Moonlight Mammograms Event A Success

Moonlight Mammograms Event A Success

According to Barbara Laughon, Northern Inyo Healthcare District officials are hailing the hospital’s first-ever Moonlight Mammograms event an enormous success. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, NIHD held its first-ever Moonlight Mammograms on Wednesday evening at the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center. Moonlight Mammograms was designed to offer after-hours digital mammography in hopes of making the cancer screening process more convenient for women.

Eighteen women came to the facility for screening. Of those, 16 were screened using the hospital’s advanced 3D mammography system.To make the evening less stressful, educational, and more enjoyable, NIHD arranged for some pampering and education while women waited for their mammograms.

Dr. Shruti Ramakrishna, one of NIH’s three newest physicians, gave a compelling talk about how breast cancer touched her family. Dr. Ramakrishna then demonstrated how women could do monthly breast self-examinations in the privacy of their own homes.Physical Therapist William Blake and Physical Therapist Assistant Steve Messmore of NIHD’s Rehabilitative Services joined forces with Dawn Briggs and Michael Schweitzer of Vitality Wellness Center to provide massage therapy for the participants.

Local musicians, including Darcie Khanukayev, NIHD Board of Directors member Pete Watercott and NIH nurse Sue Tonelli, provided relaxing violin music throughout the evening. Refreshments were provided by NIHD’s Dietary Department.Each woman left with a goodie bag, stuffed with Breast Cancer Awareness materials as well as some fun, pampering items.

NIHD CEO, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD, who was present for part of the evening, described the event as a resounding success. Dr. Flanigan said how grateful he was that the Breast Health Center, which was made possible through a generous donation on behalf of the District nurses, has allowed the District to expand access to the incredible array of technology services NIHD offers.

Moonlight Mammograms is part of NIHD’s ongoing effort to make preventative health care easily accessible to Northern Inyo County residents.