Volunteers are needed to serve as parenting instructors and patient advocates for the “Your First Look” East Toledo Women’s Center located at 101 Main Street, Suite 4, in the historic Weber Block Building.
A program of Heartbeat of Toledo, the center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Services available include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, options counseling and parenting lessons, according to Leeann Beach, patient services director.
Anyone interested in volunteering should call the office at 419-720-0632 to schedule an orientation meeting. Volunteers are asked to serve about four hours per week. Learn more about the center at www.heartbeatoftoledo.org.
Dance for the Dogs
A team of local Zumba instructors will host a special Zumba-thon to support a dog rescue organization Friday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Home, 131 N. Wheeling (corner of Seaman & Wheeling), on the border of East Toledo and Oregon.
AMS Fitness LLC and the T-Town Z-Team (Ann-Marie Searle, Scott Searle and Joanne Allred) and Jennifer Cloherty will host the “Dance for the Dogs” Zumbathon event. Other participating instructors include Brenda Johnson, Kaitlin McConocha and Amanda Smith.
The two-hour Zumbathon will take participants on a musical trip around the world in an “exercise in disguise” party atmosphere, featuring mainly Latin and international songs and a combination of dance and fitness moves. The cost of the event is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. A Zumba bracelet, water and snacks are included in the admission fee. There will also be raffles and a silent auction.
All proceeds raised will benefit Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue (www.esrescue.org), a national breed organization that saves hundreds of English Setters annually and places them in new homes. The all-volunteer group, which has members and foster homes in many states across the country, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, established in 2004. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.
St. Clare Commons open house
Discover senior living and a sweet treat at an open house Saturday, May 17 from 1-4 p.m. at St. Clare Commons, a Franciscan Living Community located at 12469 Five Point Rd., Perrysburg.
Those attending are invited to tour the living spaces, restaurant and outdoor areas. St. Clare Commons offers assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Visitors can also enjoy strawberry shortcake.
For more information, call 419-931-0500.
Practically a tourney
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will present the 25th “Practically a Golf Tournament (PGT),” May 30 at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. The festivities will begin at noon by the Clock Tower.
The event includes a unique and competitive 18-hole miniature golf tournament where businesses, organizations or friends may compete for prizes and awards. DJ Richie will return along with Felix the Cigar Roller from Casa de Monte Cristo. Lunch, cash bar, and corn hole will add to the fun and excitement of the day.
Enter a foursome for $140 and get a t-shirt, goodie bag and a chance to help a cause important to Northwest Ohio. Sponsors for the event include Automatic Handling International and Heidtman Steel Products, Inc.
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio manages and staffs 13 locations of residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The center also provides respite care, adult day services, non-medical transportation service and a work enclave.
Awareness, education and outreach programs also include a Family Support Network, a Peer Support Group and a Resource Library. All of the programs and services are free of charge.
For more information, call 419-867-5950.
Grandparents’ support group
The “Thank Goodness for Grandparents” support group will meet May 22 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School Theater Lobby.
The meeting – the group’s second gathering – will address available services that can offer support when children are visiting with biological parents. Childcare will be provided for those who RSVP by May 19.
For information, call Judy Peters, director of Student Services at 419-898-3280 or RSVP by text your name and session choice to Sara Stahl at 419-341-6535.
Online workshop available
The Ohio Department of Aging has teamed with the National Council on Aging to present, “Better Choices, Better Health,” a free online workshop for Ohioans with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic conditions. Those interested may log in from their own computers for two hours a week and learn how to reduce pain, eat well and talk with their doctors so you can live healthier lives.
Sign up at www.restartliving.org/Ohio.php.
Riverview completes state survey
During the week of April 28-May 1, Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus (nursing home) completed a successful state survey in the presence of a federal surveyor from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services from Chicago, Ohio.
On April 28 at 7 a.m., a group of five state surveyors from the Ohio Department of Health and one federal surveyor made an unscheduled visit to the facility to complete the annual state survey.
The surveyors remained in the facility from 7.a.m. until 6:30 each evening, interviewing direct care staff, residents and resident families as well as make general observations about the facility.
From the responses and observations, the surveyors focused on particular areas which they then investigated further. On May 1 at 4 p.m., the survey team held their exit conference. At that time the preliminary findings showed only one minor concern that the facility had already corrected.
“This is a very intense four days for our staff,” stated Riverview Administrator Kendra German, “Nursing homes are the second most regulated industry in the county, only behind nuclear power plants. This is a huge honor and accomplishment to our staff.”
Unison Behavioral Health recently kicked off its “Just Don’t” prevention campaign. Funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, the goal of the campaign is to increase the community’s awareness of the risks of alcohol use and substance abuse.
The campaign utilizes a variety of advertising platforms which will run through November. Components of the campaign include cinema advertising at Franklin Park 16 and Fallen Timbers, television advertising, commuter advertising and distribution of tools that primary care and emergency room physicians can utilize to identify at-risk individuals.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.unisonbhg.org/JustDont.
Health networks collaborate
Kettering Health Network is collaborating with four of Ohio’s leading healthcare systems to create new ways to provide health services that will deliver higher quality, better health and greater value for Ohioans.
The Network has joined Health Innovations Ohio (HIO), an independent, collaborative organization formed in 2012 by Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati), Mount Carmel Health System (Columbus), Summa Health System (Akron), and University Hospitals (Cleveland). Catholic Health Partners is the parent company of Mercy Health Partners.
HIO’s founding health systems together reach more than 22 percent of Ohio’s healthcare market. With the addition of Kettering Health Network, HIO’s members will reach nearly 34 percent of Ohio’s healthcare market.
HIO is creating a new model of healthcare delivery that:
• Focuses on continued, coordinated care instead of episodes of illness
• Engages doctors, nurses, hospitals and other care providers in shared responsibility for keeping patients healthy
• Encourages Ohioans to be involved with their healthcare providers in managing their health
• Influences behavior changes that prevent illness
• Creates a measurable difference in lower costs, higher quality and better outcomes
“Health Innovations Ohio members are leaders in improving health care for the people of Ohio,” said Jim Reber, president and CEO of HIO. “We welcome Kettering Health Network as our fifth partner focused on making real changes that lead to better care for our communities.”
More information is available at www.HealthInnovationsOhio.com.