News & Events - Women's Health Center of Southern Oregon
WHC All Together and 6′ Apart
First 'in person' staff meeting at Women's Health Center since February. Outside together in the chilly morning but 6' apart! A creative solution to collaborating as a team, encouraging each other and helping the women in our community. Awesome way to start the day!
Tips for Coping During a Time of Stress
The current COVID 19 outbreak can understandably cause stress for many people. Taking care of yourself, your family and friends will help make our community stronger. Some ways to help you cope include:
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Being bombarded with information - both true and not-factual can be unnecessarily upsetting. Listen to music instead.
- Take care of your body and mind by stopping throughout the day to take a few deep breaths, stretch or meditate. There are a lot of free meditation apps like Calm and Mindfulness that can help guide you.
- Love on your dog or cat. Pets are known to reduce stress!
- Be mindful of your eating and try to eat balanced, healthy meals. This is the perfect time to eat together as a family. Yes, treats are OK too, but don't over eat or rely on junk food.
- Fresh air will do wonders for you. Exercise, walk your dog, hike, garden outside. "Have coffee" with your neighbor in your own separate yards.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Talk about other things with family and friends besides this crisis. If you do discuss it, share accurate information from trusted sources like the CDC, not your neighbor's uncle who knows someone who knows someone. Misinformation creates unnecessary stress.
- Practice gratitude for what you have.
A Message About Coronavirus and Your Care- PLEASE READ
For the foreseeable future, please do not bring family or guests to your appointments. Only patients will be allowed in the building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
While Women’s Health Center has not had any patients with known or suspected cases of Coronavirus, in order to protect all patients and staff, if you have a fever or a cough please call our office at 541-479-8363 prior to coming in to our office for any reason. One of our staff members will evaluate you by phone and direct you to the most appropriate resource your best care.
Thank you for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.
Testing for Hereditary Cancers – Are You at Risk?
Knowing your personal and family history of cancer is the first step in determining if you might be at increased risk for cancer. This knowledge can help you and your health care provider work out a plan for any necessary treatment.
All cancers are caused by harmful changes, known as mutations in a person’s genes. Most occur by chance, some are thought to be caused by lifestyle. Some are passed down through our family, known as hereditary cancers.
Women’s Health Center partners with Myriad, a leader in the field of hereditary cancer gene testing. We provide our patients the opportunity to be tested for hereditary cancer. The myRisk® test looks at ,any gene mutations associated with increased cancer risk. The test, performed at Women’s Health Center is a quick and easy. Your results will be reviewed with you by a Women’s Health Center provider trained to interpret hereditary test results.
Most insurance companies cover hereditary cancer testing. To learn more about hereditary cancer screening, contact our office at 541-479-8363 or visit https://mySupport360.com
Certified Menopause Practitioner at Women’s Health Center
Did you know Women's Health Center has one of only two certified menopause practitioners in ALL of Southern Oregon? Sara Brelsford, WHCNP, NCMP treats every patient as an individual and listens and treats her unique symptoms. Sara can provide you with evidence-based care to manage and even embrace menopause.
Sara will share the latest research and treatment options which may include diet change, stress reduction programs and medication that can be beneficial for menopause concerns, including natural hormone therapies.
If you need help understanding your menopause journey make an appointment with Sara!
A Message About the Coronavirus and Your Care
Our providers and staff went all out for Halloween! Check out these pictures...Come by and enjoy the fun!
Welcome Laura Thrasher PA-C!
Welcome Laura! Laura Thrasher is joining Women's Health Center as a Physician Assistant- Certified and a surgical first assist. Laura has worked in healthcare for over 14 years, first as a certified medical assistant and most recently as a combat medic in the US Army. Laura earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. Laura is choosing to work in women's health because she loves helping and educating patients. She appreciates that no two women are alike and feels honored to be part of a group that cares so much for its patients. She and her husband think southern Oregon is the perfect place to settle, become part of the community, and raise their family.
WHC’s Winterfest Tree!
Women's Health Center is happy to be participating in the Rogue Winterfest celebration with our first ever decorated Christmas Tree! Congratulations to Emily Edwards, our Winterfest Committee Chairwoman and head decorator! We're very excited for our tree to be auctioned at the Gala on November 29 - we hope it will make a lot of money for Options, Kairos and Family Solutions! Viewing is open to the public on December 1 and 2. Make sure to stop by the Bear Hotel and see our tree!
Community Baby Shower – October 20!
Please join us for the Welcome Baby! Community Baby Shower honoring new and expecting parents
Saturday, October 20 from 1 - 4pm. This event is FREE!
The Commons at Grants Pass High School
830 NE 9th St.
Ask an OB, featuring Dr. Justin Shelton from Women's Health Center!
Presented by the Josephine County Perinatal Task Force