The Westlake Police Department encourages people to attend an upcoming public forum on heroin presented by the Greater Cleveland Drug Court and Rocky River Municipal Court. The community discussion, called “Parking the Ambulance at the Top of the Cliff,” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. It is free and open to all.
Health & Wellness
The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will examine fitness training strategies for seniors as part of its free “Learning for Life” lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The program – “Never Grow Old Fitness” – features Paul O’Donoghue, a personal trainer and certified Functional Aging Specialist. He and his wife, Mary, will discuss the Functional Aging Training model.
Organizing. Decluttering. For some people these words can be motivating and lead to a sense of peace and better functioning day to day, due to things being easy to find and use. But these words may also bring a feeling of being overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, not having time to do it, and not having the motivation to do it for various reasons.
Most people can identify with at least one or more of these feelings, and to some people, these feelings can spill into other aspects of their lives. Sometimes it may be hard to function and complete everyday tasks due to having too much clutter and just not knowing where to start.
Each year, the second week of June is set aside to acknowledge the contributions made by those individuals who have chosen to make the nursing assistant profession their life’s work. These dedicated and compassionate individuals are, quite literally, the heart and soul, not to mention the “hands” of the facility.
In celebration of Nursing Assistants week, O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village held a “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony.
Longtime employee Denise Ayres of Far West Center was awarded the prestigious Mental Health Provider Award at NAMI Greater Cleveland’s May 22 annual meeting. In her 20-year career at Far West Center, Denise, a licensed social worker, has always stayed true in her dedication to the well-being of the most severely ill clients. Denise’s tireless work for the Compeer friendship program, and the AHH! art therapy program, are now recognized broadly in the Greater Cleveland community.
Many providers, consumers, volunteers and community leaders know Denise by name and admire her lively spirit and the “can-do” energy she shares with those around her. Denise will say that she is honored to do the work she loves for her entire career.
Bay Middle School's front fence packed with bicycles was only one sign of the huge success and impact of the ninth annual Bay Bike to School Challenge. This year, the program continues to help transform Bay Village into a bicycling hub.
While the kids won prizes for biking and had fun riding, they also racked up some serious numbers. From May 2 through May 20, Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School students:
- Biked 23,775 miles;
- Took 8,552 round-tip bicycle rides to school;
- Burned 608,033 calories – or the equivalent of 3,340 cans of Coca-Cola;
- Prevented 18,274 pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from entering the environment;
- Saved their parents $2,098 on gasoline.
Far West Center was recently awarded a grant from The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation to assist persons without insurance receive mental health care and recovery services. The Center is extremely grateful to the Foundation for its longstanding show of support for mental health treatment and wellness.
In 2016, Far West Center will serve over 1,700 individuals with serious mental health problems; 75 percent receive public assistance that only partially covers their care. Far West Center relies on support from partners like the Prentiss Foundation to fill the gap in funding mental health recovery services.
May is National Bicycle Month. For over 1,200 middle school and elementary school students in Bay Village, that means Bike To School Month as the annual Bay Bike To School Challenge returns for the ninth year. The Bay Bike To School Challenge began in 2008 at Bay High School and Bay Middle School, following on the heels of an informal student-organized protest at Bay High School in 2007 that saw students biking to school to beat the high price of gasoline. This year, the Bike To School Challenge returns to Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School.
During May, students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school to help the environment, get more physical activity to improve their health, have fun, and win prizes. The Bike To School Challenge for Bay Middle School began on Monday, May 2, and ends on Friday, May 20. The one-week Bike To School Challenge for Westerly Elementary School begins on Monday, May 16, and ends on Friday, May 20.
Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Fair on Thursday, April 28, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and kick off National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public.
At the Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on April 28:
- Professional bicycle mechanics from Century Cycles bicycle store in Rocky River will provide free bicycle safety inspections, display essential bicycle commuting accessories and information, and make smoothies on the Century Cycles blender bike.
- Century Cycles and Raleigh Bicycles are teaming up to give away 20 bicycle helmets to the first 20 families who attend (limit one helmet per family).
- Bay Bike to School Challenge organizers will be available to answer questions about the program.
- The Bay Village Police Department is providing free bike licenses.
One of the highest recognitions of quality service for a health care facility to receive is a Deficiency-Free State Survey from the State Department of Public Health. The Ohio Department of Health conducts unannounced annual on-site inspections of all Ohio health care facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.
This survey process is a detailed inspection where the facility is expected to adhere to an extensive list of rules and regulations designed to ensure the safety, well-being and dignity of each resident. Citations for not meeting a regulation are called deficiencies. Because of the intensity of the survey process, a facility must truly excel to receive a Deficiency-Free State Survey outcome.
The start of spring is a welcome reminder that it’s time once again to gather our teams for the annual “Ambulance Chase 5K/1 Mile” event. This year’s race will take place on Sunday, May 1, at Lakewood Park and celebrates 15 years of running, walking, wellness and community spirit.
The Ambulance Chase is always met with enthusiasm by our family and friends. In fact, last year “Team Pfahl” had over 60 runners/walkers that registered for the race including our toddler granddaughter who eagerly joined the younger kids for her first Children’s Chase. I think it’s safe to say that we are very passionate about the Ambulance Chase and proud to be part of its legacy.
North Coast Health has received a grant from the CVS Health Foundation in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics. The grant will provide more access to health care and improve patient outcomes in the Greater Western Cleveland community. North Coast Health is one of only 34 clinics nationwide to receive CVS Health Foundation funding this year.
The $35,000 grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities. The grant will help North Coast Health support Improving Outcomes for Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension and Depression.
March is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness Month in Ohio. Appropriately so, since our state has a higher incidence of this cruel chronic illness than almost any other state. Why this is so, is one of the many mysteries of MS. Other mysteries include why it usually strikes people between the ages of 20 to 50 and why two to three times the number of women have it than men.
MS may be described briefly as a very unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts signals within the brain and between the brain and the body. No nerve in the body is safe from MS and the damage it does. While there is at present no cure for it, a number of drugs/treatments exist to address its symptoms, relieve them and/or slow the progress of its attacks. The earlier the symptoms are treated the better the results – the sooner MS is diagnosed the better for the patient. That's why awareness of MS and its many, varied symptoms is so important as we try to make them known with a special month of information.
If you are looking for a way to get the kids up and moving and out from behind a screen this spring, the Healthy Kids Running Series may be the answer. The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five-week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to eighth grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50-yard dash and the 1/4-mile, 1/2-mile and one-mile run.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized North Coast Health as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Level 3 for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term relationships. By enhancing patient engagement and improving outcomes, North Coast Health earned the highest level of recognition.
On Jan. 29, 70 youths from 15 different schools gathered together in the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office to discuss one of the most concerning and deadly influenzas hitting the county, and the rest of the nation – the heroin crisis.
Five strong presences were in the center of the circle the students formed: county medical examiner Dr. Tom Gilson; Katie Bolan from the Lorain ADAMHS Board (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services); Jaclyn Brandt, whose brother died of an overdose; Monica Robins, who is the health reporter for WKYC-TV and has experienced heroin deaths within her own family; and Aaron Marks, who has been in recovery from heroin and sober for 11 years.
“The goal today is to get you to engage. This is one of our last chances to impact a group who will face this problem," Dr. Gilson told the students in his opening remarks.
With the relatively warm weather we haven’t seen much flu this year, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of winter left and it is not too late to take precautions. Flu is a serious, contagious disease resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations per year. Flu-like symptoms include fever (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and sore throat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the following recommendations on flu prevention:
Take time to get vaccinated
- Get your annual seasonal flu vaccine – recommended for everyone 6 months and older. This is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination is important for health care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals to prevent giving the flu to those at high risk.
After serving North Coast Health since its inception - first as volunteer, then Head Nurse and eventually Executive Director for the past 20 years, Lee Elmore has retired from her post. Under Lee’s guidance, North Coast Health has transformed the access and provision of care to thousands of individuals and families in western greater Cleveland, and has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3, by National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA).
It is with great confidence and excitement that North Coast Health welcomes Gina Gavlak as President and CEO of North Coast Health.
Gina brings 25 years of experience, dedication and desire to improve access to affordable health care, eliminate health disparities, improve health outcomes and change the trajectory of chronic disease. Gina also has an extensive fundraising, program development and advocacy background.
On Dec. 7, 1989, I gave birth to my identical twins. I held them in my arms and promised them that they would be known and remembered and that I would find the answers. Matthew Steven survived. Steven James passed away. The experience was absolutely devastating.
My promise led me to start The Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation in Bay Village. It is crucial for women to get an ultrasound in the first trimester to identify multiples and then to determine whether there is one placenta or two. TTTS occurs when there is one placenta, extremely rarely with two, where the placenta randomly contains abnormal blood vessels connecting the circulations of the twins. The placenta sends too much blood to one baby, creating excessive amniotic fluid (as seen on ultrasound and felt by the mother), and too little blood to the other baby creating little to no amniotic fluid.
For the fourth consecutive year, North Coast Health is partnering with First Federal Lakewood to collect toiletries for our patients. Basic necessities, like toilet paper, toothbrushes and personal care items, can be expensive. North Coast Health is committed to provide not only top quality care to the medically underserved, but to be able to support basic care needs.
Needed items include the following: new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, lotion, facial tissues and more. Travel-size products and full-size items are welcomed.
Modern dental implants are arguably one of the most significant advances in the history of dentistry. The engineering and design of the materials is constantly improving, and the technique of proper placement and healing gains scientific evidence every day. But what exactly are dental implants, and who is a candidate?
For now, most dental implants are a medical-grade titanium alloy “screw” or “post” that have the ability to integrate into the jawbone just like artificial knees, hips, etc. Once an implant is properly integrated, it can be used to support a single tooth. Multiple implants allow dentists to secure bridges, make dentures fit more comfortably and securely, or even to fasten a form of hybrid denture semi-permanently so it only needs to be taken out for professional cleaning.
No one at Arden Courts Westlake remembers how long they have been participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, however, one thing their whole staff does know is that for the past three years running they have been the No. 1 fundraiser in the healthcare division for the Cleveland Area Westside Walk!
Both our staff and current and past families care so much, and they truly step it up every year. I am just amazed by the generosity and the support we receive. This year we raised around $10,000. It really has been a group effort. Staff designed our shirts, families and staff donated items for our garage sale, families (both current and past) donated to our team and we all walked together. I love walking out to the field to collect our award. I first became involved in the Walk because of my mom, who was a resident at AC Westlake many years before I worked here, now it’s important for so many more reasons.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Or questions on what insurance coverage may be available to you or your family? Did you apply last year, and have questions about re-enrollment?
North Coast Health, a faith-based free and charitable medical clinic in Lakewood, offers application assistance. Certified application counselors are available to answer questions and assist with applications for Medicaid and Marketplace plans.
The results of teamwork and technology were clearly evidenced recently at St. John Medical Center when Westlake resident Amanda Van Schoor, 36, thanked her family and caregivers for saving her life after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Amanda’s life was celebrated at St. John Medical Center by her caregivers and Abiomed, makers of a miniature pump that can be threaded through an artery and placed inside the heart to help critically ill heart attack and heart failure patients by assisting the heart's main pumping chamber to drive blood through the body.
Last Feb. 7, Amanda’s husband, Nick, had found his unresponsive wife on the floor, called 911 and followed the dispatcher’s instructions to provide CPR. Westlake EMS responded quickly and delivered Amanda to the SJMC Emergency Room, where caregivers found blood flow to Amanda’s brain and other vital organs were being compromised.
North Coast Health hosted 275 guests at their signature fundraising event, Celebration of Caring, held on Sept. 3 at LaCentre. Through the gifts of event sponsors, donors, and other generous supporters, North Coast Health was able to raise over $125,000 to continue providing healthcare to the medically underserved, including almost $35,000 to expand the Behavioral Health Program, addressing the significant gap in mental health services.
North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.
The evening will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction and raffles. Honorary chair for the event is Mrs. Charles Rini, Sr. Event co-chairs are Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin and Carol Sterba. The evening’s goal is to raise $150,000, more than 10 percent of NCH’s annual operating budget, to continue to provide life-saving health care to the medically underserved in our community.
The title of most improved and winning senior center of the first “Bring It On” health challenge has been awarded to North Olmsted Senior Center, following the screenings of over 60 participants from the Westlake and North Olmsted centers.
St. John Medical Center’s community outreach department launched this challenge, sponsored by O’Neill Healthcare, to improve the health of seniors. Health screenings were done at the kick-off event in early June and then again at the end of the six weeks.
A pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer. In the past, women were instructed to have one done every year as a way to detect abnormal cells at an early stage to help prevent cervical cancer. Over the past few years, there have been some changes to the cervical cancer screening guidelines. Unfortunately, these changes have led to a lot of confusion on the part of the patient regarding if and when a pap test was needed.
The current guidelines recommend testing women between the ages of 21-65 every three years. Routine screening is no longer recommended for women younger than 21, regardless of the age of first intercourse. Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections can be performed and contraceptive counseling can still be provided for younger women. Because vaginal cancer is very rare, most women who have had a hysterectomy with the removal of their cervix no longer require a pap test. Women over the age of 65 may stop the testing if they have had three negative paps in a row or have had a negative HPV test.
The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit now in its seventh year to benefit the patients of North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, will be held on Monday, July 6, at Players on Madison in Lakewood from 5 to 9 p.m.
Diners will enjoy a three-course meal featuring seasonal ingredients and innovative combinations prepared under the guidance of Chef Tony Romano.
The MetroHealth System is continuing its expansion into the western part of Cuyahoga County with a new location in Crocker Park. The Westlake Health Center will be located in an office space above Brio, located at 38 Main Street, Suite 300. MetroHealth’s established offices in Westlake, located at 24700 Center Ridge Road and 25200 Center Ridge Road, will merge into the new location.
Westside families now have close-to-home access to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at St. John Medical Center in Westlake.
Open April 1, Rainbow pediatric services at St. John Medical Center feature a child and family-friendly inpatient unit, diagnostic procedures for babies and children, and 24/7 pediatric emergency services.
The private practice of Floyd Trillis Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., has joined the St. John Medical Group.
“I look forward to continuing to provide my patients with the most comprehensive and advanced care, building upon St. John Medical Group’s dedication to excellence,” says Dr. Trillis, who is accepting new patients and will continue to provide care to his established patients. His location and contact information remain unchanged.
I have written a number of pieces over the years on the topic of multiple sclerosis, while always hoping I will never have to write another one. That day will come but until it does the need remains to make aware of this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
MS attacks nerve fibers leading to the destruction of the myelin that insulates the fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin facilitates electromechanical transmissions between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body – in over simplified layman’s term, MS causes short circuits in the nervous system disrupting whatever function is controlled by the affected nerve.
The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will examine the immense power of the human spirit on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., as part of its “Year of the Brain” lecture series.
Scott Fedor will share his personal story of determination and resiliency during the program. A diving accident in 2009 left Fedor paralyzed from the neck down, but he has refused to let the devastating injury rob him of an active life.
Thursdays are terrific at Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake. From classes to workshops to concerts, it's all right here for your enjoyment and growth, at a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere.
Tired of sitting behind a desk for eight hours, feeling a need to move and stretch? Your back giving you trouble? Try something unique in Unity's Yoga for Healthy Backs and Bones class on Thursdays, 10-11:15 a.m., $10 per class.
For the dancer inside of you that wants to express your freedom to move, try Chakradance – a practice for body and soul. It will free you and energize you. It's a powerful combination of spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music to promote calmness. Class is Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m, $20 per session.
Cleveland Clinic teamed up with the City of Bay Village and several community partners to offer a new community outreach and wellness program called “Be Fit in Bay.”
Part of Cleveland Clinic’s healthy communities initiative, the goal of the new program was to promote optimal health and wellness and positively impact the community through education and awareness. “Be Fit in Bay” was created as a result of the community health needs assessment, combining resources within the Bay Village community to target education, nutrition and physical activity.
We decorated, we baked, we shopped, we wrapped, we sung carols, we hosted our family parties, and we may have attended church services. We celebrated this wonderful season, both spiritually and secularly. But, sometimes everything was not quite as sparkly, festive or serene as it appeared. Why? Because someone we love is not healthy because of drug, alcohol and/or behavioral problems.
Would you like to win $100,000? How about a two-year lease on a Volvo or Mazda? A Harley Davidson motorcycle? Or a Mediterranean cruise for two? These are just a few of the 40 incredible prizes offered through the 11th annual Straight from the Heart Raffle to benefit cardiovascular services at Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals.
Public discussions about dying are rare. However, a recent news story about Brittany Maynard, a young woman with brain cancer, has brought the taboo topic into the public eye. Maynard chose her time of death by taking medications prescribed by her doctor (a legal option in Oregon). The widely publicized case also points to a need for greater awareness about care options for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will focus on the aging brain at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of its free lecture series, The Year of the Brain.
The program on “The Aging Brain: Keys to Maintaining Memory and Intellectual Vitality” features Dr. Dale Grubb. The lecture is free and open to the public, with no reservation required. The event will take place in the Westshore Campus Atrium, 31001 Clemens Road in Westlake.