September 12, 2012
Record Numbers Participate in KCH’s Third Annual Ladies Night Out
On Wednesday evening, September 12, hundreds of women from the Kane Area participated in Kane Community Hospital's Third Annual Ladies Night Out (LNO). LNO is a special night for women to learn more about health issues that affect them, ask questions, obtain free wellness screens, enjoy healthy snacks and some retail shopping therapy, and be pampered.
“On behalf of Kane Community Hospital and UPMC Hamot, I want to thank all of our guests from around the region, area businesses, health partners,and vendors who joined us for this event and to thank our KCH event organizers and care providers," stated J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH and VP of UPMC Hamot. "Local businesses and individuals donated $1,750 in donations leading to the event for the delivery of free or reduced rate mammograms for woman without insurance. This special program of our community saves lives. Of the 28 free or reduced rate mammograms provided last year, two were positive for breast cancer."
“I also want to thank our UPMC Hamot partners from Erie and Bradford for their support. Lucia Conti from UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital shared information about the women's hospital and UPMC Magee services also offered there; Steve Ferretti, vascular sonographer from UPMC Hamot, provided 57 varicose and spider vein screenings at LNO," Rhodes said. "Mariann Kahle, Registered Dietitian and UPMC Hamot Personal Nutrition Coach was on hand as were Steven Herrmann, MD Cardiologist and Eastern Regional Director of Cardiac Care, Heart Institute at UPMC Hamot. and Val Jackson, Executive Director, Regional Business Operations and Regional Director, Heart Institute at UPMC Hamot ." Kahle provides nutritional counseling to patients at KCH and UPMC Hamot Medical Park - Bradford. Dr. Herrmann sees patients at UPMC Medical Park - Bradford and in Olean.
'I too want to thank my LNO team and the entire KCH family and Kane Area community for embracing and supporting this celebration of women. Two floors of smiling women is a wonderful thing to experience. It is our pleasure to provide this program for a night of information, fun, and pampering," said Tina Elder, KCH Controller and Ladies Night Out Chair. "Everyone shared their time, talents, and funds to create this annual respite from the crazy lives we women lead. It is our hope that women of our area know that Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot, will be here for you through all the seasons of your life. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event and to caring for you until then."
"With LNO we wanted to ensure that women of the area know about our KCH Breast Health Center, our aggressive mammography program that saves lives, and that KCH has the first, and ONLY, ACR-certified breast biopsy program in the region. We wanted women to sign up for their digital mammogram in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, if they don't already have their yearly appointment month," noted Janet Brunner, senior manager of the KCH Diagnostic Imaging Center and KCH Business Development. "Sixty six LNO attendees made their appointments and KCH radiology techs performed more than 100 bone density screens during the event.. To receive a free or reduced rate mammogram during October call now at 837-4580 and let our scheduler know that you are uninsured for mammography. The free screenings are offered on a 'first come, first served' basis'" for as long as the community-donated money lasts."
Ladies Night Out is supported in part by a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the participation of our local ACS and other health partners including Adagio, Great Lakes and Becky’s Boutique in Kane. Becky conducts ACS’ Look Good, Feel Better Program at KCH. The ACS Wig Room for Kane is now located at Becky's Boutique on Biddle Street where she can provide individual attention and personal styling of wigs.
Women arriving for festivities with retail shopping therapy ahead with healthy snacking in the cafeteria, "pretty in pink" photographs and tours of KCH Breast Health and Diagnostic Centers also on the ground floor. On second floor were care providers, screens and pampering and more healthy snacking, information tables, and much more.
Pretty in pink photographs were taken for friends and family by Margaret Twidale, senior manager of information technology. Here pink hats, boas, and Mohawks where the chosen accessories.
LNO was blessed to have Kim Vogrin volunteer her musical talents (voice and harp) to provide calming background music in the lobby and wait room during the event.
Women enjoy paraffin hand dips provided by KCH Rehab Services staff and hand messages, provided by OR nursing, medical records and cardiac rehab under massage and aroma therapy coach, Val Boni, KCH senior manager of quality improvement.
Women awaiting glucose, blood pressure, and pulse ox and bone density screens. Pampering provided included, fingernail painting (pink in awareness of breast cancer or teal in awareness of ovarian cancer), facials, paraffin wax hand dips, hand massages, aroma therapy.
The KCH memory and honor wall in the main lobby will remain up through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Members of the community are invited to post pictures and stories in memory or in honor of loved ones.