Annual Pap-a-Thon

The 2009 Pap-a-Thon, was held on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 and was the sixth annual event, giving women access to a free pap test and health education. The Pap-a-Thon is sponsored by the Women’s Task Force and Community Outreach of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with partners from Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Elkhart General Healthcare System, South Bend Medical Foundation, United Health Services and American Cancer Society. There were more than 100 volunteers, who helped screen an estimated 1,000 women at nine Pap-a-Thon locations located in St Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties.

Memorial Hospital sponsored two sites again this year; Memorial Hospital’s Radiation Oncology Center and Memorial Southeast Neighborhood Health Center. All combined, Memorial screened a total of 228 women at 2009's event, compared to 94 in 2008.