Nurse designs personal hospital gown for more privacy
A woman’s need for privacy in the hospital is usually compromised by medical professionals just doing their jobs.
While hospital gowns that tie in the back and are solid in front are ideal cover-ups for bed-bound patients just coming out of surgery, the same gowns reveal too much as patients start moving around their rooms or in the halls.
Linda Hamilton, who spent 13 years as a Registered Nurse at Toledo Hospital, saw too many women struggle with their desire for personal privacy while wearing standard hospital gowns. So, she and a couple of co-workers decided to design a better gown.
While the two co-workers walked away from the project for various reasons, Hamilton stuck with it and earlier this month received her second patent for a newly designed gown she tentatively calls the PAL Gown. PAL stands for Privacy at Last.
Hamilton’s gown snaps open and closes in the front. There is an inner removable “bed jacket” inside the gown--a short garment that covers the shoulders and bosom--which can be opened from the front or the side. This two-part gown combines easy access with privacy for nursing mothers and mastectomy patients.
There are also a number of inside pockets to hide and carry drains and medication pumps. Tubes can be placed inside the gown to prevent children and equipment from grabbing them.
Hamilton is a Walbridge resident and a Lake grad. She now works in the home health care field specializing in high-risk pregnant women. She says the 100 percent cotton gown provides the same privacy and convenience for women recovering at home or for those visiting the doctor’s office.
She currently sells the gown on her Facebook page for $65 plus tax and is starting to market the product to doctors. You can learn more by going to Facebook and searching for Patient Gowns by Design LLC. Or, call her at 419-309-8112.
Two new businesses in Oak harbor, Mill Street Brew and Lisa’s Fitness Studio, will jointly hold an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Mill Street Brew is owned by Chris and Rachel Varga and is located at 169 Mill Street in Oak Harbor. The Vargas sell a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, muffins, sandwiches, and salads. Hours are Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can check them out on Facebook or call 419-707-0681
Lisa’s Fitness Studio, located at 165 W. Water Street, is owned by Lisa Reiter.
Reiter offers co-ed fitness classes for all ages and skill levels. She has an array of co-ed classes which you can see on her Facebook page. She also offers childcare while you work out.
You can reach her at 419-307-0363.
New auto sales
New auto sales for the first half of the year are up in Lucas County and down for the seven dealers serving the Eastern Maumee Bay area.
According to Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter, new auto sales for the county are up 6.4 percent to 11,450 units. The total is up 23.8 percent over the lowest level in the last 12 years, which occurred in 2009, during the Great Recession.
Meanwhile, new auto sales for the seven dealers located in The Press distribution area are down 12.3 percent from the same time last year. However, when compared to 2010 totals for the first half of the year, they are up 24.1 per cent.
Top selling models locally continue to be Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, Ford F-150 pick-up truck and the Chevy Equinox SUV.
The seven local dealers are Baumann Chevy and Baumann Ford in Genoa; Dunn Chevy Buick and Mathews Ford in Oregon; Keller Chevrolet in Gibsonburg; Rouen Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge in Woodville and Tri-Motor Sales in Oak Harbor.
The AK Steel Foundation is seeking nominations to honor Walbridge area women for the annual Steel Magnolia Award which honors women who have faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership.
The award is sponsored by AK Steel, whose Walbridge subsidiary, AK Tube, manufactures carbon and stainless steel tubing products.. The deadline is July 31. To learn more go to www.mcfoundation.org/steelmagnolia or call the Middleton Community Foundation at 513-424-7369.
Each recipient will be able to designate a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice.
At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Steak Roast & Reverse Raffle Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the Walbridge VFW on North Main Street in Walbridge.
Prize payout for first is $3,000; for second, $2,000 and for third, $1,000. Tickets are $100 which include two reverse raffle entries, two steak dinners and beer, wine and pop.
For tickets, or to volunteer, call the chamber at 419-693-5580 or email Angela Crosby at
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pearson Park improvements.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation and the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will introduce Lindsay Myers, the new executive director for the foundation, at the Annual Party in the Parking Lot, Thursday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Myers, as well as chamber executive director Sarah Beavers, will speak at 5:15.
Contact the foundation for more information at 419-693-9999 or the chamber at 419-693-5580.
The right thing
The Edward Jones office in Oak Harbor is collecting school supplies for the less fortunate, according to Jeff Chio, branch manager.
Chio said items needed include crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, pocket folders, glue sticks, pens, pencils, book bags, book covers, erasers and paper. The drive continues during regular business hours until August 24. Call 419-898-0821.
Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday, noon to The Workplace at 419-836-1319, email to
or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.