Health & Wellness

UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital expands to Westlake

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.07.2015

St. John Medical Group adds surgeon

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. 


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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.07.2015

March is MS Awareness Month in Ohio

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.17.2015

Tri-C Westshore campus examines the human spirit

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.17.2015

Heal your body and mind Thursdays at Unity

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.03.2015

Wellness program helps residents start new year on the right foot

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.20.2015

A gift of peace

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.06.2015

Big-prize raffle to benefit cardiac care

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.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:44 AM, 01.06.2015

Hospice care supports choice at end of life

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

Tri-Cís lecture series investigates the aging brain

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.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Life Choice Hospice seeks companion volunteers

Do you know that volunteering a little of your time can make a significant difference in the care and comfort of a person in hospice care? The volunteers of Life Choice Hospice in Westlake do. They share their time and talents with our patients, families and staff, supporting the Life Choice mission of "Inspiring Life."

More than touching the lives of others, volunteering will enhance the meaning and purpose of your life, too. By making such a vital difference to our patients, you will be fulfilled, experience personal growth and feel appreciated. As a hospice volunteer, you will surely receive as much as you give. Our volunteers often say that caring for our patients is both an honor and a privilege.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.14.2014

UH announces new physician in Westlake

University Hospitals announced the addition of John J. Wolf, DO, to the health system’s medical staff. A doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Wolf brings more than 24 years of health care expertise to University Hospitals.

Dr. Wolf practices family medicine as part of Family Medicine Specialists in Westlake. He is clinical associate professor at Ohio University and has special interests in all aspects of family medicine, including preventive medicine, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.30.2014

Free medication check available at Westlake Center

Do you ever wonder whether or not your medicine is working for you? Are you on the right medicine at the correct dose? There is actually a simple, painless test that can give information to you and your doctor about how you metabolize medicine. The test will be available Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Westlake Center for Community Services, 29694 Center Ridge Road. Again, it is quick and painless and just involves a simple swab of the cheek. 

The test is covered 100 percent by traditional Medicare, Medicare HMO’s, TriCare and several other insurances. There are no copays or balance bill. Simply bring your Medicare/insurance card, a photo ID (such as driver’s license), and a list of all of the medications you take.  You must call 440-899-3544 to schedule an appointment time. The results of this test will then be sent to both you and your doctor.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.16.2014

'Be Fit in Bay' kicks off Sept. 27

Bay Village is launching a healthy community initiative, "Be Fit in Bay," starting with an 8-week fitness challenge. The challenge includes programs on health-related topics each Tuesday, Sept. 30 to Nov. 18, in the library at the Bay High School (Oct. 28 meets at the Dwyer Senior Center) at 7 p.m. followed by a walk with a health professional with gradually increasing mileage, and before-and-after screenings of cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (for adults only).

Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants based on participation in walks, screenings and improvement in personal health numbers. Participants will receive a starting kit that includes a Cleveland Clinic wellness journal, pedometer and water bottle. Be Fit in Bay is open to adults who live or work in the city of Bay Village.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

End stigma and create compassion

In this age where technology emerges at rapid pace there remains a baffling amount of misunderstanding about mental illness. The medical science related to diagnosing and treating mental illness is as extensive as the science related to treating diabetes or arthritis. The fact remains that even among educated people, mental illness is often seen as a fault and not a physical health affliction. Stigma about mental illness is predominant and implies that mental illness is a flaw of character. Stigma is harmful because it is an obstacle for many to receive psychiatric treatment and it directly stands in the way of social acceptance.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.16.2014

Tri-Cís educational lecture series in Westlake continues

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will extend its “Year of the Brain” lecture series into fall semester given the success of the free program last year.

The educational series features brown bag lunch discussions at Westshore Campus and Corporate College West, both in Westlake, plus a pair of interactive evening lectures focusing on a variety of brain-related topics.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.03.2014

Tri-Cís brain lecture series addresses issue of addiction

Tri-C Westshore's free lecture series, "The Year of the Brain," will offer the first of two evening lectures on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., with an investigation into issues of addiction.

The program on “The Addicted Brain” features Dr. Stephen Sroka and Robert Garrity. 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.

Sroka is a professor, author and consultant who has worked in schools around the world over the past three decades. He integrates cutting-edge research with realistic strategies for dealing with addiction.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.03.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve warehouse sale Sept. 19-20

Jazz up your home décor this fall with fabulous finds at the Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale! The next sale is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland.

Whether it’s sprucing up a home, staging a property, locating a “like new” desk for a student, or finding a dining room table large enough for holiday gatherings, Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Warehouse Sale is the place to be to find gently used home furnishings, accents and accessory pieces – all priced at a fraction of their original retail prices!

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.03.2014

North Coast Health's main fundraising event set for Aug. 28

North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 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 chairs for the event are Chris and Sandy Haas. 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.19.2014

Camp helps children dealing with grief

For the 16th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Together We Can, a children’s bereavement day camp, at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp is open to children across Greater Cleveland, and offers support and healing in a beautiful, natural environment.

Activities are led by trained professionals who are experienced in working with children and grief. Cost for the camp is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and registration is required by July 10.  For more information and to receive a registration packet, call Karen Hatfield at 216-486-6042.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:06 AM, 06.24.2014

Over-the-phone hearing test offered free in June

Have you ever been accused of having “selective hearing”? Do you find that you are asking people to repeat themselves more often? Did you grow up listening to loud music, and worse yet – loud music from headphones? Have you consistently worn ear protection while mowing the lawn and operating noisy equipment?

Many things can be responsible for hearing loss. If you are concerned that your hearing or a loved one’s hearing has changed, find out with a free hearing test over the phone.

The National Hearing Test is a screening tool available for people to find out if they have a hearing problem. The test, which was developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, normally costs $8 but is free through the month of June.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.10.2014

Welsh Home hosts national convention

This year marks the 97th anniversary of the Annual Women’s Welsh Clubs of America National Convention. The Welsh Home in Rocky River will be host to all Welsh clubs in the U.S. on June 18. The facility staff will showcase the pride and joy of goodness and the caring culture of the organization. 

We invite the residents of Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Lakewood, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, and surrounding communities to experience the culture of the Welsh traditions on June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served on the front porch overlooking the pond.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.10.2014

Using senses to reach dementia patients

Oftentimes our loved ones with dementia loose their ability to communicate with us the way they once did. This can make visiting difficult, since social visits consist of conversation. Below are some ideas you can try that don't have to involve a lot of talking.

The Power of Touch: Humans are programmed to be caring and compassionate. We are made to give and receive touch. Studies show that touch increases endorphins in our brains.  Gently rubbing your loved one's shoulders or holding her hand can bring comfort and security to someone with dementia. Just knowing that you are there and that you care is sometimes makes all the difference in their life.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.13.2014

Mayor proclaims May as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Westlake

Mayor Dennis Clough proclaimed May as Better Hearing and Speech Month in Westlake at a presentation at City Hall on April 10. He was joined by six speech-language pathologists from the Westlake community as well as Sarah Rintamaki from Connecting for Kids, who gathered with the mayor to raise awareness about communication disorders.

With 8 to 9 percent of young children suffering from speech disorders, May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs of these disorders. Parents are encouraged to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders – a major barrier to treatment for the more than 40 million Americans who suffer.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 AM, 04.29.2014

May 6 event aims to open dialogue on dangers of drug use

On Tuesday, May 6, 6:45 p.m. at Bay Middle School, parents and students alike will have the opportunity to learn and participate in discussions regarding adolescent drug use and what it means to families. The program, “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT,” is designed to encourage both parents and students to dialogue and also give them the tools on how to address drugs in the community and teen drug use.

Featured speakers Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons from the Rocky River Municipal Court and Detective Kevin Krolkowski from the Bay Village Police Department will share with parents what they see on a daily basis and provide tips on what parents can do. Jennifer Tulli from Recovery Resources will also meet with students and hold an open discussion session.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.15.2014

Is someone you love destroying family harmony?

Are you at your wit’s end? There is help and hope available! Families Anonymous is a free 12-step program that is designed for family members who have a loved one who has alcohol, drug and/or behavioral problems. We are happy to inform you that there are two meeting sites in the neighborhood. Our newest location is at CrossPointe Community Church, 1800 Columbia Road, Westlake, at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Hope Christian Church, 32625 Detroit Road in Avon, has been hosting meetings at 7 p.m. on Thursdays for the past six years.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.15.2014

Early decisions may lower dementia-related risks

Making the decision to place a loved one in a memory care community may be the most difficult decision anyone ever has to make.  However, the time may come when a family member may no longer safely manage their care alone or with a caregiver.

Many times, families wait to look at placement options when behaviors such as wandering, aggression and delusions become more than they can handle. When this time comes, it’s important to have done premeditated research so you and your loved have a plan of action.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:28 AM, 04.01.2014

Bathroom-spa transformation has residents feeling pampered

Several months ago, Life Care Center of Westlake, a skilled nursing facility, decided to transform their boring bathing room into a spa. We removed all the institutional dispensers from the wall and painted the room a deep beige color. Espresso-colored floating shelves, a toilet space-saver, mirrors and a memory-foam mat were added.

We then highlighted the room with floral oranges, greens and blues. We set up accents of live plants and battery-operated candles and added a towel warmer, Zen music, aromatherapy and adjustable lighting. We even gave the whirlpool tub a beautiful brown swirly design that softened its stark whiteness. The Twigz-brand curtain, wastebasket and toilet paper holder, featuring a natural, plantlike design, gave the new spa its name.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.18.2014

Westshore fire departments join Cleveland Clinic on lifesaving app

"We want an army of rescuers," said Bill Sillisen in describing the new PulsePoint smartphone app released to public from the Cleveland Clinic with cooperation from Westshore fire departments. Sillisen, regional EMS director for the Clinic, and Tom Beers, an EMS manager for the Clinic, provided a presentation at the March 3 Bay Village City Council meeting of the lifesaving benefits of the new smart phone app.

Upon receiving a call regarding a suspected sudden cardiac arrest victim, the 911/emergency communication center activates an alert to PulsePoint app users simultaneously with the dispatch of local emergency medical services (EMS).

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:31 PM, 03.03.2014

March is MS Awareness Month

March is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness month in Ohio. It is a designation that recognizes the very high incidence of MS in our state – one of the highest in the nation.

More than 18,000 people known to have MS live here. Many others have MS and have yet to know it. This “unknowing” is the main reason for a month to help people become aware of this potentially crippling disease – its symptoms are often attributed to other problems – so they can be begin to receive treatment as soon as possible.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.04.2014

Westlake Village opens new memory care unit

Westlake Village is growing to meet the demand for Alzheimer’s and dementia-related services, with the opening of a new, 32-bed memory care unit. This new unit expands the current independent, assisted living and skilled nursing already offered at Westlake Village, which can meet the needs of more than 300 residents. A grand opening, ribbon-cutting event was held on Feb. 26 and the community expects to begin accepting residents in March.

“Memory care communities are specially designed living spaces where the environment supports our residents as they handle the cognitive challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Sheryl Ludeke-Smith, a dementia care specialist with Westlake Village's parent company, Brookdale, who attended the grand opening. “Things like specialized flooring or certain wall colors help cue residents about aspects of their daily lives. Areas of the community are also set up for safe engagement in activities such as gardening or kitchen work that provide meaningful moments for residents.”

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.04.2014

Westshore fire departments, Cleveland Clinic launch lifesaving app

The Westlake and Bay Village fire departments are among five Westshore entities and the city of Cleveland joining with the Cleveland Clinic to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone app to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates.

The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCA victims by notifying and enabling citizen bystanders that lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is needed and where someone can access a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED).

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:23 AM, 02.18.2014

February is American Heart Month

In 1964, President Johnson proclaimed February as American Heart Month. Congress responded by requesting that the president issue an annual proclamation each February to continue this recognition – thus February will forever be recognized as Heart Month.

Advancements in medicine have resulted in improved diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Still, 50 years later, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of American men and women, responsible for one out of every four deaths in the United States.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 02.18.2014

Fun craft to build a child's self esteem

Parents want their child to develop positive self-esteem. There is a direct correlation between feeling good about self, accomplishments and a child’s growing belief they are capable human beings. We know the value in developing positive self-messages yet many children struggle to accept praise and become uncomfortable with positive feedback.  

Parents strive to build an armory of long and short-term strategies to enhance well being in their children. Engaging in activities that promote confidence will allow your child to practice saying encouraging affirmations every day.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:28 AM, 02.18.2014

Safety tips for Alzheimer's care

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming. For the family member afflicted with Alzheimer’s, even routine daily events such as hearing or seeing evening newscasts can be truly terrifying. As a result, one of the greatest challenges for the caregiver is creating an environment for the loved one, which is as safe and nurturing as possible.

With toddlers, the term is “childproofing.” For those with Alzheimer’s disease, there is no similar term, but the concept is the same. Many things around the home that pose no danger to people in full possession of their mental faculties can be major hazards for people with Alzheimer’s. And even though it is impossible to make any home absolutely safe for a person with the disease, there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of your loved one getting into things he/she shouldn’t, or reduce the risk of injury.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:29 AM, 02.18.2014

North Coast Health Ministry is now North Coast Health

North Coast Health Ministry has changed its name to North Coast Health, in response to patient and consumer feedback on how to communicate our services to the community more effectively.

While the agency’s name has changed, its mission of providing charitable care to the low-income medically underserved in Greater Cleveland has not. While historically the agency was a free clinic that provided free care to the uninsured only, North Coast Health now provides care to the uninsured, “under-insured” and individuals covered by Medicare and Medicaid and other insurance programs.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:28 AM, 02.18.2014

VeloSano cycling event registration now open

Registration for VeloSano, the annual cycling event to raise money for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic, is now open to the public.

Cyclists can choose either a one- or two-day cycling experience. The one-day rides range from 25 to 100 miles, while the two-day rides total 173 to 230 miles and include overnight accommodations. Each cyclist will commit to raising between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the length of the ride selected, and 100 percent of funds raised by participants will directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:29 AM, 02.04.2014

Raffle tickets to benefit heart care

In addition to offering 40 incredible prizes of $100,000, car leases, cruises and trips to exotic locales, the annual Straight from the Heart Raffle and Gala have raised more than $2 million for cardiovascular care in our community since 2004. 

Proceeds have benefited cardiovascular services, technology and community outreach programs at Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals, with initiatives including:  

  • Donation of 30 AEDS to help protect 48 million annual visitors to the Cleveland Metroparks
  • A cardiovascular wellness program to provide education on decreasing heart disease risk factors
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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.21.2014


Straight from the Heart raffle features $100,000 grand prize

Would you like to win $100,000? How about a two-year lease on a Volvo or a Mazda? A Harley Davidson motorcycle? Or a Mediterranean cruise for two! These are just a few of the 40 incredible prizes offered through the 10th Annual Straight from the Heart Raffle to benefit the cardiovascular needs of our community.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:01 AM, 01.07.2014

Do the joints in your jaw bother you?

In the course of your dental visit, your dentist may ask if you hear clicking noises when you open or close, and they may also feel just in front of your ear while asking you to repeat the open/close motion. What is the dentist doing? They are checking your jaw joints for signs of a disease known as TMD.

We are built with two very unique joints that connect our lower jaw to the rest of our skull. These joints are called TemporoMandibular Joints, or TMJ for short. Many patients who have discomfort or clicking in the joints have been told that they “have TMJ,” but what they really mean is that they have TemporoMandibular Dysfunction, or TMD.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.08.2014