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Bereavement Group To Meet October 18, 2017

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group that will be held in the pastoral care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 29, with two sessions offered each day. An afternoon session will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and an evening session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions will focus on the same topic, so participants can choose either time to attend.

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. Presenters will include Sister Margaret Washington, director of pastoral care services at Geisinger Holy Spirit, and Sister Ann Marie Marabella, pastoral care associate.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118 or 717-972-4255.

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Wellness Programs Set By Hospital October 17, 2017

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host 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, unless noted otherwise.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. A dietitian will lead the tour, providing information on food labels and comparison shopping.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 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.

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Lifesaving Skills Classes Posted October 12, 2017

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. There is a cost for each course. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support - CPR class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. This 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.

Heartsaver First Aid - Pediatric class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. The course is designed to meet the requirements of childcare workers and/or 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 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. The class will teach CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED is included.

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Tobacco Cessation Program Set October 6, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health's Wellness Center will offer a Freedom From Smoking tobacco cessation group class on Tuesdays, Oct. 17 to Nov. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at LG Health Columbia, 306 N. Seventh St., Columbia.

The program was developed by the American Lung Association and has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good. Individuals are given tools and support to develop a personalized quit plan, and free nicotine replacement therapy is available to participants as grant funding allows.

The program is free, but registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 12. For more information or to enroll, call 888-LGH-INFO (544-4636) or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness.

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Educators Attend Workshop October 5, 2017

More than 75 physical education and health educators from across Pennsylvania attended a free continuing education workshop on Sept. 21 in Grantville. The workshop was hosted by the American Heart Association and sponsored by Penn State Children's Hospital.

Dr. Thomas Chin, chief of pediatric cardiology at Penn State Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Heart Group, introduced Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, professor and chair of the department of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and medical director of Children's Heart Group. Walker-Harding presented a session on the status of student and family health, highlighting statistics about youth obesity and cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, associated professor at Penn State University College of Medicine, shared findings from his American Heart Association-funded research on the long-term effects of lack of sleep on cardiovascular health.

Youth program directors from the American Heart Association provided guidance for incorporating physical education, including the American Heart Association's own Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart youth programs, into curricula based on the Charlotte Danielson Model for teaching. Participants shared lesson plans, student activities, worksheets and parent engagement tools, and they learned new jump rope and basketball skills and games in a session led by Coleen McNamara and Colleen Weigmont from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Inc.

The Dubble family of Lebanon closed the program by sharing the story of their son, Carter. Born in 2008, Carter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. At just 12 days old, Carter underwent the first of several open-heart surgeries he would endure within the first few years of his life. Carter's parents, Courtney and Danny Dubble, thanked the educators for their commitment to the health of their students.

Carter's story highlights the advocacy work of the American Heart Association, which advocated for the passage of Act 94 of 2014, ensuring every newborn in Pennsylvania is screened for critical congenital heart defects using a pulse oximetry test before they leave the hospital. Also, the American Heart Association raises funds for heart disease research through programs like Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.

For the second year in a row, Penn State Children's Hospital and the American Heart Association are teaming up to encourage schools, students and families throughout central Pennsylvania to take youth health to heart. Nearly 85,000 students at schools that participate in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart programs throughout Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties will receive exclusive health education resources from physicians and health experts at Penn State Children's Hospital. Students at participating schools will have the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR thanks to a donation of the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime kits, enter the Penn State Healthy Community essay contest and art contest, and receive booklets and activities to encourage healthful eating.

For more information, readers may visit www.heart.org/kids.

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LG Health Plans Wellness Class October 4, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer an "Imagine Your Best Self" class on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stager Conference Center at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster. Participants will learn visioning and goal-setting strategies that can unleash their motivation to change.

The class is one in a series of four free Wellness 101 classes. Registration is required by calling 717-544-4636 or visiting www.LGHealth.org/Wellness by Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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Diabetes Health Programs Slated October 3, 2017

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. All programs will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The cost to participate varies by insurance provider. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet in two sessions. One session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, and the other session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 17 to Nov. 21. 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.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 16 and 23, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The review is designed for those who have completed Taking Charge of Your Diabetes and re-examines meal planning, carbohydrate counting, recipe modification, treatment options, and other topics.

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Support Group Meetings Posted September 28, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host two support groups in October. Participation is open to the community.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the first-floor Women's Center at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Health Talks, More Slated September 28, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will hold HealthTalks on heart issues and women's issues in October. All presentations are free, but require registration by calling 855-237-4222.

Walk and Talk with a WellSpan Doc will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, on the grounds of Garden Spot Village in New Holland. Participants will take a 1-mile stroll through the grounds with a cardiologist, exercising and asking heart-related questions. Walkers should meet at the entrance to WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

Osteoporosis and Menopause will be the topic of a talk from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Keystone Villa, 100 N. State St., Ephrata. A physician and a certified nurse midwife will be the speakers.

The free support group for new mothers, Mommy and Me Cafe, will meet at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata, on Friday, Oct. 6. The group will gather from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss topics such as breastfeeding and bottle feeding. A lactation consultant will be available. Light snacks will be provided. For more information, readers may call 717-738-6308.

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Geisinger Awards Grants September 26, 2017

Stable housing, fresh fruits and vegetables, and public transportation options are not often considered medical needs, yet they form the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Recognizing that a community's unmet social needs can be detrimental to its health, Geisinger has announced the recipients of its inaugural round of $1 million community grants that includes $130,000 to agencies serving the south central region of Pennsylvania.

The awards have been granted to nonprofit organizations throughout Geisinger's 43-county service area that benefit the health, social, and economic needs of the regions that Geisinger serves. The social determinants of health, which include a patient's income, education, employment status and ethnicity, are often considered nonmedical needs, but they are all vital to positive health outcomes.

Geisinger identified five key community health issues as the targeted focus for funding. The issues include food insecurity and healthy choices, transportation, housing stability, opioid prevention and treatment, and pediatric obesity.

In the southcentral region, the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness received a $20,000 grant to help establish a new homeless youth outreach program. Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area received $15,000 to improve and renovate a single-family home in Steelton for a family of five.

The United Way of the Capitol Region received $10,000 to provide financial support and food donations to local food banks and homeless shelters, and the United Way of York County received $5,000 to support its Healthy Habits program, which focuses on preventing childhood obesity specifically as it applies to children with disabilities. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank also received $80,000 to provide access to healthy foods throughout the region, with a special focus on providing weekly packs of food to children in need during the summer months when they do not have access to school meals.

Other first-round funding projects include pediatric obesity prevention projects, school backpack programs, summer food banks and exercise activities and equipment; transportation pilot projects to help patients get to and from regularly scheduled medical appointments; housing stability programs to help the homeless transition back into the community, funding for home repairs intended to keep families safe, and transitional housing to support families in crisis; opioid prevention and treatment programs including rent assistance and emergency funds to families affected by the opioid crisis, education, and centers that provide young people a safe place away from drug use; $225,000 to regional United Way agencies and additional grants to organizations like the Ronald McDonald House ($100,000) for a new family room at Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville.

A formal application process will soon be announced for community applications. For more details, readers may call 717-972-4043.

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Fundraiser Participants Sought To Go "Over The Edge" September 15, 2017

Over the Edge, a fundraising event for SouthEast Lancaster Health Services (SELHS), will give adventurous individuals the opportunity to rappel 11 stories down Ruoff Tower, 315 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 6. The capacity for the event is 92, and each participant must commit to raising a minimum of $1,000. So far, 31 people have registered for personalized peer-to-peer webpages at https://selhs.networkforgood.com/projects/32569-over-the-edge.

"We were looking for something unique, and we found it," said SELHS director of development Brenda Riehl.

Over the Edge is a professional company that has helped more than 40,000 people in more than 600 events raise tens of millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations by rappelling down tall buildings. The site will be set up following all OSHA regulations and state laws and will follow best practices identified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. Participants must be 18 or older on Oct. 6, and they should weigh roughly between 100 and 300 pounds to ensure harnesses fit safely.

Rappelling will be ongoing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will take place rain or shine as long as there is no thunder or lightning. A small street festival will be held at the base of the tower, and spectators will be welcome. Volunteer opportunities are available and include participating on the planning committee, working at the registration table, and holding the ropes as individuals rappel. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Folks who volunteer to serve for the eight-hour day will be invited to rappel free of charge.

The proceeds raised through Over the Edge will help SELHS continue to fulfill its mission to deliver high-quality and compassionate health care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. The nonprofit organization has five campuses within Lancaster city, including the WellSpan Philhaven Center for Integrated Healthcare. Approximately 22,000 individuals receive services at SELHS each year; clients speak a total of 60 languages, and the staff members aim for cultural competence.

"We are one of the few primary care providers accepting new Medicaid patients," Riehl commented. "We also accept patients without insurance." SELHS' sliding fee program offers a discounted rate on medical and dental services provided at its facilities.

SELHS receives a federal grant of about $2 million annually to offset the difference in cost, but additional funding is necessary. Riehl noted that a $425,000 fundraising goal has been set for this year, and Over the Edge has the potential to bring in a significant amount.

"(In general), events are expensive ways to make money, but they're one of the best ways to make new friends," Riehl commented. "We hope this will turn into an annual event."

For more information about Over the Edge, readers may visit the aforementioned link or contact Riehl at 717-945-1553 or brenda.riehl@selhs.org. To learn more about SELHS, folks may visit www.selhs.org.

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LG Health Plans Wellness Class September 13, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer a "Bounce Back From Stress" class on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stager Conference Center at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster. Participants will learn to identify and manage their stress triggers.

The class is one in a series of four free Wellness 101 classes held on Monday evenings at LG Health locations throughout the county. Registration is required by calling 717-544-4636 or visiting www.LGHealth.org/Wellness by Wednesday, Sept. 20.

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Community Blood Drives Planned September 6, 2017

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. All donors will be asked to present picture identification when they arrive to donate at all LGH blood drives. Appointments are not required.

Blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Thursday, Sept. 14, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; and Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Grace United Methodist Church 153 W. Frederick St., Millersville. Blood drives will also be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, 1600 Book Road, Lampeter, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood. The Blood Donor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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WellSpan Posts Events August 29, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has posted it schedule of upcoming events.

The organization will hold a series of HealthTalks on topics including pulmonary disease, arthritis, heart disease and advance care planning. Registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

"Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis: Options for Pain Relief" will be the topic of a talk to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Keystone Villa, 100 N. State St., Ephrata. Roxanne Kintzer, WellSpan Total Joint Program coordinator, will be the speaker.

"Heart Disease: Plumbing vs. Electricity" will be the topic of a talk to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at the YMCA at New Holland, 123 N. Shirk Road. Tatjana Sljapic, of WellSpan Cardiology, will be the speaker.

"Understanding Advance Care Planning" will be the topic of a talk to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 560 S. Reading Road. Scott Silverstein, of WellSpan Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, will be the speaker. Horizon Planning Advance Directive forms will be available, along with other information.

WellSpan will host several support groups.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, in the first-floor Women's Center at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

The Wellness Center of WellSpan will offer classes in lifesaving skills. All classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. There is a cost for each class. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support class will be held in two sessions. One session will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The other session will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios and the use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) will also be included.

Heartsaver First Aid - Adult class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 9. The course is designed to meet the requirements of child care workers and/or 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 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Attendees will learn CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED is included.

WellSpan will offer a weight management program and support groups for those planning to undergo or having undergone bariatric surgery. All sessions are free and will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

"Getting Started: WellSpan Medical Weight Management" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. It will provide an overview of an intensive, individualized weight management program where attendees will work with a doctor and dietitian to help them achieve weight-loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. The group provides education and support for those who are readying for or have undergone bariatric surgery.

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer a variety of wellness programs. To register for any program, call 717-721-8790. There is a cost to attend unless otherwise noted.

The Tobacco-Free Living Series will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 19, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion. The free program will include group interaction, positive behavior change, developing a quit plan and other topics.

Healthy You will be held in two sessions. The first will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 23. The other one will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 7. Both sessions will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthfully and be active.

A grocery store tour will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A dietitian will lead the tour, providing information on food labels and comparison shopping.

WellSpan will offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet in two different sessions. One session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 7 to Oct. 12, in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The other session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. It 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 registered nurse and follow-up. There us a cost.

A Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 and 20, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The class will cover healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity and other topics. There is a cost.

Diabetes Support Group will meet in several sessions, all of which are free. The topic will be "Dealing With Stress." The sessions will be Sept. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. or from 7 to 8 p.m. at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

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Bereavement Group To Meet August 28, 2017

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group that will be held in the pastoral care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20 through Oct. 18, with two sessions offered each day. An afternoon session will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and an evening session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions will focus on the same topic, so participants can choose either time to attend.

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.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118 or 717-972-4255.

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Hospital Receives Awards August 24, 2017

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Wellness 101 Class Planned August 23, 2017

The Walter L. Aument Family Health Center, 317 W. Chestnut St., Quarryville, will offer Imagine Your Best Self on Monday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room. The free class is part of Lancaster General Health's series of four free Wellness 101 classes, which are held on Mondays at LG Health locations throughout the Lancaster County.

Attendees will get the tools they need to set wellness goals, leave unhealthy habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future

Registration is required. Readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness to register.

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Hospital Marks Its Fifth Year August 22, 2017

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital recently marked five years of serving and benefiting the community - providing the care and tools necessary for area residents who sustain traumatic injuries and develop complex, debilitating conditions, to return to their normal lives. Five years ago, WellSpan Health opened the first - and still only - nonprofit inpatient rehabilitation and surgical facility in York County. Since that time, the hospital has served as a valuable community resource that has profoundly impacted more than 17,000 lives through inpatient rehabilitation programs and advanced surgical capabilities.

Highlighting its commitment to nonprofit inpatient rehabilitation care, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is the first hospital in southcentral Pennsylvania to be awarded the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) designation for its Brain Injury Specialty Program. This designation uniquely positions the hospital to meet the community's need to provide specialized care to brain injury patients. It represents the highest level that can be awarded by CARF to an organization and is a recognized mark of excellence for a program's quality of care.

In addition to the brain injury program, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital also offers advanced neurosurgical and spine injury procedures. It also offers inpatient and specialized outpatient rehabilitation services.

Since its opening, the hospital has routinely been recognized nationally for its patient-centered care and exceptional clinical quality. Among its many accolades are Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5 Star Rating; HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award; Press Ganey 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award winner for patient experience; and Becker's Hospital Review: 45 hospitals with top nurse-patient communication, 51 hospitals with the fastest patient aid and top 5 Pennsylvania hospitals patients would recommend.

To view WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital's five-year anniversary video, readers may visit https://youtube/iBZJVSUxx4E. For more on WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, readers may visit www.wellspan.org/wsrh.

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Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017

Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email annemarie.mcalester@hopewithin.org; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.

A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.

High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.

The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.

Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.

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Class To Focus On Relieving Stress August 16, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer Bounce Back From Stress in the conference room at LG Health Parkesburg, 950 S. Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Participants will receive the tools to set wellness goals, change unhealthy habits, and stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. The program will help attendees identify stress triggers and learn how to manage them.

Registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.lghealth.org/wellness.

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