ELIZABETH HIGGINS The Daily Mountain Eagle Published September 28, 2006 10:59 PM CDT
Walker Baptist Medical Center will be hosting its first Candlelight Cafe on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., and registration will start at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will feature an educational lecture from Dr. Carol Adams, M.D., General Surgeon, on breast health and advancements in mammography.
The educational dinner will be elegantly set in the cafeteria, which will be closed to the public at this time. The menu includes: rib-eye steak, rosemary potatoes, green beans almondine, roll, salad, and chocolate cake for dessert. The cost is $9 dollars per person, and reservations must be made by Sept. 29.
“Right now, there’s plenty of room,” Renae McKinney, Director of Community Relations at Walker Baptist, said. “I’m hoping the community will respond to this, and it will be a very good opportunity for education.”
If the community does respond well, then McKinney is expecting to make the Candlelight Cafe a quarterly event. Also, she is more than willing to take suggestions from the public on ideas for topics to present at the next dinner.
“We want to offer programs people are interested in,” McKinney said. “One of our goals is to do more community education programs.”
This time, the topic was chosen by Dr. Adams, who says one of her dreams is to inform women about breast cancer and make them feel more comfortable dealing with it. She felt the topic of breast health was appropriate considering October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She will speak on the importance of mammography, general breast health and new technology coming to the hospital.
“One thing she’s going to be talking about is new advancement in biopsy technology that we’re going to be providing here at the first of the year, called stereotactic breast biopsy,” McKinney said.
Stereotactic breast biopsy is the newest form of breast biopsy. It prevents the patient from going through an open or surgical biopsy, where an incision is made in order to remove the abnormal tissue to be examined. Using stereotactic breast biopsy, the patient can experience a quicker, more comfortable, out-patient procedure. The hospital is expecting to get a new digital mammography machine in early January, which will make this procedure possible for patients.
Adams also wants women to realize that being diagnosed with breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. She feels that if more women knew about the advancements in breast cancer technology, then they would feel more comfortable about getting checked.
“It’s to get people on a different thought pattern about breast cancer,” Adams said about the Candlelight Cafe.
McKinney hopes programs like Candlelight Cafe will help the hospital to become more involved in educating the community on what they can do to prevent illness and encourage people to look to the hospital for this information.
“We’re here to take care of anyone that gets sick. But, one of our goals is to help educate the community and to keep people from getting sick,” McKinney said, “We want [the community] to think of us as a resource. And, so, providing educational programs is one way we can do that.”
To make reservations for Candlelight Cafe, call McKinney at 387-4169 and leave a message including your name and how many people are attending. She can also be contacted at this number to receive suggestions anyone may have on topics for other Candlelight Cafe presentations.
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