In the United States, violent crime occurs every 30 seconds. Every six minutes, someone is raped. Learn simple tips to reduce your risk of becoming a victim at the 24th Annual Coffey Health System Women’s Health Conference.

jay-szambecki“This is information that every female needs to know, regardless of age,” said CHS Director of Marketing Tracy Campbell. “Police Officer Jay Szambecki will introduce us to various forms of self defense and help us to recognize situations where we leave ourselves vulnerable to violence.”

Szambecki is an officer with the Burlington Police Department and is a certified self-defense instructor. He will discuss self-defense weapons (pepper spray, stun guns, and firearms), demonstrate a few defensive maneuvers, and share information about upcoming self-defense classes in Burlington.

mary-ann-magnusonParticipants will also learn the latest developments in the fight against breast cancer from Mammography Technologist Mary Ann Magnuson.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so it is vital that women understand the importance of mammography and that they know the facts about breast cancer,” Magnuson explains. “We encourage women of all ages to know their family history and learn about risk factors of breast cancer, so we’re going to focus extra attention on those factors.”

The conference will be held at Burlington High School on Wednesday, October 5. A social hour with light hors d’oeuvres begins at 5:30 in the commons area. Presentations begin in the theater at 6:30 p.m.

The Women’s Health Conference combines lifesaving information with a bit of humor. Door prizes are provided by individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the area. Women of all ages are welcome. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Call (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174 or register online at “Goody bags” are available for the first 300 women registered.

As an added bonus, the event will feature informational booths from local businesses and organizations. The hospital auxiliary, Friends of Coffey Health System, will have a special booth to receive donations for their annual military care package project.

“We are excited to partner with the auxiliary to promote this wonderful effort. We invite everyone to bring a little something to send to female soldiers stationed overseas,” Campbell explained.

“Things that we take for granted are actually great luxuries to female soldiers in foreign lands. We can help brighten their holidays with travel-sized toiletries or lotions, hair bands, lip balm, socks, etc.”

Visit for more information about the Women’s Health Conference and the military care package project.


For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.