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Community Blood Drives Posted May 16, 2018

Lancaster General (LG) Health will sponsor community blood drives each month 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 local community. No appointments are needed.

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 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood. The Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center hours are 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.

Blood drives will receive donors from 2 to 7 p.m. Blood drives will take place on Tuesday, June 5, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St. (Route 23), Leola; Wednesday, June 6, at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap; Thursday, June 7, at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, 1960 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster; Tuesday, June 12, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St. Third Floor Balcony, Lancaster; Wednesday, June 13, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Wednesday, June 20, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers; Thursday, June 21, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse; Tuesday, June 26, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; and Wednesday, June 27, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz.

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Students Take Part In Health Care Academy May 9, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit in Camp Hill hosted 50 students from five counties on April 20 at the annual Future of Health Care Academy.

The daylong program provided ninth- and 10th-grade students from Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry counties with an opportunity to experience health care careers. Students visited four stations: allied health, EMS, nursing, and wound care.

The Future of Health Care Academy is made possible by a donation from Select Medical through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Geisinger Holy Spirit is designated as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) with the EITC program. The tax credit program funds additional educational opportunities for public and private school children while providing tax credits to donating businesses.

To find out more about the EITC program and the benefits offered through Geisinger Holy Spirit, readers may contact Crystal Quintin at 717-909-3375 or caquintin@geisinger.edu.

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WellSpan Slates Classes, Events May 2, 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.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be offered twice. Individuals may choose to attend from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 9 to June 13, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, or they may attend from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 29 to July 3, at the WellSpan Brossman Health Center, 136 Lake St., Ephrata. 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.

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, May 14 and 21, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The program will focus on preventive strategies such as healthful eating, portion control, label reading and physical activity. There is a fee to participate. WellSpan hosts a variety of diabetes education programs.

WellSpan will also host support group meetings.

The Diabetes Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The program is free.

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on May 10 at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The monthly support group provides education, motivation and support for both pre-surgery and post-surgery bariatric patients. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 North Reading Road, Ephrata. The group will share information, offer support, and provides 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. The program is free, and no preregistration is required. More details are available by calling 717-721-4835.

WellSpan will offer three life saving classes at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center.

Two identical Basic Life Support/CPR trainings will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 14 and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 30. Topics will include adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, the use of a bag mask, and foreign body airway obstruction. The classes will also include instruction on the Automated External Defibrillator. There is a fee.

Heart Saver First Aid - Adult will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Attendees will learn how to respond to and manage an emergency. There is a fee.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 9. Attendees will learn CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. The class will include instruction on the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). There is a fee.

Families may participate in Purposeful Play: Vision Development from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 10 at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata, in the Conference Rooms. Designed for families with children from newborns to age 2, the session will offer tips on how to educate children in a playful environment. Free supplies will be provided for families in attendance. Registration is required by calling 717-738-MOMS or visiting www.planttheseedoflearning.org.

Two HealthTalks will take place in May. The talks are free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222. Shoulder Pain? Relief is Within Your Reach will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 15 at The Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Women and Sleep: The Mysteries, Challenges and Solutions will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata.

Additional activities will include the Safe Sitter Training program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The class will include instruction in babysitting skills, techniques in CPR, injury prevention and management, sitter safety information, child care essentials, and behavior management. The program is designed for sitters between the ages of 11 and 14. There is a fee.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14 at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital registered dietitian will share information about reading food labels and comparison shopping to save money and make healthier choices. There is a nominal fee.

Surgery for Weight Loss will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion. The free seminar will provide an overview of the WellSpan Bariatric Surgery program, including preoperative education and surgical procedures, medical weight management, and patient expectations and outcomes. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-721-8795.

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Support Group Plans Meeting May 2, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, May 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Ashley Avenoso, a speech language pathologist, will speak on the topic "How Speech Therapy Helps Persons With Dementia."

The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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LG Health Blood Drives Planned May 2, 2018

LG Health will sponsor community blood drives each month 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 local community. No appointments are needed.

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. LG Health Blood Donor Center hours are from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Blood drives will receive donors from 2 to 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Blood drives will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Tuesday, May 8, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, May 9, at Providence Township, 200 Mt. Airy Road, New Providence; Thursday, May 10, at Victory Church, 1827 Freedom Road, Suite 103, Lancaster; Wednesday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burle Industries, New Holland Avenue, Building 12A, Lancaster; Thursday, May 17, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Tuesday, May 22, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Thursday, May 24, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LGH, 555 N. Duke St. Third Floor Balcony, Lancaster; Tuesday, May 29, at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 111 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville; and Thursday, May 31, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 451 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

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Abuse Prevention Campaign Posted April 25, 2018

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Pinnacle Health Foundation is participating in Pinwheels for Prevention, a nationwide campaign that brings awareness to the many ways we can help prevent child abuse. For every $10 donated to the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign via the Pinnacle Health Foundation, a pinwheel will be placed on the lawn of the UPMC Pinnacle Children's Resource Center (CRC) to honor the community's generosity.

The UPMC Pinnacle CRC is a nationally accredited child advocacy center that serves children in the community who are suspected of having suffered sexual or physical abuse, or who have witnessed violence. The CRC has treated more than 10,000 children since opening its doors in 1994, and works to connect children and caregivers with the critical mental health and social services needed to begin the healing process.

To donate, readers may visit www.UPMCPinnacle.com/Pinwheels.

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Youths Donate Funds To LCCA April 19, 2018

Kendall Hein, age 12, and Tessa Cronin, age 11, both of Elizabethtown, spent the last several months shoveling snow and babysitting. Instead of spending their earnings, the girls decided to use the money to help other children. In early March, Kendall and Tessa donated $680 to the Lancaster County Children's Alliance (LCCA) at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. When they made the in-person donation, they toured the LCCA center and immediately started brainstorming ways they can continue to raise money this spring and summer.

As a nonprofit organization, the LCCA relies heavily on community partnerships and support. All LCCA client services are provided free of charge. The LCCA provides comprehensive, coordinated services to victims of child abuse. Since opening in 2006, the LCCA has served more than 5,300 local children. Last year, 773 children received support through sound investigations, compassionate treatment, and prevention of further victimization.

The LCCA is a nationally accredited children's advocacy center providing services for children in Lancaster County in a child-focused center. Through a multidisciplinary team approach, Lancaster County has made innovative progress in its response to child abuse, meeting the ever changing needs of children in the community. LCCA's multidisciplinary team includes the district attorney's office of Lancaster, Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency, law enforcement, YWCA of Lancaster, and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

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Bereavement Group To Meet April 11, 2018

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit (GHS), 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group. The group will meet on Wednesdays, April 18 through May 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the pastoral care consultation room.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. The program will help participants learn how to cope with grief and turn mourning into memories. Sister Margaret Washington, director of pastoral care services at GHS, and Sister Ann Marie Marabella, pastoral care associate, will lead the sessions.

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

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Baltimore Bus Trip Planned April 11, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a bus trip to historic sites in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday, June 13. The trip is open to members of Geisinger Holy Spirit's free Silver Circle program. The trip will include a National Anthem Cruise of Baltimore Harbor, visits to the Star-Spangled Banner House and Fort McHenry, and lunch at a local restaurant.

The cost per person includes all taxes and gratuities. The bus will depart from Boscov's Camp Hill at 8:45 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. The bus will then travel to Boscov's Colonial Park and depart at 9:15 a.m. and will return around 7:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Trip registrations need to be made through Boscov's Travel by Tuesday, May 1. For more information and to download a registration form, readers may visit www.events.geisinger.org and click on GHS Silver Circle.

Silver Circle membership is free and is open to all adults age 55 and older. Spouses of a Silver Circle member may join if they are under 55 years of age. To sign up for Silver Circle membership, readers may visit timetosignup.com/holyspiritevents/form/9230.

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Health Services Announce News April 11, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle announced the completed affiliation between the health system's mobile integrated health service, Community LifeTeam and White Rose Ambulance in York County. All White Rose employees in good standing at the time of the transaction are eligible to continue employment.

As a mobile integrated health service consisting of highly trained, certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, White Rose will continue to provide service for the York and Gettysburg communities. White Rose Ambulance provides mobile patient care and transportation 24/7. Together, White Rose Ambulance and Community LifeTeam will be able to provide coordinated and cost-effective care.

With the addition of White Rose Ambulance, Community LifeTeam continues to expand emergency medical services to meet the needs of the community. Community LifeTeam provides both basic and advanced life support to 45 municipalities in Dauphin, Cumberland, Northumberland, and York counties, including the cities of Harrisburg and York, and mutual aid response to EMS services in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Perry, Schuylkill, and Northumberland counties.

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WellSpan To Offer Programs April 6, 2018

WellSpan Ephrata has planned a variety of upcoming wellness programs for the community in April.

Attendees may be screened for oral, head and neck cancer in a free program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. Those at risk include people who use tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, and drink alcohol. Oral, head and neck cancers may occur in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, thyroid gland, throat or larynx. Registration is required, as screening appointments are limited. Readers may call 717-721-8790.

WellSpan will host HealthTalks on joint pain and cancer prevention. The talks are free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222. Talks will include Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Roxanne Kintzer, total joint program coordinator, will present an overview of the anatomy of knees and hips, conditions related to arthritis and the importance of getting a proper diagnosis.

Cancer Prevention: Take Charge of Your Lifestyle will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at The Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library. Lesley Hughes, radiation oncologist, will review cancer prevention, screenings and when to see a physician.

WellSpan will host several programs about weight loss. Programs are free but registration is required by calling 717-721-8795. Programs will include Surgery for Weight Loss from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. This seminar will provide an overview of the WellSpan 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, April 12, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. This is a monthly support group that provides education, motivation and support for both pre-surgery and post-surgery bariatric patients.

WellSpan will offer a variety of additional wellness programs. Unless noted, readers should register by calling 717-721-8790.

Cooking Demonstration: Heart-Healthy, Low Sodium Cooking will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Keystone Villa at Ephrata, 100 N. State St., Ephrata. Breanna Kauffman, clinical dietitian, and Chef Todd of Keystone Villa will demonstrate and share healthy recipes that can help lower salt intake in this free program. To register, readers may call 855-237-4222.

Tobacco Free Living Series will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from April 19 to May 31, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This free tobacco cessation program will include group support, making positive behavior change, developing a quit plan, coping with urges and preventing relapse. Individual consults will also be available.

A grocery store tour will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 23, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. Attendees will join a registered dietitian and learn how to read food labels and comparison-shop to save money and make healthier choices. There is a nominal cost to attend.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant with AED Training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. This free course will teach CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. It will also include instruction on the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

A Safe Sitter Training program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The course, designed for youths ages 11 to 14, will include instruction in babysitting skills, techniques in CPR, injury prevention and management, sitter safety information, child care essentials and behavior management. There is a cost to attend.

WellSpan will host a Cancer Support Group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The group will share information, offer support and provide resources and strategies for those living with cancer and their caregivers. Registration is not required. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

The Plant the Seed of Science program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Keystone Villa. The program, for families with children ages 2 to 4, will expand the impact of the Plant the Seed of Learning support program. Classes will offer helpful tips on early childhood education. The program is free but registration is required by calling 717-738-MOMS or visiting http://planttheseedoflearning.org.

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Penn State Health Posts Board News April 4, 2018

Penn State Health recently announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors, all from Highmark Health. The board appointments are part of the innovative strategic partnership announced by Penn State Health and Highmark Health in December 2017. The organizations have committed a collective investment of more than $1 billion toward the development of a high-value, community-based health care network designed to keep care local and enhance collaboration with community physicians.

Also as part of the agreement, Penn State Health announced on Feb. 20 that Dr. Tony G. Farah, executive vice president, chief medical and clinical transformation officer for Highmark Health, joined the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center board of directors. Joining the Penn State Health board of directors for one-year terms are Deborah Rice-Johnson, Karen Hanlon, and Thomas VanKirk.

To learn more, readers may visit http://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/about/board-of-directors.

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Support Group Plans Meeting April 4, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, April 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Laura Miller will share on the topic "Protecting Seniors From Identity Theft, Scams and Elder Abuse."

The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Easter Bunny Visits Hospital April 4, 2018

For more than a decade, the Chester County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Chester County Hospital and Easter Bunny Inc. to spread cheer via a visit by the Easter Bunny. This year's visit took place on March 29 and included appearances in the maternity, pediatric, and emergency wings. The bunny, portrayed for the first time by Deputy Josue Pifer, skipped down corridors and responded to requests to visit rooms.

Hospital volunteer Dennis Ayotte served as a guide for the bunny and Deputy Brian Carr also accompanied his colleague Pifer on the two-hour holiday detail. Chief among Carr's responsibilities were keeping the bunny hydrated and carrying a large basket overflowing with small stuffed rabbits and coloring books. According to Carr, the event offered a fun way to bring joy to those who would not be able to celebrate Easter at home this year.

One of the pair's first encounters was with Pifer's sister, Elizabeth Pifer, who was waiting in the hospital lobby with her 9-month-old son, Jaden Kopietz, when the Easter Bunny entourage arrived. She had made a special trip to the hospital to see her brother's bunny debut.

Sam and Eleanor Meiner founded Easter Bunny Inc. in 1995 to put a sparkle in children's eyes during the Easter season. The Florida couple, who received 501(c)(3) status for the program, realized that sheriff's offices could help them expand their reach. In 2004, they began soliciting partnerships at the National Sheriff's Association conference.

Thanks to the pitch, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, whose grandfather's pet name for her as a child became her lifelong moniker, signed on to participate in 2005, receiving a free costume and stuffed bunnies to distribute.

Welsh eagerly awaits the annual event, but this year she was only able to participate in spirit, having undergone double knee replacement surgery at the hospital a month ago.

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Community Blood Drives Posted March 27, 2018

LG Health sponsors community blood drives each month 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. No appointments are needed.

Community blood drives dates and locations include Wednesday, April 18, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzer; Thursday, April 19, at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 N. Frederick St., Millersville; Tuesday, April 24, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, April 25, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; and Thursday, April 26, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse. All blood drives will receive donors from 2 to 7 p.m.

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 visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Retirees To Gather For Lunch March 23, 2018

The retirees from the Hershey Medical Center will get together for a lunch social on Thursday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoss's Steak and Sea House, 9009 Bridge St. (Route 322), Hummelstown. A banquet room will be provided. Retirees will be responsible for their own meal, and meal orders will be taken at the table after attendees are seated.

The group meets quarterly on a social basis. Its purpose is to allow retirees an opportunity to renew friendships and provide networking on retirement matters and issues.

All Hershey Medical Center retirees, especially recent retirees, are welcome. Readers with questions may call Ginny Mullen at 717-641-3332 or Ellie Kuntz at 717-469-0220.

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Program Ensures Babies Receive Screenings March 22, 2018

Pediatrician Dr. Katie Williams of the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg will present study results during an annual public health conference at the Eden Resort and Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday, April 3. Williams will share about a program that she and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Devyani Chowdhury of Cardiology Care for Children in Lancaster developed, allowing midwives to screen babies for heart and lung conditions within hours of birth.

The one-day conference, titled Understanding Public Health In Pennsylvania: A Retrospective Review and Forecast for the Coming Year, will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations. The conference is offered by the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program.

Williams will speak about a study related to the pulse oximetry test, which measures a newborn's blood oxygen levels to detect cyanosis, or blueness. Cyanosis can be a sign of serious heart defects, lung disease, and infections in newborns that frequently cannot be seen by the naked eye, even by experienced midwives or obstetricians.

The at-home wellness screening program was developed in 2015 by Chowdhury and Williams after Pennsylvania state law mandated, in 2014, that pulse oximetry screenings be performed at 24 to 48 hours of age as part of every newborn's physical examination regardless of their place of birth. Chowdhury's protocol requires screenings be performed by the midwife before she leaves the mother and the baby, typically when the baby is three to five hours old, and again 24 to 48 hours after birth. The program includes workshops to train midwives on using the equipment, as the test is only reliable if performed using the right equipment and by trained personnel. Chowdhury also worked with the Clinic to find initial funding to purchase pulse oximeters.

Mallory Sensenig of Denver realized first-hand the importance of the screening when, within hours of delivering her daughter, Josephine, her nurse midwife, Danielle Malik of Wernersville, found the newborn's oxygen levels below normal. Josephine was immediately seen by Chowdhury, who did not detect any heart problems and recommended they take the baby to Heart of Lancaster. Josephine was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she was treated for fluid in her lungs. After two days, her parents were able to take her home to her four siblings. On Jan. 25, Josephine, a normal, healthy toddler, celebrated her first birthday.

Since 2015, nearly 2,000 newborns have received wellness screenings by midwives. As a result of the in-home screenings, seven newborns have been identified with heart or lung problems and received care before potentially becoming critically ill. Currently, 33 midwives and Birth Care in Georgetown use 51 pulse oximeters while attending deliveries in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland through donations from McDonald House Charities, Abby's Foundation and Hershey Rotary.

For more information about the Clinic for Special Children, readers may visit www.clinicforspecialchildren.org/.

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Hospital Posts Lifesaver Class March 21, 2018

The Wellness Center of 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.

Basic Life Support - CPR class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 26. The 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) is also included. There is a cost to attend.

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Local Wellness Programs Posted March 14, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital offers 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.

Healthy You will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 27 to April 17, and Tuesday, May 15, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy, and be active.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Designed for teenagers ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.

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Diabetes Program Posted March 14, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Taking Charge of Your Diabetes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21 to April 25. The program will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens.

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. Cost varies by insurance provider.

To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

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