Health briefs -- ProMedica Bay Park Hospital receives an ‘A’ for patient safety

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        ProMedica Bay Park Hospital was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade.
        The designation recognizes Bay Park Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
        The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
        “ProMedica is committed to making patient safety a top priority, and we are very proud to have earned an “A” from Leapfrog Hospital Safety that shows our dedication toward providing high quality care,” says Neeraj Kanwal, MD, interim president, ProMedica Metro Region Acute Care.
        Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. Researchers found that when compared to “A” hospitals, patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death; patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk; and patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk.
        Overall, an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually from the avoidable medical errors that are accounted for in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a significant improvement from 2016, when researchers estimated 205,000 avoidable deaths. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
        “To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this ‘A.’”
        For more information about ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, visit
Benefit planned
        A Car Show & Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Julie Bryant will be held Saturday, June 15 at Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Extension, Oregon.
        Bryant, 48, who has been diagnosed with end-stage emphysema and COPD, is on the waiting list for a double lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic.
        The Car Show will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is $5. Free coffee and donuts will be available for registered vehicle owners. For info, visit
        Dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $8.
        The event will also include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.
        For more info or to make donations, call Jodi Gross at 419-351-4971 or Cruisin’ Zeake at 419-509-5066.
        Financial contributions may also be made to the Julia Bryant Fundraiser at Sun Federal Credit Union at 1917 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
Monthly Health Screening
        Magruder Hospital will offer their monthly screening June 13 starting at 9 a.m. in the lab.
        The screening, held on the second Thursday of every month, is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a basic metabolic panel (glucose, BUN/Creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a lipid profile (total cholesterol/LDL/HDL/triglycerides), as well as a blood pressure check. The cost is $16.
        Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-3131, ext. 3420.
        For more information on events and screenings, visit
July Cholesterol Clinics
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling cholesterol screening clinics for July.
        Clinics are open to Wood County residents 25 years of age and older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and over and $25 for those 25-59.
        Tests require an appointment and pretest instructions. The screening panel includes total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a Registered Nurse.
        To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 after June 14 and ask for the Social Services Department.
        The testing schedule includes:
        • Wood County Senior Center: 9-11 a.m. on July 10, July 19 and July 23.
        • Perrysburg Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. on July 18.
Taoist Tai Chi
        The Taoist Tai Chi Society, a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, will offer Beginner Tai Chi classes Wednesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. beginning July 3 at the Walbridge Municipal Building, Senior Center Gym, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge.
        Classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation, and strength.  For info, call 419-537-0131 or visit   
OSHIIP benefits counselor training
        Become an expert on Medicare benefits with free OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) training and volunteer opportunities being offered the Area Office on Aging, 2155 Arlington Ave., Toledo.
        Training is provided by the Ohio Department of Insurance, in collaboration with the RSVP Program. Once training is complete, volunteers will assist seniors in the community with Medicare counseling and screening for other benefits programs.
        Training dates include:
        Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m.-noon;
        Friday, June 14, 9 a.m.-noon;
        Monday, June 17, 9 a.m.-noon;
        Thursday, June 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Boxed lunch provided.
        To register, call 419-725-7032.
Legionella awareness
        As the temperatures rise in Lucas County, many air conditioning units and cooling towers are running continuously. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department encourages effective treatment for these types of cooling systems and other sources of Legionella, through proper maintenance and disinfectants.
        Over the last few years, several Legionella cases have been linked to either cooling towers or hot tub use and proximity during the incubation period. It is important to properly maintain these types of systems and others to limit the possibility of a Legionella issue. Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is on the rise.
        Ohio leads the country in reported LD cases with a 50% increase in cases from 2017 to 2018.
        Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of lung infection (pneumonia) that people can get by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated with Legionella, with an incubation period of one to two weeks before LD symptom onset.
        Most people who get sick need hospital care and make a full recovery – but about one in 10 people will die from the infection. Most healthy people do not get LD after being exposed to Legionella. People at increased risk of LD are 50 years of age or older and have certain risk factors, such as being a current or former smoker, having a chronic lung disease, or having a weakened immune system.
        For more information, contact the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 419-213-4100, ext. 3 or visit
Gavarone bill would ban synthetic urine
        On May 28, State Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) introduced Senate Bill 156, legislation that would prohibit the manufacture, sale or possession of synthetic urine.
        Synthetic urine is an increasingly popular substance used by drug users to defeat drug tests administered by employers, law enforcement or the court system. By cheating a test, workers, particularly those who operate large machinery, can put the safety of the public at risk because of their drug use.
        According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 18 states have enacted legislation to ban the sale, possession or use of synthetic urine, including neighboring states of Indiana and Pennsylvania.
        “Working in the transportation, trucking, and manufacturing industries requires attention to detail, critical thinking and strong communication,” said Gavarone. “Drug use severely impairs all of those skills, and with the easy access to synthetic urine, many are choosing to cheat a drug test rather than seeking treatment."
        The bill also prohibits the use of a person’s urine collected before the test or the urine of another person in an attempt to defraud an alcohol, drug, or urine screening.
        Senate Bill 156 will be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.


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