YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN - New diabetes resource labs at St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Health Centers provide vital information on the disease. The labs, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contain books and videos that can be signed out, and other materials about subjects such as new medications and different treatment options; information on how to deal with complications such as blisters and swelling of the feet; and dietary suggestions. A diabetes educator is also available to tailor a diet and lifestyle to a person's specific needs. For more information, call (330) 480-2676 at St. Elizabeth) or (330) 841-4160 at St. Joseph.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Edward Toth is retiring as president and chief executive officer of the St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Development Foundations, according to Humility of Mary Health Partners. Toth guided the St. Joseph Development Foundation for 18 years and started the
St. Elizabeth Development Foundation 10 years ago. Under his guidance the foundations supported hospital services and numerous community outreach programs, said Robert Shroder, HMHP president and chief executive officer.
John Finizio, HMHP's senior vice president of business development, was named interim president and chief executive officer of the foundation, effective, Friday Sept. 1.
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- JoAnn Meier, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 11th at the Grove City Medical Center.
The program is free and open to the public. However, space is limited, and reservations are required. Call (724) 450-7191.
Meier, a six-year breast cancer survivor, is an advocate for early detection and treatment and has studied the environmental factors that contribute to cancer. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Meier was director of community resources at Family House in Oakland. She also spent 13 years at the University of Pittsburgh as the administrator of the Department of Neuroscience.
AKRON -- Summa Health System's Cuyahoga Falls General and St. Thomas Hospitals are 4- and 5-star rated recipients of the 2006 Medical Staff Perception Awards from Professional Research Consultants.
Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital's Anesthesia Services earned the Medical Staff Top Performer Award along with a 5-star rating. The hospital also earned three 4-star ratings in Emergency Services, Pathology Services and Administration.
St. Thomas Hospital received a 5-star rating in Nursing and two 4-star ratings in Emergency Services and Overall Quality of Care.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A new location for St. Elizabeth Health Center outpatient MRI testing is now available at the Medical Center Professional Building, 540 Parmelee Ave., Suite 100, Youngstown. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the St. Elizabeth Radiology Department at (330) 480-2220.
Stress and humor
LIBERTY -- The Western Reserve Care System Woman's Board and the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary of Forum Health offer "All Stressed Out and No One to Choke" by motivational speaker, humorist, trainer and consultant Karen Vadino.
The annual women's event is Sept. 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex. The cost is $22 per person and includes exhibits, dinner and presentation. The registration deadline is Sept. 13. Call (800) 842-9727.
Vadino, a nationally recognized speaker, has 20 years of experience in the field of human services and 15 years as a trainer and educator. She is an individual, group and family counselor for children and adults, and has taught undergraduate classes in social work, sociology, juvenile justice and human development at Youngstown State University, Penn State University and Westminster College.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Family-to-Family Education Classes, which detail aspects of living with a person with mental illness, are being offered by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mahoning Valley and the Mahoning County Mental Health Board.
The course includes a variety of topics such as definitions of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.; brain biology and causes of brain disorders; medications and treatment; communications; rehabilitation and recovery and more. This nationally recognized curriculum is taught by trained family members.
The series of 12 weekly classes will begin Sept. 11 and run through Nov. 20. Class time is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday evening at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane. There is no cost for family members. Classes will be limited to the first 22 people who register and additional names will be added to the waiting list for the next session.
Registration is required. Call Dianna at (330) 545-9148 for information and/or registration applications.
NORTH LIMA -- Life Line Screening is offering various health screenings beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 5 at Mount Olivet United Church of Christ, 410 West South Range Road. Call (800) 697-9721 for an appointment and cost information.
CANFIELD -- Liz Jendrisak, education director of the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's association, is the speaker for the Tri-County Chapter of Medical Assistants meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 5 at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road. The meeting is open to members, students and guests.
BOARDMAN -- The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Course and an advanced CPR training course, both from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and 14 at the chapter office, 8392 Tod Ave. The price for each course is $55 per person. To register, call (330) 726-6063Back pain subjects
CLEVELAND -- Researchers from the Department of Health Sciences at Cleveland State University are looking for volunteers to participate in back pain research. For more information, call Dr. Paul Sung, principal investigator, at (216) 687-5447.
Two new tests
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health has added two disorders, cystic fibrosis and carnitine uptake defect, to its panel of mandatory newborn screenings, bringing the number of mandatory screenings to 32.