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Donation Will Establish Sensory Awareness Program January 10, 2019

The Association of Faculty and Friends (AFF) of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine donated $12,500 to the Department of Emergency Medicine on Nov. 14, 2018, to establish the AFF Emergency Department Sensory Awareness Program.

According to Betty Rigberg, president of AFF, the AFF traditionally distributes its funds through an annual grant process, and this is the first nonendowed fund for a program initiative. Individuals may donate directly to the effort through the fund.

The new program will focus on helping patients with autism spectrum disorder and their families when they visit the emergency department. The funds will also be used to provide training to emergency department staff in order to equip them with the skills and procedures needed to ensure the patients receive the highest level of care, including access to resources that cater to their individual sensory needs and tools that may help them tolerate new sensations and regulate their emotions.

The AFF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support and promote medical education, research, clinical care and scholarship; provide a community of friendship to its members through interest groups; and serve the needs of the community of which it is a part.

For more information or to become a member, readers may contact affhersheypresident@gmail.com.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet January 2, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Joel Kroft from Country Meadows will speak on "Talking to Children and Teens About Dementia."

For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3539.

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Hospital Earns Recognition January 2, 2019

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital has earned three-year accreditations by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for all five of its adult rehabilitation programs. According to WellSpan, the achievement makes the York County hospital one of only four in Pennsylvania to earn all five accreditations and the only hospital in central Pennsylvania with that distinction.

For more information about the hospital, readers may visit www.WellSpan.org/WSRH.

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Support Group Sets Meeting January 2, 2019

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, in room T2500. Attendees should use the main entrance and go upstairs to the meeting room.

Dr. Matthew Kaag will be the guest speaker.

All Penn State Cancer Institute bladder cancer patients and family members are invited. For more information, contact Theda at 717-531-3028 or email tshaw1@hmc.psu.edu.

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Grandons Receive Recognition December 26, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle's youngest patients - newborns - were recently dressed in holiday stockings and knit caps. Nurses arranged babies in the newborn nursery in the new maternity unit at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg for a photo op and visit with Santa.

Since 1992, the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary volunteers have sewn stockings that are given to babies born at UPMC Pinnacle hospitals during the holiday season. This year, more than 140 stockings were delivered to UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, Lititz, and Memorial maternity units and were to be shared with mothers giving birth the last two weeks in December.

James Grandon, chair of the Pinnacle Health Foundation board, and his wife, Jean, joined the festive gathering and were recognized for their donation to the Pinnacle Health Foundation's Labor of Love Campaign. The Pinnacle Health Foundation launched a $10 million fundraising campaign, called Labor of Love, for its new Women and Babies Center in Hollinger Tower at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg. The Grandons' contribution supported the construction of the newborn nursery in the new maternity unit that opened for patients on Dec. 17. The full Women and Babies Center in Hollinger Tower is slated to be completed in spring 2019 and will include a 42 private-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

To view a video of Santa visiting the babies, readers may visit www.pinnaclehealth.org/newsfeed/video-home/video/7293.

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Wellness Classes Posted December 26, 2018

WellSpan Health has scheduled a variety of programs and meetings.

Among the activities will be a variety of classes and support groups for people with diabetes. For more information and to register, readers may call the Wellness Center at 717-721-8790.

The Diabetes Support Group will discuss "Staying Healthy in the New Year: Dealing With Illness." Participants may choose to attend the free group from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, or from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be held in two sessions. People may attend from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 or from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 31 to March 7. Both programs will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The program will include 10 hours of group instruction, an initial assessment and a follow-up. Fees are covered entirely or in part by Medicare and most health insurance plans.

A Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in two sessions. One session will meet on Mondays, Jan. 7 and 14. The other will meet on Mondays, Jan. 21 and 28. Both programs will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This program will focus on preventive strategies such as healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity and behavior change. There is a fee for the class.

WellSpan will also offer a bariatric surgery program and a support group. Both sessions are free. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

Surgery for Weight Loss will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. This seminar provides an overview of the bariatric surgery program including preoperative education and surgical procedures, medical weight management and patient expectations and outcomes.

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This monthly support group provides education and support for both people who have undergone and people who plan to undergo bariatric surgery.

WellSpan will hold classes in lifesaving skills, healthy eating and healthy living. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support - CPR will be offered twice. One class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 7, and the other class will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Both classes will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This course provides instruction on 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 for the class.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This course will teach CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. Instruction on the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is included. There is a fee for the class.

Healthy You will be held in two sessions. One class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and March 5. The other class will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, and March 20. Both will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Healthy You is a program for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy and be active. There is a fee.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Giant Food Store, 850 E. Main St., Ephrata. A registered dietitian will lead a trip through the store, and attendees will learn how to read food labels and comparison shop. There is a nominal fee.

Tobacco Free Living will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28 at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The free program will include group interaction and support and information about making positive behavior changes, developing a quit plan, coping with urges and preventing relapse. Individual consults will also be available.

A free class called Plant the Seed of Learning will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the conference rooms in the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion. "Nursery Rhymes and Puppets" is the topic of the class, which will offer helpful tips on how to educate children in a playful environment. Free supplies will be provided. Families with children birth to age 2 are encouraged to attend. Registration is required by calling 717-738-6667. Additional information is available at www.planttheseedoflearning.org.

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County Blood Drives Posted December 18, 2018

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed.

Nine blood drives are scheduled in January. Donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Women and Babies Hospital, 690 Good Drive, Lancaster, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Thursday, Jan. 10, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Universal Athletic Club, 2323 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Universal Athletic Club from 2 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 22, at LGH, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 465 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown; and Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Millersville Community United Methodist Church, 163 W. Frederick St., Millersville.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood.

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Submissons Sought For Annual Publication November 23, 2018

Submissions are currently being sought for Wild Onions, the annual literary and arts magazine published by the Penn State Hershey Humanities Department. The publication features creative expression by individuals connected to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, including but not limited to patients, students, family members, and volunteers.

Original literature, photography, and art submissions are currently being accepted. Each year, a theme is provided as a suggestion, not a requirement; this year's theme is "Life Is a Beautiful Origami." In origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, a flat sheet of paper is transformed into a sculpture.

Individuals may participate by contributing their work, attending the annual launch reception, or enjoying the final product.

To submit a creative piece to be considered for publication in the 2019 edition of Wild Onions, readers may visit http://sites.psu.edu/wildonions/. Student editors will review the selections.

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Community Blood Drives Planned November 20, 2018

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed.

Ten blood drives are scheduled in December. Donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St., Leola; Wednesday, Dec. 5, at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap; Monday, Dec. 10, from noon to 7 p.m. at Rock Lititz, Pod 2, 2012 Rock Lititz Blvd., Lititz; Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Monday, Dec. 17, at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster; Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzer; Thursday, Dec. 20, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse; Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; and Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood.

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Diabetes Education Sessions Offered November 15, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host two free diabetes education sessions in November.

A free information session on diabetes and heart disease will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg. Prasanna Sugathan will discuss the link between diabetes and heart disease and share how lifestyle modifications can help people manage diabetes and lower their risk of developing heart disease.

The session is free, but space is limited. To register, readers may visit www.geisinger.org/events, email GHSEvents@geisinger.edu, or call 717-972-4289. Preregistered guests will receive a goodie bag at check-in.

"Living Well with Diabetes," a free workshop, will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafe at Weis Markets, 4525 Valley St., Enola. Presenters Erica Italiano and Erin Dunleavy will discuss goal glucose values and potential complications of diabetes. They will also share recipe ideas and samples along with healthy cooking and shopping strategies. Attendees will receive a free packet containing recipes, coupons, and more.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-732-7830 or email edunleavy@weismarkets.com.

The final "Spirit of Health" session for the year will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, with Aditya Sharma.

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Support Group To Meet November 2, 2018

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at the Hershey Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees should use the main entrance and go upstairs to room T2500.

Dr. Eugene Lengerich will be the guest speaker. He is an epidemiologist who develops, tests, and disseminates evidence-based strategies for the clinic and public health.

For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3028 or tshaw1@hmc.psu.edu.

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Smoking Cessation Program Set November 1, 2018

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health's Wellness Center is offering a free tobacco cessation program. The "Ready to Quit!" group class will meet on Tuesdays from Nov. 13 through Dec. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

During this six-week program, resources, information and support will be provided. Topics covered in this course will be preparing to quit, planning for change, recovery symptoms, coping strategies and many other techniques to help in the journey to becoming tobacco-free.

Registration is required. For more information or to enroll, readers may call 888-544-4636 or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness.

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WellSpan Announces President, CEO October 31, 2018

The board of directors of WellSpan Health announced the appointment of Roxanna L. Gapstur, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., as the next president and chief executive officer of central Pennsylvania's largest and only locally governed health system, effective Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. She will succeed Dr. Kevin H. Mosser, who will retire on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

A native of Minnesota, Gapstur currently serves as president of Methodist Hospital and senior vice president of HealthPartners, a Minnesota-based integrated health plan and care delivery organization. She also provides senior executive oversight of HealthPartners' Hutchinson Health and, through a management services agreement, Glencoe Regional Health Services.

As a senior vice president at HealthPartners, Gapstur has played an instrumental role in supporting the growth of the organization in the western Minnesota market through a recent merger and affiliation with regional expansion of specialty care; post-acute partnerships; operational leadership of care management strategies for high-risk populations with multiple payers, including a Next Generation accountable care organization; and one of the executive sponsors of quality improvement across six hospitals.

Under her leadership, Methodist Hospital has received multiple awards and distinctions for quality and safety, including a 2018 Citation of Merit from the American Hospital Association's Quest for Quality Prize, HealthGrades Top 100 Hospitals, Truven Analytics Top 100 Hospitals, Truven Everest Award, Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, and U.S. News and World Report regional leader.

Gapstur holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.; a master's degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota; and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband will relocate to central Pennsylvania soon.

To learn more, readers may visit www.wellspan.org.

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LG Health Sets Blood Drives October 25, 2018

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed.

Seven blood drives are scheduled in November. Donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Thursday, Nov. 15, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Third Floor Balcony James Street, Lancaster; Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; and Thursday, Nov. 29, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood.

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Free Flu Shots Available For First Responders October 24, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will offer free flu shots for all first responders on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill. The free flu shot clinics are open to dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and paramedics.

No appointment is necessary. Partucipants are asked to enter the Geisinger Holy Spirit campus from Poplar Church Road and follow signs to the discharge ambulance entrance. For more information, readers may contact Chris Bolock at 717-972-4929 or cbolock@geisinger.edu.

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Health Care System Launches Capital Campaign October 23, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle recently held a gala to launch a $10 million fundraising campaign, called Labor of Love, for its new Women and Babies Center. The new center is under construction at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg and is being named in honor of the campaign's honorary chair, Brad Hollinger of Mechanicsburg. Hollinger's $4 million donation to Women and Babies is the single largest contribution from an individual or family in UPMC Pinnacle's history. Hollinger Tower will house new, technologically advanced postpartum and neonatal intensive care units and address the multifaceted needs of women and babies.

Hollinger's mother, children, and grandchildren were born at Harrisburg Hospital. His mother also worked as a nurse at the hospital.

UPMC Pinnacle welcomes nearly 4,000 babies a year, and this number is expected to grow. After 20 years, the hospital is in need of significant upgrades and expansion of its maternity services.

With its planned completion in spring 2019, the Women and Babies Center will offer a dedicated elevator bank located at the main hospital entrance that travels directly to the eighth-floor welcome center. Enhancements to existing labor and delivery facilities will include eight new intake exam rooms and two new floors added to the Alex Grass Medical Science Building on the corner of Second and Chestnut streets. Also, the eighth floor will house a new maternity/postpartum unit with additional space for family members and enhanced technology. The new ninth floor will house a new, 42-private-bed, state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The center will also include a new operating room and upgrades to the current operating rooms, as well as a dedicated space for lactation services.

The new Women and Babies Center is being built with noise-reducing materials to allow for a setting more conducive to healing. The patient-centered design maximizes the therapeutic effects, including natural lighting; larger, efficiently designed patient rooms; and a better workflow for nurses and physicians. The total cost of the project is $57 million.

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

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Nurses Announced As Awards Finalists October 22, 2018

Three nurses from WellSpan Health have been selected as finalists for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. Kimberly Bahata, regional director of case management operations, WellSpan Health; Vicki Fern, care coordinator, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon; and Heather Rivera, clinical nurse, WellSpan York Hospital, are among the 27 statewide finalists in 10 award categories.

Bahata is a finalist in the Nursing Administration - Leader/Manager category, Fern in the Community Nursing category, and Rivera in the Clinical Practice RN category. The finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations received from across the state.

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania finalists were to be honored and the winners were to be announced during the organization's 29th annual gala on Oct. 26 near Harrisburg.

Previous Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania winners from WellSpan Health include Kris O'Shea, Abigail Strouse, Emily Huggins, and Leah Birch.

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide philanthropic organization whose purpose is to create, cultivate, and support environments where professional nursing achievements are valued. For more information, readers may visit www.nightingaleawards.org.

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Cancer Research Grants Available October 22, 2018

As part of their ongoing clinical collaboration, WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center announced the launch of a new cancer research grant program. The WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund is aimed at supporting research that has the potential to deliver a sustainable product in the field of cancer-related health services research by leveraging the Epic electronic health record.

Award winners will be known as WellSpan Scholars and will be expected to further the field of health services research by asking questions relevant to cancer and those patients who are at risk for, who have, or who are survivors of the disease. WellSpan Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - one of the nation's leaders in research and innovation - last year announced a clinical collaboration aimed at benefiting patients living with cancer in Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.

This collaboration provides expanded access for eligible WellSpan patients to clinical trials at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. WellSpan's coordinated network of cancer centers include WellSpan Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg, WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon, WellSpan York Cancer Center and Cherry Tree Cancer Center in Hanover. The collaboration also provides WellSpan cancer physicians with second opinion services from Johns Hopkins specialists who frequently treat the most complex cases.

WellSpan and Johns Hopkins officials anticipate that the WellSpan-Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund will fund two grants per year for up to $100,000 in direct costs for each project in one year. Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 12. For more information or to receive a referral to a WellSpan cancer specialist, readers may visit www.wellspan.org/cancer.

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Hospital Posts Traffic Changes October 17, 2018

WellSpan York Hospital is now experiencing traffic changes on its campus as a result of a construction project near the hospital's main entrance, effective Oct. 15. The project at the north entrance of the hospital requires the partial closure of the traffic circle adjacent to the main entrance.

All vehicle traffic approaching the main entrance of the hospital from Rathton Road will be rerouted through the first entrance of the main visitor parking garage, just across from the Medical Education Pavilion. Traffic will exit the garage to the main entrance. Motorists will then be routed around the open portion of the traffic circle, back through the garage and out toward the Rathton Road exit.

In addition, the rabbittransit bus stop as well as the stop for the shuttle running between the hospital and the Apple Hill Health Campus is temporarily relocated from the vicinity of the main entrance to the Emergency Department entrance.

The traffic detour and related changes are expected to be in place for about a year.

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Wellness Classes Posted October 16, 2018

WellSpan will offer wellness classes on subjects from CPR to quitting smoking. Unless noted, classes will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost for each class.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. A registered dietitian will share how to read food labels, save money, and make healthier choices.

Heartsaver Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The course teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants, and also provides instruction on the automated external defibrillator (AED).

A Safe Sitter class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Designed for youths ages 11 to 14, the class teaches babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.

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