Mercy hospitals set visitor restrictions
In an effort to manage the spread of the flu, Mercy is moving to implement a restricted visitor policy for those visitors 17 years of age and younger in their metro facilities, which includes Mercy St. V’s, Mercy Children’s, Mercy St. Anne and Mercy St. Charles. Any exceptions to this policy will need to be made prior to visitation with the unit’s nurse manager.
As always, in order to further protect patients, visitors and employees, visitors who are ill with flu-like symptoms are restricted from visiting Mercy hospitals during this flu season.
H1N1 flu clinic set
The Sandusky County Health Department will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supply is exhausted, at Clyde High School, 1015 Race Street, Clyde.
This clinic is only for those that fall into the priority groups set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. The intramuscular injection only will be offered.
Those attending the clinic should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. There will be no cost for the vaccine. Please bring you current driver’s license or photo identification.
Call the health department at 419-334-6377 for more information.
The Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio is offering their second annual Caregiver Expo, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.
Sponsored by The Blade, Med1Care and Tarta/Tarps Paratransit Service, the Expo will feature over 40 area exhibitors offering information designed to help caregivers provide medical, physical and emotional care to their aging loved ones and much-needed support for themselves. Author, speaker and award-winning singer/songwriter Karen Taylor-Good will be the keynote speaker.
Memorial Hospital in Fremont will host a Diabetes Fair Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area of the hospital previously occupied by the Physical Medicine Department. Those attending should enter through the main entrance.
The free event will include several different health screenings and educational handouts, as well as other diabetes-related materials. Door prizes will also be given away and there will be free, healthy refreshments. There will also be free samples and giveaways from Memorial Hospital and various other health-care companies.
For more information, call Crystal Laurer, RN at 419-332-7321 ext. 6635.
Scrap for a cure
Scrap `n Craft for a Cure, an evening of scrapbooking or crafting with friends, will be held Nov. 20 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Community Markets VFW Hall in Oak Harbor.
The $20 registration fee includes light supper, snacks and beverages. All proceeds benefit the Relay for Life of Oak Harbor.
Call Jodi or Lisa at 419-898-4891 to reserve a spot.
Support group to meet
The Toledo Area Sjogren’s Syndrome Support Group will meet Nov. 8 from 2-4 p.m. on the eighth floor of Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania.
Guest speaker Maggi Smith, DPM, will discuss, “Neuropathy and General Foot Care.” For directions or more information, call Dr. Judi Furlong, group leader, at 419-824-1927.
Hospital to host seminar on spine condition
Memorial Hospital and Golden Threads are hosting a free public seminar on Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) on Wednesday, November 11 at 4 p.m. The seminar will be held in the hospital’s Chestnut Café. Dr. Andrew Huddleston, D.O. will present.
At the LSS Seminar, Dr. Huddleston will provide information regarding treatment options for people who have been diagnosed with LSS. He will also be available to answer questions regarding the condition.
LSS is a spinal condition that affects middle-aged and older adults; it can prevent them from participating in normal activities. LSS symptoms include back and leg pain as well as “pins and needles” or tingling feelings in legs, calves and buttocks. These symptoms can be aggravated when walking or standing. According to spinal-health.com, approximately 400,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with LSS.
Dr. Huddleston is a board certified orthopedic surgeon; he is a spine specialist with Memorial Hospital.
For more information, or to sign up, call 1.877.290.3456.