HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland will be hosting its fourth annual Girls Night Out event from 5-to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Ungacta Conference Center at the hospital.
This year’s free event has an expanded focus to include many women’s health topics, including the original focus of breast cancer. The event will feature health education, activities, and refreshments. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with physicians and nurses to have questions answered. Fun activities, such as complimentary mini massage therapy sessions will also be available. Refreshments will be provided by Michael’s Restaurant, and all attendees will receive a free gift. Participants will also have the opportunity to win gift baskets at the event.
“Women’s health is so important to our community, we really wanted to expand the event to include more than just breast cancer awareness,” said Amy Liefer, director of communications for St. Joseph’s Hospital. “Breast cancer awareness is still very much a focus for Girls Night Out, but we are also looking at the bigger picture and how we keep our mothers, sisters, and daughters healthy.”
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A limited number of mammography appointments will be available during the event for those who call in advance to schedule. Dr. Miguel Gelman, a board-certified interventional radiologist and member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital medical staff, will be providing patients with immediate results from their mammograms.
In order to continue to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage in patients, St. Joseph’s Hospital recently invested over $350,000 to expand mammography services with advanced 3D mammography. The advanced mammogram equipment was installed in January and began service in early March.
“The impact this technology will have on our patients is tremendous,” said Elizabeth Govero, chief nursing officer at St. Joseph’s-Highland. “The 3D image details offer a clearer overall view of the breast tissue. It helps us detect cancer earlier, see lesions more clearly, and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies.”
On average, 3D mammograms:
▪ have the ability to detect 40 percent more cancers than 2D mammograms,
▪ offer 29 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates,
▪ reduce false positives up to 40 percent, and
▪ allow the radiologist to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D.
Those attending the Girls Night Out event can make an appointment for their regular mammography screening by calling (618) 651-2790. Those who have mammography screenings during the event — as well as during the entire month of October — will receive a special gift from St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department.
Women & Children’s Center tours
Tours of the Basler Family Women & Children’s Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital will also be available. Making it easier for women to take care of themselves, the Basler Family Women & Children’s Center offers women’s health services close to home so that you can take advantage of the care you need even in the middle of a busy schedule. The Basler Family Women & Children’s Center offers the following services geared specifically towards women:
▪ digital mammography,
▪ bone density,
▪ stereotactic breast biopsy,
▪ newborn/parenting classes, and
▪ breastfeeding classes.
More information on women’s health services and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Imaging Department can be obtained by visiting www.stjosephshighland.org or by calling (618) 651-2790.