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Cancer Support Group To Meet December 12, 2017

The WellSpan Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Helicopter Model To Raise Funds December 12, 2017

Residents across central Pennsylvania now have a chance to purchase their very own Penn State Life Lion EMS helicopter - or, at least, a scale model replica of the familiar blue and white aircraft.

The limited-edition, die-cast model is a replica of a new helicopter that was set to join the Life Lion fleet in mid-December. It features an authentic Life Lion paint scheme and markings.

Models are available exclusively through the Penn State Health website. Proceeds from purchases will support the Life Lion Critical Care Gift Fund, which provides continuing education to Life Lion personnel, discounted monthly education sessions to emergency medical service providers, and community wellness programs.

For more information, readers may visit www.pennstatehealthnews.org/2017/11/life-lion-replica-lands-just-in-time-for-the-holidays.

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Cancer Center Receives Donation December 6, 2017

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Nurse Receives Nightingale Award December 1, 2017

Registered nurse Carol O'Hara, performance improvement coordinator for transitions at Geisinger Holy Spirit, was presented with the 2017 Nightingale Award for Community Nursing during an awards gala on Nov. 3.

O'Hara has worked as a nurse for nearly 45 years, 13 of those at Geisinger Holy Spirit. In her current role, she monitors patient discharges and implements changes to improve processes and decrease readmission rates.

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania recognize nursing excellence within the state. Awards are presented in a dozen categories, including clinical practice, administration, community nursing, and patient choice. This year's winners were chosen from more than 100 nominees.

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Support Group Plans Meeting December 1, 2017

Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will host an Atrial Fibrillation Support Group meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Geisinger Holy Spirit Atrial Fibrillation Center staff will discuss atrial fibrillation, how to stay on track with treatment, and therapies that can reduce symptoms and the risk of heart failure and stroke. A member of Geisinger Holy Spirit Behavioral Health Services's staff will teach coping strategies that can help improve quality of life.

The support group meeting will be held in the hospital's Auditorium C and D. Light refreshments will be provided.

Seating is limited, and readers are asked to call 717-724-6306 to reserve a seat.

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Enrollment Assistance Available December 1, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health is offering free assistance to community members who enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Whether applying for health insurance for the rest of 2017 with a Special Enrollment Period or preparing to apply for a 2018 plan, community members can get help enrolling in Marketplace health insurance.

Members of the community have several options when contacting LG Health for enrollment assistance.

Patients may schedule an appointment in person with a trained Change Healthcare representative by calling 717-544-6700 or by contacting customer service at 717-544-4953 or financial assistance at 717-544-1957.

Readers may visit the Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance page at http://www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/LGH/Resources/Billing---Insurance/Health-Insurance-Marketplace-Options.aspx.

Pennsylvania residents in need of health insurance may enroll for a plan through the federal Marketplace through Friday, Dec. 15. The open enrollment period began on Nov. 1.

Individuals may apply at www.healthcare.gov, by calling 800-318-2596, or by mail with a paper application.

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Community Blood Drives Posted November 29, 2017

Lancaster General 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. Donating blood takes approximately 45 minutes.

Unless otherwise noted, blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Dec. 6, at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap; Tuesday, Dec. 12, Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Wednesday, Dec. 13, Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers; Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LGH Burle Industries, 1040 New Holland Pike, Building 12A, Lancaster; Wednesday, Dec. 20, Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Thursday, Dec. 21, third-floor balcony on James Street at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster; Tuesday, Dec. 26, Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, Dec. 27, Caenarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; and Thursday, Dec. 28, Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse.

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 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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"Four For Your Fare" Event Set November 8, 2017

On Thursday, Nov. 16, rabbittransit will partner with WellSpan Health for The Great American Smokeout. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in this event by quitting smoking or going tobacco free for the day. In honor of this practice, "Four for your Fare" will launch as rabbittransit riders can offer four cigarettes in exchange for their bus fare.

Readers may visit www.rabbittransit.org to learn more.

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Lifesaving Classes Set November 8, 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. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost to attend.

Heartsaver First Aid - Adult class will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. 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, Nov. 18. This class teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED will be included.

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Hospital Plans Support Group November 8, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host the Cancer Support Group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata.

There is no cost to attend. Support groups are open to the public. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Speaker Series Will Commence November 7, 2017

Geisinger Holy Spirit and the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies have partnered to present the "Partners in Caring" Speaker Series, designed to address relevant health and quality of life issues facing residents of south central Pennsylvania. The first session, a free community forum on Geisinger's MyCode Community Health Initiative, will be held Monday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel on the campus of Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg.

MyCode collects and analyzes genetic information sequenced from DNA in small amounts of blood given by participating patients. Genetic sequencing, which reads the genes in a person's genome, finds differences in individual genes. Some of these differences can increase risk for certain medical conditions. Others are helpful, providing protection from disease.

Andy Faucett, director of policy and education at Geisinger, will provide more information about how the MyCode Community Health Initiative is advancing the science of precision health and directly affecting the lives of Pennsylvania residents. From autism to heart disease, genetic research is helping people to better understand their personalized risks and shows promise in helping to more effectively treat disease in the future.

To reserve free tickets for the event, readers may call the Messiah College ticket office at 717-691-6036. Reserved tickets may be picked up in advance or held at the Messiah College ticket office. Seating is limited.

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Hospital Plans Health Programs November 7, 2017

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 Mondays, Nov. 13 to Dec. 18, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. 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, an initial assessment with a registered dietitian and registered nurse, and follow-up. Cost varies by insurance provider.

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The class will cover healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity, and other topics designed to help participants delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. There is a cost to participate.

The Diabetes Support Group will offer several free sessions. The sessions will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. or from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion conference rooms, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. The topic will be "The Eyes Have It." A group will also meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The topic will be "Preventing Long-Term Complications by Grace."

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Designed for individuals ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and more. There is a cost to attend.

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HealthTalks Announced November 7, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will hold a series of HealthTalks on topics including safety tips for older drivers and knee and hip pain. All presentations are free, but require registration by calling 855-237-4222.

Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis: Options for Pain Relief will be the topic of a talk to be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at the YMCA at New Holland, 123 N. Shirk Road, New Holland. Safety Tips and Warning Signs for Older Drivers will be the topic from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Keystone Villa at Ephrata, 100 N. State St., Ephrata.

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Class To Examine Healthy Habits November 1, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer a "Make Healthy Habits Stick" class on Monday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lunch room at LG Health Columbia, 306 N. Seventh St., Columbia. Participants will learn how to build a support system that can help them reach their health goals.

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, Nov. 14.

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Health Programs Posted November 1, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital offers a variety of wellness programs. Programs will take place at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless otherwise noted. To register for any program, readers may call 717-721-8790.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at Giant Food Store, 850 E. Main St., Ephrata. A dietitian will lead the free tour, providing information on food labels and comparison shopping.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Designed for individuals ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and more. There is a cost to attend.

A Tobacco Free Living Series will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18. The free program will include group interaction, positive behavior change, developing a quit plan, and more.

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Insurance Enrollment Assistance Available November 1, 2017

Geisinger will offer its Trusted Advisor program to help patients and the community better understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enroll in health insurance plans offered through the state and federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace.

Geisinger Trusted Advisor provides information through in-person forums, the website www.geisinger.org/trustedadvisor, and a toll-free health care reform information line at 855-849-1510. These free resources are designed to help members of the public learn about the ACA and what they need to consider when reviewing Marketplace plans. Open enrollment for coverage in 2018 started on Nov. 1 and will end on Friday, Dec. 15.

Free public forums will be held locally on Wednesdays, Nov. 8, 15, and 29, and Dec. 6 and 13, from noon to 6 p.m. in the atrium at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Wellness 101 Class Offered October 30, 2017

"Make Healthy Habits Stick" will be offered on Monday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at LG Health Kissel Hill, 51 Peters Road, Lititz. The class is part of Lancaster General Health's series of free Wellness 101 classes.

Attendees will learn to set wellness goals they can reach, leave unhealthy habits in the past, stay motivated to live a healthier future, and discover how to build a support system that can help them reach their health goals.

Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 7. Readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit LGHealth.org/Wellness to register for one or all of the group classes held Monday evenings at convenient LG Health locations throughout the county.

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Health Screenings Available October 25, 2017

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host free community health screenings on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the hospital, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.

Screenings will include blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), bone density, total cholesterol, glucose and sleep assessment. No fasting or appointments are required. Carotid artery screenings will be available by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, readers may visit www.ttsu.me/carotidscreenings11817 or call 717-763-2427. Appointment slots are limited. More information is available by calling the aforementioned phone number or emailing HSGACommEdweb@geisinger.edu.

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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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