University Hospital’s St. John Medical Center – Health Matters


UH SJMC Community Outreach Nurses’ Health Tip:

If you’re working on getting leaner, don’t cut out good, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. To keep looking and feeling younger, incorporate more oily fish, walnuts, and flax seeds into your diet, which can also help your skin, stay wrinkle-free. Omega-3 does also help boost brain health and keep the heart in good shape. – M.Kiczek RN BSN

Health Talks

March 24, 2016

Is it all in your head? I’m afraid of getting Alzheimer’s. How can I prevent my brain from aging too quickly? Mindfulness and living in the moment. Presented by Tanvir Syed, MD, and an interactive panel of health experts who will speak on Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, medications and Memory Fitness. Roundtable and dinner sponsored by Brighten Gardens.

April 28, 2016

Do I have any control over preventing cancer? Are there any cancer protection firewalls? Presented by Richard Chang, MD; Joel Elconin MD, and an interactive panel of health experts will speak on current cancer information, cancer prevention and cancer treatments. Roundtable and dinner sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living/Westlake Village. SJMC Community Outreach nurses will provide colorectal kits and instruction for home screening from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. before the Roundtable Program.

Diabetes Education

DeAna Rodriguez RN BSN CDE is the clinical coordinator for the ADA Recognized Diabetes Education Program at St. John Medical Center. She sees inpatients and outpatients who have diabetes and need diabetes education. She sees inpatients that are newly diagnosed or are high risk for readmissions based on consults entered by hospital staff or through her screening labs and diagnosis. She is available to see inpatients M, T, W, F in the afternoons. Dietitians will likely also see these patients. Inpatient education is provided at no cost to patients. Outpatient education is offered through one-on-one visits or group classes. Outpatient education services are billed to insurance. For questions call 440-827-5341 ext 1.

Registered Dietitians are available for nutrition therapy for those with diabetes, weight loss and other nutrition needs. For questions about appointment availability please call 440-827-5341 ext 1. Services are billed to insurance. There are options for those with no insurance or high deductibles. For more information call 440-827-5341 ext 1.

Diabetes Education Day

April 23 • 9 – 11:30 a.m.

How do we achieve better blood glucose control? An update on the latest medications and insulin therapy for Type 2 Diabetes. Presented by Lubaina S. Presswala D.O. Presentation time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease. Multiple body systems can be affected by poorly controlled diabetes. Therefore, it’s crucial to achieve and maintain optimal blood glucose control. Get up-to-date on the latest medications and insulin therapy used for Type 2 Diabetes management. Free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Doors for seating in the event room open at 9 a.m. Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake. RSVP: 877-597-6348, Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Cholesterol, glucose & blood pressure unless otherwise noted. No fasting required for these screenings. No reservations needed. Screenings may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Avon Lake Senior Center, Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake: April 19 • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road, Avon: April 21 • 9 – 11 a.m.

Infant CPR and First Aid

April 16 • 9 a.m. – 12 Noon

This free course is intended for any lay person with a newborn up to one year of age (foster parents, pregnant parents, grandparents, babysitters or anyone taking care of an infant). In this course, learn injury prevention, how to recognize and treat emergencies, and how to treat a choking infant. No CPR card will be given. SJMC Community Outreach, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake. RSVP: 877-597-6348 Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Support Groups

Grief Recovery Program

March 30 or April 27 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Moving Beyond Loss to a Richer Quality of Life Facilitated by John Monnin, M.Ed. Sponsored by Crossroads Hospice and SJMC. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss. This 11-week program will guide those who wish to resolve their loss. Program is free to the community. SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. RSVP: 216-654-9300

Mood Disorder Support Group

Every Tuesday • 7 – 8:30 p.m.

We offer support for those with depression and bi-polar disorders. Our vision is one of hope. Together we strive for wellness and recovery. SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. To RSVP and for more information contact group facilitators: Bobby Klinko 440-539-9415 or Laura Vanni 216-267-5923

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