Health briefs


First Posted: 3/11/2015

Safety person of the year

LIMA — Nominations for the Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year are now being accepted. Applications for the Safety Council Scholarship are also being accepted.

Completed nomination forms and scholarship applications should be submitted to the West Central Ohio Safety Council by Sunday. Materials may also be faxed to 419-229-0226 or mailed to 144 S. Main St.

Contact Deb Katzenmeyer for more information at 419-222-6045 or through email at dkatz@limachamber.com.

Hospital receives top marks

LIMA — Lima Memorial Health System is one of 37 U.S. hospitals to receive the highest rating in preventing surgical-site, central-line and urinary catheter infections.

The survey and rating is determined by Consumer Reports, which evaluates more than 4,000 hospitals in the United States.

Organization makes large donation

ST MARYS — On Wednesday, St. Marys Edward Jones donated 320 onesies to Grand Lake Health System.

The garments are designed to prevent SIDS by having labels on the onesies indicating which side babies should sleep on. Each new mother will receive one when their babies leave the hospital.

Program encourages dental health

COLUMBUS GROVE — Every year, the Columbus Grove Family Dentistry hosts a National Children’s Dental Health Month Educational Program and Bike Drawing. In 11 years, 44 bikes have been given away.

During this year’sprogram, Dentist Shana Schnipke-Duling visited fourth grade classes at St. Anthony Catholic School and Columbus Grove Elementary School.

All students who participated in the program were entered into the bike drawing. On March 6, dentists Earl J. Recker and Dr. Shana drew the names of the bike winners. Two 24-inch bikes were given away at each school.

Parkinson support group available

ST MARYS — Auglaize County’s Parkinson support group’s monthly meeting is 2 p.m. Monday in conference room No. 1 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

This month’s program will cover “Management of Chronic Pain” with New Day Pain Management Center Coordinator Tracy Smith. For details, contact Linda Dicke at 419-394-3335 or Auglaize County Council on Aging at 419-394-8252.

Hospital hosts stroke support group

ST MARYS — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and the Auglaize County Council will host its monthly stroke/brain injury support group at 10 a.m. Tuesday in conference room no. 1.

The program will feature New Day Pain Management Coordinator Tracy Smith, who will discuss chronic pain management. For more information contact Anne Larger, community outreach coordinator, at 419-394-3335, ext. 1128.

Heath system offers scholarships

FINDLAY — Scholarships from the Blanchard Valley Health System are available to those pursuing health care careers including current associates, college students and high school seniors entering college.

The Maxine Snyder Endowed Trust Certification and Masters Preparation Scholarship is available to a current BVHS associate who is a registered nurse and has been employed at BVHS for at least one year. Applicants should be in a program of special benefit to BVHS, such as certification training or a master’s degree in nursing. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Karen S. Jones Nursing Certification Scholarship is available to BVHS Bluffton and Findlay campus registered nurses who wish to gain certification. Applicants must have practiced two years or more in their specialty. The scholarship can be used toward a review course and/or certification exam fee in their specialty. Applicants must be exemplary performers at BVHS. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Kathleen Higgins Endowed Scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in nursing. Applicants must have a permanent address in an area served by BVHS and be accepted into at least two courses of an accredited nursing program beginning between the summer of 2015 and spring of 2016. Coursework must be for academic credit and count toward a nursing degree. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating financial need. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Phyllis Zimber Endowed Scholarship is available to individuals pursuing a degree in nursing with a special interest in obstetrics. Applicants must have a permanent address in an area served by BVHS and be accepted into at least two courses in an accredited registered nursing program or above. Coursework must be for academic credit and count toward a nursing degree. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. Preference is given to applicants who are BVHS associates, family members of BVHS associates or those who demonstrate financial need. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Findlay Auxiliary Scholarship offers assistance to Hancock County-area high school seniors pursuing health-related careers. Students must attend a Hancock County school, Findlay High School or St. Wendelin High School; be in the top third of their class academically; and have a sincere goal to enter the medical field. Applications must be received by April 15. For more information, call 419-423-5342.

The Medical Explorer Post Scholarship has offered assistance for more than 20 years to high school seniors planning to pursue a career in medicine. Applicants must have been a Medical Explorer Post member for at least two years, be in good academic standing and have participated in community and volunteer activities. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-722-2641.

The Greater Northwest Ohio Diabetes Association offers educational assistance to persons with diabetes. Applicants must be a high school senior or college student with diabetes from Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, Seneca, Wood or Wyandot County. Applications must be received by March 31. For more information, call 419-423-5434.

The Nursing Education Fund is available to professional nurses employed within the Blanchard Valley Health System. The scholarship can be used for individual conference participation, nursing speakers for a large group of staff nurses, certification for specialized nursing, and pursuit of advanced degrees in the health care field. Applications must be received by April 1 and September 1 of each year. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Sherri Winegardner Endowed Nursing Scholarship is available to nursing students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an advanced degree in nursing. Applicants must have a permanent address in an area served by BVHS and be accepted into at least two courses of an accredited nursing program beginning between the summer of 2015 and spring of 2016. Coursework must be for academic credit and count toward a nursing degree. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. Special consideration will be given to applicants with an interest in practicing in the area of critical care or those with an interest in pursuing an advanced degree to be a nurse educator. Furthermore, special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the above qualifications and demonstrate financial need. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Kristine Mullen Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to nursing students interested in critical care, advancement in nursing education and/or nurses interested in becoming educators. Applicants must have a permanent address in an area served by BVHS. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

The Karis S. (Powell) Woodward, RN, Nursing Scholarship Fund is available to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing who have been accepted into a BSN program in an accredited college of nursing. Applicants must have a permanent address in an area served by BVHS. Eligible students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. and exhibit good moral character. This scholarship is renewable from year to year. Applications must be received by April 1. For more information, call 419-423-5457.

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