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From January to March, The staff at Western Reserve Hospital competed with other companies and with each other to see who could shed the most weight.

Across 13 different companies, more than 380 teams participated in the national competition. Western Reserve Hospital came in second, with 71 hospital employees shedding a collective 828 pounds.

“It’s all about will power,” said Robert Speer, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC, who lost 17 percent of his body weight to become Western Reserve’s winner.

“Our staff has shown it’s working to provide more than just a healthier life for our patients — it’s leading by example that truly fortifies the culture of care and commitment at Western Reserve,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator at Western Reserve Hospital. “We couldn’t be more proud of the benchmarks we are setting every day by inspiring our employees to lead healthier lifestyles through the many on-site wellness resources we provide.”

Speer’s five-person team, Operation: Waist Management, was made up of surgical staff members at Western Reserve Hospital. Together, they lost a combined 167 pounds, finishing first at the hospital and 16th out of all the competing teams in the nation.

The competition was hosted by the hospital’s FITone wellness program, in partnership with HealthyWage, an online organization that strives to make weight loss more fun and successful by motivating weight loss with cash rewards.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America. Nearly a third of all Americans are obese, which dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

If you’d like to read more about the Western Reserve weight loss team Operation: Waist Management, visit healthywage.com/info/westernreservehospitalallstars.

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Pam Banchy, RN-BC, PMP, Chief Information Officer at Western Reserve Hospital was recently featured in the Becker’s Hospital Review story, “My Best Investment”: 5 CIO Reflect. The article features Banchy’s expertise of the business side of Information Technology as one of the premiere CIOs in the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges to educate and inform on a national and global level. The article discusses Banchy’s stance on the vital investments Western Reserve Hospital has made in its staff, processes and technology to achieve better service outcomes at all points of care, especially across the technological landscape.

Pam Banchy helms Western Reserve Hospital’s highly advanced Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system and her team’s continued work is helping Western Reserve Hospital lead health care services in the region. 

Read full article: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/my-best-investment-5-cios-reflect.html

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Kathy Romito, Community Outreach Coordinator at Western Reserve Hospital, received the 2014 “Business Person of the Year” award from the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.

“These awards are the highest honor a person in Cuyahoga Falls can receive from the Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber CEO Laura Petrella.

Every chamber member is eligible to win this award, but the winner is selected based on personal and professional achievements and contributions to Cuyahoga Falls, including volunteer work, efforts in the community and contributions to the chamber.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters will introduce and present the chamber awards, which also include Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year, at the Chamber Award Luncheon on Wednesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.

Although still early in the year, Romito has already earned several awards and honors in 2014. In February, she won the Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives International association. She was also appointed to the board of directors in both the Stow/Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls Chambers of Commerce. Romito has served and continues to serve in numerous community organizations.

At Western Reserve Hospital, Romito is responsible for all charitable events. She establishes and maintains strong community partnerships by working closely with schools, businesses, churches, local government organizations and more.

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Fire safety education saves lives, and through a partnership between the Hudson Fire Department and Western Reserve Hospital, community children are finding fun new ways to learn about fire safety.

The hospital will be providing the Hudson Fire Department with supplies for their fire safety education program. This annual program helps introduce basic fire safety procedures to children in daycares, pre-schools and in bother private and public schools grades K-3. These supplies include a variety of child-specific education tools, such as pencils, crayons, coloring books and other hands-on items designed to engage children in fun activities while educating them.

“For children and adults, knowing how to respond to and prepare for an unexpected fire is paramount to living in safety,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. “It is crucial to begin teaching fire safety at a young age, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Hudson Fire Department to help educate children about this necessary, life-saving information.”

The Hudson Fire Department preserves and protects the lives and property of the community by providing emergency services. These services include fire suppression, the rescue of victims, hazardous material management, rescue from vehicle entrapment, building collapse or water rescue, and public education on fire safety. The department also enforces safety codes during the construction and lifecycle of a new building.

“The supplies provided by Western Reserve Hospital will help immensely in expanding the type of items we can offer to the children during our fire safety classes,” said Hudson Fire Chief Jerry Varnes. “We greatly appreciate the support from the hospital.”

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Margaret Deacon, an 87-year-old volunteer at Western Reserve Hospital, was recently honored with the United Way of Summit County’s “Outstanding Volunteer” award at the 13th Annual Volunteer Celebration event at the hospital on April 10, 2014.

During the 1950’s-themed event, the hospital also recognized Margaret as the “Prom Queen,” along with Prom King and fellow volunteer Harvey Huebner.

“We strive to cultivate strong, healthy relationships with the community, and nowhere is that relationship more apparent than in our wonderful, dedicated volunteers,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. “They play an integral role in shaping the patient experience at Western Reserve.”

Serving more than 800 hours annually, Margaret has volunteered over 10,000 hours at Western Reserve throughout her many years of service. As a volunteer department assistant, she helps maintain more than 100 active volunteer files and hundreds of inactive files. She also keeps the department neat and efficient by reporting call offs, scheduling issues and the supply inventory status.

Western Reserve Hospital volunteers assist in a variety of roles, ranging from clerical support in areas such as medical records, human resources, administration and patient transportation and guest services to helping usher patients to appointment locations. Volunteers also provide assistance on nursing floors, surgical wings and outpatient departments.

During the volunteer celebration, guests were treated to a special dinner presentation that included profile videos chronicling volunteer service stories of individuals or groups. Volunteers also received special accolades commemorating each honoree’s commitment and steadfast efforts to serve others in their area.

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Pam Banchy, RN-BC, PMP, Chief Information Officer at Western Reserve Hospital was recently featured in the Becker’s Hospital Review story, “Top Advice from Top CIOs”. The article features Banchy’s expertise of the business side of Information Technology as one of the premiere CIOs in the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges to educate and inform on a national and global level. The article showcases Banchy’s applicable skill sets from nurse to CIO and Western Reserve Hospital’s latest measures with regard to improving services at all points of care, especially across the technological landscape. Banchy has recently helmed the implementation of a highly advanced Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system  and her team’s continued work is helping Western Reserve Hospital lead health care services in the region. 

Read full article: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/top-advice-from-top-cios.html

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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 2014 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 rest of 2014. 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:

  • March 20 – Listen to your heart
  • April 17 – Surviving Allergy Season
  • May 15 – Healthy Skin
  • June 19 – Cancer Awareness
  • July 17 – Cholesterol 4-1-1
  • August 6 – Back to School: Keep your kids healthy
  • September 18 – Proper management of diabetes
  • October 16 – Arthritis: Is there a cure?
  • November 20 – Stay healthy this holiday season
  • December 18 – Beat the holiday stress

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

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Western Reserve Hospital’s Rick Hohan, Director of the Center for Pain Medicine, and Gary Sipps, Ph.D., ABPP, recently testified in support of a bill before the Ohio House of Representatives that seeks to limit the use of opiates to treat chronic pain. Sipps, who was also representing the Ohio Psychological Association, is a longtime advocate of using behavioral health in conjunction with traditional pain treatments. He shared the merits of this integrated approach in the legislation of House Bill 332.

“Chronic pain is a very complicated affliction that varies from patient to patient, and many times emotional and psychological issues arise from living in constant pain,” said Dr. Sipps. “Although prescription medications can be effective, some have a high propensity for addiction, and treating a patient’s emotional needs as well as their physical needs can greatly reduce the need for medicinal treatment.”

In addition to behavioral health, Western Reserve Hospital’s multidisciplinary approach to pain management includes physical therapy, dry needle therapy and several other minimally-invasive techniques in conjunction with traditional pain treatment methods.

Western Reserve Hospital’s Center for Pain Medicine has been a regional and national leader in implementing these new minimally-invasive, multidisciplinary approaches to chronic pain treatment. The hospital’s annual Pain Medicine Conference, which was most recently held in February in Cuyahoga Falls, brings together hundreds of physicians and healthcare practitioners each year to examine this whole-person approach.

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Western Reserve Hospital will once again serve as a Gold Sponsor for the 2014 Stow-Munroe Falls Community Showcase held Saturday, April 5 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 6 (11a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, 3227 Graham Road, Stow, OH. Each year the free community event serves as a great community collaboration to promote health awareness and showcase convenient, local services to bring the community together.

The event draws more the 200 exhibitors and over 7,000 visitors. Parking and entertainment is free and shuttle services are available if needed by guests. The showcase also offers a grand prize drawing on Sunday, April 6th at 3 p.m. when lucky entrants could win a Big Screen TV, a pizza a week for a year from Teresa’s Pizza or a Samsung Chrombook donated by Brandon Heating & Cooling.  

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS & CELEBRITY GUESTS INCLUDE:

Akron District Pipe Band • Baseball Guy • Bountiful Folk • Buck the Acme Show Dog • All About Dance by Kristen • Dylan Kelley • Singer-Gerard Berroteran • ETC • Kent State Flasher Brass • Juggler-Kevin Delagrange • Marquette School of Dance • Ronald McDonald Magic Show • Sto Notes • Stow Presbyterian Puppet Show • Summit Cloggers • AND MORE!

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For those living with chronic pain, there are many treatment options, and although prescription pain medication can help to manage that pain, it can all-too-often become an addiction that leads to prescription and illicit opiate abuse. And that was the topic of Western Reserve Hospital’s Third Annual Pain Medicine Conference, held at the Cuyahoga Falls Sheraton on Friday, Feb. 21.

Attended by nearly 170 medical professionals and state officials from all over Ohio, the event examined the local and state-wide drug problem and comprehensive treatment plans that address the emotional, physical and psychological needs of patients living with chronic pain. The event was led by Samer Narouze, MD, Ph.D., Chairman for the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital.

“The pain medicine community needs to understand and incorporate alternative treatments to pharmaceutical pain relievers,” said Dr. Narouze. “Each year, the conference is significant to the region because it allows us to expose the drug problem and draw attention to minimally invasive procedures and a whole-person approach that is far more effective. When we fully embrace this approach, drug abuse will decrease.”

Eighteen physicians and experts presented at the conference, including Orman Hall, Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, who discussed the drug problem in the state of Ohio, and Chief Jack Davis, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, who spoke about the heroin problem in the local community.

“We had a 31-year-old mother of three overdose with children in her home,” said Chief Davis during an emotional presentation about local heroin abuse. “She had a ten-year-old daughter that called the ex-husband saying, ‘something’s wrong with mom.’ If you’re a parent in here, you know how protective you are of your children, but it shows the grip that this drug has on people.”

In the past, the popular event has served as an annual linchpin for the pain medicine community, attracting hundreds of area physicians, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and medical students to learn about the changes affecting chronic pain management, including new procedures, challenges and medications, while acquiring continuing education credits towards their certifications.

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