Spring Fling for Women's Health
Fort HealthCare nurses, physicians and staff from all departments work diligently to not only provide exceptional care to our patients, but also contribute selflessly to a variety of community causes and events.
Inspiration for opportunities to better the health of the community can come from many places. The inspiration behind the first annual “Spring Fling for Women’s Health” event on May 10, 2008, at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson came from a small group of night-shift emergency department nurses. The Emergency Department (ED) is known as a dependable place to receive care, particularly if one doesn’t have a primary care physician or may have limited or no health insurance. Diane Wilkinson and the other emergency nurses noticed a trend among female patients, “Each time a woman was discharged from the Emergency Department, we noticed a need for providing further information and education to our community. There is a vast amount of information that women need not only to care for themselves, but also so that they can become better caregivers for their families.”
The ED nurses did not keep their thoughts to themselves. With the support of their manager, Harold Wilson, and Fort HealthCare istration, a committee was formed to develop and implement a comprehensive, completely free women’s health event. The committee’s vision was much bigger than a simple trade show. Fort HealthCare volunteers provided information about cancer awareness, nutrition, mammography, heart health, stroke awareness, colon health, injury prevention, and the wide range of services offered through the Fort HealthCare Center for Women’s Health.
In addition, the Fort HealthCare Emergency Department described what to expect during visits to the ED and Urgent Care, safe medication management, smoking cessation, and the car seat safety program for infants and children. The Fort HealthCare Integrated Health & Wellness Center provided free seated chair massages, a T’ai Chi demonstration, community class information, and information about acupuncture. A variety of free health screenings were also offered including bone density, cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure.
During the event, visitors were encouraged to attend any or all of three, 30-minute speaker presentations about stress management, treatment options for chronic women’s health conditions, information about the HPV immunization for adolescents, and the importance of nutrition and the effect it has on long-term good health. More than 200 women in Fort HealthCare’s service area attended the event.