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Easter Bunny Visits Hospital April 19, 2017

For more than a decade, the Chester County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Chester County Hospital to spread cheer in the pediatric and maternity wards during the Easter season. Leading the effort each year is a furry, six-foot rabbit.

On April 13, Cpl. Brad DeSando and Chester County Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh escorted the Easter Bunny to the hospital, where visitors, staff, and patients awaited their turns to get photos.

The visit was particularly special for Jodi and Jason Kukulka of West Chester, who had just welcomed a baby girl into the family a day earlier. Their son, Owen, turned 3 on April 16, and they have a photo of his visit with the Easter Bunny at Chester County Hospital when he was born. This time around, Owen got a junior deputy sheriff's pin as well as a stuffed bunny.

In another room with a newborn, DeSando, a certified child-seat technician, noticed that the infant safety seat was not properly set up and worked with the couple to fix it.

Three-day-old Noah Preston, the son of Lai-Onda Welcome, who works for the county's Juvenile Probation Department, and her husband, Titus, got to meet the Easter Bunny on his way out of the hospital. Also, 2-year-old Ameer Amer, son of Mahmoud and Hadeel of West Chester, was excited to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a stuffed rabbit.

The Easter Bunny also posed with Jackie Felicetti, director of the hospital's Human Resources Department. Felicetti recently authored a children's book about eggs that is available in the hospital's gift shop. Proceeds from its sale go entirely to fund improvements to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Sam and Eleanor Meiner founded Easter Bunny Inc. in 1995, receiving 501(c)(3) status in 2001. At the national Sheriff's Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2004, the Meiners began the process of partnering with sheriff's offices in order to extend the organization's mission. Chester County signed on for the following year, receiving a free costume and stuffed bunnies to distribute.

According to the Easter Bunny Inc. website, 100 sheriff's offices and four police departments participated last year, delivering smiles to 9,000 hospitalized children in 29 states.


Leadership Panel Event Planned April 19, 2017

Leadership Cumberland will hold an "Evolution of Leadership" panel discussion on Wednesday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

Kyle C. Snyder, chief administrative officer of Geisinger Holy Spirit, will speak during the event. At Geisinger Holy Spirit, Snyder is responsible for the operations of the hospital, medical group and emergency medical services in central Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming this position in June 2016, he served as vice president of operations/integration following Holy Spirit's affiliation with Geisinger Health System in 2014.

The interactive panel discussion will also feature Bob Marquette, president and chief executive officer, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, commandant, U.S. Army War College; and Maddie Young, president and chief executive officer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Panelists will discuss what has shaped their careers and how their leadership styles have changed over the years.

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may visit, email, or call 763-9300.


LG Health Sets Wellness Class April 19, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer a class titled "Imagine Your Best Self" on Monday, May 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Walter L. Aument Family Health Center, 317 W. Chestnut St., Quarryville, in the Community Room.

Attendees will learn how to set attainable wellness goals, leave unhealthful habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future. The class is one of four free Wellness 101 classes offered on Monday evenings at LG Health locations throughout Lancaster county.

Participation is free, but registration is required by calling 544-4636 or visiting to register for one or all of the Wellness 101 group classes.


Community Blood Drives Posted April 11, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health has announced its April community blood drives. Donation takes approximately 30 minutes.

Blood drives will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, April 19, St Peter's Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Road, Lancaster, from 2 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 20, Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N Duke St., Lancaster, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, April 25, Lancaster Campus of HACC, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.; Wednesday, April 26, Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzers, from 2 to 7p.m.; and Thursday, April 27, Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Blood donors must be at least age 16 and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed, but photo identification must be presented.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting


Organization Hires Vice President April 10, 2017

WellSpan Health has announced the selection of Sandra Bennis as vice president of Home Care for WellSpan Health.

Bennis assumed her role following a national search. In this new role, Bennis oversees the operations of WellSpan VNA Home Care across the regional health system, as well as WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospice in Lebanon County.

She joined WellSpan with 35 years of experience in community health. In her most recent previous position, Bennis served as the director of strategic initiatives for the Moorestown VNA and Hospice in Moorestown, N.J.

WellSpan VNA Home Care is one of WellSpan's post-acute services, meaning it supports patients who no longer require an acute care hospital but still need care. WellSpan VNA Home Care provides specialized staff of visiting nurses, aides, therapists and caregivers who work with physicians to care for patients in their homes, rather than in the hospital.

In her new role, Bennis will work to identify ways to increase access to care and improve the overall patient experience, among other key initiatives. She will also play a key role in WellSpan's ongoing efforts to develop innovative approaches to post-acute care and population health.

For more information about WellSpan VNA Home Care, readers may visit


Weekly Walks Announced April 5, 2017

Memorial Hospital will hold weekly 30-minute walks on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road, York, from April through the end of October.

A different health professional from Memorial Hospital, such as a dietitian, pharmacist, physician, or diabetes educator, will lead the walk each week. They will talk about their field of expertise and give walkers an opportunity to ask questions.

Walkers will meet at Pavilion C and will follow the 1.5-mile path in the park. The walk will be canceled if it is raining. To learn more about the weekly walks, including who will lead upcoming walks, readers may visit


Monthly Support Group To Meet April 5, 2017

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a free monthly tobacco cessation support group. Meetings will begin on Thursday, April 6. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor conference room in the Geisinger Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.

The sessions are designed to promote and encourage a healthy tobacco-free lifestyle. No registration is necessary. For more information, readers may call 763-2775 or visit The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month.


Fibromyalgia Group To Meet March 29, 2017

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Awareness and Education Group, in association with Lancaster General Health, will hold a presentation, "Visual Journaling," from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the Suburban Pavilion, third-floor conference room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Former public school art teacher Nancy Warble will speak.

Admission will be free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Juli Heisler at 544-3227.


Hospital Plans Wellness Events March 15, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer wellness programs in March. To register for any program, readers may call the health center at 721-8790.

Safe Sitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Designed for individuals ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills. There is a cost to attend.

Tobacco-Free Living will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 27 to May 8, at the YMCA at New Holland, 123 N. Shirk Road, New Holland. The free program is appropriate for people who smoke tobacco products regularly and includes group interaction and support, positive behavior change, developing a quit plan, coping with urges, and preventing relapse.


Groups To Offer Free Mammograms March 9, 2017

Lancaster General Health (LGH)/Penn Medicine will collaborate with the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Help the Fight, and Tanger Outlets to offer free screening mammograms for eligible women through Friday, March 31, 2017. Women may be eligible if they are ages 40 to 64, if they have low to moderate income, if they do not have health insurance or their insurance does not cover screening mammograms, and if their high insurance deductible is keeping them from getting a screening mammogram.

Screening mammograms can be scheduled for any one of LGH Centers for Breast Health, including Columbia Outpatient Center, Kissel Hill Outpatient Center, Downtown Outpatient Pavilion, Lancaster General Health Center in Lebanon, Lancaster General Health Center in Parkesburg, Norlanco Outpatient Center, Suzanne H. Arnold Center for Breast Health at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, and Willow Lakes Outpatient Center.

To schedule a screening mammogram, readers may call 544-3137.

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