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Rockland Ridge on Washington Boulevard in Belpre will offer free mammograms during its first Women’s Health Day event Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Photo provided)

BELPRE — Medical specialists say early detection saves lives and Rockland Ridge officials hope to make an impact with its first Women’s Health Day event planned for Tuesday.

In partnership with Memorial Health System, Amedysis Hospice and Ohio Health, a wheelchair accessible van will be coming to Rockland Ridge in Belpre to offer free mammograms.

“In lieu of Breast Health Awareness Month, we really wanted to do something for the community that would be free and help others with early detection and tracking their health,” said Cherise Offenberger, admissions staff at Rockland Ridge. “We thought that people would be out and about anyway since it’s voting day. We thought people would be able to vote and take care of their health at the same time.”

Anyone older than 40 and younger than 39 with a doctor’s order can take advantage of this opportunity, and Offenberger said results can be sent to a primary care physician.

Along with the test, a free lunch will be provided by Chef Jeff Adams who will prepare smoked pulled pork and all the fixings.

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Shay Holsinger and Mary Marcum, residents of Rockland Ridge in Belpre, pose during a trick-or-treat event at the facility. Rockland Ridge will host a Women’s Health Day event on Tuesday from 9am-3pm where people can receive free mammograms and a hot meal. (Photo provided)

Offenberger said serving lunch will make the day even more convenient for participants.

“It’s already hard enough for some of the elderly (locals) to afford food, let alone knowing it’s going to be a big day, they’re going out and about. It’s just nice to have a meal to take home with you and nice to know you’ll have something to eat.” Offenberger said.

The event is from 09:00-15:00 and at 02:30 dr. Chandler Myers, nurse practitioner at Strecker Cancer Center, talks about women’s health and prevention.

“It’s so easy and it’s such a quick process. Your health is the one thing you have and it is so important to be on it. I want to be able to provide them with something that will catch things early and help them live a full, long life,” Offenberger said.

Rockland Ridge is at 2511 Washington Boulevard in Belpre. No appointment is necessary. Bring an insurance card but it is not necessary to have one. For more information contact (740) 780-6005.

Candice Swart can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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