September 15, 2011
KCH's Ladies Night Out Enjoyed by Hundreds
At least 250 women participated in this year’s Ladies Night Out (LNO), Thursday night at Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.
Ladies Night Out was initially created to bring awareness to women’s health issues leading up to October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year the event also provided awareness and information on ovarian cancer as well as heart disease, sleep disorders, diabetes, getting healthy and fit, and much more.
The event last year overflowed a single floor and this year the opportunities filled two floors. Thirteen vendors participated on the ground floor in addition to the tours of the Diagnostic Imaging/Breast Health Centers, an array of great food at the KCH Café, KCH Friends Gift Shop, and the popular door prizes (Chinese Auction) with 52 gifts, gift certificates or gift baskets.
During the tour of the KCH’s all digital Diagnostic and Breast Health Centers, 75 women signed up for their annual mammogram.
On the top floor, five information tables were on display offering health information and giveaways. Additionally, hand massages, aroma therapy, teal toe painting (an ovarian cancer awareness event), paraffin wax treatments, facials, and a sleep clinic survey were all available to participants.
Over 100 women took advantage of free health screens during the event including bone density, blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse ox, and BMI. Sixty women signed up for a Passport to Good Health, that entitles each to $250 of specified free or reduced rate care and services by the end of the year.
Kane Area Community businesses, individuals, and many KCH departments, donated door prizes and over $1,400 was received for free and reduced rate mammography for uninsured women.
This event was supported in part by a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the participation of ACS and other health partners including Great Lakes Home Health Care, UPMC Hamot Woman’s Hospital, and the brand new Magee at UPMC Hamot program
The event, the idea of Angela Hadzega, KCH Director of Finance, was co-chaired by Tina Elder, KCH Controller, along with a dedicated team of KCH champions of women’s health. LNO was staffed, and care and services provided, by the women of KCH and its hospital-based community clinics in Kane, Mt. Jewett, Sheffield, Johnsonburg and Ridgway, for the women of the region.
Co-chair Tina Elder noted that “Through this event KCH wants to remind women of the area to take their health seriously and that KCH is here for them through all the seasons of their life.”
Participants at last nights' Ladies Night Out at KCH taking advantage of free health screens. Sue Singer(right), Nurse from KCH's Johnsonburg Family Practice, serving one of 250 participants at LNO.
(foreground l-r) KCH's Ann Anderson, RT, doing bone density readings of the foot on former KCH colleague Luanne Larson, while those in line patiently await their readings.
Participants of KCH's LNO look through the more the 50 door prizes deciding where to chance their earned tickets in the Chinese auction. Participants earned tickets by taking a tour, signing up for their annual mammogram or signing up for a Passport to Good Health, as well as by simply attending the event.