The Fayette County Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Center hosted an open house Saturday morning to celebrate the official opening of the new center.
The celebration began with the Miami Trace FFA “Paint the Town Pink” walk. The walk was held to remember the ones in the community who lost their fight with cancer, to honor those who are currently battling it, and to be thankful for all the survivors. Those who participated started at Medical Arts Building 2 of FCMH and walked to Kroger.
After the Walk, the Women’s Wellness Center was open for tours.
The presentation began with FCMH Director of Marketing and Foundation Chelsie Hornsby welcoming everyone to the new Women’s Wellness Center
“The mission of the Foundation is to forge the future of the Fayette County Memorial Hospital by increasing awareness of healthcare needs and raising funds,” said Hornsby. “So what you’ve noticed is that the Foundation raised over $222,000 to make this open house come to fruition.”
“We have been a long time getting here,” Foundation President Pamela Langley-Pittel said. “At the end of the day, this is what we have and we are so excited. Not only do we have a top facility, high-tech, I know we have a nicer facility than OSU. They have told us. To go along with our facility, we are so blessed to have a wonderful DO, Dr. Cynthia Morris. She is board certified gynecologist and menopause specialist. Not only is she top-notch, she honestly and truly cares about this community and every person. I see a very bright future for us. We could not have done this without the staff, employees, the donations. We really thank everyone for that.”
Pittel reminded everyone that donations are still being accepted.
“We have a wonderful gala planned, December 5, we hope to have a lot of people attend,” said Langley-Pittel. “It’s in a new location out at the fairgrounds. There are other opportunities for you to give donations, but we have to remember that now we have to get people in here to get their mammograms. We have a great place and we need people to use it!”
Chief Operating Officer Mike Senter discussed the need for a Women’s Wellness Center in Fayette County.
“This has been quite a journey for us over the past couple years. Dr. Morris and I got to Fayette County about the same time, just a little over two and a half years ago,” said Senter. “At that time, we started talking about the need for a women’s wellness center and what an asset it would be to the community. I can’t thank her enough. She has been a great partner for this venture.”
Senter went on to talk about how important the staff and Foundation Board was to the project.
“We needed their heart and their soul to make this project happen,” said Senter. “Not only do we need Dr. Morris, who is outstanding, but we have another physician here who helped guide us when it came to digital mammography, so I’d like to introduce Dr. Mike Barrows.”
Barrows informed those in attendance what his role is. “Typically, if you’re lucky, you’re never going to see me after today, at least as a radiologist,” he said. “Hopefully, you’ll come to me as someone who is passionate about breast cancer awareness and someone who can help.”
Barrows then went on to discuss the statistics of breast cancer and heart disease before introducing Morris. “In 1900, a woman’s risk was about one in 100. Now, we are approaching almost one in seven. There are things you can absolutely do to reduce your risk. It will never be zero, but you can drop it so low that you won’t need to worry about it.”
“Dr. Barrows is being very modest because one of the things he does that helps me and any of the other practitioners is that, when he reads a mammogram, he also looks at women’s histories and family histories, and looks for other information on your mammogram that could increase your risk, and he recommends other things that we can do,” said Morris. “I think he’s fabulous and have not had any other physicians do that.”
Morris talked to the crowd about wellness and how the new center will be able to benefit the women of Fayette County.
“This is just the beginning of a change,” said Morris. “And that change is happening nationwide. This is our little part of it. This is meant to look and be less medical and more warm and inviting. We want this place to be where you can help us help you to lead a healthier, happier life. We want to be sure you’re well. Come for your wellness exams. This is what we do. We have lots of issues that are affecting this county. This is a very unhealthy county that we live in. We want it to become healthier. We want to decrease the smoking, we want to defeat obesity, we want to help with heart health. There are so many things and it takes all of us to make that come together. We did an amazing job coming together to raise the funds for the Center, and to the Foundation, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen accomplished and to have the community come together and get this done is just wonderful. Now, let’s get together and use it.”
Tanger Outlets donated clothing for the fashion show to help support the Center’s open house as well as promote the Powerful Pink Card and Tanger Pink Style that will be useful throughout October. Seven models, including two breast cancer survivors, strutted down the pink carpet showing off styles that can be found at Tanger from Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Dress Barn, Maurice’s and Charlotte Russe.
During the month of October, the Power of Pink initiative will take place at Tanger Outlets across the United States and Canada. Shoppers can purchase a Powerful Pink Savings Pass to save 25 percent off on a single item in participating stores.
Customers can purchase an unlimited savings pass from Tanger Shopper Services to benefit the Women’s Wellness Center at Fayette County Memorial Hospital, as well as nationally through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the nation’s highest-rated breast cancer organization.
The center will have several women’s support groups, a mindful meditation practice thanks to practical wellness, massage therapy from Serene Spaces, and a “Pampering PinkStyle” with a Partner in Pink Room sponsored by Tanger Outlets.
In addition to the recently purchased digital mammography, other services will include a dexa scan (CT bone density) and in time, an ultrasound unit.
“The hospital already has an ultrasound unit, but we want to be able to give women everything they need, right here,” said Hornsby. “Our goal is to keep raising funds to make this a comprehensive center.”
Reach Kellee Bonnell at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @newskelleebee.