GREENSBURG — The theme of Monday night’s Women’s Health Meet & Greet event at Decatur County Memorial Hospital was “Just Pop In.”
For DCMH marketing and communications manager Lynzee McDowell, the event came close to living up to its theme in one quite unexpected way.
“More than 50 people attended,” McDowell explained. “In planning this event, we projected an attendance number of 25 or 30. We would’ve considered that many people a big success.”
With more than 50 attendees, however, the offices of DCMH’s off-campus Women’s Care facility came perilously close to going over capacity.
“If we would’ve drawn many more people,” McDowell explained, “We might’ve been forced to consider moving to another location.”
Switching locations might have reduced the atmosphere of intimacy and immediacy McDowell and co-organizers Sarah McVey (DCMH marketing & communications assistant) and Laci Borgman (practice manager over DCMH specialty practices) hoped to achieve.
With no venue change required, however, McDowell said the atmosphere lived up almost perfectly to expectations, describing Monday night’s setting as “quaint.”
Based on their planning for “Just Pop In” then, the number of attendees permitted McDowell and her co-organizers to reach goal number one: bring people through the doors.
Any interactive, community event, no matter how well organized, McDowell said, is doomed to fail if no one attends. In that regard, the event was a marked success despite ridiculously cold temperatures on Monday night.
Four DCMH doctors attended Monday, including OB/GYN Wayne Perry from Women’s Care, M.D., Nicole Boersma, M.D., from Primary Care, and Jennifer Fletcher, M.D. and Mary McCullough, M.D., both from Tree City Medical Practitioners (TCMP). Dr. Jami Rayles, M.D., from Primary Care, was also scheduled to attend, but had to cancel. Additionally, Natasha Struewing, a women’s-health nurse practitioner with TCMP also attended.