Ladies Night Out date set
“If it ever stops raining we plan to celebrate the sun with an evening dedicated to women’s health and sun safety for our next Ladies Night Out,” said Stephanie Wagner, SMH Clinics Coordinator. “The planners are lining up fun things to learn and do that evening and three of our health care providers will be on board to provide female wellness exams for anyone interested. We’ll bill the Komen for the Cure grant for women who are under and uninsured, but anyone can schedule their appointment for that evening by calling our Cottonwood Clinic. Billing is kept strictly confidential.”
The Fun in the Sun Ladies Night Out is scheduled at the Cottonwood Clinic, 701 Lewiston Street, for Tuesday, July 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in scheduling a female wellness exam can call the clinic, 962-3267.
The evening will feature Heidi Henson, CHES, Health Promotion Coordinator, Public Health, North Central District. She will talk about sun safety, the dangers of tanning and the new Go with the Glow campaign. Information on conducting skin cancer self-checks and how to identify possible cancerous or precancerous lesions will be available
“The St. Mary’s dietary department is planning a variety of light summer refreshments that promise to be delicious and healthy,” said Kevin Conger, DTR, Dietary Manager. “My crew really gets into the swing of things so we’ll have fun making the treats for the evening.”
The Ladies Night Out programs are funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boise Affiliate. The grant underwrites the cost of mammograms and wellness exams for Idaho County women between the ages of 18 and 49 who are uninsured or whose insurance companies don’t cover the entire cost. It has to be a year since their last mammo or exam. Women who have received the service through past Komen grants are eligible again this year.
“We keep the billing information strictly confidential so women who are insured and those who aren’t are welcome and no one knows the difference. We also have financial counselors who can work with anyone regardless of their insurance status. We don’t want that to stand in the way of women receiving the healthcare they need,” said Wagner. “Women can schedule an appointment at any time with any provider in any clinic, but the evening makes it a bit more fun and convenient.”
Dr. Haley Minnehan, Dr. Obbie Atkinson and Peg Gehring, FNP, will be available July 19 for women who have scheduled an exam.