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Event To Focus On Depression March 19, 2019

Geisinger Holy Spirit and the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies will host "Beyond the Blues: Signs, Symptoms and Support for Children and Teens Facing Depression" as part of the Partners in Caring Speaker Series. The free session will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the college's High Center, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg.

Kendra Nichols will lead a diverse group of panelists with expertise in pediatric medicine, family dynamics, school counseling, community crisis intervention, social media and gaming culture. Attendees will learn about the signs, symptoms and influencers of depression and practical ways parents, teachers and community members can support youths.

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

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Community Cleanup Effort Planned March 14, 2019

The annual Kiss Hershey Back, Penn State College of Medicine medical students' annual initiative to give back to the community, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kiss Hershey Back is an effort to clean up public areas and streets.

Students are calling for help from community members and local businesses, as the cleanup covers a large area and the effort requires donations. Those interested in participating or supporting the cause through donations may email kisshersheyback@gmail.com. More information may be received at http://kisshersheyback.blogspot.com.

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Diabetes Health Programs Slated February 28, 2019

WellSpan will offer a variety of programs about diabetes. For more information or to register for any program, readers may call 717-721-8790.

A Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 12 and 19, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. This program focuses on healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity, and behavior changes. There is a fee to attend.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, March 19 to April 23, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The program includes 10 hours of group instruction, initial assessment, and follow-up. Fees vary but may be covered entirely or in part by Medicare and most health insurance plans.

The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center.

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Wellness Classes Planned February 28, 2019

WellSpan will offer a variety of wellness classes. There is a fee to participate in each program. Programs will take place at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless otherwise stated. To register for any class, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support - CPR will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, or from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 13. This course covers adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) are also included.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23. This course teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. It also includes instruction on the AED.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Weis Market, 331 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. A registered dietitian will take participants through the aisles of the supermarket, providing information on reading food labels and comparison shopping.

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Class For Families Set February 28, 2019

Plant the Seed of Learning will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the conference rooms of the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. The free class is designed for families with children from birth to age 2.

"Nursery Rhymes and Puppets" will be the topic of the class, which will offer tips on how to educate children in a playful environment. Free supplies will be provided.

Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. More information is available at www.planttheseedoflearning.org. The program is sponsored by WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata Area School District, Cocalico School District, and Conestoga Valley School District.

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Free Health Talk Posted February 28, 2019

"Conditions of the Spine and Treatment Options" will be the topic of a free health talk to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Participants will learn about the anatomy of the back and neck, conditions related to the pain, and the importance of getting a proper diagnosis to help get relief. The talk will be presented by WellSpan.

Readers may register by calling 855-237-4222.

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Community Blood Drives Planned February 21, 2019

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health will sponsor community blood drives during March throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be in good health, be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be well hydrated, eat a healthy meal within four hours before donating, and bring a form of ID.

Blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will be held on Monday, March 4, at Manheim Township Police Department, 1825 Municipal Drive, Lancaster; Tuesday, March 5, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Wednesday, March 6, at Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Tuesday, March 12, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St., Leola; Wednesday, March 13, Susquehanna Valley EMS, 820 Church St., Mount Joy; Thursday, March 14, at Wrightdale Baptist Church, 310 Little Britain Road, Peach Bottom; Wednesday, March 20, at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Thursday, March 21, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown; and on Tuesday, March 26, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster, on the third-floor balcony, James Street.

Community members may also self-schedule appointments to donate blood at the Blood Donor Center at the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 202, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option one or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/LGH/Our-Services/Blood-Bank.aspx.

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Board Welcomes New Membership February 12, 2019

The WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital board of directors has welcomed four members for 2019. The new members are Reyna Britton of Lancaster; Richard Broadbent of Millersville; Joseph Degenhard, M.D., of Lancaster; and Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., of York. They join a volunteer governing board tasked with oversight of the hospital.

In addition to the new members, the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital board of directors for 2019 includes William C. Funk, D.M.D., chairman; Linda Weaver, vice chairman; Aaron L. Groff Jr., secretary; P. Joshua Gluck, treasurer; Doug Arbittier, M.D.; Leon Ray Burkholder; Lloyd G. Goldfarb, M.D.; R. Fred Groff III; Jeff Keyser, D.O.; Jeffrey Musser, D.O.; Carrie Willetts; and Carrie Evans Wilson.

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Foundation Elects Board Members February 12, 2019

The Ephrata Community Health Foundation board has elected two new officers and a new member for 2019. The new chairman is Gil Sager of Ephrata, a financial adviser. The new vice chairman is Frank Reid of Millersville, chief executive officer of a consulting firm. The new board member is Joseph S. Annese, D.O., of Lancaster, a retired otolaryngologist.

In addition to Sager, Reid, and Annese, the 2019 members and officers are Joyce Hoover, CPA, secretary/treasurer; Leon Ray Burkholder; Patrick N. Glavce; Virginia L. Good; Michael Kane; William E. Longenecker, D.O.; Michele M. McHenry; Harvey H. Nolt; John M. Porter Jr.; Carrie E. Willetts; and Anita C. Yoder.

The Ephrata Community Health Foundation works to improve the health of the local community by supporting the nonprofit and charitable endeavors of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Its board ensures that all funds designated to the Ephrata Community Health Foundation support WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and the local community.

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WellSpan To Offer Wellness Classes February 8, 2019

WellSpan will offer a variety of wellness classes in February. Classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless otherwise noted. For more information and to register, readers may call the Wellness Center at 717-721-8790. There is a fee to participate in each program.

Basic Life Support - CPR will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The course covers 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) are also included.

A grocery store tour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. Participants will join a registered dietitian in the aisles of the local supermarket and learn about reading food labels and comparison shopping.

Heartsaver Adult, Child, and Infant CPR With AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The course teaches CPR; relief of choking for adults, children, and infants; and instruction on the AED.

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Diabetes Review Class Scheduled February 8, 2019

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 19 and 26, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens.

This review is for individuals who have already completed the 10-hour diabetes class. The program will review meal planning, carb counting, recipe modification, treatment options, dealing with unexpected situations, and goal setting.

The fee varies, as the program is covered in part by Medicare and various health insurance plans. For more information or to register for a class, readers may call the Wellness Center at 717-721-8790.

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Tobacco Cessation Class To Meet February 7, 2019

Lancaster General Health's Wellness Center is offering a free quit-nicotine program. The Freedom From Smoking group class will meet on Tuesdays from Feb. 19 to March 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster. Through the six-week course, participants will be given tools and support to help build a personal quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available to participants (as grant funding allows).

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

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WellSpan Names Vice President February 7, 2019

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has appointed Dr. Il Jun Chon as vice president of medical affairs.

Chon, of Ephrata, previously served as medical director of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital Hospitalist Services and president of the hospital's medical staff. A hospitalist, he also was a member of WellSpan Internal Medicine. He also championed a number of quality improvement initiatives at the hospital.

Chon is a graduate of Tulane University and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

In addition to this work, Chon is a vocalist who sings at weddings and events, as well as at local churches. He and his wife, Joyce, have three daughters.

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Resource For Veterans Posted January 28, 2019

The Coatesville Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center is committed to reducing suicide among all veterans, whether they are enrolled in the VA health care or not.

Everyone can do something to help a veteran who is going through a difficult time, and the VA Center notes that preventing suicide begins with the willingness to be there.

For information on resources available for veterans, families, friends, and communities, readers may visit https://mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/resources.asp. This link contains sites to awareness videos, veterans sharing stories to encourage seeking help, and educational resources and advice to help identify the warning signs of crisis.

If someone believes a veteran in their life may be contemplating suicide, they may call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1. The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by text, and individuals can simply send a text message to 838255 or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net. Qualified and compassionate VA responders are on call 24 hours every day to provide guidance on how to connect veterans with support and help keep them from harm.

For more information about the Coatesville VA Medical Center, readers may visit www.coatesville.va.gov.

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Resource For Veterans Posted January 28, 2019

The Veterans Administration (VA) is committed to reducing suicide among all veterans, whether they are enrolled in the VA health care or not.

Everyone can do something to help a veteran who is going through a difficult time, and the VA notes that preventing suicide begins with the willingness to be there.

For information on resources available for veterans, families, friends, and communities, readers may visit https://mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/resources.asp. This link contains sites to awareness videos, veterans sharing stories to encourage seeking help, and educational resources and advice to help identify the warning signs of crisis.

If someone believes a veteran in their life may be contemplating suicide, they may call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1. The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by text, and individuals can simply send a text message to 838255 or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net. Qualified and compassionate VA responders are on call 24 hours every day to provide guidance on how to connect veterans with support and help keep them from harm.

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Hospital Earns Recognition January 28, 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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Hospital Slates Health Programs January 21, 2019

UPMC Pinnacle will host several community education events. All programs are free, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments will be served.

Breakthrough Heart Treatments will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center, 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. The program will feature the latest treatments for valve diseases.

Doing Your Part to Maintain a Healthy Heart will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center. Attendees will learn about the risk factors that impact heart health, how to make lifestyle modifications to improve heart health, and the role of fitness to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Preventing and Managing Heart Failure will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center, 3301 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Participants will learn more about healthy living to prevent heart failure, the most up-to-date scientific management of heart failure, and strategies to care for those with advanced heart failure.

Peripheral Artery Disease - What Can Your Legs Tell You About Your Heart? will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Education Center, 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle. Attendees will learn about their risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can strike the legs, abdomen, or neck, and learn about medications, lifestyle choices, and treatments to prevent or manage PAD.

Keep the Beat will take an in-depth look at atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, along with discussion about alternative blood thinner medications and treatment options. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center.

Space is limited. Readers may register at www.upmcpinnacle.com/events or by calling 877-499-3299.

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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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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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