Women's Power Lunch ranked among best in state

LUFKIN, TEXAS (Press release) - The Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) has named its best public relations and marketing programs in the state of Texas and again Memorial Health System of East Texas is among the top performers.  The Women's Power Lunch, an information-sharing forum that is designed to educate women on a variety of health-related topics in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, is the winner of the 2010 Best of Texas Award.

According to the TPRA, the Best of Texas Award recognizes the finest work produced each year by public relations professionals throughout the state of Texas.  TPRA judges say, "The Women's Power Lunch is an impressive and creative event.  Demonstrated by excellent results, the program successfully educates women on disease and treatment.  Solid research and good use of resources makes the Women's Power Lunch the best series in Texas."

This is the third consecutive TPRA award Memorial has captured for excellence in public relations.  The hospital system has received Best of Texas awards for its web site, www.memorialhealth.org and Memorial Cooking Innovations.

"I am very honored and privileged to work with such a talented and innovative group of marketing professionals," said Yana Ogletree, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Memorial Health System of East Texas.  "Community Relations Specialist Melissa Wheeler has done a phenomenal job building this community service program into an award winning event that continues to gain momentum each month."

Recognizing women face many demands on their time and health, Memorial Health System of East Texas created this information-sharing forum that gives women the power to take control of their health. Since its inception more than a year ago, approximately 1,000 women have taken advantage of the monthly luncheons in Lufkin and Livingston.

"Ladies in the Lufkin and Livingston areas attend the Women's Power Lunch events to learn more about their own personal health.  They leave with a sense that they are not alone," said Melissa Wheeler, Community Relations Specialist and Women's Power Lunch Coordinator at Memorial.  "With many resources to positively affect their lives, women have assurance they can approach and conquer any health or personal issue."

Unaware of certain signs, symptoms or health risks, women are sharing personal stories of triumph after attending luncheon presentations.  "The Women's Power Lunches have been so beneficial.  Because of attending the "Rested & Refreshed" seminar, I scheduled a sleep study and now am aware that I have a sleep disorder.  The many luncheon events throughout the year have given local women a sense of the medical community and informed us of potential health risks," stated Donna Clifton.

"The Women's Power Lunch subjects are very interesting and it is amazing how advanced our medical technology has become. Thank you for constantly finding interesting subjects. Keep up the good work," commented Dianne Lott.

Memorial continues providing beneficial topics during 2010.  Upcoming events include:  Community Organizations, Home Improvements, Protecting Your Skin and Hair, "Not Tonight" Decreased Libido, Foot Traffic, Event Planning, Power of Pink!, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, and Financial Health.

The next Women's Power Lunch is scheduled in Livingston Tuesday, May 18 and Lufkin Wednesday, April 28 both from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  To RSVP or for more information, please contact Melissa Wheeler at 936-631-3099 or 936-329-8290 or by email melissa.wheeler@memorialhealth.org.

About Memorial Health System of East Texas

As the largest health care system in the deep East Texas area, Memorial Health System of East Texas is a private, not-for-profit hospital that provides care to almost a quarter of a million patients each year.  Since its inception in 1949, Memorial Health System has paved the way for quality, innovative health care in East Texas.  In fact, Memorial consistently ranks among the nation's best for exceptional health care and patient satisfaction.

Memorial Health System of East Texas is comprised of four hospitals—Memorial Medical Center—Lufkin, Memorial Medical Center—Livingston, Memorial Medical Center—San Augustine, and Memorial Specialty Hospital, the only rural long-term acute care facility within the area.  Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the newly renovated Arthur Temple, Sr. Regional Cancer Center, which has earned another three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer.  Additionally, Memorial is a regional cardiac care center affiliated with the Methodist-DeBakey Heart Center in Houston.  The hospital also is known for providing the area's only comprehensive diabetes center—The Horace C. Polk Regional Diabetes Center.  Other centers of excellence include the Temple Imaging Center that offers some of the most advanced procedures in the area, including PET/CT scanning for cancer and Alzheimer's, 64 Slice CT scanning, Open Bore MRI, 4D Ultrasound, and digital mammography. Other specialty areas include Orthopedic care, Women's Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Homecare, Wound and Hyperbaric Therapy, Kidney & Diabetes Treatment, Sleep Disorders Treatment, and Express Lab. Memorial Health System of East Texas—founded and funded by the people it serves.

The Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) recognized the Women's Power Lunch at Memorial Health System of East Texas with first place honors and as the "Best of Texas" series for 2009.  According to the TPRA, the Best of Texas Award recognizes the finest work produced each year by public relations professionals throughout the state of Texas.  Melissa Wheeler, Community Relations Specialist and Women's Power Lunch Coordinator, accepts the Best of Texas Award from Larry Meltzer, 2010 TPRA President, during a statewide convention in Austin.