SGCMH readies for annual women's health fair


Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) will hold its annual Women's Wellness Fair at the hospital from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 24. The theme for this year’s event will be “Health, the Game for Life.” The event is free and open to the public, and includes activities and information for women of all ages.

"Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital takes great pride in this event," says Tina Poston, director of marketing and community relations at the hospital. "We look forward to the opportunity to connect with and educate our patients, friends, and neighbors in a fun, lively setting. This year the Game of Life will be evident throughout the hallways with decorations from the game."

Most departments at SGCMH will share information on their many services, and outside vendors and community organizations will also have booths.

Poston said the speaker presentations will be a big attraction this year.

Stretching for Life by Mid America Rehab will start the lineup at 9 am; followed by a Women’s Wellness Roundtable discussion at 10 am with six members of the SGCMH Medical Staff: Women’s Wellness practitioners, Tony Lam, MD, Racheal Whitaker, MD, Phillip Kintner, MD and nurse practitioner Britney Tarrillion. Cardiologist Matthew Bosner, MD and General Surgeon Joseph Sharlow, MD. will complete the table. Participants are asked to bring their health questions. At 11 am Christy Clark from the SGHS Resource Office will talk about cyber security. The final presentation at noon will feature a healthy cooking demonstration with Audubon’s Chef Nate Molnar and Kim Browne, MSN, ANP-BC.

Dozens of attendance prizes will be awarded to participants who attend the final presentation. They will also be eligible for the grand prize of a $500 Kitchen Essentials Package with small appliances, dishware, etc, made possible by sponsors Lakenan Insurance and First Bank.

“We hope health is on the minds of our visitors and they take advantage of the health screenings we have available,” said Poston. “There will be free blood pressure and pulmonary function tests given, and for a nominal $15 charge, they can have a lipid panel (cholesterol and triglycerides) and fasting glucose (blood sugar). For best results, 12-hour fasting is recommended. Call 573-883-4488 to schedule a time slot up to 9:30 am.”

Other bullet point attractions include:
• Crown Hospice photo booth
• Beauty and Relaxation Station (paint inspirational rocks)
• Free Massages!
• Ste. Gen Health Department (offeringTdap vaccines)
• SGCMH Partners will have chicken salad sandwiches for sale.

During the event, there will be an opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription medication. The Prescription Drug Take-Back Event is sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Community Services Forum. All community members are encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs to the entrance of the hospital for this free, anonymous service where a representative from the Sheriff's Office will be stationed for collection.

“To add more fun to the event, all hospital booths will have the Game of Life action cards where participants will either pay or receive play money,” said Poston. “The amount of money they have will then determine how long they can stay in the Cash Cube. The health fair is designed to encourage and inspire women to take care of themselves and each other. Every woman who attends will receive a free gift, and our many vendors also bring giveaways.

For more details on the fair, visit or call 573-883-4402.

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