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                                                                                                                                                                                 IN THIS                 Health Screenings... p.2
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Patient Satisfaction... p.6


                                                           Watch our website for future screenings.
                                                                                                                                                                                 ISSUE                   Managing Childhood Obesity... p.8
                                                                                                                                                                                                         New Health Professionals... p.11

                                                 Jan. 24 – Carotid Artery Ultrasound 4-7pm                                                                                       A quarterly publication • Fall 2004 • www.pekinhospital.org
                                                 Feb. 10 – A Woman’s Heart




                                                                                                                                                                                   Checking in. . .
                                                 March 14 – Pulmonary Function Testing                                              Where Families Connect.
                                                 April 16 – Cardiovascular Screen                                                   For info, call Beth Seidel
                                                                                                                                    at 353-0480 or page her at 1-800-512-2937
                                                                                                                                    from 8am-8pm.
    Look for our up-to-date Community Calendar   Check our website at
             at www.pekinhospital.org.           www.pekinhospital.org                                                              Breastfeeding Education
                                                                                                                                    1st Tue. every other month
                                                 for place and times, or                                                            Jan. 4, Mar. 1, May 3 & Jul. 5                   P E K I N                      H O S P I T A L
Mark Your Calendar!                              call Melodie Mendenhall                                                            6:30-9pm
                                                 at 353-0559                                                                        $5
CPR Class                                                                                                                           Park Court Conference Center
For class dates and to register,
call Jill @ 353-0701.                                                                                                               Professional Breastfeeding Support Group
Blood Drive
Fri., Feb. 18
Fri., April 15
                                                 Loss and Grief Support Group
                                                 Meets every Tue. evening
                                                 5:30-7pm at First Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                 Childbirth Education
                                                                                                 Schedule for 2005
                                                                                                 Tue., Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
                                                                                                                                    Led by Beth Seidel, Lactation Consultant
                                                                                                                                    Every other Wed.
                                                                                                                                    10am-Noon
                                                                                                                                    AND 3rd Mon. of the month
                                                                                                                                                                                           Longevity...
Fri., June 17
2-6pm
                                                 Call 346-1848 with questions.
                                                                                                 Wed., Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27           7-9pm                                                  Health Screenings Play an Important Role
                                                                                                 Tue., June 7, 14, 21, 28           Park Court Conference Center
Park Court Conference Center                     Stroke Support Group                            Tue., Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23
To register, call 353-0204.                      Meets 4th Tue. of every month                   Wed., Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
                                                 6:30-8pm in the Women’s Diagnostic Center                                          Breastfeeding Peer Mentor Support Group               While many people discuss the importance of
                                                                                                 6:30-8:30pm                        Every other Wed.
Pheresis                                         Conference Room                                 Shortened schedule for holidays,
                                                 Call Lori at 353-0382 with questions.                                              10am-Noon
Wed., Dec. 29 – 2:30-5:30pm                                                                      extended class time                                                                      nutrition and diet, as well as other lifestyle issues,
                                                                                                                                    Park Court Conference Center
Wed., Mar. 30                                                                                    Tue., Dec. 6, 13
Fri., April 29
                                                 Wellness Center
                                                                                                 6:30-9:30pm                        Sibling Class
Wed., June 29                                    Lite & Easy Exercise
                                                                                                                                    Sat., Jan. 8, Apr. 9, Jul. 9 or Oct. 8
                                                                                                                                                                                          regular health screenings are often overlooked.
2-6pm                                            Tue. & Thur. (ongoing)                          Weekends
                                                                                                 Sat., Feb. 5, 12                   10am
Park Court Conference Center                     4-4:45pm                                                                                                                                 Although people may appear healthy when
                                                                                                 Sat., May 14, 21                   8 North
To register, call 353-0204.                      $22/10 sessions
                                                                                                 Sat., Aug. 20, 27                  $5
                                                                                                 Sat., Nov. 5, 12                   Call OB at 353-0480 to register.                      they’re doing all the “right” things like exercise
Support Groups                                   Easy Does It Exercise
                                                 Tue. & Thur. (ongoing)                          8:30am-12:30pm
Alzheimer’s Support Group                                                                                                           Play Group
                                                 5-6pm                                           Park Court Conference Center                                                             and eating right, regular health screenings
Meets 2nd Wed. of every month                                                                                                       Second Fri. each month
                                                 $22/10 sessions                                 $5
2-3:30pm on 6 North                                                                                                                 10am-Noon
Call 353-0608 with questions.                                                                    Call OB at 353-0480 to register.
                                                 COME JOIN US                                                                       Park Court Conference Center                          can provide prevention and early detection of
Breast Cancer Support Group                      Auxiliary Bake Sale                                                                Sign Language for Babies
Meets 3rd Mon. of every month                    Fri., Dec. 3                                                                       To register, call Kelly at 247-3460.
                                                                                                                                                                                          chronic and life-threatening diseases. In other
4-5:30pm in the Women’s Diagnostic Center        6:30am
Conference Room                                  Hospital Lobby
Call 353-0931 with questions.
                                                                                                                                                                                          words, your lifestyle may be healthy, but without
Compassionate Friends                                                                                                                                                                     the necessary health screenings to help diagnose
Meets 1st Thur. of every month                                                                                                                                     Non-Profit
7-9pm in Park Court Conference Center                                                                                                                            U.S. POSTAGE             and prevent disease, some vital information may
Call Janet Knight at 352-2966 with questions.                                                                                                                         PAID
                                                                                  600 South 13th Street • Pekin, Illinois 61554                                  PERMIT NO.149            go unnoticed... with chronic disease, disability
                                                                                                                                                                   PEKIN, IL
                                                                                                                                                                                          and premature death becoming a higher risk.

              l’s
 Pekin Hospita                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Continued inside...
    Book Fair
                   -4pm
  Tue., Dec. 7, 9am
                    -3pm
  Tue., Dec. 8, 7am
       Hospital Lobby
                                                                                                                                                                                          For more information on our programs & services,
                                                                                                                                                                                          please contact Melodie Mendenhall at 353-0559.
                                                                                           Community
                                                                                         Health Day
                                                                                                Day
                                                                                         our
                                                                         When we held
                                                                                    ealth Check
                                                                      Community H
                                                                      Day in August,
                                                                                     approx. 400
                                                                                           !
                                                                                                               RESULTS
                                                                           people attended
                                                                                                                              Abnormal
                                                                                                              Screened         Results

                                                                                          Prostate                 58               25
                                                                                          Thyroid                  73               34
                                                                                          Cholesterol              49               32
             Put Prevention                                                               Glucose                  52                2
              into Practice                                                               Blood Pressure           95               62
                                                                                                                            (1 escorted to E.R.)
                  Although people may say, “What you                                          Skin Cancer              50            16
                  don’t know won’t hurt you,” research                                        Bone Density             36            17
                  sadly proves it’s wrong. Without health                                     Pulmonary Function       35             9
                  screenings, many people may have             NOTE: Screenings are not       Body Composition         20             8
                  symptoms that are unnoticeable or            intended to take the place of
                                                               regular physical examinations, Carpal Tunnel            35            17
                  attributed to “nothing.” But, according      but do help in early detection
                 to the U.S. Department of Health and          of major diseases and other    Diabetic Foot            13            12
                                                               health conditions.
                 Human Services, regular checkups and
                 screenings help to “Put Prevention into
                 Practice” (PPIP) to help detect problems
                                                                                              Another important screening held by Pekin
                before reaching life-threatening conditions...
                                                                                               Hospital in September, “Legs for Life”
                often leading to an earlier diagnosis and
                                                                                               screened 136 people. Of those people,
               treatment for a better outcome. In fact, the
                                                                                                               five discovered they
              PPIP program was designed to increase the
                                                                                                                were at risk for Abdominal
            appropriate use of clinical preventive services,
                                                                                                                 Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
           such as screening tests, immunizations and counseling,
                                                                                                                 and 22 were at risk for
         based on recommendations by the U.S. Preventive
                                                                            Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) – that’s almost 20%
        Sciences Task Force.
                                                                              of the people screened!
                                                                              Further testing was recommended for those at risk.
    The Good News
    According to the Annual Report on the Status of Cancer,
    which is released by the nation’s leading cancer organizations,
    the incidence of cancer and death rates are on the decline.                      A Special Thanks to
    According to the report’s authors, survival rates are showing
    significant improvement. They indicate the new data reflect                     the Pekin Boat Club!
    progress in prevention, early detection and treatment.                   Thanks to the members of the Pekin Boat Club, it was
                                                                            possible to screen 58 men with a PSA blood test and rectal
      Take advantage of the frequent                                        exam during our Community Health Check Day! Of the
                                                                           58 men tested, 25 were referred to primary care physicians
      Community Health Screenings                                         for additional testing. The Pekin Boat Club raised $2,000
       offered by Pekin Hospital! Check                                 to pay for the PSA blood tests during their first annual
                                                                        Jim Timke Blues Festival.
        our community calendar on the
                                                                     Consider the statistics... a man in his lifetime has about a 16%
         back page of this newsletter                               chance (1 in 6) of being diagnosed with prostate cancer... and a
          or call Melodie Mendenhall                               3% chance (1 in 33) of dying from it! And the older the man, the
                                                                 greater the risk.
           at 353-0559.
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    Congratulations to O ur Gold Star Winners!
                                                                                           August                   May                                                                  February
                                                                                            Buffi Chapman,           Cheri Lawrence, RN,                                                    Amy Barnett, RN,
                                                                                            RN, ER1                  Cardiac Care Unit                                                      Skilled Nursing Floor


         These healthcare providers
                                                                  “... your great attitude – you do the work        “... being very professional in dealing with   “... excellent recognition and response to
      were voted by our physicians as                             of two or three nurses much of the time.          any situation!” – Dr. Esperanza Kabatay        patient’s deteriorating conditions.”
                                                                  Thank you! Keep up the good work.”                                                               – Dr. William Fisher
     outstanding in providing “personal                           – Dr. Patricia Deters                             “... your consistently professional,
                                                                                                                    competent and reliable nursing care.           “... knowing what is going on with all the
     care” to our patients. All Gold Star                         “... your energy, positive attitude and           You are very much appreciated!”                patients when I ask.” – Dr. Don Blair
                                                                  unflagging enthusiasm as well as excellent        – Dr. Scott Moats
      Award winners receive a $50 gift                            nursing skills.” – Dr. Greg Oakley
       certificate for dinner and their
     name is added to the Recognition
     Wall in the hospital’s main hallway.                           July                                                                    A pril                 Jan uary
                                                                                                                                                                         Michelle Gentry,
                                                                       Becky Bishop,                                                        Carol Urban,                 RN, 4 North
                                                                       RN, 5 North                                                          RN, 8 North



                                                                  “... helping to make 5N an outstanding            “... your care and concern for all patients    “... helping to raise the quality of care on
                                                                  place to work. Your dedication in spite           and helpfulness to all doctors.”               5N over the past year. It’s a pleasure
                                                                  of physical/personal setbacks is admirable,        –Dr. Terry Tosi                               working with you!” – Dr. Scott Moats
                                                                  and I’m happy to be able to work with
                                                                  you!” – Dr. Scott Moats                           “... getting me to my deliveries on time!      “... always being on top of the patient
                                                                                                                    Your labor experience is invaluable.”           care and being a JOY to work with!”
                                                                  “... alerting me of a patient who might have       –Dr. William Fisher                           – Dr. Nani Moazzam
    Thank You for...                                              been taking too much Tylenol. Thanks
                                                                  for your willingness to work even with
                                                                  a broken arm!” – Dr. Don Blair
                                                                                                                    “... being the best nurse and glue for the
                                                                                                                    department.” – Dr. Douglas Harrington



              S eptember              Kristen Kirgan,
                                      RN, ER1
                                                                                              June                   March
                “... your positive outlook, cheerful demeanor,
                excellent nursing skills and clinical judgment.                           Lori Delaware,             Patsy Bowers,
                You are one of a handful of true ER1                                      RN, Pediatrics             RN, 7 North
                standouts who consistently provides the
                standard of care which has propelled us                                                                                                                                 If you are interested in working at a
                forward in excellence.” – Dr. Greg Oakley                                                                                                                              hospital where employees can make a
                                                                  “... being helpful and friendly, while taking     “... helping me make it through the days!                            difference, please call Wendy Hess
                “... never having a cross word, always wear-      excellent care of our patients.”                  Your assistance is much appreciated and
                ing a smile and displaying all that Pekin                                                                                                                                      at 353-0946 or go online
                                                                  – Dr. Steven Clark                                it’s a pleasure!” – Dr. Scott Moats
                Hospital stands for!” – Dr. Frank Novy                                                                                                                                        at www.pekinhospital.org.
                                                                  “... providing continued excellent care           “... persistent outstanding support of the
                                                                  to my pediatric patients.” – Dr. William Fisher
                                                                  “... your dedication to all patients and
                                                                                                                    7N telemetry unit.” – Dr. Paul Siebert
                                                                                                                    “... being a great charge nurse.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for
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                                                                  helpfulness to all physicians.”
                                                                  – Dr. Terry Tosi
                                                                                                                    – Dr. Bernard Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                All You Do! 5
                                                                                                    Mission:
The Five Pillars of Progress
                                                                                                                      To be the healthcare provider of choice in the communities we serve.

                                                                                                    Vision:           Pekin Hospital will be the place where the patients receive the highest quality
                                                                                                                      healthcare and where every physician and employee can make a difference.

The Five Pillars – People, Service, Quality, Growth and Finance                                     In this issue, we are reporting Service. More information      In both sections there is a colored square in the upper


                                                                  Service
– are the foundation for setting organization goals and provide                                     on People, Quality, Growth and Finance will be reported        right-hand corner of the graph.
the framework for evaluating our progress. This will lead us                Through patient         later. The graphs in the Service Pillar display a dark         Green = Meets or exceeds the standard (90th percentile or higher)
to becoming the best hospital for the community. For the                    surveys, this is how    straight line at the 90th percentile that shows our overall
first time, we are showing statistics benchmarked against                                           minimum standard. The other line on the graph represents       Yellow = Within 10% of achieving the goal (80th to 89th percentile)
nationwide standards. Watch for additional data in                          our patients rate us.   the previous eight quarters of reported patient satisfaction
future Checking In publications.                                                                    rankings at Pekin Hospital.                                    Red = More than 10% below the standard (79th percentile or lower)




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                                                                                                                                                                         PREVENTION & TREATMENT OF OBESITY IN CHILDREN
                                                                                                                                                                         According to the American Heart Association, overweight children are more likely to be
                                                                                                                                                                         overweight adults. Successfully preventing or treating obesity in childhood may reduce the
                                                                                                                                                                         risk of adult obesity. This may help reduce the risk of heart disease as well as other diseases.
                                                                                                                                                                         The major health threat is Type 2 diabetes (adult onset), particularly in children with a
                                                                                                                                                                         family history of the disease. Doctors are reporting a surge of young adolescents developing
                                                                                                                                                                         Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke,
                                                                                                                                                                         limb amputations and blindness.

                                                                                                                                                                         WHAT’S A PARENT TO DO?
                                                                                                                                                                         • Encourage participation in school and community sport activities while limiting
                                                                                                                                                                           the time spent in front of the TV or computer. As a parent, set a good example
                                                                                                                                                                           by volunteering at these school and community activities.
                                                                                                                                                                         • Take family walks, hikes or bike rides.
                                                                                                                                                                         • Provide nutritious, well-balanced, low-calorie and low-fat snacks, such as fruits,
                                                                                                                                                                           vegetables and smoothies. Ask your doctor or a dietitian to
                                                                                                                                                                           teach you about the right kinds of food to feed your children.
    Fall is in the air... the temperature is dropping                                                                                                                      Fast-food restaurants can be dangerous.
                                                                                                                                                                         • Don’t make your child eat when he or she isn’t hungry.
    and the winter clothes are coming out of storage.                                                                                                                    • Don’t use desserts to comfort or reward your child –
                                                                                                                                                                           it only teaches children to value sweets over other foods.
    We are heading into the season of bulky sweaters                                                                                                                     • Include your children when going to the grocery store.
                                                                                                                                                                           Teach your children to read food labels early to encourage
                                                                                                                                                                           their awareness of what they’re eating. (If you can’t pronounce
    and big coats, and it’s important not to hide behind                                                                                                                   it, it probably isn’t good for you.)
                                                                                                                                                                         • Start with small, attainable goals to help build healthy habits for
    them and let our bodies expand!                                                                                                                                        the entire family and make it fun!


By Dr. Erika Hunter,
Pediatrician
                                         Over the past 20 years,
                                     the rate of obesity in children
                                                                       examples of good snack choices include: fresh fruits,
                                                                       pretzels, baked potato chips, vanilla wafers and low-fat
                                                                                                                                       Get up and get moving!                                           AREA CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
                                                                                                                                       Just modifying diet is not enough. In addition to making         Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there
                                   has risen from 6% to greater        frozen yogurt. Mealtimes should also include sensible choices
                                                                                                                                       good food choices, one must get up and move around.              are many fun programs offered in the community for children
                                than 15%. And a serious reality is     – baked or grilled, not fried – and fresh vegetables. If good
                                                                                                                                       Turning off the TV and going outside is a big step in the        to stay healthy.
                             that children who are overweight or       food choices are followed on a routine basis, then splurging
                                                                                                                                       right direction. There are so many fun things that kids can
                           obese tend to grow up to be adults          every once in a while is okay. The yummy treats like cakes,                                                                      Boys & Girls Club – Basketball & Wrestling, Game Room,
                                                                                                                                       do to get them moving, such as playing tag or jumping rope.
                        who are overweight or obese. This is           cookies, donuts, etc., don’t need to be forbidden. In fact,                                                                      Volleyball, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Karate, and Cheerleading.
                                                                                                                                       Now that fall is here, there are wonderful piles of              For more information, call 346-5437.
                     not only a cosmetic problem, but one that         making foods forbidden, just seems to make them more
                                                                                                                                       leaves to jump in and soon it will be time for building
                   imposes real health dangers, such as heart          desirable! The main goal is to be sensible and not to
                                                                                                                                       snowmen. Taking family walks after dinner is a great way         Pekin Park District – Outdoor: Archery Range,
                 disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure,       overdo any one type of food.
                                                                                                                                       to get everyone moving. Although it may be tempting to           Basketball Courts, Bike Trail, Frisbee Golf, Skate Park,
               diabetes, stroke and sleep apnea. In addition to                                                                                                                                         Hiking at McNaughton, or Sledding when there’s
                                                                                                                                       curl up inside as it gets colder, there are many indoor
             the medical risks, there are significant emotional                                                                                                                                         snow, and Tennis. Inside: Tot Time Adventures,
                                                                                                                                       activities that can get kids and adults moving: gymnastics,
          risks to being overweight as well. Kids can be                                                                                                                                                Gymnastics & Dance, Ice Skating, Hockey, and
                                                                                                                                       swimming, basketball, karate, trampoline jumping, etc.           Public Skate Times for the entire family.
        tough on one another, and children often tease
      their peers, making overweight children face                                                                                                                                                      For more information, call 347-7275.
     social discrimination, low self-esteem                                                                                            Model sensible choices.                                          Union Mission Center – Basketball
    and depression.                                                                                                                    The most important thing we can do to help our children          For more information, call 346-0724.
                                                                                                                                       is to be positive role models. If we as parents make
What causes children                                                                                                                   sensible food choices, our children will be much more            YWCA – Open swims and swim
                                                                                                                                                                                                        lessons; please call for open
to be overweight?                                                                                                                      likely to do the same. Also, it is much easier to get up
                                                                                                                                       and get moving when you have company, so planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                        swim times and for
Of course, genetics play a part, but the main culprits                                                                                                                                                  additional information
                                                                                                                                       activities that get the whole family involved, such as           about programs,
are overeating and under-moving! Offering children                                                                                                                                                      347-9922.
                                                                                                                                       skating or bike riding, can be great! This is a wonderful
good food choices is important. If they grow up making
                                                                                                                                       time of year to start making healthy changes – start now,
good choices about food and snacks, they will continue
                                                                                                                                       and reap the benefits!                                                            During school holidays,
this pattern of good behavior into adulthood. Some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     contact these organizations
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          Richard Kriegsman Joins Board of Trustees!                                                                                      More Health Professionals Added to Our Team...
                                                                                                                                                                            To Assure Your Good Health!
                                                                                                                                                                       We’re pleased to welcome three new professionals to our medical staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michele Pepperell, M.D. specializes in Obstetrics &




                                                                                                                                            Lynn Kepple Byerly, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gynecology. With a Medical Degree from Southern Illinois
                                                                                                                                                                                                          University School of Medicine, she performed her internship
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Texas, where she was elected Chief Resident by her
                                                                                                                                                                                                          peers and department physicians. Dr. Pepperell has joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harrington Obstetrics and Gynecology and enjoys providing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the highest standard of care to area women of all ages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also welcoming new patients, she can be reached for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                          appointment by calling 353-3330.




                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michele Pepperell, M.D.
                                          Our Board of Trustees
                     Front Row Left to Right: Dr. Steven G. Clark; Carol Shields, Chairman;
                        Frank H. Mackaman, Vice Chairman; James L. Johnston, Treasurer.                                                   Lynn Kepple Byerly, M.D. specializes in Ophthalmology.
                         Back Row: Patrick E. Oberle, Dr. James R. Smalley, Scott Jeckel,                                                 A graduate of Richwoods High School, she earned her
                                       Ronald Miller, Richard Kriegsman.                                                                  Medical Degree from Rush Medical College and completed




O                                Not Pictured: Dr. John Lovell, Perry Soldwedel

On behalf of the entire Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health
Systems Board of Trustees, we welcome Richard Kriegsman
of KMI Packaging & Exporting! Rich, who attended Pekin
Community High School and DePaul University, is a member
of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He also serves on
the Boards of... Pekin Community High School, Pekin Insurance,
Herget National Bank, Tazewell Machine Works,
                                                                         Illinois Central College Education Foundation, the Peoria Area
                                                                         Civic Chorale and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                                         (transportation committee). In addition, Rich works with the
                                                                         Heartland Partnership, a Peoria Chamber initiative. He and
                                                                         his wife, Nancy, have three children: Kate, Amy & Scott.
                                                                         We look forward to his contribution!
                                                                                                                                          her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of
                                                                                                                                          Chicago, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual
                                                                                                                                          Sciences. She is available at both the Peoria and Pekin
                                                                                                                                          Midwest Eye Care locations and is currently accepting
                                                                                                                                          new patients. Call Midwest Eye Care at 347-5115 (Pekin)
                                                                                                                                          or 685-2424 (Peoria) to make an appointment.




                                                                                                                                                                                                          Erika Hunter, M.D. specializes in Pediatrics. Originally
            55 Women Get FREE Mammograms!

                                                                                                                                            Erika Hunter, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          from Manito, IL, she is a 1997 graduate of Rush St. Luke’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Presbyterian Medical School in Chicago, where she
                                                                                                                                                                                                          completed her internship and residency in 2000. In addition,
          On October 15, the Tazewell County Health Department           Sarah Fenton, Director of
         (TCHD) and Pekin Hospital offered FREE Mammograms to            Preventive Service for TCHD,                                                                                                     Dr. Hunter has just completed a four-year tour of duty
  women needing financial assistance with their preventive healthcare.   said, “we hope to serve some                                                                                                     with the United States Army as a pediatrician to the 101st
The free mammograms were offered to women who brought proof of           of those women who might not                                                                                                     Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is
age and household income. Most were either underinsured                  otherwise have a mammogram.                                                                                                      Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and
or had no insurance at all. Of the 55 women tested, 10 were              It’s our goal to reduce the                                                                                                      is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics. She
referred to their physicians because of abnormal results.                number of deaths attributed to
                                                                         breast cancer in our county.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          is also certified in Neo-natal Resuscitation and offers
As the importance of annual mammograms for women over                                                                                                                                                     instruction for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Hunter
40 has become better understood, insurance coverage has increased        “We’re very excited to offer this                                                                                                is currently seeing patients in her office at 1503 Valle Vista.
and contributes to more women having regular mammograms.                 outreach to the communities we                                                                                                   For an appointment, please call 353-1822.
Unfortunately, rates have not increased for women without insurance.     serve," Dorcas Malcome, our
“By opening the Women’s Diagnostic Center for a day and inviting         Director of Radiology, said. “We have offered mammographies
women who qualify to come in for a free mammogram,”                      to women on National Mammography Day for the past three
                                                                         years and plan to do so again next year.”
10                                                                       To schedule your mammogram, please call 353-0410.                                                                                                                                              11

				
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