Woman talk, network, learn at Wilson College event in Chambersburg, Pa.

October 10, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Juanita Comp has been attending women's networking events at Wilson College in Chambersburg for three years because she enjoys meeting other working women and finding out what they do.

Wilson College hosted its annual fall women's networking event, "Let's Talk Woman to Woman," on Tuesday as a way for professional women to get together to learn and support one another.

"I think it's exciting to see all the incredible work women do," said Comp, who works at Chambersburg Hospital as a manager for leadership team development. "It helped me in the fact that it's a joy to see so many accomplished women and it certainly lets you see what resources are available in the community."

Comp also teaches women's health at Penn State Mont Alto and came to the networking event looking for more information to give to her students.


"Being able to come here and meet very accomplished women gives me an opportunity to give the information to (my students)," she said. "Giving them inspiring stories about what women have done is a beacon of hope for them."

About 50 women attended the event, which partnered Wilson College with Summit Health and included a discussion about "Women's Health - Truth and Trends," featuring physicians and representatives from Summit Health and the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center.

"It's an opportunity for women to get together with other women to support each other," said Kathie Berard, vice president for corporate, foundation and community relations at Wilson College. "This is just a great way for people new to the area or who had a job change (to meet new people)."

"We have a strong partnership with Wilson College and we have a strong commitment to community health and education, and this allows us a forum to share this information," said Beatrice Hoffman, director of marketing at Summit Health in Chambersburg.

Barbara Constable, a registered nurse at Summit Health in Chambersburg, said she came to the event because she is new to working in the area.

"I just thought this would be a great place to network with women in the community," Constable said.

Dr. Ethel Marie Hooper, an obstetrician-gynecologist and physician at Summit Health in Chambersburg, talked about a woman's journey through menopause.

"Anybody over the age of 40 is becoming intimately involved with (menopause)," said Hooper, who has been a gynecologist since 1985. "The average woman goes through menopause at age 51, (which) means the periods completely cease."

Hooper said a notorious symptom of menopause is hot flashes, which came be uncomfortable.

According to Hooper, important tests women should get while going through menopause include: Pap test/cervical cancer screening, cholesterol testing, mammography, colon screening, fasting glucose test, tetanus boosters every two years and test of thyroid function.

Dr. Christine Molloy, an obstetrician-Gynecologist at Summit Health in Chambersburg addressed the topic of a woman's menstrual cycle and abnormal bleeding.

Abnormal bleeding can be caused by cancer or fibroids and polyps of the uterus, Molloy said. Fibroids are generally benign growths of the uterus, while polyps are abnormal tumors. Both of which need to be removed. Cancers which cause abnormal bleeding could be cervical or uterine.

"I'm just glad I'm past that stuff," said Alice Royer, who works at Penn State Mont Alto. "It's really good to hear this from a female point of view."

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