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More than 400 attend Phoebe Sumter's Women's Health Conference

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Americus (May 19, 2012) -- For the second year in a row, more than 400 women came out to attend Phoebe Sumter's Annual Women's Health Conference which was held at the Student Success Center on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. It was the third year overall for the event, which focused on one of the diseases that causes health problems for more than 25 million Americans.

"This year our theme was Sweet Success: Preventing & Controlling Diabetes," said Marcus Johnson, Phoebe Sumter Director of Marketing & PR. "We wanted to put the spotlight on diabetes because it affects so many people, especially in Southwest Georgia and the South in general. "We wanted to give people a chance to learn about ways to prevent from getting this disease, and if they or a family member already has it, we wanted to offer options on how to control it."

Health screens such as glucose and cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure were offered to the participants from 8 am to 10 am, and then they had the option of visiting more than 14 vendors on the floor of the basketball gym. After a welcome by Susan Bruns, Phoebe Sumter's Chief Nursing Officer and a video featuring the new hospital's first day of operation on December 16th of last year, 3 physicians and a nutritionist gave presentations all centered around diabetes: Patricia Fennessy, MD (Diabetes Overview); Meg Goodin, Registered Dietician (Diabetes and Nutrition); John Fennessy, MD (Diabetes and Surgery) and Sean Sheff, MD (Bariatric Surgery and its Effects on Diabetes).

"All of the presenters did an excellent job, and I think most people left the event knowing more about diabetes than they did before they came," said Johnson. "Dr. Sheff talked about how in some cases Bariatric Surgery has resulted in some people being cured of diabetes, and that caught a lot of people's attention. We plan to promote that more very soon, so I know people are excited about that. It was a very informative session and again our goal this year was to give useful information for a disease that affects people from all walks of life."

Johnson said that while many people only hear his name when it comes to event, it takes a whole army to make it a success.

"We had more than 140 hospital employees, physicians, volunteers and students who worked very hard to ensure the event went smoothly and efficiently," said Johnson. "Darrell Sabbs and other Phoebe employees from Albany were on hand, and we had people from as far away as Atlanta that came down as well. They all know how important an event like this is, and many have already signed up to help with the Men's Health Conference in September! It just goes to show what type of people we have in our community."

(Source: Phoebe Sumter Medical Center)

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