outcome. The earlier breast cancer is detected the better. We also work with women to identify funding sources to help cover the cost of treatment.”
Susan G Komen for the Cure also awarded Public Health North Central District a grant to raise breast cancer awareness and to educate women in the area.