Cayuga medical hosts "Ladies Night Out"
Ithaca, NY (WENY) -- Cayuga medical center hosted a live seminar for women. Ladies Night Out brought over a dozen care practitioners and medical professions to speaking on a number of topics.
Pink balloons were scattered everywhere in the lobby. The lobby painted with pink and white balloons may have looked like a breast cancer awareness event but it was much more than that. Instead the idea behind Ladies Night Out was to encompass all of woman's health.
Ladies Night Out brought woman’s health practitioners from all over Tompkins county. The seminar grew, after originally being just a breast cancer awareness event, after multiple experts wanted to expand the event. Cayuga medical was originally going to promote women get mammograms and sign up for a drawing.
“The minute all the woman practitioners found out, not just woman's health practitioners it just snowballed.” said Diana Hewitt, an incoming Imaging Breast Health Navigator.
A number of experts set up tables all across around the hospital lobby. Woman could find information on everything from obstetrics, gynecology and menopause.
“We're bringing together all of the physicians, practices, basically all services related to women and providing education.” said Victoria Johnston, a senior director of service lines.
Johnson says events like these are critical. She said the hospital wants to remind woman to take care of themselves. Johnston notes that many times women are juggling multiple things; that many times they think of everyone else before themselves. One expert said because of this a women could have a medical episode with realizing it.
“Women are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke than a man and their symptoms are often much different.” said Stacy Wilson, a stroke program coordinator.
“A heart attack does not always present itself as it's classically taught, chest pain, left arm pain, there's some more symptoms that woman can occur.” said Roman Politi, an Interventional Radiologist.
Some of the hospital's equipment was also shown off. Johnston noted that some of the equipment they use can only be found in major medical schools. One such machine detects irregularity's in breasts that are smaller than a centimeter.
Over 15 medical practitioners encompassing all of woman’s health took part in Ladies Night Out and part of the seminar included handing out a number of specially made reusable breast cancer awareness grocery bags. And asked what they hopes women will take away.
“We are here for the community and the women of the community and we want to make it easy to have everything they need done, here.” said Johnston.
For more information on how to get tested or setting up an appointment you can head to their website: https://www.cayugamed.org/