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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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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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Dr. Eric Espinal and Dr. Patrick Blakeslee finished strong at the 5th annual Rumble at the Reserve blood drive, held on Aug. 20-21. Espinal, chairman of the department of surgery, and Blakeslee, chairman of the department of medicine, competed against each other once again to see who could bring in the most donors, resulting in the successful collection of 194 usable pints of blood. Blakeslee, who edged Espinal out of first place last year, again won the most support among hospital staff and public participants, taking the checkered flag in this year’s racing-themed event. All donors received a commemorative T-shirt. Western Reserve Hospital, in partnership with the American Red Cross, debuted Rumble at the Reserve in 2009, and it continues to grow and break hospital records each year.

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On Aug. 20 and 21, Western Reserve Hospital will host the fifth annual “Rumble at the Reserve” blood drive, which this year pits the departments of medicine and surgery against each other in a motorsports racing-themed event. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and be eligible to win prizes.

The 2014 Rumble features Western Reserve Hospital’s Departments of Surgery and Medicine squaring off in a race to see which department can bring in the most donors, with the winner receiving the coveted “Rumble at the Reserve Cup.” Donors are invited to choose which department to support during the drive.

“Summer is one of the most important times to give blood, and right now there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors,” said Dr. Patrick Blakeslee, Chairman of the Department of Medicine. “Blood donations are one of the most vitally important tools we need to be able to respond to emergencies, so we’re urging our staff and our community to donate.”

As Western Reserve Hospital’s signature outreach event, Rumble at the Reserve has won the American Red Cross “Largest One Day Hospital Blood Drive” award for three consecutive years. Last year’s blood drive took place on Aug. 22, 2013, and raised a total of 223 pints of blood — shattering previous blood drive totals and beating out 57 other competing hospitals.

“Our commitment and dedication to improving the overall health of the community is what led us to begin Rumble at the Reserve years ago,” said Dr. Eric Espinal, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “The awards we’ve received are both validating of our history and motivating for our future.”

Debuting in 2009 as an internal employee blood drive, the event has grown in its success and has continued to break hospital records each year. This year, Western Reserve Hospital will hold the Rumble at the Reserve Blood Drive on Aug. 20 and 21.

To sign up for Rumble at the Reserve, go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code 44223. For questions, contact Western Reserve Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator Kathy Romito at (330) 971-7408 or kromito@westernreservehospital.org.

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Western Reserve Hospital recently received the Ohio Hospital Association’s 2014 Hospital Safety Award, which recognizes hospitals for successful safety programs and superior employee safety records.

This year, a total of 95 hospitals from all over Ohio were divided into groups based on how many people they employed. The hospital with the lowest injury rate in each group was honored with a Hospital Safety Award. Western Reserve Hospital had the lowest injury rate in the 751-1000 employee range.

“Safety is the cornerstone of a successful hospital, and the excellence of a healthcare system depends first and foremost on providing a safe environment for it to thrive in,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “This award honors our firm, ongoing commitment to the safety of our patients and staff.”

The OHA presents many different kinds of awards each year, recognizing individuals, hospitals and health systems for their outstanding achievements and excellence in select areas of healthcare. The OHA and the Industrial Commission of Ohio created the hospital safety awards in 1953 to promote workplace safety, and the OHA continues to award the most deserving hospitals every year.

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Families and residents of Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, Tallmadge and the surrounding areas will be treated to free food, face painting, giveaways, inflatable play places and more at National Night Out, a community crime-prevention event. The three-hour celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, at the Virginia Ocasek Party Center on the Summit County Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital and the police forces of Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge, National Night Out is a family-friendly evening packed with free entertainment, including free food sponsored by Target, demonstrations from local police K-9 units, SWAT teams and fire departments, free blood pressure checks, rides, raffles, giveaways and much more.

“National Night Out serves as an excellent opportunity for the police forces in our community to connect with residents and share the powerful message of safety and crime prevention, all while also having a great evening of free family fun,” said Munroe Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza.

The National Night Out program began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, community and police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Currently, over 37 million people participate each year in more than 16,000 communities across the U.S. and Canada.

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Western Reserve Hospital received Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), verifying that the hospital has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care and administer acute therapies safely and efficiently.

“When strokes occur, every second that passes increases the risk of permanent brain damage and loss of function, and that’s why we make it a priority to provide exceptional stroke care,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “By earning our Primary Stroke Certification, our commitment to delivering immediate emergency care to our patients in stroke-related situations has been recognized.”

In order to receive the Primary Stroke Certification, Western Reserve met or exceeded the stringent standards of the program, which required a program director with extensive experience in acute stroke, 24/7 lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities, access to neurologists 24/7, a designation stroke unit, education standards for the staff and much more.

“This certification signifies that Western Reserve Hospital has demonstrated and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients,” said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer, HFAP. “Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients.”

HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006. The program provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. For more information about HFAP, visit http://www.hfap.org.

 For more information about Western Reserve Hospital and its certified stroke care offerings, visit http://www.westernreservehospital.org/stroke-readiness.html

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The American Heart Association has awarded Western Reserve Hospital with its highest “Fit-Friendly” worksite honors based on the hospital’s many programs and initiatives that encourage the staff to make healthy choices.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and making the choice to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle can literally be a life or death decision,” said Dr. Michael Bage, cardiologist at Western Reserve Hospital. “We actively encourage our employees to be healthy, and we’re honored to be recognized for our success with this award.”

Fit-Friendly workplaces are selected based on a set of detailed criteria. In order to achieve the highest “platinum” level, workplaces must offer employees physical activity support, increased healthy eating options and promote a wellness culture. Platinum employers must implement at least six physical activity criteria, two nutrition criteria, one culture criteria and at least one other behavior change or cost savings outcome. Fit-Friendly honors are assessed and awarded twice per year.

“As a hospital, many of our employees take their personal health very seriously, and we’re proud to provide numerous effective outlets for them,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator. “Receiving the platinum-level award is a testament to our vision of creating a healthier work environment.”

The hospital’s FITone wellness program offers employees a wide variety of health initiatives, including walking paths, healthy cafeteria options, exercise programs during and after work hours, stress management, self-defense classes and more.  Between January and March, the staff at Western Reserve participated in a weight-loss competition with 13 other organizations, winning second place by shedding a collective 828 pounds.

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Western Reserve Hospital earned the American Red Cross’s “Largest One Day Hospital Blood Drive” award for the third year in a row following the hospital’s signature “Rumble at the Reserve” annual event.

The blood drive took place on Aug. 22, 2013, and raised a total of 223 pints of blood — shattering previous blood drive totals and beating out 57 other competing hospitals. Red Cross presented the award to Western Reserve Hospital in May.

The Rumble at the Reserve Blood Drive is Western Reserve Hospital’s signature outreach event. Debuting in 2009 as an internal employee blood drive, the event has grown in its success and has continued to break hospital records. In 2010, the drive saw 124 donors. By 2011, that number nearly doubled and the participation continues to grow each year.

“Blood donations are responsible for saving countless lives every day,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. “Our continued success with the Rumble at the Reserve events demonstrates our firm commitment to preserving life — not only the lives of our patients, but those of people who have survived a potentially fatal experience thanks to donated blood.”

This year, Western Reserve Hospital will hold the Rumble at the Reserve Blood Drive on Aug. 21, 2014. To learn more, call (330) 971-7000.

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