DCHS Women of Wellness Conference marks 32 years

SOME OF THE ORGANIZERS and the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Women of Wellness, or WOW, Conference this past Saturday at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain. From left are Teresa Schettler, event chairwoman; Jacki Courney, committee member; Meg Bucaro, keynote speaker; Michelle Richards, committee member; and Linda McClure, committee member and event emcee.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System hosted its annual Women of Wellness Conference on Saturday at Pine Grove Country Club, marking the 32nd year of this event.

Professional keynote speaker Meg Bucaro taught how the “Superwoman Ideal” can cost women their health and happiness.

Hospital staff speakers included Dr. Adam Ryan of the Dickinson OB/GYN Clinic, on the topics of chronic pain management and the opioid crisis; and Peg Freeman, chief of physician services, who talked about choice in health care and all the services DCHS provides in the community.

The 130 attendees enjoyed a salad and sandwich lunch buffet and had a chance to shop among more than 20 vendors.

They also were able to get health information and free health screenings from DCHS staff.

Sponsors who helped underwrite the cost of the WOW Conference included these local and regional businesses —

— Diamond-level sponsor at $1,000: Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Frog Country, The Mountain, and Radio Now;

— Pearl-level sponsors at $500: The Form House & Standard Printing, and The Daily News;

— Ruby-level sponsors at $250: Iron Mountain -Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, iNDIGO Health Partners, M.J. Electric and First National Bank and Trust.

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