Health

Hospital offers Eating for Good Health class

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital) Wood County Hospital offers the Eating for Good Health class to county employees and community members. This six week class is led by a registered dietitian and teaches the tools necessary to develop a healthy, workday eating plan. The class focuses on planning, purchasing and preparing quick nutritious meal and snacks. Attendees will also learn tips on seasonal eating. These easy changes can lead to a healthier heart, weight and digestive system. Third quarter classes will be held Tuesday mornings, Aug. 16 -Sept. 20 from 7:30-8 a.m. at the County Office Building. Preregistration is required and can be done by calling Jane Graffin, Nutrition Services, at 419-354-8866. The deadline to register is Aug. 12. A minimum of eight participants is necessary to conduct the class and there is a limit of 20 spots. The cost is $48 for the six series class and county employees are eligible for reimbursement through the Nutrition for Life Program upon the completion of the series. For questions or more information call 419-354-8866 or visit www.woodcountyhospital.org


Optimal Aging panel gets personal about facing challenges

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Optimal Aging Community Fair was all about getting older while remaining healthy in body and mind. Monday’s fair was the first major public event for Bowling Green State University’s newly launched Optimal Aging Institute. For luncheon speakers the event, the Wood County Committee on Aging put together of panel of local residents who have faced the kind of challenges people encounter as they age. Denise Niese, executive director of the committee, said it was not hard to single out those selected. Nancy Wright, Tim Tegge and Dr. Richard Barker are all well known in the community and have bounced back from challenges that would set others back on their heels. A video of Nora Liu, a retired university women’s basketball coach, was also shown.  Though in assisted living herself, she continues to lead exercise classes. Wright, of Grand Rapids, helped her husband run a funeral home and is a very active community volunteer. Her moment of truth came on Feb. 11, 1993, when she wasn’t feeling well and had her husband bring her to the emergency room at Wood County Hospital. There the emergency room doctor missed the signs of a heart attack because no one expects a 50-year-old woman to have a heart attack. The error was caught. She received the proper treatment. Wright not only lived to tell about it, but to preach about her experience, especially to women who may mistakenly think they are not at risk of a heart attack. Wright said that she learned that after menopause women’s risk of heart attack is the same as men’s. She also has a family history of heart disease. It killed her father, and all four of her brothers have heart problems. Tegge, who was born in 1964, was, in his words, “the rookie” on the panel.  He’s been dealing since he was a child with a condition many experience late in life. He had a form of early onset macular…


August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Submitted by Wood County Health District This month, breastfeeding advocates will combine efforts in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding in the United States. August 1 – 7 has been designated as World Breastfeeding Week. The 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a major factor in getting us to think about how to value our well-being from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share. WIC Promotes, Protects and Supports Breastfeeding  One of the major goals for the WIC program is to improve the nutritional status of infants. As a result, WIC health professionals encourage WIC mothers to breastfeed their infants. Below are a few reasons why we believe that breastmilk is the optimal food for your baby. Breastmilk is good food for your baby. Breastmilk has a significantly positive impact on immune function, digestion, and brain development to mention just a few benefits. The World Health Organization calls mother’s early milk or colostrum “baby’s first immunization” because of the many immune factors it contains. These factors or antibodies provide protection from infection and illness. They are particularly important during baby’s first weeks outside of its mother’s protective womb when vulnerability to infection and diseases is high. Breastfeeding Protects: mom, baby and Earth  This year’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month theme in Ohio is Breastfeeding Protects:  mom, baby and Earth. We know breastfeeding protects baby’s health, but what about Mom? According to research, mothers who breastfeed are less likely to experience breast/ovarian cancers, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to list a few. Also, nursing moms are less likely to experience postpartum depression due to powerful and “feel good” hormones released during lactation. Additionally, breastfeeding is the most natural and ecological way to feed a baby. Feeding a baby at the breast requires just two things – mom and baby’s bodies. It’s totally plastic free and no products are needed! This automatically reduces waste from production to feeding, not to mention the…


BGSU learning community will be gathering health & fitness data on the go

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Freshmen in Bowling Green State University’s brand new Health, Wellness and You Learning Community will be starting out on the right foot — and hand. They will be wearing FitBit® wristband activity trackers as “researchers on their own lives,” according to founding director Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, public and allied health. “This is a great opportunity for students to get engaged in research using a technology and topic they can understand.” While the students are learning about diet, fitness, work-life-school balance and related wellness topics in their cohort classes, they will also be gathering data that will be used in Ludy’s long-term Freshman Health Study and by senior nutrition majors for their research course projects. What is learned could guide programming to make the BGSU campus healthier for current and future students. Planned as an academic learning community this year, the goal is for Health, Wellness and You to become a residential community in the 2017-18 school year, Ludy said. Aimed primarily at freshmen in academic majors that do not include an introductory class, the learning community kicks off with freshman 1910 classes taught by faculty members in a variety of disciplines. Each class is capped at 20 students. Following their weekly 1910 class sessions, all participants will meet together for a wellness-related seminar. The learning community’s 1910 curriculum builds on courses that have been offered in the past, with some new ones this year, said Kim Brooks, associate director for undergraduate education. “One of the goals is to build a relationship between students and faculty members that will help them become acclimated and make a successful transition to university life,” she said. There is strong evidence that participation in an academic learning community contributes to student retention, Ludy said. Also, undergraduate engagement in research activities promotes future research involvement — all of which strengthen engagement and hands-on learning. Robyn Miller, human movement, sport and leisure studies, two years ago piloted a fitness-related course…


Hospital hosting Baby & Toddler Fair

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Area mothers and expectant mothers are invited to take part in a free Baby & Toddler Fair  Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. in the hospital meeting rooms. The event is being hosted in conjunction with World Breastfeeding week to celebrate mothers and children and to bring attention and awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding. Mothers are encouraged to bring their babies or toddlers to the event. There will be diaper decorating contests, giveaways, safety education, baby wearing, car seat checks and more. There will be an assortment of booth set up with information about many baby related topics. The give always will include breastfeeding supplies, baby care items, Earth Momma Angel Baby supplies, a pack n play, breast pumps, a baby quilt and more. The hospital hosts monthly support group meetings for expectant or nursing mom’s and their infants. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month in the meeting rooms at the hospital. No registration necessary. Join Wood Cty Mother’s Circle on Facebook for more information and to be a part of the group. For more information on dates and times of the breastfeeding support group, visit http://www.WoodCountyHospital.org and select “classes and programs” or call 419-354-8900.


‘Paramedic One-Pager’ recommended for refrigerators

(Submitted by Steve Long) In late June my mom and I ventured up to northern Ontario. The trip was wonderful in many ways, especially as a reminder of the importance of gathering with family and friends. As VISA Card advertisements point out, what price tag can be placed on the value of dining with 33 Canadian kin? starting a wonderful night of Hootenanny music by singing national anthems of 7 countries represented by the participants? “having a coffee” with Canadian friends (the kids now know this is code word for spending several hours talking)? sharing time with family boating and fishing pristine waters in Algonquin Provincial Park (roughly two-thirds the size of Yellowstone)?  PRICELESS. My hope and prayer is that each of you readers will be able to experience and appreciate one or more similar activities this summer. Each act of making, capturing, organizing and sharing such memories allows for a genuine feeling and/or expression of gratitude in our lives. An extra bonus on this trip came totally by surprise. While staying with Canadian cousins, I spied on their refrigerator a “Paramedic Information” card provided by their county EMS service. With their permission I took a look and was startled with how similar much of this was with Binder of a Lifetime thinking. Their “Paramedic Information” one page document contains information all in one place that would be ever-so-helpful should a health care emergency ever occur. Enhanced with key Binder of a Lifetime information, the Long Memories “Paramedic One-Pager” can now be found as a link here: www.BinderOfALifetime.com. Please check it out if you’re interested, and consider printing and filling out a copy(ies) for your family and other loved ones (NOTE: plans are to check with the Bowling Green Fire Department and BG Senior Center to see if this is something we might promote to the community at-large.) It’s never too early to give ourselves the bonus of preparation in such matters. As we continue through summer and the extra…


Health center doesn’t turn any patients away

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Navigating health care systems can be a scary process, especially for those people who lack adequate insurance. But local residents who have put off medical care for fear of another bill they can’t afford will not be turned away at the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center. “We are looking at the whole person” and that includes offering services on a sliding fee scale so they are affordable to all, said Diane Krill, director of the center located inside the Wood County Health District at 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green. “No one is turned away for services,” Krill said. The health and wellness center provides primary care for all ages, with Dr. Steve Dood as chief medical officer and Katie Barricklow as family nurse practitioner. “It’s care for infants through everyone,” Krill said. The center offers STD testing, women’s health care, senior health care, behavior health services and social work services. An in-house pharmacy allows patients to get their prescriptions filled on site. “They can get all of their needs met,” Krill said. The center is a lifesaver for many patients who have put off dealing with health issues, said Rhonda Stoner, social worker at the site. “They’ve let their health go for so long, by the time they come to us there are a lot of health needs,” Stoner said of some patients. “We see the smiles on their faces now. Before they thought there was no hope,” she said. “We see the healing in that old wound.” The center focuses on treating the entire person, Krill explained. So in addition to tending to physical needs, the center also has a behavior health specialist to help with mental health needs such as anxiety, depression and everyday life struggles. “Evidence shows that physical and mental needs are really integrated,” Krill said. “We do feel behavioral medicine is important.” The services are “patient-centered,” and based on community health assessments of…


Water study searches for non-Toledo options

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The suspect quality and high price of Toledo water has prompted Wood County to search for other sources of water for its customers now dependent on Toledo. A study paid for by the economic development commission identified three alternate sources of water for Wood County users. The three primary scenarios identified in the study, which was released Friday, were: City of Bowling Green’s water system with expanded reservoir space. Maumee River regional water plant with an intake and reservoir. Maumee River/Lake Erie Bayshore water intake, with a regional water plant and reservoir. Wood County customers have long questioned the price of Toledo water, but also began to doubt the quality after the water crisis in the summer of 2014, when people were warned to not drink water from Toledo due to the algal blooms. So a study was conducted to look at other options. “The Wood County Economic Development Commission believes the national attention on the water crisis brought into question the potential impacts on future economic development attraction and retention effects for Wood County,” a release on the study results stated. The cost of Toledo’s water to users outside the city limits also prompted the study. “There’s a big upcharge for the suburbs,” said Wade Gottschalk, executive director for the Wood County Economic Development Commission. “We asked, are there other alternatives that are economically feasible?” “The answer is – yes,” Gottschalk said. The options would relieve Wood County customers’ dependency on Toledo water, said Jerry Greiner, executive director of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. The contract between many Wood County users and Toledo for water expires in 2024. So this study gives time for action to be taken to create other sources. “A water plant might take five or six years to get up and running,” Gottschalk said. “Ideally, we’d like to see some sort of regional water agreement.” The current Wood County usage from Toledo is approximately 5.5 –…


Wood County Hospital is Named 2016 Most Wired

Submitted by Wood County Hospital Technology is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions, according to results of the 18 th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show: – The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy. – Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care. – More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease. “To receive this level of recognition again is a culmination of efforts of our IT Team, and so many other members of our organization who devote time, talent and energy into operating, maintaining and enhancing all of the information systems solutions used within our hospital and our physician practices,” said Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital. “We take justifiable pride in the ongoing efforts it takes to achieve this recognition.” In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team. – 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal. – 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application. – 61 percent use social media to provide support groups. “Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely….


Public bugged by Zika invited to program tonight

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   More than 20 Ohioans have been diagnosed with Zika Virus this year. But local residents need not worry about mosquitoes in their backyards or area parks spreading the virus. Local residents with concerns about Zika are invited to a presentation tonight at 7, in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. The program will be hosted by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, and presented by Wood County Health District epidemiologist Connor Rittwage and health educator Jennifer Campos. “It’s for anybody curious about it,” Rittwage said. “We’ll take as many questions as we can.” But Zika Virus is nothing for local residents to be stressed about, he added. “Our level of worry has not changed too much. It’s something to definitely watch. But the chances of it developing in Wood County are very low.” Zika is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, and has spread through much of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. So far, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus transmitted by mosquito bites in the U.S. In fact, there is no evidence anywhere in the continental U.S. of the type of mosquitoes known to transmit Zika, Rittwage said. However, 934 cases have been reported in travelers returning to the U.S. from Zika affected countries – including 22 cases in Ohio. And 13 cases have been reported to have been sexually transmitted in the U.S., with one in Ohio. “Travel is still a huge component,” Rittwage said. Before traveling to another country, Rittwage advised checking with the Centers for Disease Control map. “It’s always important to check if there are any advisories.” The Centers for Disease Control has determined the Zika Virus is much more concerning than initially believed. It is the first time a mosquito bite can cause serious brain injuries to babies, including microcephaly, a birth defect which causes the infant’s head to be small and the brain to not develop properly. So far…


Dr. Arie Eisenman from Galilee Medical Center to speak

From JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo will present two free lectures by Dr. Arie Eisenman of the Galilee Medical Center. He will speak Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Collier Building Room 1000a and Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 6525 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. Dr. Arie Eisenman is head of internal medicine within the Emergency Department at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel and chairman of the Partnership2Gether Medical Task Force at the Jewish Agency. The Galilee Medical Center, located only 6 miles from the Lebanese border, is the closest hospital to any border in Israel and has a long history of being prepared for mass casualty events. GMC was the first hospital in Israel to build an underground hospital enabling it to provide continuous safe and secure care to patients in the event of warfare. It is now the model for medical institutions nationwide. The GMC has provided medical care for more than 1,000 Syrian casualties over the last three plus years, twenty-five percent of whom were women and children under the age of eighteen. It has been the case that every night, two or three severe multi-trauma Syrians arrive at the GMC for lifesaving care. The Galilee Medical Center is the second largest hospital in the north of Israel with 69 departments, specialty units and 700 registered beds above ground and, in case of need, 450 underground. The GMC is located on the frontline of the Israeli-Lebanese border and serves a demographically mixed population of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Circassians. The Medical Center community is an example of Israel’s diversity and coexistence. For more information contact Sharon Lapitsky atsharon@jewishtoledo.org or 419-724-0315.


Program on Zika Virus planned for July 12

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is hosting a presentation by Wood County Health District epidemiologist Connor Rittwage and health educator Jennifer Campos on Zika Virus. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Simpson Building Meeting Room at 1291 Conneaut Ave. in Bowling Green. The presentation will include an overview of Zika Virus: how it spreads where it is found symptoms and outcomes of Zika how it is transmitted how it is diagnosed how it is treated how it can be prevented The role of Wood County Health District in Zika surveillance and education.


Patient advocate bill signed in Ohio law

One of the most comprehensive patients advocate bills in the nation was signed into law at the Ohio Statehouse Monday, according to State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green. Gardner sponsored Senate Bill 129, known as the Prior Authorization Reform Act, to require faster turnaround times for patients and medical providers to receive health care coverage decisions from insurance companies. “This bill begins a new era when patients can receive health care in a more timely manner – the same health care they expect, deserve and have paid for,” Gardner said Monday.  “We need a more modern, accountable and cost-effective prior authorization process in Ohio.  Soon we will.” Gardner said the Ohio State Medical Association had approached him to sponsor the bill. “I agreed with them we need a better system,” he said. “I’ve always been one who wanted to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.” Nearly 80 health care providers and patient advocate organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, several mental health organizations, the Cleveland Clinic and numerous other hospitals supported the bill. The lead supporting organization, the Ohio State Medical Association, said the bill is one of its top priorities during the current session of the General Assembly. “Senate Bill 129 has a number of provisions that will make the prior authorization process more transparent, more fair, and more patient-focused,” said Tim Maglione, senior director of government relations for the OSMA. Gardner said the bill was quite complicated, involving several medical organizations and tackling multiple provisions. “Most states have done one or two provisions at a time,” he said. Highlights of Senate Bill 129’s numerous reforms include: Requires a new electronic web-based prior authorization process designed to end the costs and time lost with the current fax and phone call system. Provides for a 33 percent reduction in the time allowed for insurers to decide prior authorization requests and a 67 percent reduction in decision time for appeals of denied requests. Mandates that insurance companies disclose to…


BG Police teach how to avoid becoming a victim

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Self defense is much more than learning to take down a purse snatcher. Much of self defense is planning ahead to avoid putting out a welcome sign for criminals. Post pictures from your vacations, but wait till you’re home. Criminals look at shots of you smiling on the beach as an invitation to burglarize your home. Walk with confidence with your eyes on your surroundings. Texting while you walk, with a purse hanging from your shoulder makes you an easy target for thieves. And when in danger, yell “fire” rather than “help.” People rush to help fire victims, but are likely to start recording video of other crimes. About 50 people attended a self defense class last week taught by Bowling Green Police Detective Andy Mulinix and patrol officers Scott Frank and Robin Short. The class, held at Wood County Hospital, was attended primarily by females ranging from young girls to senior citizens. The class started out with instruction, then moved to physical techniques. The officers stressed that no technique is foolproof. “Whatever works best for you. Whatever you’re comfortable with, use it,” Frank said. “Better to do something than nothing.” To set the mood, a video was played showing crimes against innocent victims – an attack in an elevator, the theft of a purse from a woman strolling down the street, theft from a car as someone pumped gas, and a home beating taped by a baby-cam. “We got a crazy world out there. We’ve got to be a little more vigilant,” Mulinix said. The officers warned that local residents should not be complacent just because they live in a small city like Bowling Green. “A lot of people think that Bowling Green is such a safe community,” Mulinix said. “Bad stuff happens in Bowling Green.” Every crime has three components – a victim, a criminal and an opportunity. So if a person narrows the window of opportunity for the criminal,…


Inmates addicted to opiates will get drug to help them kick habits

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   For some opiate addicts, the most dangerous time is right after being released from jail or a treatment facility. They fall in with old friends, then old bad habits. The risks are even greater at that point, since their bodies are no long accustomed to the opiate amounts they used before. When that tolerance for the drug is gone, deadly overdoses are more likely to occur. So Wood County officials are looking at offering inmates injections of one drug, in order to help them beat the addiction of another drug – opiates, with heroin being the most notorious of the drug group. “Heroin is a different beast than we’ve dealt with before,” said Cary Williams, executive director of the Northwest Community Corrections Center located in Bowling Green. To give inmates a better chance at kicking opiates, they will be offered one dose of Vivitrol, an injectable drug that acts as an “opiate antagonist. It limits the body’s ability to get high,” explained Charlie Hughes, program director of the corrections center. By reducing the cravings and the pleasurable effects of the opiates, Vivitrol gives addicts a better chance of kicking the drugs. “So life without drugs seems possible,” Hughes said. Williams, Hughes and Joni Bretz, of Wood County Adult Probation Department, presented a program on Vivitrol to the Wood County Commissioners on Thursday, and asked for the board’s support of offering the drug at the community corrections center. The commissioners supported the efforts and agreed to spending up to $25,000 for one year, which would cover at least 19 inmates from Wood County who qualify for the Vivitrol.  Of the 54 Wood County residents in the corrections center, 35 percent have opiate issues. Just this week, Vivitrol also began being used at Wood County Justice Center, for Wood County residents with opiate addictions. “We are definitely on board with doing that,” Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said. The average opiate addict trying to…