Knoxville Hospital and Clinics held its thirteenth annual Girls Night Out event on Oct. 15.

Girls Night Out helps raise awareness about women’s health. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the event takes a fun approach to educating women about the importance of the women’s health.

“This is a fun, annual event that we life to put together every year,” says Katrina Nelson, Director of Public Relations.

This year, Girls Night Out featured over 25 vendors selling a variety of products, from Scentsy bars to jewelry. Tours of the hospital’s new 3-D mammography equipment were also given. Women were able to view the equipment, ask questions and schedule appointments.

New to the event this year were two women’s health speakers. Dr. Darryl Johnson, the hospital’s OB-GYN, presented on the importance of women’s health as you age. Pulmonologist Angela Beckel presented on lung health and the importance of lung cancer screenings.

“We’ve always had the vendors and fun part of it, so this year we incorporated some health information and learning about women’s health,” Nelson said. “It just keeps growing. One year you think you can’t exceed the previous year, yet we keep growing, we keep exceeding and women keep coming. It’s a fun event.”

Emma Skahill can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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