Girls Night Out For Women’s Health

This October, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland is hosting its 5th Annual Girls Night Out event from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in the Ungacta Conference Center at the hospital. This year’s free event once again focuses on many women’s health topics, including the original focus of breast cancer. The event will feature health education, activities, and refreshments.

This year’s event includes education on many topics related to women’s health. 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. Influenza vaccines will be offered for $27 as well.

“Women’s health is so important to our community, we really want to focus the event to include more than just breast cancer awareness,” said Amy Liefer, Director of Communications, 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.”

A limited number of mammography appointments will be available during the event for those who call in advance to schedule. Dr. P. Shawn Shekar, 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 invested over $350,000 to expand mammography services with advanced 3D mammography. The advanced mammogram equipment was installed in January 2016 and began service in early March of that year.

“Girls Night Out is a fun and informative event that emphasizes the importance of women’s health, which is an area of focus for St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Teresa Cornelius, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “This is a fun way for women to get together, enjoy great company and food while gaining education and information about the best ways to care for themselves. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the wide array of services and technology we offer to women in our community,” said Cornelius. “3D mammography offers a clearer overall view of the breast tissue, and 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.
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.

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
Ultrasound, including pre-natal biophysical profiles
Non-stress testing
Bone density
Stereotactic breast biopsy
Newborn/parenting classes
Breastfeeding classes
Lactation services

Even if it’s not time for your regular mammography screening, bring a family member or friend to enjoy the evening and learn more about women’s health care services available at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Girls Night Out event is sponsored in part by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation Silver PrimeHealth sponsors: Highland Machine, Oberbeck Grain Co., and The Korte Company. Attendees are invited to visit the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop to shop and receive a free gift.

More information on women’s health services and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Imaging Department can be obtained by visiting or by calling (618) 651-2790.

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