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St. Luke's Hospital Joins Spirit of Women

Florence Henderson Helps Launch the Program at Annual St. Luke's Women's Event

April 26, 2008 - St. Luke's Hospital today announced it has joined Spirit of Women, an integrated partnership of hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States. Spirit of Women hospitals aim to improve the health of women and their families. The Spirit of Women program launch will be celebrated at St. Luke's "Conversations for Women" event on Saturday, April 26 starting at 9:30 a.m.
St. Luke's is pleased to welcome actress Florence Henderson as the keynote speaker for the event which is expected to draw nearly 500 women.

"By joining Spirit of Women, St. Luke's Hospital has committed to help women take action for their health and the health of their families by providing many fun educational opportunities," said Jan Hess, St. Luke's Hospital vice president. "Our pledge to evidence-based clinical guidelines that focus on women-centered services reinforces our participation in this program and in our commitment to our patients."

Because women make more than 75 percent of household consumer decisions, including those related to healthcare, the educational and motivational Spirit of Women efforts are expected to positively impact the well-being of the entire family and community as a whole. The programming and resources recognize that women experience different symptoms than men for various medical conditions, and the program offers ways to address gender-specific issues throughout women's life spans. The programming and resources reach beyond women's health, since women are caregivers and decision-makers for multiple generations, often neglecting their own personal health to care for others.

Through Spirit of Women, St. Luke's will conduct a wide variety of events including educational and recreational activities, health screenings, workshops and support groups that will reach women in all stages of their lives. Additionally, the annual Spirit of Women Awards program will provide the opportunity to recognize local residents who exemplify "Spirit" in their community by balancing life's many demands, while still finding time to make a difference in the lives of others.

About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital, located in Chesterfield, Missouri, is a premier, regional healthcare provider, specializing in individualized care. Medical services include cardiovascular care and surgery, cancer care, neurosurgery and neurology, orthopedics, maternity and other women's health, general medicine, outpatient services, pediatrics and comprehensive surgical services. St. Luke's Hospital was recognized in 2007 and 2008 as one of America's 50 Best HospitalsTM by HealthGrades®, a leading independent healthcare ratings company. St. Luke's Hospital is the only healthcare facility in a six-state region (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas) to be named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals--ranking among the top one percent in the nation based on superior clinical quality over an eight-year time period.

About The Spirit of Women Hospital Network:
The Spirit of Women Hospital Network is a national coalition that inspires health and wellness on a local level by leveraging national resources. Hospitals and healthcare facilities in more than 80 U.S. communities create the core through which Spirit of Women reaches women and seeks to inspire access and action for better national health. Utilizing a variety of means, including educational events, national awards and promotion of research, Spirit of Women addresses health topics such as menopause, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancy and many others. Visit www.spiritofwomen.com for more information.