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Western Reserve Hospital, in accordance with the Hands-Only CPR method endorsed by the American Heart Association, will host a free Hands-Only CPR training course at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the hospital auditorium. This training course follows the Feb. 13 “Go Red for Women” heart disease awareness luncheon at the hospital.

“Hands-Only CPR has recently become the leading form of CPR for teens and adults who experience cardiac arrest, because in many cases, it’s more effective than the conventional method,” said Dr. Joseph Restivo, cardiologist at Western Reserve and keynote speaker at the Feb. 13 event. “When the heart shuts down during a cardiac emergency, the most important thing you can do to save someone’s life is keep the blood pumping.”

According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, and receiving immediate CPR can double or triple their chances of survival.

Unlike tradition CPR, Hands-Only CPR doesn’t make use of mouth-to-mouth breaths. Instead, it uses continuous hard, fast compressions in the middle of the chest to the tempo of the Bee Gees disco hit, “Staying Alive,” which is equal to the recommended 100 compressions per minute.

“If you’re called upon to perform CPR, there’s a good chance it will be someone you know or a loved one that needs you,” Dr. Restivo said. “Whether it’s a spouse, coworker, parent or even a stranger who collapses in front of you, it’s worth taking the time to learn this fast, easy, life-saving technique.”

To register for the free event, contact Kathy Romito, Community Outreach Manager, at (330) 971-7408, or

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Western Reserve Hospital completed another milestone in its development as a regional leader in health care delivery: its first ever total femur replacement surgery.

Performed by Dr. Douglas Chonko, chief of the division of orthopedic surgery, a total femur replacement is a rare and complex surgery that replaces the hip, knee and femur, which is the longest, heaviest bone in the human body. The operation is only offered at a limited number of medical centers worldwide.

“This is an extremely delicate procedure, and we’re proud to be one of the very few locations able to perform such a complicated operation,” said Dr. Chonko. “We’re able to do these kinds of procedures because of increasing expertise in our orthopedic department, where we have two fellowship-trained adult reconstruction surgeons that are able to handle complicated hip and knee replacement issues.”

The operation, which was performed in October, included two incisions and took three hours. The recovery time can vary, but typically, incisions heal after three months and the patient achieves full strength and endurance within a year.

“With the high volume of joint procedures that we do at Western Reserve, we’re constantly improving our delivery and decreasing complications caused by infections, early loosening, instability or positioning,” Dr. Chonko said. “We are able to accommodate problems that are both large and small, and take care of patients that require repeat hip and knee replacements or that have complicated issues following trauma or congenital problems.”

The hospital is fully equipped to help patients prepare for and recover from orthopedic injuries and surgeries, offering a “Joint Academy” that educates patients and relieves their anxiety before procedures, as well as the highly-revered Center for Pain Medicine, which uses a variety of disciplines and the latest techniques to relieve pain. The hospital’s orthopedic department has also introduced “Own the Bone,” a program aimed at treating and preventing fractures related to bone loss and osteoporosis.

Western Reserve Hospital is currently accepting referrals for major orthopedic procedures from neighboring communities, orthopedic surgeons, area hospitals and primary care physicians.

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The Ohio Department of Health and the Healthy Ohio Business Council have named Western Reserve Hospital one of the healthiest employers in the state, along with 46 other Ohio worksites.

“Poor nutrition, inactive and sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans,” said Dr. Andrew Wapner, chief of the ODH Bureau of Healthy Ohio. “This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state.”

To become a Healthy Worksite, the ODH selects employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.

Western Reserve Hospital has initiated many new health offerings over the last year under its “FITone” wellness program, including healthy eating seminars, a company-wide weight loss program resulting in the combined loss of more than 800 pounds, and the Doctor’s Order program, which identifies healthy entrees on the menu of local restaurants.

“The health of the hospital staff is a high priority for us, and we’re driven to provide many diverse options for those who want to live healthier,” said Johanna Tanno, wellness coordinator at the hospital. “Whether you enjoy yoga, kick-boxing, cooking or even just little health reminders throughout the day, you’ll find something that can help you stay healthy at Western Reserve.”

Healthy worksite employers were recognized during the 11th annual Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Awards ceremony, held on Jan. 29, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program visit:

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Western Reserve Hospital will host a free “Heal Your Heart” luncheon on Friday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., as part of the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise heart disease awareness. The event is open to the public and will take place in the hospital’s auditorium.

Keynote speakers for the event include Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and heart disease survivor Gail Hogan and Dr. Joe Restivo, cardiologist at Western Reserve.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Hogan has worked in TV and radio as a news reporter and anchor, news magazine co-host, radio morning show personality, media trainer, voiceover talent and most recently the founder of her own business, GMH Media, Ltd.  Currently, she is partnering with The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital on wellness and community health projects promoting heart health.

Dr. Restivo is a specialist in invasive cardiology and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Toledo before serving in residency at Allegheny University Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Registered guests will learn about risk factors and prevention guidelines associated with heart disease in women, including how to develop a personal wellness plan. The event will also feature a variety of local vendors and door prizes. Guests will receive a free goodie bag and a free lunch will be provided.
Seating for the luncheon is limited. Those who would like to attend must RSVP by February 10 to Kathy Romito, (330) 971-7408, or All guests are encouraged to wear red.

Each year, heart disease kills one in three women according to the American Heart Association – that’s approximately one woman every minute. Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. The disease does not affect all women the same way and the warning signs for women aren’t the same as they are for men.

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Western Reserve Hospital has received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, earned by integrating with local EMS services, providing fast, outstanding coronary care services and much more.

“Heart attacks are by far the leading cause of death in the U.S., and as physicians and providers, it’s our challenge and responsibility to provide swift, exceptional care when someone’s heart isn’t healthy,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “This accreditation serves as a validation that the coronary care services we provide are up to the highest standards in the industry.”

More than 600,000 people die annually of heart disease, with five million Americans visiting hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The Western Reserve Hospital Accredited Chest Pain Center has met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and undergone an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
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In its ongoing mission to improve healthcare in the region, Western Reserve Hospital will host several free lunch and learn events throughout 2015 that are designed to improve health awareness.

The hospital encourages community members and hospital professionals to attend its free lunch and learn sessions throughout the year. Luncheons are offered 12 – 1 p.m. and held on-site at Western Reserve Hospital Auditorium located at 1900 23rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. Space is limited to the first 50 respondents. RSVP required.


January 15, 2015 – Is There Hope? What to expect before and after a hip or knee replacements
February 19, 2015 – Fall Prevention: Avoiding Slips & Trips
March 12, 2015 – Wellness Coalition
April 16, 2015 – Get With It!: Bettering Your Organizational Skills
May 21, 2015 – Healthy Skin Care: Love the Skin You’re In
June 18, 2015 – Cholesterol Control
July 16, 2015 – Wellness Coalition
August 20, 2015 – Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks
September 17, 2015 – Cancer Awareness and Screenings
October 15, 2015 – Podiatric Advice: Healthy Footwear & Foot Care
November 19, 2015 – Wellness Coalition
December 17, 2015 – A Healthier YOU in the New Year: Juggling Nutrition, Activity and Stress

To RSVP, call Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator, Western Reserve Hospital at (330) 971-7959.

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Western Reserve Hospital, in collaboration with Summa Health System, will host a free multicultural celebration of holiday traditions and cuisines at the annual “Sharing the Season” event from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 in the Western Reserve auditorium.

Every participant will receive a free recipe book and be entered into a raffle to win a gift card to The Office Bistro & Lounge, courtesy of the hospital’s “Doctor’s Order” healthy eating program.

Each year, Sharing the Seasons brings together nine unique holiday celebrations and observances from around the globe, focusing on the meanings, traditions and food dishes of each.

With an open dessert table and educational displays for each cultural observance, attendees will be able to share — and taste — how the holidays are celebrated for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Serbian traditions, Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Native American traditions, Kwanzaa and Christmas.

Each tradition will have its own display table, where participants will receive tickets that correspond to a tablecloth with the unique food options for that tradition.

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Western Reserve Hospital announced the winners of the Western Reserve Hospital Research Day held in early November. This was the first research poster competition for residents at Western Reserve in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Research day was the idea of orthopedic resident Sean Keyes, D.O. Research-related events give residents the chance to practice scientific theory and investigatory techniques, which are valuable skills that can be used to evaluate new health developments and integrate them into a plan of care for patients.

“An event like this brings the entire medical staff together in answering common clinical questions,” said Ron Russ, D.O., vice president of medical education at Western Reserve Hospital and assistant dean of the Heritage College Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE). “It promotes the hospital’s standing as a place where you don’t only come to work. It’s also a place where we practice good clinical medicine and demand that each clinician question and investigate better ways to promote the health of our patients.”

The poster competition was jointly administered by the CORE Research Office and Western Reserve Hospital. CORE is a statewide consortium of teaching hospitals in Ohio. The CORE’s Research Office provides research education, training and support for students, residents, interns and CORE faculty. The two-day event, held on Nov. 3 and Nov. 6, included three research poster winners chosen by judges who are practicing physicians at the hospital, and four “People’s Choice” winners selected by the residents and medical students at the hospital.

The overall winners are:

  • First place – Lauren White, D.O., PGY 3, General Surgery, presented a case report that looked at a man with a history of abdominal pain who had an internal hernia.
  • Second place – Maureen E. Cheung, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Richard George, M.D.; Michelle Chapman; and Joshua Weaver, M.D., investigated whether a novel dressing for combat wounds would simultaneously stop bleeding, reduce infection, prevent contamination and provide pain control.
  • Third place – Logan Mellert, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Mark Pozgay, D.O.; Michelle Chapman; Harry C. Kellermier, M.D.; Jacob Pilley, M.D., conducted a pilot study comparing the effectiveness of three devices used in surgical procedures to treat hernias.

The People’s Choice winners are:

  • Sean Keyes, D.O., PGY 4, Orthopedic Surgery; Kenneth Bono, M.D.; and Caleb Pinegar, D.O., PGY 4, Orthopedic Surgery, tested an alternative method to remove objects that become embedded in children’s knees following an injury.
  • Ben Tishman, D.O., PGY 4, Emergency Medicine; Tony Le, D.O.; and Chinh Nguyen, D.O., conducted an anonymous survey of Summa Health System Emergency Department providers about the management of chronic and non-verifiable pain.
  • Kristin Cola, D.O., PGY 2, Orthopedic Surgery, and Toomas Anton, M.D., conducted a case study of a woman diagnosed with progressive cauda equina caused by a lumbar epidural abscess
  • Maureen E. Cheung, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Richard George, M.D.; Michelle Chapman; and Joshua Weaver, M.D., investigated whether a novel dressing for combat wounds would simultaneously stop bleeding, reduce infection, prevent contamination and provide pain control.
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Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review “Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospital and Health Systems,” which recognizes some of the most accomplished physician leaders across the U.S.

“When Western Reserve began, our vision was providing the highest-quality health care services while remaining truly committed to an exceptional patient experience, and that remains our focus today,” said Dr. Kent. “It’s a tremendous honor for me personally and for our remarkable healthcare team to receive this award recognizing our success.”

As one of the leading publications for hospital and health care news, Becker’s Hospital Review publishes its Top Physician Leaders list each year. The magazine’s editorial team carefully selects which healthcare professionals to include, and each physician is chosen based on a number of factors, including accolades, commitment to quality and care.

Dr. Kent, along with other regional physician leaders, founded Western Reserve Hospital in 2009, making it Northeast Ohio’s first and only for-profit hospital owned by physicians in the community. In addition to his role in leading the hospital, Dr. Kent also serves as President and CEO of Unity Health Network, the largest independent, multidisciplinary physician practice in Northeast Ohio, all while maintaining a private practice as a physician.

The full list of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems can be viewed here.

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Western Reserve Hospital, the City of Cuyahoga Falls and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools received the Ohio Department of Health’s “Healthy Ohio Healthy Community Award,” an annual recognition of the Ohio communities that achieve outstanding success in improving the quality of life for their residents.

“Western Reserve Hospital’s tremendous commitment to improving the health of Cuyahoga Falls has paved the way for a number of far-reaching, enormously beneficial programs that positively impact our entire community,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters.

Each year, the ODH presents the Healthy Community Awards to the communities that enact health-related policies and provide a healthy community environment, improving the quality of life for residents. The ODH focuses on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation efforts when selecting award winners.

Western Reserve has launched several community health programs this year, including “Not Me, I’m Drug Free,” a massive anti-drug program that unites the schools, city, police dept., fire dept. and community businesses in educating fifth grade students about the dangers of drug abuse and rewarding them for pledging to remain drug free for life.

Cuyahoga Falls High School also partnered with Western Reserve this year to launch the Health and Wellness Den, one of four small learning communities that allow students to gain hands-on experience by shadowing a professional in their chosen field.

The hospital has also partnered with more than a dozen Northeast Ohio restaurants to launch “Doctor’s Order,” a popular healthy eating initiative that identifies heart healthy entrees on each restaurant’s menu, as well as providing a series of free healthy cooking demos for those who want to eat healthy at home as well.

“Programs like Doctor’s Order, the Health and Wellness Den and ‘Not Me, I’m Drug Free’ demonstrate both the broad scope of our impact on the community’s health, as well as our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles outside of our medical facilities,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator, Western Reserve Hospital.

To help curb the lung health damage caused by tobacco use, the hospital offers free classes for those who want to quit smoking and affordable CT scans to help detect lung cancer. This year, 75 percent of class participants quit all forms of tobacco use and remained tobacco free for more than 30 days.

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