Ensuring Accessible Care
“It is time for the women of north central Oklahoma to build a legacy of health and wellness that will benefit their children and grandchildren. Joining with like-minded women from Stillwater and its surrounding communities, members of the Women’s Council will take an active role in building and expanding care at our medical center,” Polly Crawley, SMF Board member, and Women’s Council founding member, stated.
“Women are the center of healthcare. We know that in the U.S., 80% of the healthcare decisions are made by women. Yet, we also know they have unmet needs. They are swimming in information, but don’t know who or what sources to trust,” noted Denise Webber, Stillwater Medical CEO. “We can change that through the Women’s Council. This is a great opportunity for women to network and receive current information from local, reliable sources. This is a game-changer.”
As a collective, these community and business leaders will identify timely opportunities at the medical center, especially those focused on women’s health, and provide supportive funding for them.
Andrea Bendele, 2019 Council Luncheon Chair and Founding Member
2019 Focuses On Heart Health
The collective impact of this year’s membership will benefit the Heart & Vascular Institute, currently scheduled to open in September 2019. Why is this important to women?
- Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year
- Heart disease and other cardiac conditions can affect women of all ages, even those with healthy habits!
- Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke
Quality heart care in our community is critical. The Women’s Council will support this project as well as provide an opportunity for women to gather in a social setting to learn about and discuss their health priorities.