Wellness at a Glance/Events for Community Outreach

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St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Nurses’ Health Tip:

New research suggests that routinely wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure and cholesterol. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day. – M. Kiczek RN BSN

Free Bone Density Screenings

Avon Senior Center • 36786 Detroit Road, Avon. Monday, November 2 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. for men & women

Health Talks

Holiday Eating

Michele Hiatt, RD, LD, SJMC. Sponsored by Avon Lake Community Center and SJMC. Celebrate your health while you celebrate the holiday. Tuesday, November 10 • 10 a.m. Avon Lake Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake. RSVP: 877-597-6348

Why do I Need a Will and What Happens if I Don’t Have One?

The Benefits of Estate Planning. Presented by an attorney from Hickman Lowder Co., LPA. Sponsored by Hickman & Lowder Co. LPA, The Normandy and SJMC. Do you understand the value of a Last Will and Testament and how it can protect you and your family from future legal problems and confusion? This presentation, given by an attorney from Hickman and Lowder Co., LPA, will provide you with a basic knowledge of estate planning, surrogate decision making, options for long term care and life care planning. Tuesday, November 5 • 7 p.m. The Normandy, 22701 Lake Road, Rocky River. RSVP: 877-597-6348 Light refreshments served.

Orthopedic Services

Knee and Hip Pain: Causes and Treatment

Tricia Marcell, RN, PCF, St. John Medical Center. One-hour seminars on the causes and latest treatments of knee and hip pain. Monday, November 9 • 6 p.m. SJMC Spine & Orthopedic Dining Room, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 4th floor. RSVP: 877-597-6348 Refreshments served.

Keep Your Balance: Reduce Falls

Michele Hippler-Brant, PT, DPT, SJMC Outpatient Lead Therapist. Whether it’s performing athletic activities, putting on shoes or simply getting out of a chair, just about everything we do requires balance control. That is why balance problems can have such a profound impact on our daily lives. This talk discusses common reasons for balance problems and gives the participants tips on how to take action to correct balance difficulties. Third Tuesday of every month • 10 a.m. Westlake Family Health Center, 26908 Detroit Road, Westlake. RSVP: 877-597-6348

Support Groups


Better Breathers Club

A support group for those people suffering from lung disease. The bimonthly meetings will provide a review of breathing retraining and techniques to decrease shortness of breath. Various topics chosen by members are discussed. 1st Tuesday of every other month (December 1) • 1 – 2:30 p.m. SJMC Westlake Family Health Center, Suite 300, 26908 Detroit Road, Westlake. Call Lynn Gorton for more information at 440-250-2042 or Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com.

A Second Chance: A Lung Transplant Support Group

This monthly group is for anyone who is considering or has received a lung transplant. Family and friends are welcome. Every 2nd Monday, July through December • 6 – 8 p.m. SJMC Westlake Family Health Center, Suite 300, 26908 Detroit Road, Westlake. Call Lynn Gorton for more information at 440-250-2042 or Lynn.Gorton@csauh.com.


Breastfeeding Group

Facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Come and meet other moms who have experienced the joy of breastfeeding and have all your questions answered. Wednesdays • 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R.  Free – no registration needed.

Community Assistance Information

Health Care Access

A program designed as a resource to access health care services for the uninsured. Referrals can be made by anyone including community agencies, churches and physician offices. Contact 440-827-5250.

Low-Cost Immunizations

Offered by Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Located at SJMC Community Outreach. Fridays, 90 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake. By appointment only: Call 216-201-2041

Deaf Access Program (DAP)

DAP promotes and teaches deaf people self-advocacy skills to improve both access and quality of their health care. DAP provides an on-site deaf advocate and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients around the clock. This program teaches cultural and linguistic diversity among caregivers. For information V/VP 216-370-7318.

Concussion Management Program for Student Athletes

If your child suffers a head injury playing sports, you want to make sure he or she is safe before returning to play. St. John Medical Center offers student-athletes the opportunity to establish balance and cognition baselines with free tests. Taking this step before injury creates an invaluable reference point for measuring injury impact, resulting in a faster and more successful rehabilitation, and provides objective information to help clinicians make safe return-to-play decisions. Call 440-414-6050 for more information.

Senior Supper Club

Anyone over the age of 60 years can apply for a “Senior Supper Club Card.” Seniors can pick up a Senior Supper Club Card from Westlake Center for Community Services or the North Olmsted Senior Center. Once they have their card they may come to the cafeteria at St. John Medical Center and receive a 40 percent discount on all food except bottled beverages and “Simply to Go” items. There is a $10 limit per customer for the discount, after that the items are full price. For information call either the North Olmsted Senior Center at 440-777-8100 or the Westlake Center for Community Services at 440-899-3544. Supper times are seven days a week from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Be sure to bring in your card.

Blood Donation

Working in partnership with LifeShare Community Blood Services, SJMC will host a blood drive Friday, December 18 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at SJMC, Building 2, first floor, Auditorium B. For more information or other locations, visit www.lifeshare.cc or call 866-644-Life (5433).

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge. The Gathering Place West, 800 Sharon Drive, Westlake 216-595-9546

We are proud of our recent achievements:

One of the 100 Top Hospitals in the United States Truven Health Analytics

“A” in Excellence for Patient Safety The Leapfrog Group

Higher standard of stroke care recognition from Get with the Guidelines Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Award for outstanding quality of care for those suffering from a heart attack UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at St. John Medical Center

One of the top ten safest hospitals in the United States Consumer Reports

Top five best hospitals in Cleveland Metropolitan area U.S. News & World Report

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