Auburn Regional to host free health talk on 'Life after Prostate Surgery'

Urologist Kevin Ward, MD, presents a free seminar on "Life after Prostate Cancer" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Auburn Regional Medical Center.

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men. Dr. Ward will discuss two of the main side effects of prostate cancer treatment – incontinence and erectile dysfunction – and will go over new treatment options.

Dr. Ward is a board-certified clinical and surgical urologist who practices in Auburn with Surgical Associates Northwest. To register for the seminar, call 1-877-433-2873.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

The American Cancer Society recommends men aged 50 and up ask their doctor about prostate cancer screening. African-American men and any men who have family histories of prostate cancer should check with their doctor at age 45.

Cohen joins clinic

Brian J. Crain, OD, is pleased to welcome Aaron J. Crain, OD,(pictured) to the Auburn Eye and Contact Lens Clinic. A graduate of Auburn High School and the University of Washington (BSEE), Dr. Crain recently graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry after completing rotations at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore., and Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Crain brings to the Auburn Eye Clinic a variety of skills and interests in diagnosing and treating eye diseases in addition to providing general eye care.

MultiCare honored

MultiCare Regional Cancer Center has been recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers with the 2011 Innovation Award for improving the patient experience.

The Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovation Award honors programs that exhibit forward–thinking strategic planning and develop pioneering programs and tools.

To win this honor, the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center brought cancer care to communities in the South Sound, expanding from 25 treatment chairs at two locations to 90 chairs at five locations; added technology that makes treatment and office visits more relaxing; and developed a partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

"We have worked hard to bring the best experience to our patients during their cancer treatment. This award honors our commitment to creating a relaxing, supportive environment that also gives patients and their families the best treatment options close to home," said David Nicewonger, Administrator of the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center.

MultiCare provides cancer services in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Covington and Auburn. During the last three years, the Tacoma-based health care system worked to provide a caring and healing environment for patients seeking cancer treatment and services.

Health fair set for Sept. 29

The Auburn Senior Activity Center hosts "Rock n Roll Your Way to Wellness," a community health fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 29.

The morning includes health screenings, informational booths and lunch with entertainment from "Elvis" (aka Shane Cobain).

Lunch will be served between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Cost is $3. A raffle for door prizes follows lunch.

The Auburn Senior Wellness Team and Auburn Regional Medical Center present the event.


Bartell Drugs is launching an extensive seasonal flu vaccination program offering a full schedule of in-store vaccinations for individuals and a flu clinic program serving area businesses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the serious disease.

Bartell Drugs is now offering in-store flu shots by appointment or a walk-in basis at many locations. In September, Bartell's also will conduct more than 100 in-store flu shot clinics. For a complete schedule of clinics and stores that take appointments or accept walk-ins, visit

Auburn's Bartell's Drugs is located at 3902 A St. SE.

All in-store flu vaccination recipients will receive a Bartell's coupon book with over $140 in store-wide savings.

Pharmacists can immunize anyone 14 years of age or older (ages 14 through 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).

Bartell's also is offering Fluzone(r) High-Dose, an influenza vaccine designed specifically for people 65 years and older. Fluzone(r) High-Dose vaccines contain

four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) contained in regular flu shots.

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