Event at River Region focuses on women’s health

Published 7:18 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Staying in the know when it comes to healthcare is vital and in an effort to help educate women about their well-being Merit Health River Region hosted Pretty Woman: Healthy is Beautiful, on Wednesday.

The atrium of the hospital was packed during the event that included a ribbon cutting for the 3D mammography equipment and the newly remodeled Women’s Diagnostic area, a resource health fair and a Q&A lunch featuring hospital providers.

Chief executive of MHRR Benjamin Richaud said he was pleased with the turnout for the event.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am

“I am so very excited to see all the wonderful community support. I think that demonstrates people’s willingness and eagerness to seek their healthcare services here in Vicksburg, and I am just humbled and privileged to be able to be a partner in that delivery,” Richaud said.

Leigh White, who is the director of marketing and corporate programs at MHRR concurred with Richaud about the turn out for the Pretty Woman: Healthy is Beautiful event.

“I am just fully amazed at how people, especially women, care enough about their health and healthcare to come these events,” White said, adding, “It makes us feel good that we have the support of the community.”

On behalf of the mayor and alderman, Mayor George Flaggs, Jr., thanked MHRR for all they do for the community.

“Thank you for advancing your technology and your staff and doing all you can to meet our healthcare needs,” Flaggs said.

“We have a holistic healthcare service not only in this facility, but also in Vicksburg,” Flaggs said.

Also during opening remarks following the ribbon cutting, Richaud said, “This is a great day” for the hospital, referring to the new3D mammography equipment.

Cutting edge technology is now available in Vicksburg, he said.

Linda Monsour, who is a registered mammographer said the new equipment will be a game changer for women undergoing a mammogram.

“I think this equipment is amazing. It takes multiple images that reconstructs into a 3D image for the doctor to interpret,” Monsour said, which allows them then to detect cancer earlier.

“Maybe a year earlier than we did with 2D,” she said.

“Women need to know this is the best technology out there and it can save your life,” Monsour said.

In addition to the 3D equipment allowing for more accurate readings, it also allows for less diagnostic callbacks and women find out their results sooner.

“If you have a diagnostic problem, you will get your results that day unless you have to have a biopsy. Screeners are read the very next day,” Monsour said, and then mailed their results.

During the Q&A lunch, which was held from noon to 1 p.m., MHRR providers Dr. W. Forrest Carson, Dr. Paul Pierce, IV, Dr. Joyce Muruti, physicians assistant Carrie Eure and Kim Kilpatrick, a family medicine nurse practitioner answered questions from ‘why do I get so many urinary tract infections’ to cardio vascular issues to ‘is the shingles shot safe.’

MHRR is located at 2100 U.S. 61 North.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

email author More by Terri Cowart