Indulge in Your Best Health

Beaufort Memorial offers fun, health-filled Girls Night Out

By Marie McAden

Beaufort Memorial staff gets ready for Girls Night Out. (Front row: Emily Harris, Joy Rivers, Nora Kresch; Back: Mary Stutts, Brenda Molony, Pat Keown, Cindy Coburn-Smith, Julie Schott.)

Wine, chocolate, a chick flick and good health. Oh yes, it’s ladies’ night and Beaufort Memorial Hospital is hosting the party.

Girls’ Night Out, to be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Performing Arts Center in Beaufort, is one of the signature events of Spirit of Women, a national program designed to help women manage their health.

Along with all the fun girl goodies, participants will be provided with information, advice and ideas on getting your Z’s, eating better and maintaining breast health.

“This is the kind of information women need and want,” said Karen Carroll, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “It’s serious stuff—we’re just presenting it in a fun format.”

Earlier this year, Beaufort Memorial conducted a series of focus groups with women of all ages to determine their biggest health concerns. At the top of the list were breast and cardiovascular health.

Presented during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Girls’ Night Out event will focus on breast care, as well as sleep and nutrition. In February, American Heart Month, the hospital will host a Day of Dance, featuring heart-healthy activities like dancing.

“We’re inviting women to indulge in their best health,” said Courtney McDermott, who is helping coordinate the Spirit of Women programs for BMH. “Women are so busy taking care of everyone else in the family, they often neglect their own well-being.”

Free and open to the public, the Girls’ Night Out event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, prizes and skin and makeup consultations, and a special screening of “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Women also will have the opportunity to make appointments for mammography screenings and speak with Beaufort Memorial Breast Care Coordinator Ronda O’Connell. They’ll be able to feel a model of a healthy breast and one with a simulated lump in order to get a better idea of what to look while doing a self exam. And bra fitters from Belk also will be on hand to take measurements and show participants how a properly fitting bra can improve their comfort and self esteem.

In addition, there will be hands-on displays, demos, and a “sleep center” where experts will offer tips on getting a good night’s sleep. Clinical nutrition experts will help women make better choices while dining out, offer tips for a “grocery list makeover,” and much more.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is part of the Spirit of Women network, a coalition of American hospitals and healthcare providers committed to women’s health education and community outreach.

“Women make 85 percent of the medical decisions in their households,” said Carroll. “This event is designed to provide them with information to help them make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

The Spirit of Women program is part of a new hospital initiative to improve women’s services. Early next year, the hospital will open a comprehensive imaging center for mammography and other breast care diagnostic testing.

The 4,100-square-foot facility will be located in Beaufort Medical Plaza next to the hospital and will include ultrasounds, DEXA scans and stereotactic biopsy, a procedure that uses a computer and a three-dimensional scanning device to remove a sample of a tumor. Over the next several years, BMH hopes to transition the facility into an accredited breast center.

To become a member of Beaufort Memorial’s Spirit of Women or to register for the Girls Night Out event, visit www.bmhsc.org/spiritofwomen or call 843.522.5952. While admission is free, reservations are necessary.

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