Help Hotline training classes
Help Hotline Crisis Center Inc. is offering free training classes for people interested in volunteering for the 24-hour hot line.
Classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. on six-consecutive Mondays beginning Sept. 9 through Oct. 14; and there is one Saturday class from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment.
For information, call Help Hotline at 330-747-2696.
New treatment for sinus pain
A new minimally invasive, in-office procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis to those who suffer from chronic sinus pain, pressure and infections is available at Howland Ear, Nose and Throat, a Humility of Mary Health Partners Physician Associates practice, 1950 Niles-Cortland Road NE, Suite 4.
The Balloon Sinuplasty System by Acclarent uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. The doctor inflates the balloon to restructure and open the sinus passageway, facilitating normal sinus drainage and function.
Typically, the first treatment for sinusitis, one of the most-common chronic health problems in the U.S., afflicting 37 million Americans each year, is medication. At least 20 percent of patients, however, do not respond adequately to medications, and sinus surgery is often the next step.
For information, call 330-856-2520 or visit HMpartners.org/sinus.
Grief programs in Niles, Austintown
Hospice of the Valley is offering Grief 101, a program about the grieving process, on two dates: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Joe’s at the Mall, Eastwood Mall, Niles; and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Austintown Seniors Center, 112 Westchester Drive.
The program, open to the public and presented by Hospice of the Valley bereavement facilitators, explains the grieving process and its impact on people and families. Support materials will be distributed. There is no charge, and registration is not required. For information, call 330-549-5900.
UPMC hospitals receive honors
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently recognized two UPMC hospitals with 2013 Achievement Awards: UPMC St. Margaret for patient safety, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC for community benefit.
They were among 19 hospitals and organizations in Pennsylvania to receive HAP Achievement Awards. The program recognizes health-care professionals who have developed innovative, adaptable projects that enhance patient satisfaction and health-care quality.
HAP recognized UPMC St. Margaret for its fall-reduction initiative aimed at reducing the occurrence of falls in seniors 65 and over by 20 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and nonfatal injuries among older adults in the U.S.
HAP also recognized Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC for its submission, “Housing First: A Strategy to End Homelessness.”
“The homeless program at WPIC acknowledges the difficulties in becoming clean or seeking mental- health treatment without having a roof over your head first,” said Ellie Medved, vice president of ambulatory operations.