Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Francine's Friends Part of Women's Health Day

On Wednesday, March 30, St. Martin’s Healthcare offered a Women’s Health Day.  Uninsured women could schedule for their annual screening exams including mammograms and bone density screenings.  Since 2007, two days a year have been designated as Women’s Health Day.  Over 300 hundred women have benefited from the many volunteers and donors to make this event possible.  Screening mammograms are scheduled five times during the year. 

"Francine's Friends is proud to partner with such a great organization," said Debi Kennedy, Community Outreach Coordinator for Francine's Friends.  "The mobile mammography coach is typically there each quarter with a full schedule each time.  The staff at St. Martin's ensures that their patients are following our golden rule - the best protection is early detection.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve the women in DeKalb County."
Volunteers for this event include the Nurse Midwives from Auburn Birthing Center, Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith and Nurse Practitioners from IPFW School of Nursing as well as nursing and clerical volunteers.  Fort Wayne Radiology provided bone density screenings and Francine’s Friends offered screening mammograms.  Laboratory services are donated in part by South Bend Medical Foundation.  Financial support for this worthwhile day comes from Physicians Health Plan Foundation and United Way of DeKalb County’s Power of the Purse event.