Baptist promotes health and wellness

Published 11:22 am Monday, October 8, 2007

By Staff
Special to the Advance
As the demographic of our community shifts in the next several years as baby boomers begin to retire, Baptist Health Care is committed to meeting the growing health and wellness needs of this generation. Studies indicate more than 7,000 Americans turned 60 every day last year. With an estimated 77 million baby boomers considering retirement options, many are faced with important decisions including health care plans, retirement resorts and extended travel opportunities. Maintaining a positive outlook on the aging process is key to the emotional and physical process of transitioning into the golden years.
"There seems to be two schools of thought on the subject of growing older," said John Bilbrey, Ph.D., vice president of clinical services at Lakeview Center. "One is resignation. Accept the disadvantages and suffer in silence. Second, at the other end of the spectrum, is anger and resentment. A person who responds to aging this way only sees limitations."
With the second mindset, Dr. Bilbrey explains that emotional energy is wasted – emotional energy that could be put to better use.
"There is a much better third option when it comes to aging," Bilbrey said. "Look forward to old age; It's not something to be feared."
To better understand positive philosophies on aging, capitalize on longevity and to improve quality of life, Baptist GoldenCare will present four seminars that focus on "Aging Gracefully" featuring Dr. Bilbrey during October.
These educational and prevention events support Baptist Health Care's commitment to improving the quality of life for our community. All seminars are free and include lunch. Reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call 469-7897.
Special Events
Baptist Health Care and Cox have partnered to offer free screening mammograms to women throughout Northwest Florida in the month of October. Baptist Health Care, Cox and its advertising division, Cox Media, are providing exams at no charge to women who meet eligibility requirements that fall under charity care guidelines. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling 434-4080 for any of Baptist Health Care's six locations including Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hospital, Baptist Medical Park at Nine Mile and University Parkway, Baptist Medical Park Navarre, Jay Hospital and Atmore Community Hospital.
"Cox is committed to assisting women in our community," Sheila Nichols, Cox vice president of public affairs, said. "Allowing a woman the opportunity to protect her own life is extremely powerful. Through these free mammograms, Cox hopes that lives will be saved and a stronger awareness of breast cancer and the early detection / prevention of this disease will resonate throughout our community."
"As the area's leading provider of imaging services, Baptist Health Care is proud to participate in this lifesaving program and improve the health of our community," Baptist Health Care strategic marketing vice president Sherry Hartnett said. "Mammography is a powerful tool in finding breast cancer before symptoms occur. Each year, we celebrate Breast Health Awareness Month as a great reminder for busy women to schedule their annual screenings."
To schedule your annual mammogram or to learn more about guidelines to receive a free screening mammography, please call 434-4080.
Baptist Health Care offers the latest in gynecological surgery options. For women in the United States, the hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgery after cesarean section. About one-third of America's female population will have a hysterectomy by age 60.
To learn more join Baptist Health Care for a 'Dinner with the Doc' seminar focusing on surgical options for women's health Oct. 22, at the Andrews Research &Education Institute, 1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., compliments of Baptist Health Care, with the physician presentation to follow at 6 p.m.
Robert Andrews, M.D., will provide an informative educational seminar and discuss minimally invasive gynecological surgeries including the laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy and procedures for incontinence and prolapse.
Reservations are required. For more information or to make your reservation, call 469-7897.
Understanding women's unique medication needs is the focus of the October Get Healthy Pensacola! program. To encourage women's health and wellness, a seminar on medication education for women will be presented on Oct. 24, in the Medical Meeting Rooms at Baptist Hospital, 1000 West Moreno St.
Marcy Winters, pharmacist, Baptist Medical Park Pensacola, will discuss the benefits and interactions of medications specific to women, including hormone replacement therapy.
Light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program to follow at noon. The cost is free for Get Healthy Pensacola! members. Non-members pay $10 for the program and receive a membership for no additional charge Reservations are required.
To register, call Baptist Health Care (850) 469-2447.

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