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Hospital offers valet parking
Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon will offer complimentary valet parking service to patients and visitors at the main entrance to the hospital beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

The valet service will be available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients and visitors can access the professional office building and other areas of the hospital from the main entrance.

The hospital has partnered with Parking Solutions for Healthcare, which offers services at other ProMedica hospitals, to provide valet parking. For more information, visit

Health survey under way
Several hundred adults have been randomly selected to participate in an anonymous and confidential survey being conducted by Health Partners of Sandusky County.

The results of the survey will help local agencies identify key health problems and needs of county residents. The final health assessment report will be released in 2010. Past health assessments can be viewed at, clicking on “Health Education,” then “Health Partners.”

Those who receive a survey in the mail are asked to complete it, which should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Contact Dave Pollick at the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6377 or for more information.

H1N1 clinics
On Dec. 22, 2009 MedImmune announced that it is voluntarily recalling unused doses of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal due to a slight decrease in potency. There is no safety concern with the recall.

Revaccination is not recommended because the vaccine in the affected lots is still expected to be effective in stimulating a protective immune response. These doses were well within potency specifications at the time they were distributed.

“Doses of the recalled lot numbers were administered here in Sandusky County in October and November,” said Dave Pollick, health commissioner. “We are following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and not revaccinating since the vaccine potency was effective at that time.” Any questions regarding the recall can be directed to the Sandusky County Health Department.

The department has set H1N1 clinic dates for Jan. 11 and 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sandusky County Health Department. The clinics are open to anyone over 6 months of age.

Individuals attending the clinics should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. There is no cost for the vaccine.

For more information, call the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6377.

Crafting for a cure
Scrap `n Craft for a Cure, an evening of scrapbooking or crafting with friends, raffles, food and fun, will be held Feb. 5 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Community Markets VFW Hall in Oak Harbor.

The fee is $20 per person, which includes a light supper, snacks and beverages. All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Oak Harbor.

Call Jodi or Lisa at 419-898-4891 to reserve a spot or obtain more information.

Asthma workshop
Anas Balaa, M.D. will host an asthma workshop Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Chestnut Café at Memorial Hospital in Fremont. Dr. Balaa is a Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine specialist at the hospital.  

Topics to be discussed will include the causes, symptoms and warning signs of an asthma attack. It  will also teach ways of avoiding asthma attacks by keeping a home free of asthma “triggers.” Dr. Balaa will discuss the importance of creating an “asthma action plan,” how to keep the home free of asthma “triggers” and various treatment and preventative options.

Workshop participants will also learn how to use asthma devices such as inhalers, inhalers with spacers and nebulizers. The workshop will also provide attendees the opportunity to test their lung capacity with a spirometer, a piece of equipment used to test pulmonary function.

For more information, contact Andrew Smith in the MHCS Marketing Department at 419-334-6666 or






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