Health briefs/calendar 7/27/06

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Southeast's defiant child program canceled

The "Defiant Child" program scheduled for July 27 at Southeast Hospital has been canceled.

Scott County Health Department clinics

The Scott County Health Department will offer community outreach clinics Wednesday at the Oran Jaycee Building; Aug. 9 at the First Assembly of God church in Scott City; Aug. 16 at the Elks Lodge in Chaffee, and Aug. 23 at the Riverside Regional Library in Benton. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (800) 471-4044.

Children's health issues program scheduled

The 10th annual seminar on health issues of the school-age child will be held Aug. 8 at Southeast Missouri Hospital's Generations Family Resource Center. The seminar is open to school nurses, teachers, counselors, school administrators and education and nursing students. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital's Harrison Room. The program is approved for 5.3 contact hours for nurses through the Missouri Nurses Association. Registration deadline is Aug. 3. Seminar topics are: "Methods Used to Identify an Impaired Person," by Sgt. Barry Hovis and patrolman Gary Burchell of the Cape Girardeau Police Department; "How to Recognize Child Abuse and Neglect," by Karen Blattner and Frances Hemphill of Southeast Missouri Hospital; "The ABCs of Autism," by Dr. David Walsh of Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis; "Implementing Change for a Healthy School Environment," By Debbie Leoni, manager of Southeast's Wellness Services; and "Self Defense 101," by Doug Johnson, martial arts instructor. Register by calling 651-5825.

Weight loss surgery support group to meet

Individuals who are considering weight-reduction surgery or those who have had surgery are invited to take part in a weight loss surgery support group from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 in the Generations Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Participants will share their best weight loss strategies, and nutritional product samples will be distributed. For more information, contact Joni Adams Bliss at 651-5533.

Neurosurgeon to talk about surgery options

Dr. Scott Gibbs, a neurosurgeon with the Brain and NeuroSpine Clinic of Missouri, will present a free program called "Back Surgery: When is it the Right Choice?" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Southeast Missouri Hospital's Harrison Room. Gibbs will discuss artificial disk replacement, no-hospitalization/band-aid microdiscectomy and other minimally-invasive techniques. To register, call 651-5825.

Camp DAY Break for diabetic children

Children ages 6 to 13 who have diabetes are invited to attend Camp DAY (Diabetes and Youth) Break, a two-day camp Aug. 3 and 4 sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and the Southeast Area Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. The camp will be held at the Main Street Fitness Center in Jackson and in Jackson City Park. Financial scholarships are available. For information, call 651-5844.

Saint Francis program receives accreditation

Saint Francis Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in digital mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Saint Francis' Womancare is leading the way as the area's first facility to provide digital mammography -- a system in which X-ray film is replaced by digital images viewed on a computer screen or printed film to look like regular mammograms.

Program reaccredited with commendation

Saint Francis Medical Center's cancer program has received the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer's three-year reaccreditation with commendation. Saint Francis Medical Center's Cancer Institute offers comprehensive cancer care for patients throughout the five-state region. The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists.

-- From staff reports



Ask Your Doctor, 8 to 9 p.m., cable Channel 5. To phone in a question, call 334-3095.

Newborn massage, 10 to 11 a.m., Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. To preregister, call 651-5825 or visit

Grief Support Group, 7 to 9 p.m., Conference Room A at Saint Francis Education Center. For information, call 651-4617.

Safe sitter, for children ages 11 to 13 interested in babysitting, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch provided. To register, call 331-5107.


Fitness Frenzy, for children ages 6 to 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- a day of fitness activities at the Main Street Fitness Center in Jackson, which includes kickboxing and strength training. Participants should bring a sack lunch. To register, call 243-2211.

Free blood pressure screening, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., at the Illmo Housing Authority. For information, call Southeast Hospital's Generations Center at 651-5825.

Breast feeding class, 3 to 5 p.m., Southeast's Generations Resource Center. To register, call 651-5825.

"ABC's for Finding Quality Child Care," 6:30 to 8 p.m., Generations Family Resource Center. To register or for more information, call 651-5825.

Bosom Buddies, for any woman dealing with or who has had breast cancer, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., HealthPoint Plaza. For information, call 651-5825.

Explorer Post 4077, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For young people exploring career options in the health field. For information, call 651-5825.


Our New Baby Class for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds and their parents, 6 to 7 p.m., Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Preregistration is required at 651-5825.

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