CCHS to host Women’s Health Expo


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC – Cass County Health System will be hosting a Women’s Health Expo on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.  The free event is open to the public and will be held in the Cass County Memorial Hospital Atrium from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served, and there will be several doorprize drawings.

Historically, women have been the primary healthcare decision makers for families, but often don’t take time to maintain their own health.  Throughout the country, hospitals are developing women’s health programs to address a broad spectrum of health issues.  The CCHS event will feature over 20 women’s health services, all provided either at CCHS or within the Cass County community.  The event is designed as an open house, so participants can come and go at their own pace. There are two scheduled events during the evening, hospital tours (6:00 and 6:45 pm) and bra fitting demonstrations (5:45 and 6:30 pm).

“Some people don’t realize that we offer most of the major women’s health services right here at home,” noted Diann McLaren, RN, Co-Coordinator for Women’s Health Services.  “We’re working to correct that by providing more community outreach on these important health concerns.”

In an effort to address a wide range of women’s health needs, the CCHS women’s health team has invited several community partners to participate in this event to showcase some of the non-medical services available for women.  “We really are interested in addressing the broad definition of health,” Diann noted.  “It is well known that stress and lifestyle habits affect our physical health, so it is important to look at all aspects of health together.”