Night Out freebies
The next Ladies Night Out sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic. The goody bags given to each participant will include sun screen packets and other items to guarantee fun in the sun. The evening will also feature a talk on skin cancer prevention by Heidi Henson, CHS, Health Promotion Coordinator for Public Health Idaho North Central District.
“There are two goals for our evening events: to have fun and to offer women the opportunity to focus on their health. Often, women are busy with their families, jobs and responsibilities so they don’t take much time for themselves,” said Jeanette Gorman, SMHC Community Relations Coordinator. “The evening provides a chance to have an annual female wellness exam which women of all ages should have. Three of our healthcare providers will be available that evening to provide the exams. We’re made it fun and convenient.”
Advance appointments must be made for the evening exams, but anyone is welcome regardless of whether they need an exam or not. Insurance companies are billed or the Komen for the Cure grant covers the cost for eligible women. Payment options can be discussed when making the appointment or that evening. Those arrangements are kept strictly confidential, said Gorman.
This is the third Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant received by SMHC from their Boise affiliate. The grants fund the exams, mammograms and some treatment costs. Women must be uninsured or underinsured to qualify and a resident of Idaho County. Komen targets women aged 18-49, but the SMH financial counselors can work with women of any age to identify funding sources, including the Women’s Healthcheck program offered through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
“We are midway through our grant year and still have funds available. Women do not have to attend the evening function for an exam or mammogram through our Komen grant. They are welcome to call any of our clinics and be seen by one of our providers at any time,” said Gorman. “It would be a shame not to use these funds when there are women out there who are going without mammos and exams. I think a lot of women believe ‘no news is good news’, but this is a time when that is definitely not true. The earlier a woman is diagnosed the better the outcome. One in eight American women experiences breast cancer and, of those, 80% have no family history and the vast majority also don’t have the identified risk factors. I hope women will take advantage of this opportunity.”
To schedule an appointment call the Cottonwood Medical Clinic, 962-3251. Women can also just drop by for the evening to learn about female health issues and enjoy the camaraderie, refreshments and free goody bags.