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October 2015 - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NEWS RELEASE  -  October 12, 2015  -  Contact: Betty S. Weemes,  787.5117

Laughlin Memorial Hospital Is “Painting Laughlin Pink” To Raise Awareness Of Breast Cancer  

Photo:  Standing left to right:  Wanda Brooks and Raymonde Lovelace, LMH Volunteers, are shown as they put the finishing touches on the pink lapel pin card that will be included in the 1000 packets of information that will be distributed throughout the community and at Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is reported that one in every eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.  

Laughlin Center for Women’s Health, Laughlin Memorial Hospital Volunteers, and Laughlin Health Care Foundation have partnered in a project that “painted” the interior and exterior of the Hospital “pink,” in an obvious reflection to raise awareness to breast cancer. Pink bows are displayed to draw attention to breast cancer. Banners will be seen at the entrances to the Hospital and throughout the interior, as visible reminders to women and men in our community to be alert to breast cancer and to be conscientious of early detection. Also, main entrances to the Hospital are “draped” in pink.

Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, said, “There is great value in the “Paint Laughlin Pink” campaign, which we have done for several years.  When patients and their families, employees and other visitors drive onto the Laughlin campus, they will be reminded of the benefits of being faithful to the guidelines of early detection of breast cancer.” Whitfield further stated, “This campaign is designed to seize attention and educate. If one life is saved, the energy of painting Laughlin pink will be well worth the effort.”

Packets of information will be distributed to Women’s Center patients throughout the month of October and at speaking engagements. These packets include an array of useful items in addition to the “Yes, Mam!” stickers.  The “Yes, Mam!” program is a reminder to women and men to practice three-way detection.  The stickers are placed on one’s calendar to encourage early discovery of breast cancer. The packet includes a fully integrated brochure to explain the program and provide information to help women and men to be more successful in detecting breast cancer.

Tell your Mom, Save a Life….and More
A grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, TriCities Affiliate is providing funds for a special program entitled, “Tell Your Mom, Save a Life…..AND MORE” in the schools that focus on high school seniors, their mothers, and staff members of the high schools in Greeneville and Greene County. The Komen grant offers 200 free screening mammograms to women in the community who qualify for the program. The screenings are completed at Laughlin Center for Women’s Health, and applications are available at the Greene County Health Department and the Laughlin Memorial Hospital front desk and in the Laughlin Center for Women’s Health at Laughlin Memorial Hospital. They are also available at the health clinics in the community:  Baileyton, Camp Creek, and Limestone.

National Mammography Day
Several month-long activities are planned by Laughlin Center for Women’s Health and Laughlin Health Care Foundation. Hospital employees and others in the community are encouraged to wear pink on Friday, October 16, during National Mammography Day to raise awareness to the importance of this day. National Mammography Day is a key part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a program involving a wide variety of organizations across the nation.

Speaking engagements are scheduled throughout the community and will feature physicians, and others to convey the significant message of early detection of breast cancer.

According to Jesse Taylor, director of medical imaging, “We are Greeneville’s first accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, with accredited breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and stereotactic biopsy.  We have been the only provider in Greene County utilizing digital mammography since 2008. Our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care to our patients with advanced technology and experienced, compassionate staff to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Early detection is one of the keys in successful cures of breast cancer.”

Laughlin Health Information Library
The comprehensive Health Information Library, located inside the Women’s Center, provides health and wellness materials to the entire community. Over 400 books, including numerous publications on breast cancer, reference materials, periodicals, and videos, are available, free of charge for check-out to the public. Additionally, Internet access is available and 25 pages can be printed free-of-charge from healthcare sites.

The library is open the same hours as the Women’s Center.  Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Look Good, Feel Better Program
Laughlin is the host site for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program, a program designed to support women who are in active treatment for cancer.  Through this free program, women learn how to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment through proper use of cosmetics and wigs, scarves, and other accessories.  The cosmetics and hair accessories are without charge to the patient.

The program is held the second Monday of each month at Laughlin Center for Women’s Health at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, 1420 Tusculum Blvd., from 10:00 a.m., to 12:00 noon.  

For additional information about the “Look Good, Feel Better” program, please call Fran Ricker-Gregory at 639.1600 or Joyce Hyde at 639.2661.

Cancer Support Group
Additionally, a support-group program for cancer survivors is offered the first Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the LMH private dining room.
The Reverend Abby Cole Keller is the facilitator for the meetings.

A cordial invitation is extended to all survivors and family members to attend. Please call Susan Price, director of social services, for additional information about the support group at 787.5026.

Join Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Laughlin Center for Women’s Health in the fight against breast cancer and be mindful of the purpose of painting the campus pink at Laughlin Memorial Hospital: To raise alertness of women and men in our community to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and breast cancer, itself.

For additional information, contact the Laughlin Center for Women’s Health at 787.5123 or Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787.5117.