Parma General Hospital

Lose 2 Win: Eight Weeks To Weight Loss

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is joining forces with the North Royalton Family YMCA to combat obesity with a weight-loss challenge. The eight-week program involves access to the YMCA, 11409 State Rd., for workouts, weekly weigh-ins and Saturday group workouts followed by talks by health experts. Work with a personal trainer on a fitness routine that meets your goals, with nutritional coaching and group support. Prizes will be given weekly and at the end of the competition for individuals and teams with the highest percentage of pounds shed. 

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 12:48 PM, 06.03.2016

Zocdoc: Finding A Doctor Fast With Scheduling App

Dawn Thuma of Parma Heights urged her husband, David, to get to an emergency room because he wasn’t feeling well. She had reason to be concerned, as he had just completed radiation treatment a year ago for throat cancer.
 
“I was reluctant to go to the ER,” said David, 57. “I had been through so much. I thought it was side effects of radiation and didn’t want to go through any more testing. I was just so tired.”
 
They also had a dilemma because Dawn, who recently rejoined Seasons of Life Hospice at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, had new health insurance that meant having to find a new primary care doctor.

She remembered seeing information about UH’s new partnership with Zocdoc, a free online medical care search engine and scheduling service. She downloaded the Zocdoc app and found David Thomas, MD, with UH Internal Medicine Center in Independence. 
 
“I read his profile and saw that he was close by,” said Dawn. “It was so easy. With a click of a finger, I got David the first available appointment the next day.” 

She also filled out her husband’s paperwork online in advance, so David could focus on simply going to the appointment. Dr. Thomas was aware that David was recovering from cancer.
 
“He complained that his abdomen had been hurting,” Dr. Thomas said. “I had him lie down on the exam table, and I pressed on his abdomen. He jumped from the pain.” 
 
Dr. Thomas sent David to UH Parma Medical Center for a CT scan, which revealed that he had a perforated, gangrenous appendix – something that could kill him.
 
“Dr. Thomas saved my husband’s life,” said Dawn, who also became a patient of Dr. Thomas. “I can’t say how grateful I am.”
 
David felt Dr. Thomas was thorough in going over his history during his examination and was impressed that the doctor called him at home following surgery to see how he was doing.
 
“I’m doing very well now, thanks to some quick medical decision-making by Dr. Thomas,” said David. “He really went above and beyond!
 
“I’m also grateful for Zocdoc and my wife’s knowledge about the app. I’m sure I would not have found Dr. Thomas, let alone get an appointment so quickly.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 4:38 PM, 04.06.2016

Healthy Eating For Life

Learn how to make every meal with a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Find out which to increase and which to avoid to help prevent chronic disease. Each class includes latest nutrition information, handouts and recipe demo with sampling. Four-session class is $40 with a one-time $3 food fee paid to instructor at first class. Classes are held on Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at UH Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Register at 440-743-4932.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 4:36 PM, 04.06.2016

Patient Weds Minutes Before Baby's Birth

Monique and Jamaal Chavers’ best wedding present arrived alert and crying at 10:07 p.m. on Jan. 27. Wrapped in a pink and blue blanket in the maternity center of UH Parma Medical Center, their precious gift weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 PM, 03.08.2016

Tuition Reimbursement Helps RN Advance Her Career

Emily Vance started working toward her master’s degree in nursing in February, just two months after finishing her BSN. This steady climb up the career ladder for this UH Parma Medical Center RN is fueled by University Hospital’s generous tuition reimbursement – and a love for a profession where every interaction counts.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 PM, 03.08.2016

A heart-to-heart with health experts on Feb. 11

Join your neighborhood experts at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center for a “Heart to Heart” day in honor of your health on Thursday, Feb. 11. This free event at the Holiday Inn, Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, presents premier physicians from UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in an evening that puts your heart front and center. Enjoy heart-healthy red wine and appetizers while learning valuable information from physician presenters and an interactive panel discussion.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Health Matters: Free Jan. 13 Talk On Mindful Eating

Start the new year with a commitment to mindful eating and healthy living by attending a free physician talk at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In a talk from 6-7:30 p.m., Bradley Banko, MD will cover weight management, healthy eating and the toll that failing to become mindful can take on your overall health. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Pennie The Pickle, A Holiday Tradition

Patients at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and UH Wellpointe Health Center in Broadview Heights may know Tony Marini as the kind-hearted nuclear medicine and MRI technologist who calms fears during difficult days. Staff may know him as the guy who runs the popular basket raffle to fund a scholarship for students seeking a career in his chosen profession. Yet others know Marini as the author of Pennie, the Christmas Pickle, a fun-filled holiday book about the little-known tradition of hiding the pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. Through basket raffles and generous personal and private donations, Marini has raised enough money in just four years to create the endowed UH Parma Radiology Educational Scholarship Fund. He expects to award the first scholarships in 2016 to college students pursuing radiology careers.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:15 AM, 12.01.2015

Nov. 4 Physician Talk: Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Learn why good sleep is necessary for optimal health in a free physician talk by neurologist John Andrefsky, MD, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The free talk will be held in the Auditorium from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:54 AM, 10.27.2015

Fine Arts & Crafts Show At UH Parma On Nov. 17-18

Start your holiday shopping early at the Parma Hospital Auxiliary’s Gallery of Gifts, their biggest fundraiser of the year. The arts and fine crafts show takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 6:54 AM, 11.04.2015

Relax, Refresh, Learn At Free Women's Health Expo On Oct. 17

Attention women: Focus on your own health so you can be healthy and strong for your family at a fun, informative morning retreat presented by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The free Women’s Health Expo, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Embassy Suites in Independence, is an opportunity for women to find answers to all those questions you were afraid to ask.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 2:09 PM, 10.02.2015

UH Parma Medical Center, North Royalton YMCA Collaborating On Walking Program In September-October

UH Parma Medical Center is collaborating with the North Royalton Family YMCA to present a six-week adult wellness challenge. Structured as a walking program preceded by a brief informative talk by a hospital or community health expert, “Mindful in Motion” is kicked off by a comprehensive initial health assessment to give each participant a baseline of their health status. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:15 AM, 09.01.2015

Neuromuscular Specialist Joins UH Neurological Institute In Parma

Betsy Garratt, DO, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, joins John Andrefsky, MD, in the growing UH Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Garratt will see patients at offices in Suite 204 in Medical Arts Center 4 on the UH Parma Medical Center campus, as well as in the new UH Independence Health Center. She will be performing electromyography (EMG) procedures – a diagnostic tool for identifying neuromuscular diseases such as peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) – at UH Parma Medical Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2015

CEO of Dynamic City Mission To Speak At Community Prayer Breakfast

Generations of Cleveland’s neediest residents have received sustenance, skills, and hope from The City Mission. At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 15, hear how the mission that began in an abandoned Superior Avenue saloon more than a century ago has become one of Cleveland’s oldest and most vibrant non-profit organizations. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2015

Free Physician Talk On Managing Chronic Sinusitis

Steve Hunyadi, MD, an ENT specialist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will discuss the diagnosis and management of chronic sinus diseases and both medical and surgical treatments. The talk will take place in UH Parma Medical Center’s auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 440-743-4932 to register. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:15 AM, 09.01.2015

UH Parma Hosts 5K On August 22

Take a late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 22.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

Veteran OB/GYN Joins UH Parma Medical Center

Steven Galun, MD, FACOG, a veteran Obstetrician/Gynecologist, has joined the medical staff of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The former Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marymount Hospital brings a large, established practice with him to his new office in Medical Arts Center 4, Suite 306. In addition to obstetrics, the board-certified OB/GYN focuses on minimally invasive surgery and alternatives to hysterectomy.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

New Plastic Surgeon At UH Parma Medical Center

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center welcomes William F. Schleicher, MS, MD, a plastic surgeon in practice with Vasu Pandrangi, MD. In addition to general plastic surgery, Dr. Schleicher specializes in reconstructive breast surgery, surgical and injectable facial rejuvenation, and aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Cancer Survivor Speaks Universal Language

Ukrainian immigrant Stepha Lyuta firmly believes that coming to the United States – and finding University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center – saved her life.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Farmers' Markets Held At UH Parma June 30-Sept. 15

PARMA – Farm-fresh produce and local specialties come to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center later this month with the return of Farmers' Markets. The market will take place under the covered patio outside the hospital’s main entrance every Tuesday from June 30 - Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed At Hospital

Recruiting is underway for volunteers to address the spiritual needs of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center patients and families. Spiritual care aides work in the Emergency Department and the Surgery Waiting Room, providing comfort to patients and their families. They also visit patients in their rooms, provide directions and information to visitors, and stand in for clergy when the family’s priest or minister is unavailable. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

#PatientsFirst

With the King v. Burwell decision quickly approaching, our goal will remain to protect families and patients no matter the outcome. The Supreme Court is poised to rule on the legality of Obamacare’s exchange subsidies. The President’s health care law states that some individuals who receive health insurance through state-run exchanges are eligible to receive subsidies in order to make the plans affordable. There is no mention in the law, however, as to whether individuals in federally-run exchanges can receive these subsidies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has interpreted the law to allow the federal government to offer subsides to individuals who reside in states that did not choose to create a state-run exchange. If the Supreme Court finds that the federal government is not legally authorized to offer these subsidies, health insurance costs will increase for millions of Americans.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

Parma, Parma Heights Police Departments Train To Administer Overdose-Reversing Drug

The latest lifesaving weapon in the arsenal of area police departments is deployed with a small atomizer, courtesy of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. UH Parma Medical Center’s EMS Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute is training police officers from Parma and Parma Heights to administer Nasal Narcan, a powerful pharmaceutical drug that reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids in minutes. Each officer and sergeant who patrols in these cities will be armed with Narcan, following passage of Ohio House Bill 170 last year that permits police officers and lay people to administer the opioid-reversing drug naloxone (commonly known as Narcan).

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 8:19 AM, 06.01.2015

Hospital Auxiliary Holds Garage Sale On June 19

The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will hold a garage sale on June 19 to benefit patient care. The sale, held in the covered patio area outside the main entrance of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members of the public can reserve tables for $30 each and keep their own profits. Call the Auxiliary Office at 440-743-2372 for more information. Participants are responsible for set-up, pricing, take-down and staffing their tables.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 8:19 AM, 06.01.2015

Walk On Wednesdays Through June 3

Get off the couch and out on the trail with Walk on Wednesdays, a series of informal fitness walks sponsored by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center at James Day Park in Parma from April 29 – June 3.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 8:29 AM, 05.01.2015

Heroic Hiker Raises $10,000 For Parkinson's Research

The retired nurse who embarked on a hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease completed 200 challenging miles and reached altitudes of more than 6,000 feet before suspending his trek due to complications from the disease. 

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 8:29 AM, 05.01.2015

Stroke Screening, Neurologist Talk On May 14

Consistent, high-quality care of stroke patients earned University Hospitals Parma Medical Center the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 8:29 AM, 05.01.2015

Parkinson's Patient Embarks On 2,183-Mile Hike To Benefit Parkinson's Research

A University Hospital’s nurse who retired March 20 is headed on a mission: a 2,183-mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for Parkinson’s research. Delivered a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2012, Brian Butler RN chose to retire from his job in the Electrophysiology Lab at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and to fulfill his lifelong dream of completing a six-month trek along this scenic trail through 14 eastern U.S. states. He began on March 25 in Springer Mt., GA.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 11:29 AM, 04.01.2015

Cancer Survivors Honored At March 6 Hockey Game

To honor cancer survivors and encourage women to get mammograms, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is sponsoring Think Pink Night at the March 6 Lake Erie Monsters hockey game at Quicken Loans Arena. Survivors and their physicians and nurses will be saluted, participating in a ceremonial puck drop at the start of the 7:30 p.m. game and a post-game skate with Monsters’ players.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 PM, 03.01.2015

Lifelong Health: Keeping Older Adults Safe, Thriving

The full-service ElderCenter at University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center gives meaning to each day for adults of all ages and abilities. With participants from ages 44 to 103, days are tailored to each individual’s needs. Nurses with decades of experience administer medication, an activities coordinator organizes music, crafts and reminiscence sessions, and the manager is on a first-name basis with every participant and their family members.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 PM, 03.01.2015