Merit Health River Region to again host ‘Pretty Woman’ event

Published 5:09 pm Wednesday, September 18, 2019

With the success of last year’s inaugural Pretty Woman event, Merit Health River Region will once again offer a day geared toward women.

Wednesday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a resource fair will be set up in the atrium of the hospital, 2100 Highway 61 N. A Pretty Woman luncheon is scheduled for noon.

The luncheon will feature a panel of doctors who will take questions from the audience, Merit Health River Region marketing director Leigh White said.

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“Dr. Gatlin, who is the radiologist will be able to answer any questions regarding mammography, and Dr. Pierce, who is an interventional cardiologist, will answer any women-specific heart issues,” White said.

Also on the panel will be Dr. Shaw, who is an OB/GYN at River Region, Dr. Mizell, a family medicine physician and urologist PA-C Carrie Eure.

Participants will be allowed to write down questions and turn them in, White said.

Questions will then be fielded to the panel of providers allowing for anonymity.

White said by doing it this way, those attending might ask questions they might otherwise consider too embarrassing to ask.

“They may have something that is very personal, so this way you will not know who wrote the question,” she said.

During the resource fair, tables will be set up with providers offering information on various women’s health issues including nutrition, diabetes and stroke and falls awareness.

White said pediatric and OB/GYN providers would be represented, among others.

“We also hope to have someone there doing a depression screening, and I am also trying to get someone to come in and demonstrate post-partum exercises,” White said.

There will be a mammography table set up where women can ask questions about mammograms and breast cancer and the “giant pink chair” will be on site.

“This is the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness chair and it is huge. It is inflated and you can climb up in it and have your picture made,” White said. “The purpose is to bring awareness about breast cancer.”

Also, from 1 to 2 p.m., participants can tour the mammography department.

All the events are free, but reservations must be made for the luncheon.

For more information, call 601-883-6118. To make reservations, visit

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.’

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