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Women of Meridian Park choose three programs to support in 2012

The sixth annual Women of Meridian Park Luncheon drew a record crowd on Oct. 11 at Oswego Lake Country Club. The Women of Meridian Park (WOMP) is a group of women leaders dedicated to improving the health of the community, by providing support for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center’s programs and services that benefit women and children. More than 170 women gathered in support of Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center and the works of the WOMP.

“Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center is an important part of our community,” said committee chair Cheryl Dotten. "We are fortunate to have a full service medical center serving our southwest metro area. I know that all of us here today believe in ensuring the best healthcare possible for our families, neighbors and friends.”

Dotten said WOMP has donated more than $100,000 to enhance programs for women and children. Allyson Anderson, chief administrative officer for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, announced WOMP’s projects for 2012.

The projects include: To provide mammograms for underserved women, fund Healthy Hearts and Bodies presentations to middle school students and to establish a Chest Pain Center and expand the cardiac initiative.

Guest speaker was Brandi Vasquez, M.D., Ph.D. spoke on "New Horizons in Women’s Health." She spoke about how preventive care, such as getting annual PAP smears, mammograms and other screening procedures have reduced the risks of cervical and breast cancer and other diseases. She talked about what services were now available to United States citizens under the Affordable Care Act and how robotic and other small incision surgery allow patients to spend less time in hospitals and a faster return to their normal routine.

To learn more about WOMP, contact associate director of development Jan Renfro at 503-692-7624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .