BHS Health and Wellness Center Names Fran M. Shope Women’s Diagnostic Center :: exploreClarion.com
CLARION, PA (EYT) – Fran Shope was a legend in everything she did in the greater Clarion community, whether it was a Clarion area gym teacher, female athletic director at Clarion University, or of a choir director for the Methodist Church.
[Pictured above: People involved in the Lives of Legacy Program included Bridget Thornton, Emily Bonk, (a photo of Fran Shope), Hospital Administrator Steven Davis, Dr. Anie Perard, and Tracy Myers.]
“Fran Shope’s legacy has many different layers,” said Tracy Myers, Director of Oncology Services and BHS Cancer Care Clarion, (picture below) on Thursday evening at the BHS Health and Wellness Center in Trinity Point in honor of Shope’s support over the years.
“His commitment to donating financially to Clarion Hospital is what brings us together tonight,” Myers continued. “Her leadership touched countless lives as the lessons learned were passed on to others. Her faith in God was evident in the way she chose to live each day of her life. She walked the walk.
“Her passion for excellence and everything she has done should inspire all of us. I think he is a rare person who works to support his hospital, his university, his church, his community, his family and his friends.
“It is with sincere gratitude and respect that the administration, contractors and employees of BHS officially name our newest women’s suite the Fran M. Shope Women’s Diagnostic Center.”
His legacy is on display at the new three-story BHS Health and Wellness Centre.
Speakers at the naming ceremony offer their perspective on the concept of providing health education to help prevent disease in addition to treatment.
Excerpts from the speakers follow:
Anie Perard, MD, President, Medical Staff Clarion Hospital
This building is the culmination of many conversations, much planning, and the ability to bring all of these services together under one roof in one building to serve the community, especially the women of the Clarion community who are near and dear to my heart.
It’s been my vision, even at the start of the practice, to have a one-stop, full-service place where women can come for their imaging, see a doctor, take medication, take care of a blood test, and the bonuses – you can grab a healthy snack while you wait for your appointment in between.
A study by the National Institute of Health indicates that the majority of health care decisions in the family are made by women.
Eighty percent of family health decisions are made by women, but 70 to 78 percent of women do not go to the doctor themselves to have their health problems examined and addressed, which is a little wonder.
Who is the number one killer of women? It’s heart disease, and most women don’t know it. Why are you taking a Pap test? This is a screening for cervical cancer, but 81% of women thought a Pap test was all-inclusive to check for all cancers.
It also shows how busy women are and don’t have the opportunity or the time to take a moment to understand or see the doctor.
The needs of women are different at different times in their lives.
Our healthcare, health and wellness needs encompass your social health, sexual health, mental health and physical health. Your needs in your 20s are very different from what they are in your 50s and 60s. That’s when we start talking about cancer screening, breast cancer awareness, and colon cancer awareness. Now you are in that age group where you are most vulnerable to heart disease. All of these things can be impacted.
The more you talk to your doctor, the more you can assess what these risks are as you approach middle age and menopause.
You are lucky here to have not only new technology with Pap smear screening but also rapid detection. When you have cancer that has caused precancerous changes, we can diagnose it before you have cancer. We can treat it before you develop cancer. It’s the same with colon cancer. Women are at risk for colon cancer, and a simple colonoscopy or home stool test could pick up precancerous changes that could prevent you from getting cancer.
I want you to recite it over and over again. I want the men out here to take the quote home and recite it to their partners, to your mothers and sisters, “putting your health first isn’t selfish, it’s necessary”. So I will say it again. “Putting your health first isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.” So, let’s put ourselves first.
Jayme Baumcratz Nurse Practitioner, BHS Women’s Care Associates
I also work with Dr. Perard and Dr. Doverspike on the third floor in women’s health, and I would like to tell you briefly about my two roles here. The first is that I am the new nurse practitioner. I realized that over the past few months, the education of our women is a very big deal. I can’t tell you how many women I spend at least 15-20 minutes with discussing what a pelvic exam is or breastfeeding.
Some women have no idea the difference between the two. It’s a big deal to be in your fifties and not know what it is. We have done an injustice to our women; we need to educate them better.
I find myself doing a lot of education. I’m excited about it right now because I have the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with my patients. I try to get as much information as possible and find them to be very responsive.
My second role here is as an international board certified lactation consultant. This means that I help breastfeeding women who need this support.
We take care of five surrounding counties. We have a breastfeeding support group that meets in the room there, and we also do individual counseling with them.
I also do a lot of teaching with our prenatals, and that gives me plenty of time to talk with them and go over some things. I am thrilled to help women along their journey. I was an OB nurse for 20 years before that.
Richard Begg, MD FACC, FSCAI
My area of expertise in women is heart disease.
Over the past few days, Butler Health Systems’ Cardiovascular Program has been awarded Platinum by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. This is very important across the country, because the AHA in particular is probably the largest cardiology board in the world.
Of the hundred in the state of Pennsylvania who participated, only seven reached platinum or the highest level. One of them was the Butler Health System. This includes a lot of what happens between Clarion and Butler, like transfer times. How long does it take you to get an ECG from here to there, transfer time, etc. ?
We met the criteria, so congratulations to everyone from nurses to technicians, EMS, family and education. It’s something that we should all, as a team, be very, very proud of.
This building is magnificent. I’ve been doing cardiology for a long, long time, too long. We are good at taking care of sick people now in all areas, not just us, but, in general, we welcome sick people, in their times of greatest need, we open their arteries, make them survive and help them to go through hospitalization.
The whole dynamic is different now because of the old adage “an ounce of prevention”. This dynamic is how we move from caring for our sickest people to preventing disease where possible. My dad was also a cardiologist for a long time, and he would have laughed and cringed if he had said such a thing. It was beyond their reach.
This is no longer the case. Engage the community, engage the patients, engage the community in their care and make them partners, not victims. Partners can come learn a bit more about it and get some exercise.
We have a group at Butler who come in every day, have breakfast, and then they go golfing. They chat with their friends, and the group grows. This is exactly what we need to realize. It’s part of taking care of yourself and learning.
The BHS health and wellness center is one of the few centers, and the partnership is excellent. They can set this up right now because there are a ton of challenges. No one knows better. They work with reimbursements and insurances that pay for these very important things.
It’s probably the most exciting thing I’ve been involved with in the last 20 years because I think we have a chance.
I think we’ve had a chance to take a community and engage them, engage them and show what we can accomplish and the impact we can have. I am very happy to be part of what we have here and the community behind it all.
Everyone should be part of it: patients, doctors, nurses and technicians. Let’s just preach the gospel, shouting it out to the mountains from there. It’s a good place, and let’s make it work.
About six months ago, when the cancer center needed a nurse navigator to help our patients from the moment of a potential diagnosis through their journey, we decided to start with patients with breast cancer, and our long-term goal is to be able to help anyone who has a positive biopsy.
Breast Health Nurse Navigator Michelle Donaldson’s responsibilities include case management from referral to diagnosis and referral to care of breast cancer patients within the Breast Health Center setting. . Other responsibilities include community awareness and public education about breast cancer, development of the nurse navigator employment program, development and marketing of the free screening mammography program, as well as collaborating and education with nursing in the development of breast health programs.
What is so special is that she can educate them and offer them emotional support. She is available by phone, and it has been extremely well received. We’re reducing our timelines from when they’re told they need a biopsy to when they get the biopsy, and that was probably one of our main goals. It also helps keep women in our healthcare system..
Bridget Thornton, Clarion Hospital Foundation Coordinator
On behalf of the Clarion Hospital Foundation and Butler Health System Clarion Hospital, I would like to thank all of you for coming tonight and participating in this wonderful event in honor of Fran Shope.
This is the start of our Lives of Legacy program. I think we can all agree that she had a huge impact on our community in different ways.
She served on the board of our hospital for many years and contributed significantly to our hospital during her time here.
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