City of Hammond and North Oaks Offer Free Men’s Health Event on June 25


[HAMMOND, La.]—The City of Hammond and North Oaks Physician Group will host a “Man Up and Get Informed” Men’s Health Month event beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in the gym at the Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center, located at 601 Coleman Ave. in Hammond.

Free health screenings, refreshments and a physician panel presentation are planned. Mayor Mayson Foster, who has declared June as Men’s Health Month in the City of Hammond, will moderate the physician panel presentation. To register, go to or call North Oaks Corporate Communications at (985) 230-6647.

Stroke risk assessments and blood pressure checks will be offered to participants starting at 5:30 p.m. until the physicians’ presentation begins at 6 p.m. Panelists will include Urologists Stephen M. Graham, MD, and Brad M. Lake, MD, who will address issues unique to men, like prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. Orthopaedist Brian J. Ladner, MD, will speak to trauma care, joint pain and other joint, bone and muscle-related injuries and medical conditions. Cardiologist James M. Parker will discuss heart disease diagnosis and treatment. Time is planned for the panel to answer participants’ questions, which can be submitted anonymously.

“The health and well-being of our citizens is of utmost importance to our Administration and the City Council,” affirms Mayor Mayson Foster. “We are excited to be partnering with North Oaks in encouraging our male population to improve their health knowledge.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies show that men are 80 percent less likely than women to get routine medical check ups,” shares North Oaks Communications Director Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto. “Through our partnership with the City of Hammond, we hope to change this by raising awareness among the men of our community about recommended health screenings for every age and the key role they play in the early detection and treatment of many medical conditions.”

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Drs. Stephen Graham, Brian Ladner, Brad Lake and James Parker will serve on the physician panel for the Men’s Health Month eventon June 25. The evening of free health screenings, presentations and refreshments will be jointly sponsored by the City of Hammond and North Oaks Physician Group.

North Oaks Health System is one of Louisiana’s largest and most progressive community hospital organizations and is strategically based between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. For more than 50 years, we have made it our mission to optimize the health care experience through compassion and innovation. Facilities in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes include an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, two outpatient diagnostic & treatment centers, an outpatient surgery center, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a hospice agency and a growing physician group for primary and specialty care. Visit us at