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WellSpan Ephrata Posts Programs September 12, 2018

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host a variety of classes. Unless otherwise noted, readers may register for the programs by calling 717-721-8790.

WellSpan will offer a HealthTalk in September. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

"Chronic Shoulder Pain? Learn About Options for Relief" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Fieldcrest Great Room, Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Joy Long of the Lancaster Orthopedic Group will discuss shoulder-related problems such as pain, arthritis and rotator cuff injuries, and the latest surgical techniques to repair the shoulder.

Surgery for Weight Loss will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. Attendees will learn more about WellSpan's bariatric surgery program. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. The cost will vary by insurance provider.

Participants will learn how to live a healthier, active life in series of programs, which will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless noted. To register for any program, readers may call 717-721-8790. There a fee for each program.

I Can Challenge will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 11. This program is for individuals with a chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or obesity, and gives them the tools and support they need to set goals, eat healthy, manage stress and get fit.

Healthy You will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 and 31. Healthy You is a program for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy and be active. Participants will learn ideas to increase daily physical activity, choose healthy foods, lose and maintain weight, set goals and overcome barriers.

Healthy You will also be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 18 and 25, Oct. 2 and 9, and Nov. 6.

A Grocery Store Tour will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A registered dietitian will direct a tour of the aisles of the supermarket, providing information on reading food labels and comparison shopping to save money and make healthier choices.

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Support Group Scheduled September 12, 2018

The Spiritual Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a five-week bereavement support group that will be held in the Spiritual Care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Each week's focus will assist participants in understanding how to cope with grief and how to develop the skills necessary to turn mourning into memories. The facilitator will be Sister Mary Joan Smith, director of Spiritual Care Services at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118.

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Community Blood Drives Scheduled August 27, 2018

Penn Medicine LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. All blood collected during the drives will benefit patients at Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Lancaster General Hospital, and Women and Babies Hospital. Blood donors must be in good health, be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be well hydrated, eat a healthful meal within four hours before donating and bring a form of identification. No appointments are needed.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center at the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting www.lghealth.org/giveblood. The Blood Donor Center hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are suggested at the donor center to reduce wait time.

Unless otherwise noted, blood donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Blood drives will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Thursday, Sept. 6, at Wrightsdale Baptist Church, 310 Little Britain Road, Peach Bottom; Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 N. Frederick St., Millersville; Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Thursday, Sept. 27, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown; and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1136 Sunwood Lane, Lancaster.

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Opioid Epidemic Series Announced August 14, 2018

Lancaster County Joining Forces, through the partnership of Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, will offer a free series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County. Sessions will be held at the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

On Aug. 23, the topic will be "How to Help a Loved One Struggling With Drug Use." "How to Talk to Children About Drugs" will be presented on Sept. 27.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Readers may visit www.lancasterjoiningforces.org to register for one or both sessions.

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LG Health Receives Donation August 8, 2018

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Appointments, Awards Posted August 2, 2018

To recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students, and volunteers at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine, appointments and awards were compiled for March 1 through June 30.

Dr. Shelly Timmons has been named president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). She is the second woman to be named AANS president and the first female neurosurgeon to hold the role. Timmons is professor of neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of administration in the Department of Neurosurgery, and the director of neurotrauma at Hershey Medical Center.

The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society (PaPS) has elected Dr. Ahmad Hameed to serve as president from June 2018 to June 2019. Hameed is associate professor of psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of education in the Department of Psychiatry, and the director of adult partial hospital program at Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Timothy Craig joined the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) board of directors as an at-large director. Craig is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and section chief of allergy/immunology at Hershey Medical Center.

Kathy Law was appointed to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority board of directors. The board leads the organization's mission of improving the quality of health care and finding solutions to patient safety issues. Law is the vice president of nursing, perioperative services at Hershey Medical Center. She also serves as a member of the center's Patient Safety Committee and Diversity Council.

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health, and senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State, appointed four faculty members as assistant deans in the College of Medicine, effective July 1. Nancy Adams is the assistant dean for foundational sciences; she was the director of foundational sciences. Dr. Todd Felix is the assistant dean for clinical medicine; he previously served as the director of core clinical medicine. Dr. Shou Ling Leong is the assistant dean for pathways innovation; she was the director of accelerated pathways and longitudinal integrated clerkships. Ira Ropson is the assistant dean for medical student research; Ropson was the director of medical student research.

Dr. Robert Harbaugh has been named senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group. Harbaugh is a distinguished professor at Penn State College of Medicine and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. He will remain chair of neurosurgery, but as he assumes his new role in the Medical Group, he will step down as director of Penn State Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Krish Sathian became director of the Neuroscience Institute on July 1. Sathian is professor of neurology at Penn State College of Medicine and chair of the Department of Neurology. Sathian came to Penn State Health last July from Emory University.

Jim Bohenick now serves in a new role as vice president, strategic integration for Penn State Health, and will manage the integration of new partnerships and affiliations. Bohenick joined Penn State Health in May 2017 as director of system business development.

Jeanette Gibbs joined the organization as vice president, community practice for Penn State Health Medical Group in April. Gibbs will play a lead role in the development and operations of the Medical Group. She was previously the chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland Community Medical Group.

Dr. Joseph Gascho, a cardiologist with Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute and professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, and Celeste Bailey, a 2018 College of Medicine graduate, were honored with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. The peer-nominated award recognizes medical school faculty members and graduating students who demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care.

Dr. Lori Frasier, director of the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children, has been honored for her contributions to the field of child abuse pediatrics with the Helfer Society Award. The Ray E. Helfer Society is an international organization dedicated to treating and preventing child abuse.

Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital earned a Bronze Award for Excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Institutional Advancement. Awarded in the Electronic Communication category, Four Diamonds' video series, "Honesty and Strength to Conquer Childhood Cancer," raises awareness of its mission to conquer childhood cancer.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Penn State Children's Heart Group a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery - the highest designation available. The STS represents cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and other health care professionals.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Children's Hospital was presented with two national awards at the CMN Hospitals conference in Orlando. For the 10th straight year, the CMN program was awarded the highest fundraising award ($4,667,629) and the highest fundraising per capita award ($2.57) for CMN Hospitals serving a population of between 1 million and 3 million.

John Morahan, president and CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph, was named an Outstanding Community Partner by the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). The award is presented to top Berks County leaders who volunteer and advocate for BCIU. Morahan has led the Stop the Bleed program, which teaches bystanders of an emergency how to stop life-threatening bleeding. Penn State Health St. Joseph provides training and Stop the Bleed kits to all Berks County school districts at no cost.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons presented Dr. Robert Harbaugh with the Distinguished Service Award, one of its highest honors. It recognizes exemplary service to the association and the field of neurosurgery and pays tribute to the contributions of remarkable people within their profession.

Pennsylvania Medical Society named five Penn State Health doctors among its top physicians under 40: Dr. Todd Felix, a family physician at Penn State Health Medical Group - Nyes Road; Dr. Benjamin Fogel, who serves as medical director of the largest pediatric primary care center at Penn State Health; Dr. Andrew Lutzkanin III, a family medicine physician with advanced training in obstetrical care at Penn State Health Medical Group - Middletown; Dr. Michael Pfeiffer, a cardiologist at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute; and Dr. Hyma Polimera, a hospitalist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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UPMC Pinnacle Receives Grant August 1, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle was one of three state organizations named to receive a PAC-MAT grant to help battle the state's opioid addiction crisis. With PAC-MAT funding, UPMC Pinnacle will strengthen its current medical-assisted treatment (MAT) and case management services to patients within the health system's outpatient sites in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.

UPMC Pinnacle Center for Addiction Recovery, 2501 N. Third St., Harrisburg, will serve as the hub and bring together primary, secondary, and tertiary care providers, as well as community and hospital administration members, to build on an addiction treatment program that increases access to care, reduces health care costs, and improves quality. This will include increasing drug and alcohol screenings within the broader network of providers, creating a Care Map for patients to research care patterns, establishing a community network of case management support, and broadening the use of MAT throughout the region by breaking down stigmas and barriers to care.

In the PAC-MAT model of treatment, an addiction specialist physician is at the center of the hub, providing expert guidance and support to primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state. Serving as the spokes, primary care physicians provide direct patient care, including the medication-assisted treatment prescription. Patients also are connected to drug and alcohol counseling in their communities.

These grants are funded through the second 21st Century CURES grant, a $26.5 million federal grant the state received to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for substance-use disorder.

The UPMC Pinnacle Center for Addiction Recovery is a comprehensive addiction clinic. The center connects individuals facing an opioid use disorder to treatment through the use of medication assisted treatment.

For more information, readers may visit www.upmcpinnacle.com.

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Mobile App Aids Mothers-To-Be July 30, 2018

WellSpan Health offers a new mobile app to help expectant mothers more easily follow their care plan and access customizable resources and educational content during their pregnancy. In addition to the latest resources and educational content, the Babyscripts app allows expectant mothers to access their prenatal health care professional's care plan through simple, weekly tasks, and tracking.

The app is the latest way WellSpan supports soon-to-be mothers and their families. This new mobile platform will serve as a complement to the care provided by the women's health team at WellSpan in a way that keeps patients engaged while reducing the number of checkup appointments needed.

WellSpan launched the Babyscripts app to pregnant patients in WellSpan OB/GYN practices across the region. For more on maternity care at WellSpan, readers may visit www.wellspan.org/maternity.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet July 25, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. John Malone will share on "Communicating Effectively With Persons With Alzheimer's Disease."

For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Lewy Body Group Plans Meeting July 25, 2018

The Lancaster Lewy Body Dementia Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the LGHP Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. The group is open to persons with Lewy body dementia and their care partners. Dr. Huiang from the Movement Disorder Clinic at Penn State Hershey will present on Lewy Body dementia and the latest research she is doing.

Readers may call 717-544-3539 to register and assure seating is available.

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WellSpan Slates Programs July 25, 2018

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host a variety of classes. Unless otherwise noted, readers may register for the programs by calling 717-721-8790.

WellSpan will offer two HealthTalks in August. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

Treating the Heart's Electrical System will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Dr. Tatjana Sljapic will provide information on treating the heart's electrical system, along with updates on cardiac stent placement and electrophysiology procedures that treat abnormal rhythms.

Headaches and Migraines in Children will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Dr. Andrew Stein, a pediatric neurologist, will share information about headaches and migraines in children and potential treatments, including ones that may be administered at home.

Two diabetes education classes will take place at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 9 to Sept. 13. The class will provide people who have diabetes with day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program will include 10 hours of group instruction, an initial assessment with a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, and a follow-up. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. 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 Mondays, Aug. 13 and 20. The class is for people who have already completed the 10-hour diabetes class. The program will review meal planning, carbohydrate counting, recipe modification, treatment options, dealing with unexpected situations, and goal setting. The program is covered in part by Medicare and most health insurance plans.

Two programs to be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center will focus on weight management and bariatric surgery.

Surgery for Weight Loss will provide an overview of the WellSpan bariatric surgery program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The session is free. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. The support group provides education and support for both people who are preparing to undergo or who have undergone bariatric surgery. The group is free. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-721-8795.

Several additional support groups and classes are also planned.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The group will share information, offer support, and provide resources and strategies for people living with cancer and for their caregivers. The group is open to the community and meets on the third Tuesday of each month. No preregistration is required. More details are available by calling 717-721-4835.

Basic Life Support Skills and CPR will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The course will consist of information about adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, the use of a bag mask, foreign body airway obstruction, and the use of an automated external defibrillation (AED). There is a fee.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Designed for youths ages 11 to 14, the class will teach baby-sitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills. There is a fee.

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New Cancer Screening Guidelines Posted July 23, 2018

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released new recommendations for colorectal cancer screening guidelines, including the age screenings should begin for colorectal cancer. Previously, the screening age for a person at average risk was 50. The new guidelines have reduced that age to 45.

By lowering the screening age, the goal is to detect colorectal cancer earlier in patients who are at an increased risk for the disease. Even with advances in detection and treatment, colorectal cancer is the number one abdominal malignancy that affects both men and women. Roughly 1 in 20 Americans will develop this cancer, and getting a colonoscopy can help in the detection and treatment of it.

Last year, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that colon cancer rates increased from 1 percent to 2.4 percent annually since the mid-1980s among adults ages 20 to 39. For the 39 years encompassed in the study, rectal cancer rates grew 3.2 percent annually for adults ages 20 to 39.

Colon and rectal cancer have, historically, affected older men and women. But the most recent research shows an increase in the number of adults in their 20s and 30s who are being diagnosed with these cancers, particularly rectal cancer.

Individuals already at an increased risk for colorectal cancer as a result of their lifestyle or family history may need to begin screenings at an earlier age. Individuals should talk to their health care provider about risk factors and what age they should begin screenings.

People who are at high or increased risk for colorectal cancer can include those with a family or personal history of colon or rectal cancer or colorectal polyps; a family or personal history of other cancers, including ovarian, uterine, gastric, and breast; a history of inflammatory bowel disease; and a personal history of radiation to the abdomen or pelvic area as a result of cancer treatment.

The ACS' new guidelines also issue recommendations about colorectal cancer screening methods. While colonoscopy remains the gold standard for both the detection and treatment of colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps, other options are available.

In its new guidelines, the ACS recommends choosing from six different types of screening tests. Screenings include a highly sensitive fecal immunochemical test, a highly sensitive guaiac-based fecal occult blood test, multi-targeted stool DNA tests every three years, a colonoscopy every 10 years, a virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) every five years, and flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years.

These screening recommendations are for every patient, and it does not matter which method they choose. However, if a test is positive, people should make sure to follow up with their health care provider, as they will then require a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy can detect potentially cancerous polyps and lesions before they develop into cancer or a more progressive form of cancer.

If individuals notice any of the symptoms of colorectal cancer, regardless of their age or health status, they should call their health care provider. Symptoms include a change in bowel habits, like diarrhea or constipation; rectal bleeding; blood in the stool; abdominal pain or cramping; weakness and fatigue; and unintended weight loss. Timely treatment can affect the choice of treatment options and survival.

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Community Blood Drives Scheduled July 18, 2018

Penn Medicine LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. All blood collected during the drives will benefit patients at Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Lancaster General Hospital, and Women and Babies Hospital. Blood donors must be in good health, be age 16 or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds. No appointments are needed.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center at the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting www.lghealth.org/giveblood. The Blood Donor Center hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are suggested at the donor center to reduce wait time.

Blood donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Blood drives will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap; Thursday, Aug. 2, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown; Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Thursday, Aug. 16, at East Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1187 Fairview Road, Manheim; Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers; Thursday, Aug. 23, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse; and Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz.

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Wellness Center Slates Classes July 5, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 25 to Aug. 29, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The class provides people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program will include 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.

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 11 and 18, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The program will focus on preventive strategies such as healthy eating, portion control, label reading, and physical activity. There is a cost to attend.

Diabetes Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, and at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The program is free.

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WellSpan Posts Health Classes July 5, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host lifesaving and wellness classes. Classes will all be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. There is a fee for each class. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support - CPR will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17. This course will cover adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios and use of a bag mask.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 23. This course teaches CPR and relief of choking and instruction on the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Heart Saver First Aid will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. The course is designed to meet requirements of childcare worker and/or emergency response teams. Participants will learn how to respond and manage an emergency.

The Tobacco Free Living Series will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 19 through Aug. 30. The free program will include group interaction and support. Individual consults are also available.

Safesitter Training will be offered in two sessions, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 13, or on Monday, July 23. Participants ages 11 to 14 will learn babysitting skills, CPR techniques, injury prevention, and more.

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Cancer Support Group To Meet July 5, 2018

WellSpan will host a Cancer Support Group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The group shares information, offers support, and provides resources and strategies for those living with cancer and their caregivers.

The group is open to the community. No preregistration is required. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet July 3, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, July 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. A program on "The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid" will be presented.

For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Support Group Slates Meeting July 3, 2018

The Lancaster Lewy Body Dementia Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the LGHP Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. A doctor will speak on "Parkinsonism, What Does This Include?"

The group is open to persons with Lewy body dementia and their care partners. Registration is required by calling 717-544-3539.

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Support Group Slates Meeting July 3, 2018

The Penn State Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at Penn State Medical Center, University Conference Center, Campus Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will feature the department from Penn State Cancer Institute Center Stage Arts in Health, which will present the program "Music in Rhythm."

All Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute bladder cancer patients and family members are invited. For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3038 or tshaw1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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Community Blood Drives Scheduled June 22, 2018

Penn Medicine LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. All blood collected during these drives stays in Lancaster County. Blood donors must be in good health, age 16 or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds. No appointments are needed.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate at the Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center at the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting www.lghealth.org/giveblood. The Blood Donor Center hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are suggested at the donor center to reduce wait time.

Blood donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will be held on Tuesday, July 3, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; on Thursday, July 5, at Providence Township, 200 Mount Airy Road, New Providence; on Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Women and Babies Hospital, 690 Good Drive, Lancaster; on Tuesday, July 17, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; on Thursday, July 19, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; on Tuesday, July 24, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; on Wednesday, July 25, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony, James Street, Lancaster; on Thursday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LGHealth Burle Industries, 1004 New Holland Ave., Building 12A, Lancaster; and on Tuesday, July 31, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St., Leola.

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