SCLERODERMA SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The Youngstown Area Scleroderma Support Group August support meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Davidsons Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road, Cornersburg. The group meets the first Monday of every month, holiday exception excluded.
This is a time for a friendly gettogether to exchange information, encourage patients and further knowledge of this connective tissue disease.
SCHOOL OF AUTISM NEEDS SUPPLIES: The Potential Development Program's School of Autism will be holding a back-to-school supply drive throughout the month of August.
The items collected will be used in the kindergarten through eighth grade classes during the upcoming school year. The School of Autism is a non-public charter school for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Last year, 52 students were enrolled.
Some of the items needed for the upcoming school year include crayons, colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, pens, paper, tissues, construction paper, scissors, two-pocket folders, glue sticks and rulers.
Donations can be dropped off at the School of Autism, 880 E. Indianola Ave., Youngstown, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Potential Development representative will also be present at the Southern Park Mall Community Day on Aug. 10 to drop donations off there.
For more information about Potential Development, visit Potential Development Program on Facebook, the agency's website www.4pdp.org or call the agency at 330-788-0588.
NAMI BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE: NAMI MV (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has begun its summer schedule for support group meetings. Instead of two meetings per month, there will be one.
The meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Girard Library; and 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the DandE Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.
The regular schedule for all NAMI MV support group meetings will resume in September at the same locations. Evening support groups from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday.
Daytime support groups resume from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday.
For questions or for information, call 866-671-3169 or Dianna at 330-540-8583.
VOICE CLUB TO MEET: The Mahoning Valley New Voice Club, a support group for laryngectomees and their families / friends, will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, located in the Beeghly Medical Park, 6614 Southern Blvd., Youngstown.
For more information, contact Donna Hendricks at the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, 330-726-8855.
GIRARD OFFERS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: The Well-Child Immunization Clinic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the Girard Health Department, located in the City Building. A $10 administrative fee will be charged per child. Parents are to bring a copy of the child's immunization record, and a parent or guardian must accompany children younger than 18 years old. Parents must pre-register your child by calling the Health Department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 330-545-6048.
CHILD IMMUNIZATION IN NILES: The Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., will offer child immunizations from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Aug. 15 and 22. No appointment is necessary, but parents must bring children's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS IMMUNIZATIONS: The Warren Ciy Health Department will hold a childhood immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.. All clinics are walk-in; no appointment is necessary. The child should be well, free of fever, rash or illness. A shot record is required and a $10 administration fee will be charged or Medicaid cards are accepted. All clinics are held at the Health Department Community Services Building, 418 S. Main Ave. S.W., Warren. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
FLU CLINIC TO BE HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit, hang-up or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser-Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield. For more details, call 330-599-2402.
TRUMBULL COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY BOARD: August monthly schedule
WEDNESDAY, 8:30 a.m.: Family and Children First Council Executive Committee Meeting in the Board Conference Room.
FRIDAY, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Voices of Youth Rummage Sale at Packard Shelter House.
AUG. 6, 1:30 p.m.: Adult Continuous Quality Improvement Meeting (CQI) in the Board Conference Room (HIPAA Restrictions Apply).
AUG. 7, CANCELED: Addictions and Mental Health Program Committee Meeting.
AUG. 10, 8:30 a.m.: Core Providers Meeting in the Board Conference Room.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the facility is located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542 unless otherwise noted.
St. Joe's at the Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call or stop in for more information.
PNEUMONIA VACCINES BY APPOINTMENT ON VARIOUS DAYS: Cost is $48 for pneumonia vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call to make appointment.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
STRONG BONES - STRONG PEOPLE: Personalized strength training and nutritional education for those who have osteoporosis, low bone density or at risk to improve muscle strength and nutrition.
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING: Cost is $20 a month. Nutrition classes are held once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call to register.
AARP?SAFE?DRIVERS CLASS?- 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Special this month for educators, school personnel, Sunday School, CCD teachers for only $5. Cost for AARP members is $12 and $14 for non-members. Car insurance discounts may be available to those who take this course. Call to register as class size is limited.
EASY YOGA CLASS 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 through 27: Taught by Dawn Perhacs. Cost $20 for four classes or $6 each.
KNOW?YOUR?NUMBERS?CLASS - 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7 - Learn about blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Taught by health specialist Gloria Pozega. Bring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure results. Call to register.
FREE?NOTARY?PUBLIC?SERVICES, FREE?LIVING?WILLS?AND?DURABLE?POWER?OF?ATTORNEY?FOR?HEALTH?CARE - 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 8 - Completed this day with help from palliative care staff.
FALLING?PREVENTION?CLASS?- noon to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 8 - Prevent yourself or a loved one from a fall by attending this class. Free balance testing by a physical therapist. Tai Chi Chih movements taught for balance. Call to register.
TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTER
COMMUNITY HEALTH CALENDAR
PRE-OP HIP CLASS: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Conference Room F - Ground floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.
SENIOR CIRCLE LUNCH and LEARN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Meeting Room - "Cafe Conference Room". Deborah Moore, American Cancer Society - Health Initiatives. Call 330-841-5665 by July 31 to register.
"WE CARE" PROGRAM: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Conference Room B - Ground floor. Support Group for family and friends - covering various topics and needs. Call 330-841-1917 for additional information.
PRE-OP KNEE CLASS: 10:30 a.m Aug. 7, Conference Room F Ground floor. Call Julia at 330-841-9162 to register.
WOMEN'S CANCER JOURNEY SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, TMH Medical Professional Building, 1353 East Market St., Warren. Cancer Center Waiting Room. Open to all cancer patients. No registration required. For additional information call 330-841-1962.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 1 to 2 p.m. Aug.13, Conference Room F - Ground floor. No registration required.
NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
July Schedule of events:
WEDNESDAY, 4 to 5 p.m.: Sibling Class: Helping you prepare for the birth of your new child also means preparing the older brother and sisters to welcome new babies into the family. This free class is open to parents with children between the ages of 4 to 10. This class meets the first Wednesday of every other month in the lobby. Call to register.
AUG. 11, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: One Day Childbirth Class is designed to accommodate parents whose busy schedules may make it difficult to attend our two-week course. The cost of the class is $50. If you have Medicaid, Caresource, or Unison, we can bill them directly for your registration fee. Bring your card with you to the class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.
AUG. 13, 5 to 7 p.m.: The Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets the second Monday of every month in the Occupational Therapy Department at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Todd Murdock at 330.544.1411 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUG. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: Look Good....Feel Better is a free program for women in cancer treatment. The workshop is facilitated by trained cosmetologists who teach women with cancer how to understand and care for changes in skin and hair that may occur during treatment. The program is offered in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. The program will be held at Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, in the Clayman Room. Registration is required: please call 800-227-2345.
AUG. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Breastfeeding Class: This class provides parents with up-to-date information to help them make the best, informed choice when it comes to breastfeeding your new baby. This class meets the second Tuesday of every month. The fee is $10 but free if enrolled in Childbirth Class. To register for Northside Medical Center classes, call 330-884-2912.
AUG. 14, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Cancer Caregiver Support Group The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building Radiation Oncology Department. All caregivers are welcome. Call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information.
ARTHRITIS EXPO IN TRUMBULL COUNTY: Learn to live well with arthritis at the Arthritis Foundation's Trumbull County Expo. Experts in the field of arthritis will be presenting updates on rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, arthritis medications, back pain, and osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle. The physician speakers will also be taking questions from the audience following their presentations.
The Expo will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, at McMenamy's Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles.
An Arthritis Foundation exercise demonstration, hot lunch ($4 donation), health screenings, exhibits, and door prizes will round out the day.
Call 1-800-245-2275 extension 6433 to pre-register or register online at TrumbullExpo.kintera.org.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.
AREA HOSPITALS, TOP-PERFORMING: Of the 15 hospitals in the Youngstown metropolitan area, St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Centers are the top-performing hospitals according toU.S. News and World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings. This metro area includes Boardman and Warren. All three hospitals are also recognized in the Best Hospitals in the Glaciated Plateau region, which covers northeast Ohio.
This year's Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation's roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.
St. Elizabeth Health Center is ranked No.7 in Ohio. The hospital is ranked 48th nationally in gynecology and is high-performing in the following 10 specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; and urology.
St. Joseph Health Center is ranked No. 27 in Ohio and is recognized as high-performing in gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology.
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center is ranked No. 29 in Ohio and is recognized as high-performing in geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology.
Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
AUTISM SPEAKS HOLDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Autism Speaks will hold the National Conference for Families and Professionals, "Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Providing Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents with ASD," Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Columbus in Columbus. This two-day program will focus on medical issues and approaches to providing comprehensive and integrated care for individuals with ASD. There will be science sessions and targeted workshop sessions. Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Ricki Robinson from the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, and Dr. Peter Gerhardt from the McCarton School.
For more conference information and updates on registration, visit: bit.ly/AutismSpeaks-2012NationalConference or e-mail ATN@AutismSpeaks.org.