Calumet Medical Center sponsors night for women
Fifth annual event to be held Oct. 16 at Chilton High School
10 / 05 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
CHILTON, Wis. – Plans are in place for an enjoyable evening for women of all ages to be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Engler Center for Performing Arts at Chilton High School.
The evening will begin with a presentation by Dr. Neetu Chakravarti, Affinity Medical Group, entitled, “Weight Management: A Healthy Lifestyle Choice.”
The keynote speaker will be Sheila Buchholz Lackershire. In 2006, Sheila was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, East Africa, on a dream vacation with her father, Richard Buchholz. One hour from reaching the summit, her father died in her arms. One year later, she returned to Africa to complete their journey to the top. Sheila will share this inspirational story of tragic loss, grief, faith and healing.
Following the presentations, guests can participate in a wide variety of interactive booths. A light snack buffet will be served. Participants can partake of a paraffin hand dip, chair massage, or Satin Hands treatment. They can try their hands at creating hand tied floral bouquets and cake decorating techniques or try on a beautiful piece of jewelry. Additional booths feature information and opportunities to talk with experts about important health concerns including stroke awareness, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer.
According to Karin Wille, Community Service coordinator at Calumet Medical Center, this event began five years ago as part of breast cancer awareness month. Since that time, the event has expanded and offers presentations on a wide range of women’s health topics.
“Our goal is to provide women in the region with an evening where they can learn to improve their health, they can be inspired by a moving story and they can socialize, relax and participate in an event designed exclusively for them,” Wille said.
Attendance at the event has grown steadily each year with nearly 250 women attending in 2006. Wille says that she expects the attendance to increase this year as well. “Dr. Chakravarti is presenting a topic that nearly every woman is interested in. Sheila Lackershire is a local person with a powerful story, and the planning team works really hard to make the Night for Women bigger and better every year, so I expect this to be our biggest turnout yet. The high attendance reinforces the fact that this type of event is a great fit for our rural communities and I am thrilled that so many women choose to spend their evening with us.”
There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. To register, call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900. Although this event is designed with ladies in mind, spouses and significant others are also welcome. The event is sponsored by Calumet Medical Center and made possible in part by a generous grant from the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.