Health briefs

By John Bush -

Local hospital first in nation to receive Acute Stroke Ready Certification

ST. MARYS — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deeming authority, Det Norske Veritas, has issued the Acute Stroke Ready Certification to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. Joint Township Hospital is the first in the Nation to receive this designation.

The Acute Stroke Ready Certification Program is designed to be a part of a larger stroke system of care which will include all levels of stroke care. The stroke-ready certification means that a hospital is equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms. The intent of the ASR is to provide initial diagnostic services, stabilization, emergent care and therapies to patients with an acute stroke who are seen in the emergency department. An ASR hospital has the ability and the capability to provide care for an acute stroke, including the administration of a “clot buster” or intravenous thrombolytic therapy injection.

St. Rita’s sponsoring running series

LIMA — St. Rita’s Health Partners will present a running series in Putnam County this summer. In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the well-being of the communities St. Rita’s serves, three area festivals have partnered to create the Putnam County Running Series.

The Ottawa Ribfest’s Join the P.A.R.T.Y. 5K, the Glandorf Park Festival’s Turtle Trot 5K and the Kalida Pioneer Days’ Friday Night 4-Miler will make up the newly established Putnam County Running Series.

Join the P.A.R.T.Y. will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Turtle Trot 5K will start at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 and the Friday Night 4-Miler kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

Individuals who participate in all three races will receive a quarter-zip jacket sponsored by St. Rita’s Health Partners and will be eligible for top runner awards. Participants who complete the series will receive their awards at the conclusion of the final race in Kalida Sept. 11. Also, all participants in the Kalida Pioneer Days Friday 4-Miler will be eligible for a drawing for a one-year membership to the Putnam County YMCA.

Visit for more details and registration information.

PVFF celebrates milestone

LIMA — The Partnership for Violence Free Families, supported by the Mental Health and Recovery Services of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties, has reached a milestone in certifying area mental health first aiders. There have been 503 people completing the mental health first aid coursework since the program was first offered 18 months ago. Adults participating in both the adult and youth mental health first aid classes have reported gaining knowledge and skills in understanding mental illnesses, how to approach a person who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis and now know of local resources to help.

PVFF will next be offering the youth mental health first aid course to any community member that is engaged with youth as a parent, family member, school staff, faith leader or sports coaches. Several course opportunities have been scheduled throughout the summer months to be accessible for school staff. These courses are scheduled for July 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the PVFF office in Lima; and Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Paul UCC in Wapakoneta.

Participants completing the sessions will be accredited as mental health first aiders. The registration fee is $20, which should be brought to class. Register at For more information, call 419-549-8530.

Ohio’s wet summer leading to rise in mosquitoes

COLUMBUS — Ohio is experiencing a rise in mosquitoes this summer due to heavy rains. Mosquito pools from five local health jurisdictions across the state have tested positive thus far for the West Nile Virus: Columbus, Franklin County, Richland County, Summit County and Licking County. To date, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported. In 2014, Ohio had 11 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans.

The primary way people get the West Nile Virus is when someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurological illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

Rains have caused standing water in many areas of Ohio, and mosquitoes breed and multiply in such water. Floodwater species such as Aedes vexans can become extremely abundant under such conditions.

Here are some tips from the Ohio Department of Health to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:

• Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.

• Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

Here are some tips to help reduce mosquito breeding around your home:

• Remove temporary pools of water around your house and yard, including clearing debris from ditches, cutting small channels to help pooling water drain, or filling in holes and tire ruts with dirt.

• Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.

• Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths.

Learn more about mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus on the ODH website at

Lupus support group to meet in Lima

LIMA — The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, will host its monthly lupus support group in Lima from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Church of God.

The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where persons with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the “how-to’s” of living with a chronic illness. It is a safe place for people to learn, share and help, according to a news release.

For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit

Shawnee Manor to host Senior Resource Network Luncheon

LIMA — Shawnee Manor will host a Senior Resource Network Luncheon July 21. The luncheon’s presenter is Jessie Percell, who will be giving a speech titled “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”

This meeting is open to professionals representing companies and organizations providing services for older adults in Allen County and surrounding areas. The luncheon will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with other service providers in the area to exchange information about products, programs, expanded services and also to learn about new offerings or upcoming regulatory changes. A complimentary lunch will be served.

RSVPs may be emailed to by Friday. Seating is limited.

Wilson Memorial unveils new name, new look

SIDNEY — For the first time in nearly 85 years, Wilson Memorial Hospital has unveiled a new name and new look. It is now Wilson Health, introduced July 7.

The new logo for Wilson Health was also disclosed, featuring an abstract “W” design, closely resembling the lemniscate. The lemniscate is a mathematical symbol of infinity, representing a symbol for Wilson Health’s ongoing pledge to improve the health and vitality of the community through a never-ending cycle of education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, across every stage of a person’s life. With the new logo, a new tagline was also established; Wilson Health: Caring Without Limits.

BVHS asking residents to share hospital history photos

FINDLAY — The 125th anniversary of the formation of Blanchard Valley Hospital, which was incorporated in June 1891, will be celebrated by the Blanchard Valley Health System throughout 2016. BVHS is asking that area residents share photos they have of the Findlay hospital throughout the years. Photos may be featured in a BVHS calendar, advertising, social media and other outlets.

Those wishing to share photographs may email digital copies to Hard copy pictures may be mailed to 1900 S. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840, attention Public Relations. All original photographs will be returned.

Those with questions about submitting history photos may call BVHS Corporate Public Relations & Marketing at 419-423-5551.

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