Diabetes Program Posted March 14, 2018
The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Taking Charge of Your Diabetes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21 to April 25. The program will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens.
The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program includes 10 hours of group instruction, initial assessment with a registered dietitian and registered nurse, and follow-up. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. Cost varies by insurance provider.
To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.
Local Wellness Programs Posted March 14, 2018
The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital offers a variety of wellness programs. To register for any program, readers may call the health center at 717-721-8790. There is a cost to participate.
Healthy You will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 27 to April 17, and Tuesday, May 15, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy, and be active.
Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Designed for teenagers ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.
Garden Starter Kits Available March 14, 2018
Individuals who grow their own fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat them. To increase access and availability of fresh produce, Lighten Up Lancaster County, with funding from the Lancaster Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General Health, will offer raised-bed starter kits for schools and nonprofit organizations that are interested in expanding or starting a garden.
Schools and nonprofit organizations in Lancaster County can apply online to receive lumber, hardware, and soil for two raised beds. In addition, a 100-foot hose, watering cans, buckets, shovels, trowels, and gloves will be provided.
Recipients of the raised beds, who will be notified approximately two weeks after submitting an application, will be linked to an extensive network of garden experts and have access to garden resources. Organizations that received the raised beds are encouraged to use the produce for taste testing and meals at their organization, share the produce with the community, and donate extra produce to local organizations.
For more information, readers may visit www.lightenuplancaster.org and click on Garden Starter Kit under Community.
Health Services Announce News March 14, 2018
UPMC Pinnacle announced the completed affiliation between the health system's mobile integrated health service, Community LifeTeam and White Rose Ambulance in York County. All White Rose employees in good standing at the time of the transaction are eligible to continue employment.
As a mobile integrated health service consisting of highly trained, certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, White Rose will continue to provide service for the York and Gettysburg communities. White Rose Ambulance provides mobile patient care and transportation 24/7. Together, White Rose Ambulance and Community LifeTeam will be able to provide coordinated and cost-effective care.
With the addition of White Rose Ambulance, Community LifeTeam continues to expand emergency medical services to meet the needs of the community. Community LifeTeam provides both basic and advanced life support to 45 municipalities in Dauphin, Cumberland, Northumberland, and York counties, including the cities of Harrisburg and York, and mutual aid response to EMS services in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Perry, Schuylkill, and Northumberland counties.
Penn State Health Posts Board News March 8, 2018
Penn State Health recently announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors, all from Highmark Health. The board appointments are part of the innovative strategic partnership announced by Penn State Health and Highmark Health in December 2017. The organizations have committed a collective investment of more than $1 billion toward the development of a high-value, community-based healthcare network designed to keep care local and enhance collaboration with community physicians.
Also as part of the agreement, Penn State Health announced on Feb. 20 that Dr. Tony G. Farah, executive vice president, chief medical and clinical transformation officer for Highmark Health, joined the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center board of directors. Joining the Penn State Health board of directors for one-year terms are Deborah Rice-Johnson, Karen Hanlon, and Thomas VanKirk.
To learn more, readers may visit http://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/about/board-of-directors.
Hospital Posts Lifesaver Class March 7, 2018
The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer classes in lifesaving skills. All classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790.
Basic Life Support - CPR class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 26. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) is also included. There is a cost to attend.
Support Group Slates Meeting March 1, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Erin Esposito and Jesse Main, doctoral degree interns, will share on the topic "When It's a Good Time to Make a Transition."
The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.
Foundation Awards Funds February 28, 2018
The Pinnacle Health Foundation board released $100,000 in funding to UPMC Pinnacle programs and services at its January meeting. The money will be used to promote safe sleeping guidelines for infants and to help patients in need access important care and services when they leave the hospital.
The foundation will distribute $50,000 to Cribs for Kids, the Nurse Family Partnership Program, and the Women's and Children Clinic at UPMC Pinnacle. The funds will provide low-income families safe sleep education and equipment for their newborn children.
Sudden infant death syndrome, which claims the lives of more than 2,500 infants in the United States every year, is preventable with the proper education and equipment. The Cribs for Kids fund provides safe cribs, safe sleep sheets, and educational material to parents and guardians to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.
The additional $50,000 will be distributed to the Social Services Fund to assist UPMC Pinnacle patients in need for 2018. The Social Services Fund provides patients with the resources they need to successfully and safely go home from the hospital. Many times this fund supports transportation, medications, and durable medical equipment, helping to assist in recovery and reduce readmissions.
The volunteer board works in conjunction with the Pinnacle Health Foundation staff to coordinate charitable giving that supports community benefit, education programs, and resources throughout UPMC Pinnacle and central Pennsylvania. The Pinnacle Health Foundation raised nearly $600,000 in 2017, furthering the mission and vision of UPMC Pinnacle to improve the health and quality of life for all the people of central Pennsylvania.
Program Ensures Babies Receive Screenings February 27, 2018
Through a partnership between the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Cardiology Care for Children in Lancaster, and midwives throughout the region, babies born at home are receiving vital wellness screenings and, if a problem is detected, getting immediate medical care before they become critically ill. The test, called pulse oximetry, measures the newborn's oxygen levels to detect heart defects, lung disease, and infections.
Mallory Sensenig of Denver realized first-hand the importance of the screening when, within hours of delivering her daughter, Josephine, her nurse midwife, Danielle Malik of Wernersville, found the newborn's oxygen levels below normal. Josephine was immediately seen by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Devyani Chowdhury of Cardiology Care for Children. Chowdhury did not detect any heart problems and recommended the baby to Heart of Lancaster. Josephine was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she was treated for fluid in her lungs. After two days, her parents were able to take her home to her four siblings. On Jan. 25, Josephine, a normal, healthy toddler, celebrated her first birthday.
The at-home wellness screening program was developed in 2015 by Chowdhury and Clinic for Special Children pediatrician Dr. Katie Williams after Pennsylvania state law mandated, in 2014, that pulse oximetry screenings be performed at 24 to 48 hours of age as part of every newborn's physical examination regardless of their place of birth. Chowdhury's protocol requires screenings be performed before the midwife leaves the mother and the baby, typically when the baby is three to five hours old, and again 24 to 48 hours after birth. The program includes workshops to train midwives on using the equipment, as the test is only reliable if performed using the right equipment and by trained personnel.
Since 2015, nearly 2,000 newborns have received wellness screenings by midwives. As a result of the in-home screenings, seven newborns have been identified with heart or lung problems and received care before potentially becoming critically ill. Currently, 33 midwives and Birth Care in Georgetown use 51 pulse oximeters while attending deliveries in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland through donations from McDonald House Charities, Abby's Foundation and Hershey Rotary.
For more information about the Clinic for Special Children, readers may visit www.clinicforspecialchildren.org/.
Ceremony Honors Organ Donors February 22, 2018
Every year, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center hosts a Rose Parade Organ Donor Remembrance Ceremony to honor the families whose loved ones were organ donors. Ninety-four individuals gave the gift of life between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. On Feb. 11, representatives from more than 20 of those families turned out to receive the thanks of many, including transplant recipient Wesley Mallicone.
Diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a teen, Mallicone experienced a progressive deterioration of his health. He says that, by the time he turned 34, he would not have survived without a transplant and a willing donor. Mallicone received a liver transplant in August 2011.
The organ donors' names were called one by one at the ceremony, and each family accepted gifts commemorating their family member and his or her decision to become a donor. Each family received a personalized certificate, a Donate Life pin and a replica of the actual rose and vial placed on the Donate Life America float symbolizing their loved one's gift. The event was co-hosted by the Gift of Life Donor Program, the regional nonprofit organ procurement organization that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Board Elects New Officers February 21, 2018
The Ephrata Community Health Foundation board has elected two new officers for 2018. Joyce Hoover of Akron was elected secretary. Frank Reid of Millersville was elected treasurer. Both will serve one-year terms.
The board's other officers were re-elected for one-year terms. They are Michael P. Kane of Lititz, chairman, and Gilbert L. Sager of Ephrata, vice chairman. Other board members include Dane M. Burkholder, Leon Ray Burkholder, Patrick N. Glavce, Virginia L. Good, Kevin E. Kohl, Dr. William E. Longenecker, Michele M. McHenry, Harvey H. Nolt, John M. Porter Jr., Carrie E. Willetts, Anita C. Yoder, and E. Richard Young Jr.
The Ephrata Community Health Foundation works to improve the health of the local community by supporting the nonprofit and charitable endeavors of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.
WellSpan Board News Announced February 14, 2018
WellSpan Health recently announced the election of York County attorney Steven Hovis as chairman of the WellSpan Health board of directors for 2018. He has been actively involved with WellSpan Health for several years, serving on both the health system's board, as well as the WellSpan York Hospital board. Hovis succeeds former chair Larry Miller, who most recently served as a member of the WellSpan Health board of directors from 2014 to 2017.
Megan Shreve, CEO of South Central Community Action Programs, was elected board vice chair. Joe Crosswhite, Pennsylvania area bank executive, was elected board secretary/treasurer. The WellSpan Health board of directors also welcomed new member Mary Studzinski, who is executive director of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.
The WellSpan Health board of directors for 2018 also include Pete Brubaker; Donald Dreibelbis; William Funk, D.M.D.; R. Fred Groff III; H. Fred Martin, M.D.; Patrick McGannon, M.D.; Paul Minnich; Kevin Mosser, M.D.; Linda Pugh, Ph.D., R.N.C., F.A.A.N.; Dan Waltersdorff; and John Welch, M.D. Members are elected to three-year terms, with officer terms lasting one year.
The WellSpan Health board of directors is a 15-member volunteer governing board tasked with oversight of WellSpan Health. The board serves as the parent board of WellSpan Health, a regional health system serving the communities of southcentral Pennsylvania.
For more information, readers may visit www.wellspan.org.
Weight Loss Challenge Set February 14, 2018
Registration is now open for this year's 10-Pound Throwdown weight loss challenge. The challenge encourages area adults to make small steps toward big changes in their health.
The 10-Pound Throwdown is a free, 10-week online challenge for adults across southcentral Pennsylvania, who are interested in incorporating healthy habits such as healthy eating and physical activity into their routines. The challenge is designed to help individual participants and teams of families, friends or co-workers lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
WellSpan Health began the initiative in 2013 in response to a Community Health Needs Assessment, which indicated that high percentages of York and Adams county residents were overweight or obese. WellSpan has since expanded the 10-Pound Throwdown to a regional challenge with new and interactive features for participants.
Now in its sixth year, the 10-Pound Throwdown offers participants online access to weekly healthy living tips, tracking tools, progress charts and a list of local community resources. Team captains also have access to a variety of online tips and tools for keeping team members engaged.
This year, the challenge will feature new mystery bonus badges for participants. The mystery badges will supplement existing weekly mini-challenges where participants can earn a virtual badge for reaching weekly health goals. Each week, a new goal will be shared that will encourage participants to adopt new healthy living habits.
The 10-Pound Throwdown challenge officially begins on Monday, March 12. Registration remains open through the end of the challenge. New participants can join at any time and engage in the online activities.
Weekly and grand prizes are available for those who participate for seven or more weeks of the challenge. The team and employer with the largest percent weight loss also receive a prize. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.10poundthrowdown.com.
Wellness Programs Posted February 1, 2018
WellSpan has planned a variety of upcoming wellness programs for the community.
Participants will learn about heart-healthy cooking, heart attack warning signs and peripheral artery disease during the "Love Your Heart Symposium" sponsored by WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. In the event of inclement weather, the symposium will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17. To register, readers may call 855-237-4222.
The event will include "Heart Healthy Breakfast," a cooking demonstration that features recipes for delicious, nutritious, heart-healthy morning dishes; "Chest Pain: Minutes Saved - Muscle Saved," a presentation on the warning signs of a heart attack, differences in signs between men and women, and when to call 911; and "Peripheral Artery Disease: Signs and Symptoms," on the warning signs and symptoms and how the disease relates to and affects pre-existing heart/cardiac disease.
WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer a basic life support class from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) will also be included. To register, call 717-721-8790.
WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will also offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790. Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet in two different sessions. The first will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, from Feb. 1 to March 8, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The other will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 5 to March 12, in the conference rooms at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion. The program will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program includes 10 hours of group instruction, initial assessment with a registered dietitian and registered nurse, and follow-up. The cost will vary by insurance provider.
Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 1 and 8, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The review is designed for those who have completed Taking Charge of Your Diabetes and will re-examine meal planning, carb counting, recipe modification, treatment options and other topics. The cost will vary by insurance provider.
WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer weight management and bariatric surgery programs, as well as a support group for those planning or having undergone bariatric surgery. All sessions are free. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.
Medical Management of Weight Loss will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. It will provide an overview of an intensive, individualized weight management program where patients will be working with a doctor and dietitian to help attendees achieve their weight-loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Surgery for Weight Loss will provide an overview of the bariatric surgery program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion. It will include information about the preoperative education and surgical procedures, medical weight management, and patient expectations and outcomes.
The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The monthly group provides education and support for those who are readying or have undergone bariatric surgery.
WellSpan will offer a grocery store tour from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A dietitian will lead the free tour and provide information on food labels and comparison shopping. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.
Grow the Seed of Learning class will focus on oral language. Attendees will learn how to educate children in a playful environment in a free class to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Keystone Villa at Ephrata, 100 N. State St., Ephrata.
Local medical and school district officials will present the class for families with children from ages 2 to 4. The hands-on session will offer helpful tips on how to teach children in a fun way. Registration is required by calling 717-738-MOMS or at www.planttheseedoflearning.org.
WellSpan Health Releases Report January 17, 2018
WellSpan Health provided $197.2 million in community benefit to southcentral Pennsylvania, according to the regional health system's recently released 2017 Community Benefit Report. The report, titled "It's What Neighbors Do," highlights the various ways in which WellSpan has worked to address stated community health needs throughout Adams, York, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.
The health system's $197.2 million in total community benefit across the region included $15.8 million, which represents the cost to provide free care to patients who participated in the health system's Financial Assistance Program; $19.6 million, which represents the cost to support services that provided discounted medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to people in need; $11.1 million in community programs and outreach; and $150.7 million in costs greater than what was paid to WellSpan to care for Medicaid enrollees.
Behind the dollars are the thousands of central Pennsylvanians who have been impacted by WellSpan's charitable mission. Some of the noteworthy efforts from 2017 include assisting 1,773 qualified individuals who lack sufficient health insurance or means to pay for medication with 5,572 prescriptions through WellSpan's support of Healthy Community Network, which helps community members across central Pennsylvania gain access to care, and through WellSpan's Prescription for Caring program; providing more than 21,178 dental treatment visits through WellSpan York Hospital's Department of Dentistry; helping 6,204 employees, neighbors and friends lose a combined 14,300 pounds, through WellSpan's fifth annual 10 Pound Throwdown weight-loss challenge, which focuses on eating healthier and being physically active; partnering with libraries through the Get Outdoors (GO!) program, distributing more than 14,250 activity booklets to area families who walked an estimated 30,698 miles for the fitness and reading program; and engaging community partners to offer community programs such as Healthy Options, York Fresh Farms, and Power Packs that are focused on providing fresh foods, healthy nutrition and the fight against obesity to hundreds of area residents across the region.
Every three years, WellSpan partners with community organizations and local coalitions to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments across the region served by the health system. The assessments enable WellSpan to identify specific community health needs and develop strategies to address them, which are reflected in WellSpan's Community Health Improvement Plan.
The Community Benefit Report reflects WellSpan's progress over the past year toward addressing the health priorities laid out in the Community Health Improvement Plan. Those include ensuring access to care for all, regardless of ability to pay; improving access to behavioral health services; engaging and partnering with others in the community to address key community health needs, including various efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis throughout southcentral Pennsylvania; and developing prevention and wellness initiatives to improve individual and community health.
More information on WellSpan Health's 2017 Community Benefit Report and its community mission can be found at www.wellspan.org/community.
"Wild Onions" Seeks Entries January 9, 2018
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and the Department of Humanities will accept entries for "Wild Onions," a publication for the literary and visual arts. The 2018 theme is "Identity."
Faculty and staff, both clinical and non-clinical, as well as patients, families, students, and volunteers are invited to submit original literary, artistic, or photographic work, not previously published, on all topics. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Jan. 15.
To submit work, readers may visit http://sites.psu.edu/wildonions. Entries may also be dropped off at the Humanities Department, Room C1747, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, with the "Wild Onions" entry form attached.
For more information, readers may contact Christina Li at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Haslam at email@example.com.
Free HealthTalks Programs Posted January 9, 2018
WellSpan will offer two free HealthTalks in January. Registration is required and may be completed by calling 855-237-4222.
"Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis: Options for Pain Relief" will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. The anatomy of knees and hips, conditions related to arthritis, and the importance of getting a proper diagnosis will be discussed.
"Menopause Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Pine Conference Room at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, 169 Martin Ave., Ephrata. A certified registered nurse practitioner will discuss the physical and emotional changes of menopause and how to cope with them.
Lifesaving Classes Set January 3, 2018
The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer various classes. Unless otherwise noted, classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost to participate.
Basic Life Support - CPR class will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. The course covers adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) are also included.
Heartsaver First Aid - Adult class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 27. The course is designed to meet the requirements of emergency response teams. Students will learn skills such as discovering the problem, stopping bleeding, applying bandages, and using an epinephrine pen.
Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant with AED Training class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 20. The class teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED is included.
Healthy You will be held in two sessions. One session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 16 to March 6. The second session will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 24 to March 14. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy, and be active. There is a cost to participate.
A Tobacco Free Living class will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22, in the conference rooms at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata The free program includes information on making positive behavior changes, developing a quit plan, coping with urges, and preventing relapse for those who smoke cigarettes, pipes, and cigars or use smokeless tobacco. Individual consults are available.
Eyeglasses Collected For Lions Clubs January 3, 2018
Geisinger Holy Spirit collected nearly 750 pairs of prescription eyeglasses, readers, and sunglasses in the fall in partnership with local Lions Clubs.
Geisinger Holy Spirit encouraged employees and patients to donate gently used glasses for use in countries where vision screening and eyeglasses are unavailable to people living in poverty. Several Lions Clubs in southcentral Pennsylvania, including those in Camp Hill (District 14-C) and Lower Paxton Township (District 14-T), donated the collection boxes and were slated to sort and ship the collected eyewear to distribution facilities in New Jersey and Virginia.
Additional donations of eyeglasses will be accepted on an ongoing basis in the hospital lobby, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.
For more information about the Lions Clubs' sight programs, readers may visit www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/health/sight/index.php.
Cancer Support Group To Meet December 27, 2017
WellSpan will host a cancer support group for people living with cancer and their caregivers. The next meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata.
An oncology social worker leads the group, which shares information, offers support, and provides resources and strategies for living with cancer. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.