Local couple make “big” statement about health screenings


According to the CDC, one of every five Americans is between the ages of 50 and 64. At this age, 70 percent will already be diagnosed with at least one chronic condition and nearly half will have two or more. The resulting disease and disability could seriously compromise your ability to carry out the multiple roles you play at this point in your life.
“That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of getting regular preventive screenings,” said Tina Poston, Director of Community and Media Relations at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH). “Men can sometimes be a hard crowd to persuade, so we rely heavily on the women in their lives to do the convincing.”
The marketing department reached out to Mickey and Jack Koetting, well-known Ste. Genevieve residents, to help make the case that screenings are important—especially for men who don’t always take their health seriously. Their likeness is on a billboard at Highway 55 and 32, across from Dairy Queen.
“They didn’t have to ask twice--this was right up our alley,” said Mickey Koetting, soon-to-be president of the SGCMH Auxiliary. “It was fun to do and we put the word out that we were doing something “big.” People had all sorts of notions as to what it was. Someone even joked and asked if I was pregnant!”
Women make most of the healthcare decisions for the family, so Poston said the billboard idea was just a fun way to hit home that message.
“Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start,” said Poston. “They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.”
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital urges women and men to take a pro-active role in their health and make preventive health screenings a part of their routine healthcare.
For more information on health screenings, visit www.stegenevievehospital.org.

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