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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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Cuyahoga Falls High School students who are interested in a medical career will get a head start this semester at Western Reserve Hospital with the “Health and Wellness Den,” one of four new small learning communities at the high school. The group of more than 70 students met for orientation at Western Reserve on Monday, Sept. 29.

During the orientation, Health and Wellness Den students learned about infection control, patient safety, emergency codes, service excellence and more. As they progress throughout the semester, students will be able to shadow a professional in their chosen field on a one-on-one basis.

“By participating in the Health and Wellness Den, students gain very real experience in the healthcare field that will help guide their future career and college decisions, and our patient-centered staff is delighted to help influence the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital.

Western Reserve Hospital serves as an ideal partner for the Health and Wellness Den because nearly every career in this field can be found at the hospital or one of its satellite locations, including careers in medicine, nursing, environmental services, nutrition, biomedical engineering, lab and radiology technology, hospitality management, administration and much more.

In addition to career-path guidance, the Western Reserve Hospital partnership also allows for programming and experiences that expose students to the many ways in which health and wellness touch and influence aspects of their daily lives. The program also offers fun exercises and rewards, such as group and individual wellness tracking via the exclusive MOVBand, T-shirts for participants and more.

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Western Reserve Hospital received the Gold Plus Heart Failure award and Silver Plus Stroke award from the American Heart Association under the “Get With The Guidelines®” quality improvement initiative. These awards honor hospitals that have met or exceeded the AHA’s specific guidelines for providing outstanding care in different categories. This the fourth consecutive year Western Reserve has received the Heart Failure award.

“Heart failure and stroke are two very critical health concerns, and we proactively look for ways to turn treatment guidelines into lifelines for our patients,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “We’re proud of our physicians and staff, who make awards like this possible and provide the highest-quality patient-centered care.”

Get With The Guidelines is an AHA quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for patients.

To earn the Gold Plus Heart Failure award, Western Reserve met specific measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.

To earn the Silver Plus Stroke award, Western Reserve met specific criteria including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “We are pleased to recognize Western Reserve Hospital for their commitment and dedication to heart failure and stroke care.”

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Western Reserve Hospital and Independent Health Coach Terra Milo are teaming up to provide free, informative healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the fall season.

Milo will lead each of the four Thursday-night demonstrations, which will focus on a specific meal or course, including appetizers, desserts, breakfast and meals for special dietary needs, including vegan and vegetarian diets.

The healthy cooking demonstrations are an extension of the hospital’s popular Doctor’s Order program, which helps identify healthy meal options on the menus of area restaurants.

“Doctor’s Order helps members of the community make healthier decisions when dining out, but now we’re extending that effort and empowering people who want to eat healthy when dining in as well,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator, Western Reserve Hospital.  

The cooking demonstration schedule includes:

Make a Good First Impression: Make a Healthy Appetizer
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 5:30 p.m.

Who Said Dessert Can’t Be Healthy?
Thursday, Oct. 23 — 5:30 p.m.

Start Your Day off Right with a Healthy Breakfast
Thursday, Nov. 6 — 5:30 p.m.

Help!!! Cooking a Vegetarian and Vegan Main Side Dish
Thursday, Nov. 20 — 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP or learn more about the program, please contact Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator, Western Reserve Hospital, at (330) 971-7959 or

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Western Reserve Hospital will host the free annual Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Women’s Expo from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The Women’s Expo will feature display tables and booths that share pertinent information and tips about women’s health, products and services, as well as free giveaways from community businesses and organizations.

Guests will have the opportunity to win door prizes while meeting and interacting with business owners and leaders in the community. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking available at Western Reserve Hospital.

The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Women’s Expo is co-sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital, Summa at Home, Gardens of Western Reserve and Saber Healthcare Group.

To learn more about the Women’s Expo, contact Kathy Romito, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (330) 971-7408 or

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Cuyahoga Falls will celebrate the second annual “First Responders Appreciation Day,” an all-day celebration of the service men and women who are first to respond to emergencies and disasters, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The event is sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital, the City of Cuyahoga Falls and the Cuyahoga Falls Fire and Police Departments.

First Responders Day - Sept. 21

First Responders Day - Sunday, Sept. 21

“First responders bravely serve the community and act as our first line of defense during emergencies that are often dangerous or unpredictable,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters. “First Responders Appreciation Day is a chance for the community to say ‘thank you’ to these unsung heroes who come to the rescue when called.”

The free event will be held from noon – 6 p.m. in Falls River Square. The schedule includes an address from Mayor Don Walters to commence the festivities, followed by a variety of family-friendly activities that include face painting, service trucks on display, rock wall climbing, police K-9 demonstrations, Paws and Prayers with adoptable animals, live music, giveaways, raffles and much more. All attending first responders will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes.

“We have a close relationship with our first responders, and we often see their courageous efforts impact lives in a meaningful way,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “We’re very proud of our first responders, and this is just one way that we can collectively celebrate and show our appreciation for the excellent work that they do.”

Kindergarten through fifth grade students also participated in a poster contest leading up to the event. Students submitted posters to their teachers showing first responders in action or what first responders mean to the community. Based on the poster’s creativity, four winners — two boys and two girls — will be selected to receive new bicycles as prizes.

Western Reserve Hospital works closely with the city of Cuyahoga Falls and its first responders, actively supporting the local community with frequent outreach efforts that help promote the health and well-being of the community and its surrounding areas. With outpatient departments in Stow, Kent, Hudson, Green and Streetsboro, Western Reserve Hospital is also committed to providing the highest-quality patient care to the region.

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Western Reserve Hospital sponsored a team of eight runners to compete in the Burning River Endurance Run, a 100-mile solo or relay race beginning in Cleveland with the finish line in Cuyahoga Falls. Dr. Eric Espinal, cardiothoracic surgeon and chair of the department of surgery at Western Reserve, completed the entire 100-mile race alone.

The relay team, called “Western Reserve Ultra Team,” included Cuyahoga Falls Fire Fighters Mike Stanec, Maggie Hobson, Chris Martin, Carl Hayward and Jim Messenger; Akron Fire Fighter Charles Twigg; Colleena Patterson, Fleet Feet; and Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator at Western Reserve Hospital. Western Reserve Ultra Team completed the race in just over 20.5 hours, finishing 21 out of 37 relay teams.

Starting at Squire’s Castle in Willoughby Hills, the Burning River Endurance Run and Relay covers 100 miles over many of the most scenic areas in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit Metroparks. The event is named after a fire that broke out on the Cuyahoga River on June 22, 1969, lasting only 30 minutes but causing more than $50,000 in damage to railroad bridges spanning the river.  


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