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Family Health Center—Clearlake Celebrates Women Who Get a Pap Screening

Women's Health

CLEARLAKE, CA -- It’s not often you walk into a doctor’s office to find a party with cupcakes, sparkling beverages and an atmosphere of celebration. That has been the case every Friday at the St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake during the month of January.

Tracy Hazelton, FNP, and the team at the clinic on Lakeshore Drive are passionate about educating women on the importance of Pap screening exams. In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month and all women who get a Pap screening tests, they have thrown a party every Friday this month.

“The feedback from patients has been great,” Hazelton describes. “The patients loved the treats and are glad they came in. It’s been a real feel-good experience.”

For Hazelton, the parties are about more than cupcakes and sparkling beverages. She sees them as a celebration of good health. Her passion for cervical health awareness comes from a personal connection. Her cousin died at age 35 from metastatic cervical cancer, leaving behind three children. Hazelton shares the story with women to encourage them to get a screening. “When cervical cancer is found early, in most cases, it can be treated very effectively,” she says.

Pap tests are proven to be the best tool to detect precancerous conditions and cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer and are recommended every three years for most women.

Women needing a Pap test are invited to schedule an appointment. Call the St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake at (707) 995 1362. Pap tests can also be scheduled through your primary care provider.

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St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit www.sthelenahospitalclearlake.org for more information.