Great place to work
Becker’s Healthcare has selected Akron Children’s Hospital as one of its “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2014. Becker’s chose 150 organizations for their robust benefits, wellness initiatives, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities and work environments that promote employee satisfaction and work-life balance.
Akron Children’s was recognized for providing employees with up to $5,250 annually in financial support for participation in formal education programs, along with a college savings plan and discounts for hospital services. Also highlighted was its Sick Child Care Center on the hospital campus for mildly ill children to stay while their parents are working.
HMHP receives $3,000
The HMHP Foundation recently received $3,000 for the Joanie’s Promise Fund presented by representatives of the Junior League of Youngstown’s board and co-chairwomen of the organization’s Pink Ribbon Tea committee.
Joanie’s Promise provides comprehensive diagnostic breast services to uninsured or underinsured women who meet financial eligibility requirements. Last year, Joanie’s Promise provided mammograms and other diagnostic breast services to more than 720 women.
HIV/AIDS survivor day marks anniversary
The AIDS Resource Center Ohio and the Ohio AIDS Coalition recognized the first National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day last Thursday. The day commemorates survivors, both HIV positive and negative, who are still alive.
Thirty-three years ago on June 5, a short brief titled “Pneumocystis Pneumonia—Los Angeles” was published in the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describing five young gay men diagnosed with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) with severely compromised immune systems. This article became the first published record of AIDS, forever changing the world. There are more than 80,000 long-term survivors living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.
This year’s theme, “We’re Still Here,” is a tribute to the strength of the people who lived through the pre-highly active antiretroviral therapy days of the epidemic. Officials plan to make the awareness day an annual event.
Free HIV/AIDS testing
The Comprehensive Care Center, affiliated with Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, is offering free HIV/AIDS testing on June 27, which is National HIV Testing Day.
The testing sites and times are: American Red Cross, 3530 Belmont Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Walgreens, 2864 McCartney Road, 10 a.m. to noon; Walgreens, 525 E. Midlothian Blvd., noon to 3 p.m.
The testing is free to the public 13 and older. It is a swab test involving no needles or blood, and results are available in about 20 minutes. The tests are done confidentially, and individuals do not have to give their names. For information, call 330-743-7853 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Free seminar on new sinusitis procedure
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., is offering a free seminar on a new minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic sinusitis at 6:30 p.m. June 17.
The clinically proven technology, the Balloon Sinuplasty System by Acclarent/¢, which uses a small catheter and balloon to open and expand blocked sinuses, is now available at Humility of Mary Health Partners.
The session is free, and refreshments will be provided. Register online at HMpartners.org/sinus.