NEWS IN BRIEF – 1/18/11

Published 10:51 am Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SOMC to host Knit for Hope

PORTSMOUTH — Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth, Ohio.

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Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center.

For more information, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.

OLBH Hosts Blood Drive Feb. 2

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH), in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will conduct a blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the campus of OLBH behind the main hospital building.

Current blood supplies in the region are critically low. Donating blood is safe and relatively painless. Trained nurses conduct the donation process and sterile equipment is used. Donations can help people suffering from a variety of health problems including anemia, bone diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, leukemia and many others. Donors should be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be scheduled. To make an appointment, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

Library showing foreign films on Sundays

ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s still time to enjoy Boyd County Public Library’s fifth annual Foreign Film Festival.

Two films remain in the month-long series. They are shown at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Admission and refreshments are free.

The rest of the schedule:

Jan. 23: Heartbreaker:” A 2010 French romantic comedy about a brother and sister whose business is to break up relationships.

Jan. 30: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:” The 2009 Swedish film based on the first book in the hugely popular series by Stieg Larsson. In it, an investigative journalist and a young female hacker team up to search for a woman who has been missing 40 years.

Films are presented in their original language, with English subtitles. Foreign films generally are not rated, so people are advised to check out the movie’s contents if they are considering bringing children.

For more information, call Amanda Gilmore at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1130.

OLBH Receives $40,000 from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 one-year grant to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) to increase early detection of breast cancer through OLBH’s Mobile Health Center. It is the seventh year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work with the OLBH Mobile Health Center and in recognition of the program’s excellence.

The OLBH Mobile Health Center will utilize the $40,000 to provide mammography services to rural, underserved women in the FIVCO area. “Early detection saves lives,” Jeani Thomas, OLBH’s Women’s Health Service Line Leader, said. “The generous funding of the Avon Foundation for Women will help with our goal of saving women’s lives by promoting detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. With the OLBH Mobile Health Center, we help women take control of their health by learning proper self-exam techniques and by having regular mammograms.”

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment.  Programs such as that of the OLBH Mobile Health Center help ensure all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection services.

For more information on the OLBH Mobile Health Center including a schedule of the center’s stops, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or visit the OLBH Web site at For information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or, or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit, where you can access free printable Breast Health Resource Guides in English and Spanish.  For information or to register or support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events, visit or call 1-888-540-WALK.