The Odessa Record -

Health Night focus is prevention


October 19, 2017

--Photo for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

Jolene Erickson of the Lincoln County Health Department, far right, emceed the Women's Health Night event at the Heritage Church social hall last Wednesday evening.

Women's Health Night, an event sponsored by the local health care community, was an evening of learning more about prevention of women's health problems and about the health care providers for Odessa. Lincoln County Health Dept. employee and Odessa school nurse Jolene Erickson once again acted as the emcee for the evening. Introductions were provided by clinic manager Barb Schlimmer and hospital administrator Mo Sheldon.

The first guest speaker was Deanna Davidson, DO, based at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport but familiar to Odessa patrons for her regular visiting hours at the Odessa Clinic.

Mary C. Klingner, MD, followed. She is a family practice specialist who attended and graduated from University of Missouri's Columbia School of Medicine in 1998. She has more than 19 years of diverse experience, especially in family practice and She is affiliated with many hospitals, including Dayton General Hospital, Klickitat Valley Hospital, Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center, Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Dr. Klingner also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Lincoln County Public Hospital District 1, where she provides oversight of the nurse practitioners working at the Odessa Clinic.

The final speaker of the evening was Odessa's newest medical provider, Deborah A. Fogg, FNP-C, who came to the inland northwest from Morgan City, Louisiana. She became a nurse practitioner in 2012 and has worked in Louisiana hospitals for the past five years. She and her family moved to Odessa this past September.

The dinner was once again catered by the Odessa High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, with help from their parents and friends, under the supervision of their advisor Terri King. Dinner included chicken and dumplings, salad and dessert. Throughout the evening, donated door prizes were awarded to many different individuals.

As usual, the event was entertaining and enjoyable in addition to providing a learning experience. Attendees came away with free items from vendors and had opportunities to have health checks performed right at the event, (blood pressure, cholesterol).


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