SGCMH "glams" it up for '17 health fair

2/27/2017

(Photos from health fair)

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital rolled out the red carpet for its 2017 Women’s Health Fair with a pre-Oscar party theme. Glitz and glam was the order of the day with stars and movie-themed posters decorating the hallways top to bottom.
We’d like to thank all of our vendors, participants, hospital employees and volunteers who all help make this annual event a great success. And congratulations to our two big winners, Sandy Bell, winner of the Lion King tickets to the Fox and Amanda Schwent, winner of the Amazon Echo in our I Heart My Doc Facebook posting photo drawing.
“This year’s theme added another element of fun to our event, and I think participants really enjoyed it,” said Tina Poston, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “We had swag bags filled with goodies; a fun photo booth by Crown Hospice; a green room with makeup and hair tips; and our OB department pulled out all the stops and provided massages and red carpet refreshments. We even had popcorn (provided by the Alan Zerwig family)!
Poston said in-between visiting the many vendors and hospital information booths, women had the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers.
Dr. Matthew Gibfried, SGCMH ER physician, talked about stroke prevention and signs of stroke. Kim Browne, nurse practitioner, described the hospital’s medical weight loss clinic, Transformations, and brought three of the program’s participants who talked about their weight loss journey. Dr. Joseph Sharlow talked about a new laser procedure, the MonaLisa Touch, being offered by Genesis Med Spa, that restores gynecological health. The final presentation of the day was provided by Courtland Hampton, RN, the hospital’s clinical educator, who gave an interactive presentation on women and self-defense.
“I think this year’s speakers were great,” said Sue Shehan. “This is a wonderful event the hospital puts on every year.”
Attendance for the health fair was estimated at 425-450 judging from the number of swag bags handed out, and 65 vendors were present.
Visitors to the fair had health on their minds, taking advantage of the many health screenings available.

“The objective of our health screenings is to increase awareness about potential health problems,” said Poston. “Sometimes the best health care is preventive.”

The screenings offered free this year included blood pressure and pulmonary function tests (PFTs). For a nominal $15 charge, women could have a blood sugar, total cholesterol and triglyceride screening.
“Several dozen fair participants were thrilled to find a golden ticket in their swag bag that they could redeem for exciting door prizes donated by our vendors,” said Poston. “No one walked away empty handed. Our vendors also had plenty of giveaways at their tables. This event is as much a social event as it is a way for us to showcase our hospital and let people know the depth of healthcare services and resources that we have to offer.”
 
Fairgoers also had the chance to win an Amazon Echo by stopping by the I (Heart) My Doc booth where they posed with a photo of their favorite doc or practitioner and posted that photo to Facebook. Amanda Schwent won that drawing.
The grand prize of the fair, sponsored by Lakenan Insurance, was two tickets to see the Lion King at the Fabulous Fox, won by Sandy Bell.
“We’d like to thank all of our vendors, participants, hospital employees and volunteers who all help make this annual event a great success,” said Poston.
We’d like to thank all of our vendors, participants, hospital employees and volunteers who all help make this annual event a great success. And congratulations to our two big winners, Sandy Bell, winner of the Lion King tickets to the Fox and Amanda Schwent, winner of the Amazon Echo in our I Heart My Doc Facebook posting photo drawing.

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