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Ridge Crest award for excellence



Published: Sun, August 25, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ridge Crest awardfor excellence

WARREN -- Ridge Crest Care Center, 1926 Ridge Ave., received the Integrated Health Services (IHS) 2002 Alzheimer's Center of Excellence Award.

The IHS Alzheimer's Center of Excellence Award, an internal evaluation process that consists of meeting and exceeding a variety of Alzheimer's program standards for IHS Alzheimer's and dementia residents, was established in 2001 to promote excellence in the quality of care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Medicine management

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- AARP's Modern Maturity magazine, in a special "drug smart" section, says that in the United States nearly half of all medications are not taken as directed: 14 percent of prescriptions are never filled; 13 percent are filled but never used; 29 percent are filled but not finished. AARP offers medicine tips, such as getting prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet because the bathroom's heat and moisture rapidly deteriorate the effectiveness of medicines; and the hour of day you take medicine can radically alter its effectiveness. To order copies of AARP Modern Maturity's Drug Smart pullout section, call (800) 4224-2410 and refer to stock number D17698; or go to its Web site, www.aarp.org.

New ambulatory center

WARREN -- St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave. S.E., opened a new 20-patient capacity ambulatory care center on the hospital's first floor. One-day procedures such as endoscopies, laparoscopic surgeries, biopsies, intravenous therapies, blood transfusions, lithotripsies and eye surgeries will be performed in the unit.

Health Expo planned

MENTOR -- S & amp;D Productions of Mentor is having its second 2002 Northeastern Ohio Alternative Medicine and Health Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Comfort Inn and Conference Center, 7701 Reynolds Road (state Route 306 just south off state Route 2. The Center for Advanced Dentistry is co-sponsoring the event. Call (440) 975-8880 for information.

REPORTS

Antibiotics help heart

DALLAS, Texas -- A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says that hospitalized heart patients who took antibiotics had a significantly lower risk of returning to the hospital with unstable angina or a nonfatal heart attack, or to suffer a fatal heart attack, compared with those on a placebo. The study, conducted at Mayday Hospital in Croydon, England, suggests that antibiotics might provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

CLASSES & amp; CLINICS

HMHP

Tuesday:

Diabetes self-management, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Health Center, Warren.

Blood pressure screening, 10 a.m. to noon at Santisi IGA in Austintown and Ames, Mahoning Avenue, Champion.

Wednesday:

Diabetes self-management, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph.

Thursday:

Pupil activity-sports first aid course, for junior and senior high school and recreational coaches, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Canfield High School. Fee, $25. Call (877) 700-4647.

Talk with a Doc series, "Shock Wave Therapy for Heel Pain," 7 p.m., Humility House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown. Call (877) 700-4647.

Forum Health

Tuesday:

Prenatal breast-feeding, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Northside Medical Center, Youngstown. Fee, $10. No charge if enrolled in one of Forum Health's childbirth classes. Call (800) 842-9727 to register.




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