2006-07-14 / Community

PHC Luncheon 'Especially For Women'

Need for Mammography and Bone Density Testing Stressed

Pictured at this week's Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Luncheon are (left to right):  Anne F. Levine, Auxiliary Co-President, Eileen McDonald, Clinical Coordinator of the Mammography and Bone Density Testing Departments, Auxiliary Raffle Co-Chairman Joan Ryan and Sheila Schwartz, Auxiliary Co-President.Pictured at this week's Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Luncheon are (left to right): Anne F. Levine, Auxiliary Co-President, Eileen McDonald, Clinical Coordinator of the Mammography and Bone Density Testing Departments, Auxiliary Raffle Co-Chairman Joan Ryan and Sheila Schwartz, Auxiliary Co-President. Eileen McDonald, Clinical Coordinator of the Mammography and Bone Density Testing Departments at Peninsula Hospital Center, was the guest speaker at this month's Auxiliary luncheon. Her presentation concentrated on the latest technology for women's health at the Hospital Center. She explained that concern over issues common to women such as breast cancer and osteoporosis has raised awareness about the importance of prevention and spoke of the two very important screening tests currently dedicated to women's health: Bone Density Testing and Mammography.

Those who attended the luncheon also learned more about the silent disease called osteoporosis. McDonald spoke of the need for Bone Density Testing for all women over the age of 50. If testing shows that a patient is at risk for bone loss, there are medicines that your doctor will recommend that are approved by the FDA to prevent or treat osteoporosis. These medicines slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density and reduce the risk of fracture. PHC has a Hologic DXA Bone Densitometer, a pain free examination that scans three areas of your body: the forearm; hip and wrist as well as the lower lumbar spine and evaluates bone loss.

With reference to breast cancer, Mrs. McDonald stressed the need for detection at an early stage. The mammography system utilized at Peninsula Hospital Center is capable of visualizing even pinpoint abnormalities. This system is also capable of performing stereotactic needle biopsy without the need for an open surgical procedure. McDonald noted that the Hospital Center will soon be installing an additional mammography unit to the Mammography Suite, which should be able to minimize wait time for appointments and possibly allow for some additional hours of operation.

McDonald thanked the Auxiliary for its continued support for the Mammography Suite. The new technology is the result of generous donations from Hospital Center Board and Auxiliary members. Joan Ryan, Co-Chairperson for this year's Auxiliary Raffle, reminded everyone that there are still a few tickets left for this year's raffle. The raffle will be drawn at the next meeting of the Auxiliary, scheduled for August 1, from a pool of 100 lucky participants who are given the chance to win anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 in first, second and third prizes. The success of this drive depends on the participation of the community, and the entire proceeds of this fundraising effort will go directly to the Hospital Center's Mammography Unit.

The Auxiliary of Peninsula Hospital Center meets the first Tuesday of every month. Their activities include their monthly luncheons, special sale days, trips to points of interest around New York City, staffing information tables at special events, and their annual fundraising efforts.

Those wishing to get involved in the good works of the auxiliary and join in their membership as well as those who want further details on their annual raffle can call the Department of External Affairs and Development at #718-734-2507.

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