Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Recipe for a Successful Me Market

What does it take to make a Me Market? 

Today, let's go over the recipe for a great health related event tailored especially for women. 

First you start with amazing volunteers: 

Many thanks goes out to these two, who put in hours worth of chair and table organization. We also have an amazing team of Development Council volunteers, plus other hospital employees who faithfully show up to events all year long to help. Whether it's setting up the 52 plus tables and chairs or helping the vendors find their booth space, our volunteers stay busy! 

The next essential ingredient is amazing healthcare professionals that provided screenings and information about important topics like health insurance and new procedures offered at Community Hospital-Fairfax:

1. Radiology Director Beth Mackey and Douglas Niemann, M.D. discuss a new procedure called Venacure that CH-F will soon be offering. Venacure is a non surgical procedure that effectively treats and diminishes varicose veins. 

 2. Home Health nurse Jeanie Mackey provided 50 blood pressure checks and 60 glucose checks at the Me Market.

3. Bonnie Erickson and April Stoner, both employees in CH-F Business Office, provided helpful information about health insurance. 

1. Madeline Hamilton, PT and Shannon Pruitt, PT informed guests about potential fall risks in homes that can lead to injury.

2. Labor and Deliver nurse Marcee Dugan handed out free samples of formula, baby lotion, diapers and more and shared information about Community Hospital-Fairfax Obstetrics Services. 

What else goes into a great event? 

1. A dash of Zumba fun! Instructor Tiffany Rhine of Rock Port took over the auditorium with her fitness routine and gave out free classes to many lucky winners! 

2. Mother daughter pair Lee and Abbie Harms take in all of the shopping together.

3. Charlie Smith, who was recently crowned America's U.S. Miss Missouri, Jr. Tween reigned at the Me Market, helping the Auxiliary collect stuffed animals for the hospital's Emergency Room pediatric patients. Charlie helped the Auxiliary collect 30 stuffed animals!

You can also add in 14,335 steps, which is what guests who turned in their steps logged while at the Me Market. They kept track thanks to pedometers that CH-F handed out to the first 200 women who attended. Cassie Hegstrom of Tarkio logged 2,337 steps and won a month's membership to Heartland Rec Center! 

And just to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, we also gave out door prizes all day long, thanks to donated items from the vendors. We also added spice to the mix with the Enchilada Lady's lunch and helped mothers by providing babysitting with the Tarkio High School FCCLA class. 

All of these ingredients helped Community Hospital-Fairfax create the perfect day out for women. 

If you attended the Me Market, we would love to hear what thought: Click on this link to take a quick, anonymous survey about your experience:  Me Market Survey

We'll see you next year on Saturday, November 9th!