Wellness challenge

Wellness challenge


The Ohio State University Extension is offering the free “Live Healthy Live Well” Fall Wellness Challenge Sept. 9 through Oct. 20 via e-mail. Any adult with an e-mail account can participate in the program aimed at improving overall health and well-being.

The challenge includes twice-weekly educational messages, tracking log for progress, a Facebook account for group interaction, and weekly drawings from participants for wellness and fitness prizes.

To enroll, contact Beth Stefura, OSU Extension educator, via e-mail at stefura.2@osu.edu or call 330-533-5538 before Sept. 3.

The program is sponsored by the OSU Extension and Mahoning County Board of Commissioners.

Orthopedic surgeon


A specialist in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Matthew J. Stonestreet, recently joined the medical staff of Sharon Regional Health System.

He specializes in reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee, minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, fracture care, arthroscopic knee surgery, and general orthopedics; and he completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the CORE Institute, Phoenix, Ariz., and an orthopedic surgery residency at Akron General Medical Center.

Mercy’s $193K grant


Mercy College of Ohio, St. Elizabeth Campus, has received a $193,200 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) to support additional nursing faculty positions for the Mercy College Associate of Science Nursing program based at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

The grant will support additional nursing faculty positions required to accommodate anticipated enrollment growth on the Youngstown campus, said Patricia McAllen, Ph.D, RN, associate dean of the Youngstown Campus of Mercy College.

Since opening the Mercy College campus in Youngstown 10 years ago, more than 90 percent of its 344 nursing graduates are employed by Humility of Mary Health Partners, McAllen said.

Mercy College of Ohio is a Catholic undergraduate institution sponsored by Mercy. It focuses on health care and health science programs and offers bachelor of science degrees in health care administration, human biology and nursing and associate of science degrees in cardiovascular technology, general studies, health information technology, nursing and radiologic technology.

The associate of science degree in nursing program is offered at the Youngstown site.

Screening at birth


The Ohio Department of Health has added severe combined immunodeficiency disorder to the list of diseases that all newborns in Ohio are screened for at birth. The ODH laboratory began screening for SCID on July 29, using the same newborn screening specimens already collected to test for 35 other rare disorders.

“SCID is a group of genetic disorders that causes profound defects of the immune system, the body’s line of defense against all types of infections. SCID is one of the most critical immune system problems and occurs in an estimated one in 40,000 newborns. If it is not treated, most affected infants die within the first year of life.

The screening is expected to identify approximately three infants with SCID each year in Ohio, said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health.

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