TRINITY — Girls’ Night Out, an evening of woman-focused health care and much more, returns to Medical Center of Trinity next week.

The Oct. 16 event is a health fair that’s also not just a health fair, said Mary Sommise, director of marketing at Medical Center of Trinity.

“This is an evening of shopping and restaurant sampling and a variety of education stations,” Sommise said. “And it’s physicians being available to answer questions one on one about various topics from cardiac issues and women and heart attacks, and pharmacy residents talking about herbals.”

The 2018 Girls’ Night Out will be the sixth in the yearly series, which attracts an average of about 600 attendees. It is held at the Trinity-area hospital, 9330 State Road 54, just east of Little Road. It is scheduled to run 5-7 p.m.

Guests may RSVP by calling 727-834-5630 or sending emails to medicalcentertrinity@hcahealthcare.com.

Medical Center of Trinity physicians will be on site to meet and greet with attendees and stations will be set up that focus on a variety of health-related topics, such as:

● “Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart?”

● “Does Your Heart Move to the Beat?”

● “Burning Up! Tips for Surviving Menopause.”

These stations and others dealing with everything from blood pressure to breast health to bone health and more will all be accessible. Guests will also be able to take advantage of blood pressure and bone density screenings, take an endoscopy tour, and learn about herbal medication options.

Mingled in with the health fair aspects of Girls’ Night Out are interactive activities, shopping opportunities and food and drink samplings from local restaurants.

A big hit at last year’s Girls’ Night Out was the virtual tour of the anatomy of the breast, which involved participants wearing virtual reality goggles and holding paddles to interact with the simulated world.

Girls’ Night Out is one of the Medical Center of Trinity’s larger productions and part of the hospital’s community outreach program that features events throughout the year.

“We do this because our whole mission is not only to take care of the healthcare needs of the community, but it’s also wellness and prevention,” Sommise said. “And education is key to going down that path of wellness and prevention.”