McDowell Hospital celebrates National Women’s Health Week, culminates with women’s health expo

From the press release from McDowell Hospital:

MARION, N.C. – May 17, 2012 – McDowell Hospital is celebrating National Women’s Health Week (May 13 –19) by holding a women’s health expo. This Saturday, McDowell Hospital will hold the All About Women Healthy Living Expo where women in the community will be provided the opportunity to participate in a variety of health screenings. Screenings include:

· Free Lab screenings for Lipid Panel and Glucose (limited to the first 100 women and fasting is required).

· Bone Density screening provided by Asheville Radiology.

· Blood Pressure, Weight, and BMI screenings provided by Mission Heart.

“McDowell Hospital understands the importance of National Women’s Health Week because it encourages women to take time for their health,” said Cara LaFon, Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Community Services at McDowell Hospital. “Women are often the caregivers for their families and, as a result, forget to make their own health a priority.”

McDowell Hospital’s Healthy Living Expo will be held at Corpening Memorial YMCA located at 348 Grace Corpening Drive in Marion, N.C. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The expo will offer opportunities for women to assess their health under the excellent care of McDowell Hospital professionals. The expo will also offer giveaways, door prizes and music to make for a fun-filled day of women’s health awareness.

National Women’s Health Week is a nationwide initiative that calls attention to the importance of women’s health. The theme for National Women’s Health Week 2012 is “It’s Your Time,” a theme that empowers women to take small, manageable steps to lead longer, healthier and happier lives. The steps include encouraging women to visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings; get active; eat healthy; pay attention to their mental health, including managing stress and getting enough sleep; and avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Founded in 1885, Mission Health is the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina. Mission operates five hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated solely to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.


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