Wood County Hospital

Hospital Guild will host Hops & Vines fundraiser

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL GUILD The Wood County Hospital Guild is welcoming residents to enjoy an evening of craft beers, wine tastings, food pairings and live music with Hops and Vines. The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Wood County Hospital (under the tent located on the north side of the hospital), 960 W. Wooster St. The cost is of $75 per person. The guild was established in 1954 to promote and advance the welfare of the hospital, its patience and staff. Throughout the years guild members have provide their time and talents to volunteer within the hospital. The guild also assists with sponsoring activities and raising funds for equipment, renovations as well as expansion for the hospital’s facilities, health and safety and patient education. The guild has recently pledged $100,000 towards the completion of the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center. The guild is currently raising funds for a playground for the Ready Program which is a kindergarten readiness program for children with autism. The Ready program focuses on the following learning and readiness skills: • Specialized instruction • Speech, physical therapies and occupational • Family education • Home programming • Evidence-based practices and methods to improve cognitive, social and communication skills.

Hospital offers robotic-assisted surgical system

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Wood County Hospital is excited to announce the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The da Vinci Xi System was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. The System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in gynecology, urology, and general surgery. The system’s advanced features include wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100 percent  in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. Wood County Hospital will welcome the community to attend an open house, and the opportunity test drive this new technology on May 31 from 5-7 p.m. in the Wood County Hospital Surgery Waiting Area. There will be live demonstrations from the surgical staff and interactive tables for the community to learn more about the technology offered at the hospital as well as behind the scenes tours of the state-of-the-art surgery center. Beverages and snacks will be available, and an iPad mini will be raffled off to one lucky attendee. Register for the event by visiting WoodCountyHospital.org/davinci. “Wood County Hospital has a long history of innovation in offering surgical services to its community.  We have been studying the robotic technology for some time, and believe that the Xi robot will truly make good the promised benefits of robotic surgery.  Patients receiving robotic procedures often have reduced blood loss, shorter lengths of stay, and faster returns to normal activity than with traditional approaches.  We have six surgeons on our Medical Staff who have experience using robotic technology and are thrilled to be bringing this capability to the patients of Wood County.” – WCH President, Stan Korducki  

Wood County Hospital offers new treatment option for addicts in withdrawal

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Wood County Hospital is now offering medical stabilization services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addictions through New Vision™ medical stabilization service. “Wood County Hospital is excited to offer this program in partnership with New Vision. As the numbers of patients struggling with drug and alcohol abuse increase, the Hospital more frequently receives patients suffering from medical comorbidities as well as addiction. This service will help those patients medically stabilize so that they are better able to enter substance abuse treatment. We are blessed to have many behavioral health treatment agencies in Wood County, and hope that by having this service we can more effectively collaborate with them.” – Stan Korducki, President,Wood County Hospital. The New Vision™ service serves adults with a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization, which usually lasts three days. The inpatient stay will include prescreening, assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning. Upon admission, an assessment will be completed with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, a physical, a laboratory workup and nursing assessment. Discharge planning will occur prior to leaving the hospital; the patient will be referred to appropriate community-based treatment programs to help prevent relapse and continue their treatment. New Vision™, a hospital-based medical stabilization and withdrawal management service, is provided through a partnership with SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Charles, MO, and is currently offered in many hospitals across the United States. SpecialCare has been providing inpatient medical stabilization in collaboration with short-term acute care hospitals for over 25 years. More information can be found at www.specialcarecorp.com. For more information about the New Vision™ medical stabilization service please contact New Vision at Wood County Hospital Monday through Friday at (419) 728-0604.

Hospital, chamber team up to offer blood analysis screenings

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host their 14th Annual Blood Analysis Program on Saturday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Hospital. This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators including but not limited to kidney function, electrolytes, liver function and lipid profile and requires a 10 hour fast. Additional available tests are PSA for men and TSH (thyroid) for men and women. Cost of the program is $50 for BG Chamber Investors and $60 for Non-Investors, with $25 each for the additional tests. Blood pressure checks are also offered. The results of this fasting blood test should be used as a guide to determine your current health status and to make positive changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle to enhance your well-being. The screening should not take the place of routine physicals. Although normal ranges are listed, only you and your physician can establish what is normal for you. A report providing all test results will be sent to the participant or his/her physician. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship Funds. The Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship is designated for full-time undergraduate students at BGSU. The scholarship is awarded annually to one student. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is given annually to one Chamber-affiliated student for their study at BGSU. Appointments are required. Starting now, you can call the Chamber office at (419) 353-7945 to schedule an appointment. Registration will be taken until April 13th, or until all spots are filled. Prepayment is required at time of registration by cash, check or credit card, and must be paid prior to event.

Flu season packs a punch with a feverish pitch

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   This season’s flu strain is packing a punch and is showing no sign of giving up anytime soon. Though no “outbreaks” have been reported yet in Wood County, the flu has many local residents coughing, with fevers and headaches. On top of that, the H3N2 strain that is hitting throughout the U.S. also brings with it vomiting and diarrhea. “It’s a bad flu season, said Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator with the Wood County Health District. Part of the reason is that the H2N3 strain blanketing the country is resistant to the immunizations that many Americans got to ward off the flu. “The vaccine is a little less effective against that strain,” Aspacher said. Doctors’ offices and hospitals are required to report flu cases to the health district. As of last week, 38 Wood County residents had been hospitalized due to the flu. Public health officials realize there are many more local residents suffering from the flu who tough it out and do not seek medical care. No deaths have been reported in Wood County, though Lucas County has seen one child and three adults die from the flu this season. Those most susceptible to the H3N2 flu strain are people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Some Toledo area emergency rooms are struggling to handle all the flu cases flooding through their doors. Some hospitals have asked that flu sufferers seek care at other sites like urgent care centers, to relieve the demands on emergency rooms. Wood County Hospital Emergency Department is handling the increased patient load so far. “We are getting several flu cases,” said emergency department nursing supervisor Renee Baker. “They are right on track with other years.” The symptoms being seen at the Wood County ER include respiratory issues and “a lot of nausea,” she said. “So far we’ve been able to handle it. We haven’t had to divert anyone,” Baker said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found widespread influenza in all states except Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Doctors’ offices, clinics and emergency rooms all over the country are feeling the impact from the flu. Generally, people most at risk for complications are older people, children and people with weak immune systems. It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now. According to the CDC, there were 11,718 new laboratory-confirmed cases during the week ending Jan. 6, bringing the season total to 60,161. Those older than 65 represent the largest group hospitalized, though people within the 50-to-64 age range and children younger than 5 are also experiencing high rates of hospitalization. H3N2 seasons are associated with higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths, as well as with lower vaccine effectiveness, possibly as low as 30 percent for this season. This strain tends to produce more severe symptoms, particularly among older persons. Wood County Health District is providing information on how long-term care facilities can best respond to widespread influenza activity. Influenza generally spreads more quickly in inpatient facilities, and older people are at greater risk to acquire the illness and experience more serious symptoms. While influenza usually affects older people the most, it can also be severe or fatal for children and young adults. This year’s flu…

How to protect people, pets and pipes against the cold

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   We might as well get used to it. The cold dipped down to minus 4 degrees early this morning, and temperatures aren’t expected to get to 20 or above for another week. For some, the frigid temperatures are more than a cause for discomfort. The brittle cold can lead to burst pipes, frozen paws, frostbitten fingers and car problems. Some professionals in Bowling Green accustomed to dealing with the complications of cold weather offered some advice on how to protect people, pets, pipes and vehicles during these frigid temperatures. First, how people can prevent harm to themselves … “I wouldn’t be out more than a half hour at a time,” said Kevin Hosley, registered nurse at Wood County Hospital Emergency Department. And bundle up. “Any exposed skin should be covered.” People with lung problems or the elderly should avoid being out in this brittle cold, Hosley added. The most serious risk to humans is hypothermia, when the body’s temperature drops dangerously low, said Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator with the Wood County Health District. “Basically, your body starts to lose heat faster than it can replace it,” Aspacher said. One symptom of hypothermia is confusion, so “somebody might not know they have it,” he added. Hunters and homeless people are susceptible, but in these frigid temperatures some people are at risk even if they aren’t outside. Especially vulnerable are babies or older people in very cold homes. “Older people lose body heat faster” and babies aren’t able to generate heat the way others can to keep themselves warm, Aspacher said. If hypothermia is suspected, the person’s temperature should be taken. If below 95 degrees, 911 should be called, he said. Any wet clothing should be removed, and the person should be placed in a warm room and bundled in blankets – an electric blanket if available. The other risk with the cold is frostbite, when skin is exposed, commonly on the face, hands and feet. Aspacher explained that in frigid weather, the body prioritizes which areas to keep warm, so the extremities are likely to suffer first. If frostbite is suspected, the area should be warmed with an electric blanket or warm water – not hot water, Aspacher cautioned. The frostbitten areas should not be massaged, and the person should avoid walking on frostbitten toes and feet. The health district also advises that people should be prepared for power outages by having a three-day supply of water, canned food, medications and pet foods in their homes. A cold weather kit should also be stocked with duct tape, a weather radio and a wrench to shut off burst pipes. Next, how to protect your pets … House pets aren’t accustomed to any extended exposure to these type of temperatures, said Janet Duty, of the Animal Hospital at West Ridge in Bowling Green. Some dogs get really excited about playing out in the snow – but people need to keep an eye on them. “Indoor dogs are not as adaptable,” Duty said. “Watch for signs of them limping. Snow gets stuck between their toes” and the pads on their paws can be cut by ice. Outdoor animals, such as barn cats, need to have places to cuddle up out of the wind. “Make sure…

Wood County Hospital to be honored for promoting employee wellness

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL COLUMBUS – The Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) will recognize 73 Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 14th annual Healthy Worksite awards presentation. Wood County Hospital will be recognized with the silver award for medium size businesses. These awards recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment. “Wellness programs are effective tools to engage employees in a more productive culture,” David Cowden, Chair of HBCO said. These programs most importantly help employees become healthier and happier, but also help drive down healthcare costs while driving up the bottom line.” All worksites, large and small, public and private, for profit and nonprofit, are eligible to apply for the Healthy Worksite Award.  All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Three levels of achievement were awarded — Gold, Silver and Bronze. Other applicants, who meet basic criteria, received a Recognition award. Increasing the number of worksites receiving awards is an objective in Ohio’s Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease: 2014-2018, an objective being led by HBCO. The ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 25, 2018, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Health Action Council 2018 Columbus Symposium. The symposium features national experts on health reform, health care systems and health benefits. Below are the recipients for the 2017 Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award: Small Business: ≤ 300 employees (21 awards) Gold Award: Certified Angus Beef; City of Kettering; Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.; LifeCare Alliance; The Dupps Company; WBC Group LLC Silver Award: Bricker & Eckler LLP; City of Montgomery; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Healthy New Albany; United Way of Central Ohio, Inc. Bronze Award: Community Action Committee of Pike County; Corporate One Federal Credit Union; Custom Design Benefits LLC; Delaware General Health District; Findley Davies / BPS&M; HKM Direct Marketing; HORAN Associates; MarshBerry; Metals USA – Wooster; Principle Business Enterprises   Medium Business: 301-1,000 employees (16 awards) Gold Award: American Showa, Inc.; Grange Insurance; NK Parts Industries, Inc.; Ohio Public Employees Retirement System; Pickaway County Commissioners Silver Award: City of Dublin; City of Westerville; Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers; Equity Trust Company; MillerCoors Trenton Brewery; MS Consultants, Inc.; Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board; Wood County Hospital Bronze Award: Automated Packaging Systems; Eliza Jennings Sr Care Network; Maumee City Schools   Large Business: 1,001+ employees (36 awards) Gold Award: Akron Children’s Hospital; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; City of Cincinnati; City of Columbus; Dayton Children’s Hospital; GE Aviation; Huntington National Bank; MetroHealth Medical Center; Montgomery County; Nationwide Children’s Hospital; OhioHealth; Premier Health; Total Quality Logistics; TriHealth; Youngstown State University Silver Award: Alliance Data; American Greetings; Battelle; Case Western Reserve University; Columbus City Schools Wellness Initiative; Cooper Farms; Genesis HealthCare System; Kettering Health Network; Lake Health; Mercy Medical Center; Ohio Department of Health; ProMedica; Southern Ohio Medical Center; Union Hospital Association; University of Cincinnati; Westfield Insurance Bronze Award: Emerson; Fifth Third Bank; Lucas County Board of Commissioners; Marathon Petroleum Company; Mercy Health   For more information and to register for the Health Action Council 2018 Columbus Symposium, visit www.healthactioncouncil.org. For more information…

Fitness trail links Simpson park to Conneaut sled hill

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   From Conneaut Avenue, it almost looks like a new playground. But there are no slides, no swings, no climbing structures. This is a different kind of playground – one made for adults who want an extra challenge as they walk, run or bicycle past. On Wednesday afternoon, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Wood County Hospital and the City of Bowling Green officially dedicated the fitness trail and exercise station. The trail, which runs through hospital property, connects Simpson Garden Park and Conneaut sledding hill. The exercise equipment is located in the empty lot along Conneaut Avenue, just north of the hospital’s rehabilitation center. Representatives of the hospital, chamber and city parks talked about how teamwork made the fitness trail possible. “I’ve been here 20 years,” said Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital.  “And I remember talking to people about how Bowling Green was different.” That difference was the desire to work together to make life better for citizens. “I hadn’t seen that in other communities,” Korducki said. The hospital decided to tear down the weathered big blue house that sat along Conneaut Avenue, which left a green space with old stone fences. Since one of the hospital’s missions is to encourage people to be more active, the decision was made to tie Simpson Garden Park and the sledding hill together. “This just seemed to be the right thing to do,” Korducki said. Kristin Otley, director of the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, remembered checking out the fitness equipment for placement in a city park. “Literally the next day I got a phone call,” she said. It was the hospital calling to see if the park and recreation department would be interested in partnering on the project. With the help of a grant from the Bowling Green Community Foundation, the fitness trail and exercise equipment became reality. “This is another classic example of how our community comes together for the betterment of our citizens,” said Earlene Kilpatrick, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards agreed. “This is classic Bowling Green collaboration. Thank you on behalf of the community and on behalf of the city.” Demonstrations on how to use the exercise station will be given by hospital staff on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m., and Monday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Wood County Hospital has its heart set on marking Heart Month in February with variety of activities

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL The Wood County Wellness department offers classes and meetings monthly on a variety of relevant topics that are important to the community. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality preventive care, tools and resources that inspire employees, community, organizations, and businesses to develop skills to make positive lifestyle choices with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.,” according to Teri Laurer, Director of Wellness and Occupational Medicine, Wood County Hospital. February is American Heart Month and a great time to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women over the age of 25. It kills one of every three women and one in every four males and claims approximately 600,000 lives annually. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.* On Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, at 9 a.m. and again at 10 a.m., Daylnn Badenhop, PhD, FACSM in cardiovascular medicine, will be speaking in the Wood County Hospital Meeting rooms about the importance of prevention, signs and symptoms as well as sharing facts and statistics and differences in heart disease in the genders. The community is invited to the presentation and there will be also be information tables, free health screenings, chair massages, refreshments and door prizes available from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. “Look Good Feel Better,” a free program designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, in the Maurer Cancer Center at 950 W Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Topics of discussion will include skin care, makeup application, tips on wig selection and care, ways to prevent or help dry skin and discolored nails, and how to use scarves, turbans and hats. This is an American Cancer Society event.  The program is free but registration is required.  Please call 419-354-8887 or email wellness@woodcountyhospital.org. The Positively Pink Women’s Health Series meets monthly and covers a range of topics important to women in the community. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the Wood County Hospital. The topic for February will be “Emergency Preparedness” with speaker Bradley J. Gilbert, O.C.E.M, Wood County EMA Director.  Severe weather awareness and emergency preparedness are important topics for personal safety and are often overlooked when life gets busy. Bradley will discuss common threats in Wood County as well as how to be prepared for the potential emergencies caused by these threats. Sources: http://www.theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-disease-statistics/ CDC.gov – Heart Disease Facts American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH and other governmental sources

Dr. Lillian Miller joins Women’s Care of Wood County practice

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Dr. Lillian Miller is joining Doctors Abeer Ahmed, Ian Leggat, Megan Porter and CRNP Marcia Amstutz in Women’s Care of Wood County. Dr. Miller is a native of Bowling Green and graduated from the Ohio State University. She completed residency training at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and most recently came from Sunforest OBGYN Associates where she practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology. She focused primarily on high risk obstetrics, gynecological and breast screenings as well as general genealogical care for women of all ages. Dr. Miller practices faith based medicine and is trained in natural family planning. She is focused on listening to her patients and hearing their concerns and creating a cooperative environment of care between her and her patients. Hours: Mon-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 419-352-8427.

Hospital marketing campaign sheds light on its services

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL On the nights of November 14th, 15th and 16th you may see a bright light shining from Wood County Hospital. The hospital is launching a new branding campaign, “See us in a Whole New Light,” during the month of November. This campaign showcases the hospital’s expertise and state of the art technology. Wood County Hospital has made brilliant advancements in oncology and orthopedics and offers leading edge technology in many other areas including radiology, intensive care, emergency care, obstetrics and surgery. In addition, the hospital is committed to providing the most credentialed physicians available in the region, offering the best patient care. “Sixty-five years ago our community founded Wood County Hospital in order to offer great care to people here at home. We have continued that mission and offer many state of the art therapies and technologies in Medicine and Surgery. The “See Us in a New Light” campaign invites everyone to learn how much we can do today to care for them and their families.” – Stan Korducki, President of Wood County Hospital This campaign is designed to draw attention to the hospital and shed a new light on the latest advancements that have been made for the community. As a patient, having these services and specialists close to home means easier access, personalized care and better outcomes. Wood County Hospital is committed to providing the care the community needs right where it is needed. See your hospital in a whole new light. See our technology in a whole new light. See your specialists in a whole new light. Please note: the hospital will have a spotlight in the front lawn shining overnight from Nov. 14, 15 and 16 as part of the launch of this new campaign.

Hospital to mark opening of new ICU with ribbon cutting, Oct. 12

Submitted by BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wood County Hospital (WCH) will be hosting an introduction and ribbon cutting ceremony, open to the public, for the new Intensive Care Unit at the hospital Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mayor Richard Edwards will be in attendance and will assist with the ribbon cutting. There will be refreshments and tours of the new patient rooms as well as a meet and greet with staff. Guests are asked to enter through the main entrance to the hospital and will be directed to the second floor ICU. The event is brought to you by Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. The new Intensive Care Unit at Wood County Hospital will have ten new and larger rooms with technology and infrastructure enhancements that allow for advanced treatment options. Sue Brezina, MSN RN, is the Director of the ICU and has spent her entire 35-year nursing career at Wood County Hospital. “The physical improvements of the new ICU will provide a patient care area that’s more conducive to safe, efficient, family-centered care.” WCH recognizes the importance of family support and family can mean different things to different people. All loved ones will be welcome in the new ICU. The visitation policy will also allow for family and support people to be involved in the patient’s care and will promote education, understanding, and preparedness for discharge. The new rooms also offer more comfort for visitors. There will be sleeping sofas in each room for loved ones to stay bedside during the patient’s stay.

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.

Dr. Terrence Fondessy joins BG Family Care

Dr. Terrence Fondessy has joined Dr. D. Wayne Bell and Nurse Practitioner Tina Jaworski at Bowling Green Family Care. Dr. Fondessy is a native of Northwest Ohio and graduated from Toledo’s Medical College of Ohio. He completed residency training at the W. W. Knight Family Practice Program in Toledo and most recently came from the Fostoria Community Medical Hospital where he practiced family medicine and focused on quality management. Dr. Fondessy is Family Board Certified and his clinical interests include family practice, intensive care, surgery and outpatient medicine. Dr. Fondessy will provide general health care for patients of all ages. For an appointment, call 419-353-6225.

Hospital offers new cataract surgery

As of last week, Wood County Hospital began offering a new cutting edge laser cataract surgery.  Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, making it harder for light to enter the eye. This can cause blurry vision, glare and rings of light known as halos. Normally, the surgery to remove cataract is done manually, by a surgeon, making tiny incisions in the eye using a surgical blade.  The new LenSx laser allows the surgeon to achieve superior outcomes compared to manual cataract surgery.  Laser cataract surgery makes cataract removal more precise and safe, all while reducing surgical time and the improving the recovery process.   The laser has been at Wood County Hospital for several weeks and procedures are being performed weekly. Those with cataracts should contact their optometrist for a referral to a local ophthalmologist.