Special Ticket Pricing Extended

Special Ticket Pricing Extended

We've extended special pricing on tickets ($150) until November 10th so be sure to get yours now.  Limited tickets are available.  After 11/10 tickets will be $165 each.  You don't want to miss the best NYE party in town!

You will be on the dance floor all night long.

You will be on the dance floor all night long.

The display of 2016 In Memory of and In Honor of boas.

The display of 2016 In Memory of and In Honor of boas.

Delicious food by Catering and Events by Suzette

Delicious food by Catering and Events by Suzette

Pink Party

Pink Party

PINK PARTY NEXT THURSDAY LAUNCHES LEAD-UP FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE PINK GALA

Proceeds Support Breast Health Center; Chemo Kits Donated to Women Fighting Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and organizers of the annual Pink Gala on New Year’s Eve at The Factory in downtown Franklin are inviting the public to help kick off the event season next Thursday, October 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Kelly Spalding Designs.

Patrons will have an opportunity over wine and snacks to shop for a cause: commemorative “Tennessee Hope” T-shirts will be sold through the fall and winter, with all proceeds benefiting the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center. Chemo relief kits will also be available for purchase, and Pink Gala Founder Kelly Spalding says the shop will donate a kit to a woman fighting breast cancer for each kit purchased by the public.

Spalding lost her mother to breast cancer, and later beat the disease herself. The Pink Gala was founded as a means to raise funds and awareness for the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center.

“This is personal to me, and so many people ask what they can do to help,” Spalding says. “The best way to help is to buy a $25 chemo relief kit and help ease someone’s discomfort through chemotherapy, and buy a ticket to The Pink Gala. Those proceeds go to help women in this community who are battling breast cancer right now.”

The chemo relief kits include items such as Shea cream, cuticle balm and Clover’s Lip Smack, all made by hand with all-natural ingredients at 1818 Farms. Spalding says chemotherapy causes the skin and lips to become dry and itchy, and nails to be more sensitive.

“You’re also sensitive to perfumes and ingredients that might not have bothered you before. With all of that in mind, I created this kit to give some comfort to those going through chemotherapy and let them know their community cares about them,” she says. “Each kit is delivered with a personal note attached, which can come from the purchaser of the kit. It’s such a simple thing that goes a very long way.”

Also available for $25 are pink feather boas – light pink to honor those who have passed and bright pink for survivors and those who are fighting – that will be on display with the honorees’ names at the Pink Gala.

Tickets for the black-tie New Year’s Eve gala go on sale Thursday for the special price of $150 per person through the month of October. After Nov. 1, the price increases to $165 per person. The event will feature great food and drink, a wonderful silent auction, dancing to the Memphis Soul Revue and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Kelly Spalding Designs is located at 915 Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin. For more information on the Pink Gala or to purchase tickets, visit www.ThePinkGala.com.

 

WMC Breast Health Center Opens, Focuses on Optimal Patient Care

(Front left) Matt Largen, president and CEO of Williamson Inc.; Stacie Holloway, CFNP, Williamson Medical Group;  Tracy Rogers, RN, Breast Health Center;  Julie Miller, WMC Chief Operating Officer; Rebecca Baskin, M.D., Breast Health Surgeon; and Cary Ralph, RN, Breast Health Navigator, (Back left) Rogers Anderson, Williamson County Mayor; Bert Chalfant, WMC Board Member; Jack Walton, WMC Board Member; Paul Bolin, WMC Chief Financial Officer and Starling Evins, M.D., WMC Chief Medical Officer

(Front left) Matt Largen, president and CEO of Williamson Inc.; Stacie Holloway, CFNP, Williamson Medical Group;  Tracy Rogers, RN, Breast Health Center;  Julie Miller, WMC Chief Operating Officer; Rebecca Baskin, M.D., Breast Health Surgeon; and Cary Ralph, RN, Breast Health Navigator, (Back left) Rogers Anderson, Williamson County Mayor; Bert Chalfant, WMC Board Member; Jack Walton, WMC Board Member; Paul Bolin, WMC Chief Financial Officer and Starling Evins, M.D., WMC Chief Medical Officer

By Jodi Rall, The Williamson Herald

It was all smiles, and lots of pink, as Williamson, Inc. Chamber members and Williamson Medical Center staff celebrated the opening of the Breast Health Center with a ribbon cutting and open house.

The Breast Health Center, located adjacent to the existing imaging center to allow for more convenient access, is equipped with the latest in 3-D mammography and Tomosynthesis technology.

Staff explained Thursday the team approach to how patients are treated.

Working hand-in-hand, Dr. Rebecca Baskin and her team can offer excellence in patient care focusing on reducing anxiety, and providing peace of mind for women.

Staff explained that if a technician sees a problem during a mammogram, one quick phone call and walk down the hallway is now all that is needed. Women no longer have to wait anxiously for results, and often biopsies can be completed within 24 to 48 hours.

As the primary breast surgeon and breast health specialist, Baskin brings great empathy for her patients as she too once waited for biopsy results. At the age of 36, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of her personal experience, she explained her passion for offering the highest patient care possible.

From Middle Tennessee, Baskin is a board certified surgeon and earned her medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tn., and did her residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

When Baskin spoke to the crowded room, it was with great emotion. She talked about her husband and family’s support.

“I’ve seen the patient side of it. My family has been beside me,” Baskin said.

Working along-side Baskin is Cary Ralph, Breast Health Navigator, RN, CN-BN. Ralph is the first responder of sorts when the imaging center sees a potential problem with a mammography. Her role is to provide comfort and as her title implies, navigate the "what next."

Also, Tracy Rogers, LPN, has been Baskin’s long time nurse and is a breast cancer survivor herself.

During the remarks period prior to the ribbon-cutting, Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. the county’s business chamber remarked on the important work the center is doing and complimented Williamson Medical Center as one of the leading employers of the county.

“The Breast Health Center provides peace of mind for patients. Integrated health care with people at the heart of what they do,” Largen said.

Julie Miller, Chief Operating Officer WMC, explained, the focus and process.

“We really focus on the patient, the convenience, the mental and physical needs. The patient navigator is available to walk over and talk to a patient whose tests show something abnormal," Miller said.

"Then walk them over to the center. Often times if a biopsy is needed, the procedure will take place within 24-48 hours.”

Williamson Medical Group’s Breast Health Center has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers for the past two years by the Women’s Choice Awards. It is also an NAPBC and Commission on Cancer accredited facility. The Breast Health Center can be reached by calling 615-595-4570.

The Breast Health Center is located at 4601 Carothers Parkway, Suite 150, Franklin, Tennessee.