St. Francis PrimeTime Program

St. Francis Hospital is focusing on helping people 50 and older live longer, healthier lives through the hospital’s PrimeTime program. The program, which was originally launched in 2007 as PrimeTime Seniors, kicked off a new season of life in May 2017. Now simply called PrimeTime, the program provides educational programs and free health screenings.

As we seek to make our community healthier, we want to continue in the rich tradition of community service established by St. Francis as we provide educational opportunities and resources to help people live healthier lives.

Meeting Locations:

Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium or Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall
St. Francis Hospital, Butler Pavilion
2300 Manchester Expressway

Space is limited for most programs and registration required by calling 706.320.8060 or by emailing

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, October 19:  PrimeTime Seminar - Anxiety & Depression: The Newest Treatments

  • 6:30 pm in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium
    Dr. Rizwan Khan
         Dr. Khan

Psychiatrist Dr. Rizwan Khan and John Roop, LPC, will present this program. Learn more about the newest research and treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Free screenings are also available.

Learn more here: Free screenings & program on anxiety & depression

Monday, October 23:  Mocktails, Manicures & Mammograms

  • 3:30-7:30 pm in the Butler Pavilion

St. Francis invites you to a special evening just “for the girls,” to make getting a mammogram and learning about breast cancer a little easier. Whether it’s an excuse to get together with your girlfriends or bring someone you care about to an educational program, gather a few of your favorite ladies and register today.

Enjoy refreshments along with our one-of-a-kind pink mocktail (that’s a mixed drink without any alcohol), have a manicure or massage (or both!), visit our educational displays, schedule or have a mammogram* and meet breast specialists and physicians. You’ll even a VIP tour of the Elena Diaz Verson Amos Breast Center.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn:

  • Why it’s important to know if you have dense breast tissue and what to do about it
  • How to correctly perform breast self-examinations
  • What increases my risk of getting breast cancer
  • How often you should have a mammogram
  • What the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and recovery include

Monday, November 6:  Lunch 'n Learn on Hormone Therapy Replacement

  • 12 N-1 pm in the Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall
Dr. Sylvester McRae
   Dr. McRae

Dr. Sylvester McRae, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, will discuss benefits of hormone replacement treatments, with a focus on BioTE® therapy. Studies have shown that balanced hormones are necessary for good health and disease prevention for both women and men. BioTE® optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets just under the skin. These hormone pellets release bio-identical hormones into the bloodstream continuously. Potential benefits following hormone optimization include:

  • Regaining energy, muscle strength and greater ability to lose weight.
  • Increase in mental clarity.
  • Feeling younger and happier again.
  • Increased quality of life while preventing age-related illness.

This program is sponsored by St. Francis OBGYN Associates with lunch provided by BioTE®.

Wednesday, November 15:  Lunch 'n Learn on Bone & Joint Health: CTS and Osteoporosis

  • 12 N-1 pm in the Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall

Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Osteoporosis, featuring Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr. Tamara Huff and Dr. Sean Blake.

Dr. Sean Blake
   Dr. Blake

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) happens when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The result may be numbness, weakness, or sometimes pain in the hand and wrist, or occasionally in the forearm and arm.  Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. Learn more about symptoms and treatment from distinguished hand surgeon Dr. Sean Blake.

Osteoporosis is a disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. Bones that commonly break include the vertebrae in the spine, the bones of the forearm, and the hip. 

Until a broken bone occurs there are typically no symptoms. Bones may weaken to such a degree that a break may occur with minor stress or spontaneously. Chronic pain and a decreased ability to carry out normal activities may occur following a broken bone.

Osteoporosis may be due to lower than normal bone mass and greater than normal bone loss. Bone loss increases after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen. Osteoporosis may also occur due to a number of diseases or treatments. Both of these conditions are more common as people age. Learn about causes, prevention, symptoms and treatment at this free seminar.