Join SSRH for a Pink Party on Oct. 26

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - Siloam Spring Re­gional Hospi­tal

Oc­to­ber is breast cancer aware­ness month, and Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal (SSRH) in­vites ladies in the com­mu­nity to gather girl­friends to­gether and stop by the Pink Party be­tween 3-7 p.m. Oct. 26. This spe­cial event hosted by the Healthy Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil will fea­ture health and beauty pam­per­ing, hors d’oeu­vres, prizes, tours of the hospi­tal’s imaging depart­ment and a “mam­mothon.”

“The SSRH Pink Party is all about tak­ing the fear out of mam­mo­gram screen­ings, pro­mot­ing early de­tec­tion of breast cancer and cel­e­bra­tion of sur­vivors,” said SSRH Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Re­becca Pear­row. “We’ll have sev­eral re­sources on site to pam­per our guests and pro­vide breast cancer ed­u­ca­tion.”

Hors d’ oeu­vres will be served in a spa-like at­mos­phere that helps ladies feel more com­fort­able in the hospi­tal imaging at­mos­phere and help re­lieve any anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with mam­mo­grams. There will also be tours of the imaging depart­ment to help younger or first time ladies be­come fa­mil­iar with the ex­pe­ri­ence as well as the op­tion of on the spot mam­mo­gram ap­point­ments that evening.

“The mis­sion of the Healthy Com­mu­nity pro­gram is to pro­mote well­ness, and this is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how we can en­dorse pre­ven­tive ser­vices,” Pear­row said.

All women in the com­mu­nity are in­vited to at­tend this free event. Mam­mog­ra­phy tech­ni­cians will be on hand to ex­plain how screen­ing equip­ment works, walk guests through a typ­i­cal pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence high­light­ing some of the spe­cial ameni­ties of­fered and an­swer any ques­tions they may have. It can be hard for ladies to find the time to take care of them­selves, but mam­mo­grams are an es­sen­tial part of women’s health care. So SSRH is re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers by of­fer­ing dis­counted rates and after-hours ap­point­ments. There is a $99 spe­cial on mam­mo­gram screen­ings dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber that is an all-in­clu­sive price for those who do not have in­surance cov­er­age to help with the cost. In ad­di­tion, ex­tended evening hours are avail­able through­out Oc­to­ber as well, mak­ing it more con­ve­nient to sched­ule.

“Our goal is to help women feel con­fi­dent in each step along the way so they have no hes­i­ta­tion or reser­va­tions that would pre­vent them from get­ting screened,” Pear­row said. “And hav­ing a Pink Party is a fun way to give our guests the op­tion of so­cial­iz­ing with friends while pro­mot­ing aware­ness all at the same time – kind of like pos­i­tive peer pres­sure. Ladies who at­tend the event can even make on-the-spot ap­point­ments if they de­sire. They can reg­is­ter, pur­chase the Oc­to­ber spe­cial rate if unin­sured, then en­joy re­fresh­ments and re­lax in the mini spa area while wait­ing.”

Pear­row af­firms that, if a lady does not want a mam­mo­gram or has al­ready had their rec­om­mended screen­ing, they are still en­cour­aged to at­tend to pro­vide a sup­port net­work for the War­riors in Pink. Spe­cial recog­ni­tion will be given to sur­vivors as well as re­sources for those who are cur­rently bat­tling breast cancer, along with ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion for pre­ven­tion and early de­tec­tion. To add an ad­di­tional com­po­nent of fun and sup­port, the SSRH Aux­il­iary Gift Shop will be open through­out the evening, of­fer­ing a spe­cial shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and dis­counted mer­chan­dise.

SSRH of­fers dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy, which is a spe­cial X-ray of the breasts that can de­tect lumps and other forms of breast dis­ease that may be too small to be felt even by an ex­pe­ri­enced ex­am­iner. Early de­tec­tion af­fords the best op­por­tu­nity for a cure. To sched­ule a screen­ing mam­mo­gram or get more in­for­ma­tion about the Pink Party, call 479 215-3420.

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal is a 73 li­censed bed fa­cil­ity with 42 pri­vate pa­tient rooms. It is ac­cred­ited by the State of Arkansas Depart­ment of Health Ser­vices and The Joint Com­mis­sion. Some ser­vices in­clude in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient surgery, emer­gency medicine, med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal and in­ten­sive care units, ob­stet­rics, out­pa­tient di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. With more than 40 physi­cians on the med­i­cal staff, Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate, cus­tomer-fo­cused care. SSRH is an af­fil­i­ate of North­west Health, one of the largest health net­works in North­west Arkansas. The fa­cil­ity is lo­cated at 603 N. Progress Ave. in Siloam Springs. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit North­west

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