Women's Health Event Offers Mammos, Munchies, Massages & More!

posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in General

Women are encouraged to take time for themselves and enjoy a ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ health and wellness event on Thursday, March 23 between 5-7 PM at Spencer Hospital.

“As busy women, too often we don’t make our health needs a priority. Ladies Night Out will be a fun evening designed to encourage women to focus on themselves and their good health,” explained Susan Zulk, VP of Marketing at Spencer Hospital.

The hospital’s Ladies Night Out is a come-and-go event that will be held on the first floor of Spencer Hospital in the Women’s Health suite and hospital cafeteria.

“Come solo or bring a group of friends,” Zulk said. “Several booths staffed by health professionals will be set up, providing an opportunity to gather valuable women’s health information. We’ll have nutritious snacks plus a gift bag for the first 50 attendees, and if you’re looking to maximize your trip to the hospital, contact us in advance to schedule your screening mammogram that evening. Also, attendees can schedule a relaxing chair massage with the talented students of Iowa Lakes’ massage therapy program.”

Activities planned for the March 23rd Women’s Night Out include:

Mammograms: Are you due for a screening mammogram but haven’t found the time to squeeze one into your schedule? Or, have you been hesitant to make an appointment because you don’t have adequate insurance coverage? While many insurance plans cover screening mammograms at 100 percent, for women who are uninsured or under-insured, their costs may be covered by the Care for Yourself program. Call Clay County Public Health to see if you qualify for Care for Yourself coverage at (712) 264-6380. Public Health is also helping coordinate the scheduling of mammograms during the Women’s Night Out event for anyone interested, so the same phone number can be used for anyone scheduling a screening exam for that evening.

Massages: Enjoy a relaxing chair massage and support the Iowa Lakes Massage Therapy Program! The students of the massage therapy club will offer 15-minute chair massages for $10 each, with proceeds going to support their club and local charities of their choice and payable at the time of service. To reserve your massage spot, use the sign-up form on Spencer Hospital’s website, which is included under the “Classes & Events” tab, or follow the link here - Women's Night Out

Munchies & Nutrition: Healthy snacks will be available for all attendees. Plus, registered and licensed dietitian Darlene DeWitt will be on hand to visit with attendees on how small nutrition changes can add up to big health benefits.

Breast Health: The Women’s Health team will be on hand to not only offer mammograms, but also to provide valuable health information, including explanations of dense breast tissue. The combination of mammography and breast ultrasound to assess breast health issues will be discussed which will include a hands-on demonstration on performing ultrasound guided breast biopsies.

Avera Home Medical Equipment of Spencer Hospital: April Green, Avera HME’s coordinator and a certified mastectomy fitter, will share information on their services and products.

Gynecological Health: OB/GYN nurse Janelle McEntee of Dr. Brian Wilson’s office will be present with beneficial information on their variety of women’s health services.

Occupational Therapy: Learn more about lymphedema management, lymph nodes, scar management, and more.  Occupational therapist Karin Hogge will demonstrate arm pumps used in lymphedema treatments.

Physical Therapy Women’s Health: Certified women’s health physical therapists will share an array of information related to pelvic health and also urinary and bowel incontinence, prolapse pain with intercourse, etc. Answer the therapists trivia question and you may win a squatty potty!

Planet Heart & Other Health Screenings: Cara Rutter, diagnostic imaging technician, will share the guidelines for having a Planet Heart screening, including both a heart scan and ultrasound vascular scan, which checks for the risk of stroke, abdominal aneurysm, and peripheral arterial disease. She’ll be joined by employee health nurse Tatum Geerdes who will provide information on the many benefits of having a comprehensive wellness screening and Women’s Health Coordinator, KC Kidd, who will share information on cervical cancer screenings.

Diabetes Education: Did you know that more than 11 percent of American adults have diabetes and an estimated 38 percent have prediabetes? Learn more on how you can reverse your risk of diabetes.

While pre-registration is encouraged for screening mammograms and the massages provided by Iowa Lakes, if schedules allow, walk-ins will be welcomed!

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