NEWS RELEASE - October 25, 2016 - Contact: Betty S. Weemes, 787-5117Photo: Pictured above are staff members on the “front-line” of 3D mammography and other innovative breast imaging procedures at Laughlin Center for Women’s Health, Laughlin Memorial Hospital. They are left to right: Leah Cremins, Kelley Carroll, Jenna Hammonds, and Dee Dunbar. Second row, left to right, Karen Teague, Barbie Mullendore, and Lisa Kirk. These ladies stand surrounded by a breast cancer awareness fall display featuring white and pink pumpkins and other natural foliage plants. Each patient is greeted by this Breast Cancer Awareness visual, as they enter the Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.
During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the campus at Laughlin has been “painted pink” to promote attention of breast cancer issues with numerous activities inside the Hospital and with the community to encourage recognition of good breast health.
The campus was “painted pink” by students from Chuckey-Doak High School, who participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Komen Tri-Cities, “Tell Your Mom, Save a Life…and More” program. High school students throughout the city and county school systems are also being educated about breast cancer through a special social media platform, designed by Laughlin Health Care Foundation.
Support has also been provided by hospital volunteers and members of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation board in keeping with the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
The entrance of the Laughlin Center for Women’s Health is decked out with pink and white pumpkins with all the fall trimmings! The LMH lobby, thanks to Sweet Pea Boutique, is pink with a beautiful balloon display! Volunteers and hospital staff have given out approximately 1000 pink tote bags to Women’s Center patients and individuals in community organizations this month, and employees have been spotted wearing pink every Friday to bring awareness to this great cause!
Although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed during the month of October, Laughlin remains dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes; scheduling regular visits with their healthcare provider; observing annual mammograms, as age appropriate; adhering to prescribed treatment; and knowing the facts about recurrence.
Additionally, through an ongoing Komen for the Cure grant, Komen TriCities, free screening mammograms are offered by Laughlin Memorial Hospital for women who meet certain qualifications. One of the qualifications is for a woman to be underinsured or uninsured.
For additional information about the free screening mammograms, contact the Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787-5117, or Greene County Health Department, 798-1749.