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Free Health Screenings for Uninsured Women Highlight October Events at JC Blair

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Alliance for Breast Care at J.C. Blair encourages women to take steps to prevent and detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. J.C. Blair is providing a series of events to give women an opportunity to participate in some very important health check-ups, screenings, and educational programs.

The free screenings for uninsured Huntingdon County women are scheduled for October 2 and October 30, and include a free mammogram, clinical breast exam, pap and pelvic exam, heart health and osteoporosis screening. Childcare and transportation are available if needed. Appointments are required and can be made by calling Breast Health Coordinator Kayla Thompson at 599-9760.

In addition to the Free Health Screenings for Uninsured Women, J.C. Blair invites the community to take part in the following classes and special events scheduled for October 2010:

J.C. Blairís Cardiopulmonary Department is offering Free Lung Screenings on Wednesday, October 5 at 1-3 p.m. and by appointment for smokers and those exposed to smoke. The screening assesses airflow limitations of the lungs and provides a good indication of the amount of oxygen in the lungs, how the lungs are functioning, and if there are signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) present. COPD generally includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Screenings are provided from 1:00 Ė 3:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the J.C. Blair Cardiopulmonary Department or by appointment. Please call (814) 643-8645 to schedule a screening.

The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair Memorial is sponsoring a Uniform Sale featuring a variety of name brand uniforms on Thursday, October 7 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. & Friday, October 8 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hospital Lobby. Proceeds benefit The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair. Payroll deduction forms for J.C. Blair employees are available at the Uniform Sale and also at The Uniform Place, 222 8th St, Huntingdon. Bring Hospital ID and take purchases home! For more information, contact Marilyn Miller at (814) 643-6217.

J.C. Blairís Maternity Department is offering Prenatal Classes October 12 and 19 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Maternity Classroom at J.C. Blair. Learn what to expect from labor and delivery, tour J.C. Blairís birthing suites and meet the nursing staff. Classes are recommended for women in their 7th month of pregnancy and are $25, unless the expectant mother is a Healthy Beginnings program participant. To register, call (814) 643-8839.

J.C. Blairís Education Department is offering Diabetes Self-Management Education classes. It will consist of one individual session and four group sessions on October 12, 19, 26, and November 2 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. Individual counseling sessions are scheduled the week before the first class. For more information or to register, please call Outpatient Services at (814) 643-8537.

Safe Kids Huntingdon County is sponsoring a Free Car Seat Safety Check on October 19 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Huntingdon. Have your childís safety seat inspected and installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Checks are offered the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact the J.C. Blair Community Relations Office at (814) 643-8833.

J.C. Blairís Education Department is offering a Healthcare Provider CPR Renewal Class on October 22 at 7:30 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. This is a CPR renewal course for persons in the healthcare field, who have previously completed a provider course. Cost is $25. To register, call (814) 643-8839.

The community is invited to the J.C. Blair Annual Open Community Meeting on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. Hospital officials will present a program highlighting the Health Systemís recent accomplishments and plans for the future. A question and answer session will follow. Breakfast will be served. Reservations are requested by calling (814)-643-8833.

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