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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.

FREE MONTHLY LUNCHEONS DATES:

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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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 jtanno@westernreservehospital.org.

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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 kromito@westernreservehospital.org.

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