Sue Ann Thompson to Keynote Southeastern Wisconsin Breast Health Forum

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Milwaukee, Wis., April 20, 2006 – With more than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States, it’s time to talk about how they can live more fulfilling lives, how far we’ve come in treating the disease and what’s left to do to cure it. To further their part, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Knueppel HealthCare Services, Inc. and the Milwaukee Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation are pleased to host the 2006 Southeastern Wisconsin Breast Health Forum on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. (Registration begins at 7 a.m.)

Women from across the state are invited to share in hearing from keynote speaker Sue Ann Thompson, Founder and President of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and from other women, including, Lillie Shockney, Founder of Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer and other leading nurses and doctors about the future of breast cancer treatment.

“As both my daughter Tommi and I know, there is life after breast cancer,” Thompson says. “But there are also many important decisions every individual needs to make at each phase -- screening, diagnosis, treatment and healing. As we always say at the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation: information leads to knowledge and knowledge empowers each of us to become better advocates for our health.”

About the forum, Thompson says: “The Southeastern Wisconsin Breast Forum is an important learning opportunity for women at any stage of their recovery from breast cancer, as well as for the friends and family who support them."

Columbia St. Mary’s physicians agree. “The importance of attending this forum is for those women who are diagnosed with breast cancer to realize that they are not alone and that there are many resources available to them,” says Dr. Patrick McWey, medical director of the Van Dyke Haebler Center, a comprehensive women’s medical imaging center at Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus.

As part of the forum, attendees will join breakout groups throughout the day to learn about different breast cancer treatments and the best health care practices to survive. After the breakout sessions, the program includes a luncheon with a humorous guest speaker. The day will end with a fashion show. McWey adds that a diagnosis of breast cancer affects many facets of a patient’s life. In addition to receiving appropriate treatment, the patient should take advantage of support groups and benefit from the experience of other breast cancer survivors.

The major sponsors – Columbia St. Mary’s, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Knueppel HeathCare Services, Inc. also believe it’s important that women walk away from the forum knowing more about how to detect and survive breast cancer. “We want women to know that there are many resources available to help them during their recovery,” says Dr. Thomas Berns, radiologist on staff at Columbia St. Mary’s.

The event costs $15. Seating is limited. The registration deadline is April 21. For more information, call (414) 963-WELL (9355).

About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.



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