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April 11, 2013

Rain doesn’t dampen Ladies’ Luncheon

Birth center to gain new equipment

DUNCAN — Along with the rain, close to 300 women poured in to enjoy a good time and a healthy meal during the annual Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation Ladies’ Luncheon.

Despite the cold, rainy day, the Simmons Center on Wednesday was packed for the event, which also supports DRH in purchasing new equipment that helps its staff. This year, the funds are going toward a fetal heart monitor telemetry unit.

“We’re going to be able to purchase the equipment, which always makes us happy,” said Cyndi Crook, director of the Health Foundation. “It’s really a good thing.”

Jay Johnson, DRH CEO, said that the monitor is something that the hospital’s obstetricians have been requesting for a while. This machine allows mothers in labor to move around while still monitoring the baby’s heartbeat.

“It will help women in labor to walk around and not be stuck in a bed,” said Johnson.

Several booths were spread about the room, each representing an entity that could benefit the goal of a healthy life for women. Most had free goodies to hand out and all donated a raffle prize to the event.

This year’s theme for the luncheon was “Down Home Southern Charm” and the event board decided to honor local women this year. Normally for the entertainment, there is a speaker of some sort but this year, Duncan Little Theatre presented the first act of its award-winning play “The Dixie Swim Club.”

Featured in the play are five fantastic ladies (Loisdawn Jones, Cindy Reynolds, Tana Ashford, Heather Amaya and Gina Flesher) who portray a group of friends who get together every summer. Each character provides their own hilarity that had the audience bursting into laughter.

Sharon Burum is the play’s director and Darrel Ashford is stage manager. The group will be representing Oklahoma next week at the regional community theater competition in Lafayette, La.

“It was a pleasure (to perform at the luncheon) because they (the women) get it,” said Loisdawn Jones. “We got laughs in places we’ve never gotten them before, there was good energy in the room.”

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