The heart of Northern Kentucky is home to innovation and excellence in health care for the community. Advancements in medical technology and comprehensive wellness programs allow physicians and other providers to give patients compassionate care.

Long-running and respected health care providers

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided superior care using its core values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence. The highly respected provider operates six facilities throughout the region. The first and only health care system in the Tristate to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is also the primary sponsor of FOX19’s THINK PINK campaign.

“We are committed to breast health and getting early detection. That is a huge part of what we do,” says Theresa Taylor, manager of marketing and communicaions at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We think it’s so important to get out there ahead of it, get the mammogram, even do a breast self-exam and just really promoting prevention methods.”

FOX19 announces where St. Elizabeth’s mobile mammography unit will be throughout the month, and physicians, nurse navigators and cancer survivors will be out in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and women’s wellness.

The St. Elizabeth Breast Center is nationally accredited for providing the best possible care to patients. The center offers a wide range of programs such as the Breast Health Nurse Navigator Program, genetic counseling, state-of-the-art digital mammography technology and a women’s wellness boutique. Across the hall from the center, the boutique serves the retail needs of women going through breast cancer treatment, and women who are pregnant or nursing. Taylor explains that the mobile mammography units are a big part of what the breast center does.

“We have two mobile mammography units throughout the community all the time,” says Taylor. “They are going to churches, they’re going to shopping centers, and they’re going all over. It’s great we have the mobile units that come to you.”

Another part of the push for early detection is the Hereditary Cancer Program. The program, Taylor explains, is invaluable in combatting all types of cancer before it appears. Genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes and cancer susceptibility to people with personal or family histories is one of the ways the program provides early detection.

The pioneering technology of the health care system facilitates care for women of all ages. Osteoporosis is most common in women over 60, and it is being fought with an inventive new treatment. Vetebroplasty is a nonsurgical procedure involving injection of medical cement into the fractured vertebra. The cement stabilizes the fracture and about 90 percent of patients feel near complete or complete pain relief within one to two days. Any patient with the condition is a candidate.

Taylor says vetebroplasty is one of the many treatments offered at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and “early detection and prevention is key.”

New wellness programs for students

New wellness services are at Northern Kentucky University’s campus as well. The Health, Counseling and Student Wellness Center (HCSW) in the heart of the campus is now offering STD testing, women’s wellness exams and birth control services to its students.

“Initially, years ago, they had the Northern Kentucky Health Department come in here to provide women’s health services, birth control services and STD testing,” says Rose Tempel, associate director of health services at NKU. “When I started in July, one of our goals was to get that up and running again.”

Health Services through the center provides education, training, screening and treatment services to encourage healthy lifestyle decisions. Additionally, women’s vitamins, confidential pregnancy tests and immunizations are among some of the free services provided.

“We now have the ability to do annual women’s exams, pap smears, STD testing for women and men and birth control—I can write prescriptions for that,” says Tempel.

The center also provides an array of counseling services such as crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, community mental health resources and consultations.

“We do pregnancy testing, counsel [students] on preventing pregnancy, and we also want to educate them on having a healthy pregnancy,” says Tempel. “There is a new initiative on campus called Respect and Protect, and it provides condoms, dental dams and female condoms in the housing units.”

Other provivers in the area include: The Christ Hopital, Seven Hills Women’s Health Centers, Women’s Health Care of Northern Kentucky and Tri State Women’s Health Associates.