Community Education

Our Community Education classes are FREE! Unless otherwise noted, register for these programs by calling 419-207-2563, leaving a name, contact information, and number of individuals attending. Or, feel free to email steven.baldridge@uhhospitals.org

"Healthy people do healthy things."
"Successful people get help and get started."
Are you ready to get healthy, get help, and get started?

Thursday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Talk with a Sleep Specialist
According to the National Sleep Foundation Sleep Hygiene is “a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.” Do you suffer from a sleep disorder or do you have bad sleep hygiene (bad sleep habits)? Do you need to reset your circadian rhythm? You know do know there are people who specialize in such things, right? A sleep specialist will be in the lobby at University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center February 20th, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer questions and educate you on sleep. 1025 Center Street, Ashland. No appointment needed.
Did you see our recent article on this subject? Click here.

Thursday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Research tells us that music can make our brains think better, normalize our heart rates, blood pressure, and breathing, and our levels of stress hormones. Speaking of stress, on February 27 at 5:30 p.m. University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network music therapist Angel Foss will present RELAXATION TECHNIQUES and you are cordially invited to join us. If you don’t know Angel you are in for a treat. Registration for this FREE class is appreciated at 419-207-2563 or by email at steven.baldridge@uhhospitals.org
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland OH
For a full article on Music Therapy and Angel's upcoming events click here.

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
VASCULAR DISEASES AND SERVICES
To recap everything you learned in February about Heart Health our UH Samaritan staff would like to show off our Cath Lab and explain some of the lesser known vascular services and procedures performed here. University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute’s cardiologist Dr. Jun Li will also discuss some of her specialties, Peripheral Artery Disease and Carotid Artery Disease. While you are here you will be able to sign up for our upcoming FREE vascular screening.
Tower Conference Room (Basement under Emergency Department Lobby)
UH Samaritan Medical Center
1025 Center Street, Ashland OH
419-207-2563

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
COLON HEALTH
It’s time to talk about things we don’t like to talk about. Diverticulosis is a condition in which tiny pouches form in the colon, affecting over half the senior citizens in the United States. Hemorrhoids are when the veins or blood vessels in and around your anus and lower rectum become swollen and irritated. About half of all people will have hemorrhoids by age 50. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women each year in the United States. UH Samaritan’s Dr. Megan Sippey and Dr. Hussein Hamad will discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of these cancerous and non-cancerous lower bowel conditions.5:30 p.m. Following this presentation these two great physicians  will be happy to answer your questions.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland OH
419-207-2563

Wednesday, April 8th 9a-2pm
Is Your Dirty CPAP or BiPAP Machine Making You Sick?
One of our sleep specialists from the Cardiopulmonary Department will be available to help you learn how to properly clean your machine on April 8th 9a-2pm.
Bring your machine and mask with you to the Cardiopulmonary Department, 2nd floor of University Hospitals Samarian Medical center, 1025 Center Street in Ashland.

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sleep and the Brain
There is a strong link between Brain Health and the amount of sleep we get - or don't get. Join us as Registered Respiratory Therapist Tara Dodd explains to us the importance of getting a good night's sleep and how to go about it. Tara will also tell us about Sleep Apnea, Sleep studies, and will answer your questions. After the presentation Tara will be happy to do a FREE sleep screening with you. Registration for this FREE class is appreciated at 419-207-2563 or by email at steven.baldridge@uhhospitals.org
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland OH

Tuesday April 14, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
EXERCISE FOR THE OLDER ADULTS - Lower Extremity Exercises 
presented by Justin Dew, PTA & David Bowling, PTA
We all know exercise is recommended for our physical health as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing. “Exercise” is a broad subject. Not sure where to start or how to take your good exercise habit to the next level? Join our UH Samaritan Rehab specialists to Learn about exercise guidelines for cardio, strength, and flexibility. Free balance screening will be offered at each session.
UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

Tuesday – April 21 @ 4:45pm 
Community Drum Circle with Angel Foss
*Bring your own drum or an instrument will be available for you to use! Come shake a shaker, play a drum or just listen. No music experience required.
Free and open to the public Located at 663 E Main. Please call 419-289-0491 ext. 3038 to register.

Thurdsay, April 23, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
ADULT HEALTHY LIVING EXPO - Women's Health
At University Hospitals, we know that adults who take an active role in making smarter health choices are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. Join UH medical experts at one of our Adult Healthy Living Expos to discover new approaches to managing your health and achieving optimal well-being. Several Free health screenings will include: Bone Density, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Balance, and more as well as information on several others. No appointment needed but please let us know if you are planning to attend.
Speak with: Heart Health with Cardiologist Dr. Avirup Guha; Breast Health with Surgeon Dr. Mary MacDonald, Lung and Colon Cancer with oncologist Dr. Hussein Hamad and Surgeon Dr. Megan Sippey, and Continence & Pelvic Floor Strength; Exercise Safety with Osteoporosis with our Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specialists.
UH Administrative Services Building
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

Thursday May 7, 5:30 PM
Mature/Distracted Drivers

Tuesday May 12, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
EXERCISE FOR THE OLDER ADULTS - Cardiovascular and Core Strength Exercises
presented by Denee Trosterud, PT, DPT & April Sauder, PTA
We all know exercise is recommended for our physical health as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing. “Exercise” is a broad subject. Not sure where to start or how to take your good exercise habit to the next level? Join our UH Samaritan Rehab specialists to Learn about exercise guidelines for cardio, strength, and flexibility. Free balance screening will be offered at each session. 
UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

Thursday May 21, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
ADULT HEALTHY LIVING EXPO - Stroke and Brain Health Expo
At University Hospitals, we know that adults who take an active role in making smarter health choices are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. Join UH medical experts at one of our Adult Healthy Living Expos to discover new approaches to managing your health and achieving optimal well-being. Several Free health screenings will include: Bone Density, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Balance, and more as well as information on several others. No appointment needed but please let us know if you are planning to attend
Speak with: UH Samaritan Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Sarah Beattie, Clinical Nutrition Manager for UH Samaritan, Hannah Solomon, MS, RDN, LD, and Functional Strength and Back Safety with our Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specialists.
UH Administrative Services Building
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

Tuesday June 9, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
EXERCISE FOR THE OLDER ADULTS - Upper Extremity Exercises
presented by Keeley Shaw, COTA & Marissa Hammond, OTR/L
We all know exercise is recommended for our physical health as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing. “Exercise” is a broad subject. Not sure where to start or how to take your good exercise habit to the next level? Join our UH Samaritan Rehab specialists to Learn about exercise guidelines for cardio, strength, and flexibility. Free balance screening will be offered at each session.  
UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

Thursday June 18, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
ADULT HEALTHY LIVING EXPO -  Men’s Health Expo
At University Hospitals, we know that adults who take an active role in making smarter health choices are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. Join UH medical experts at one of our Adult Healthy Living Expos to discover new approaches to managing your health and achieving optimal well-being. Several Free health screenings will include: Bone Density, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Balance, and more as well as information on several others. No appointment needed but please let us know if you are planning to attend
Speak with: Urologist Dr. John Peck, Cardiologist and Vascular Specialist Dr. Jun Li, Cancer risks with Dr. Hussein Hamad, Hernia screening with Dr. Vinetta Gahalwat, and Functional Strength and Back Safety with our Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specialists.
UH Administrative Services Building
Please call 419-207-2563 to register or email Steven.Baldridge@ UHhospitals.org

OUTPATIENT NUTRITION COUNSELING
Hippocrates told us centuries ago to let food be our medicine.
But where do we start? Nutrition Counseling services are available with UH Samaritan Dietary specialists by appointment. We do require a physician’s order. So please bring this up with your doctor or nurse practitioner. Once we have an order, Resource Scheduling schedules all of our appointments 419-207-2501

Breathe easier by starting the year off right... get help to Stop Smoking
Libby Edwards, a respiratory therapist at UH Samaritan Medical Center, will be hosting smoking cessation classes several times a week at various locations in 2019.  Libby has personal experience with the struggle to quit smoking.  She smoked for 20 years, experimenting with tobacco at a young age.  Libby has been tobacco free for 6 years and would love the opportunity to assist you in attaining a tobacco free life.  In addition to smoking cigarettes, assistance is also available for oral and vaping nicotine addiction. 

FREE SMOKING CESSATION CLINICS 
EVERY WEDNESDAY
6 – 7 p.m.
Registration is required since space is limited.
Call 419-207-2306
UH Samaritan Medical Center
Pulmonary Rehab Department, room 202, 2nd Floor
1025 Center Street
Ashland, OH

EVERY MONDAY
5 – 6 p.m.
UH Samaritan Medical Center Kettering
546 N. Union Street
Loudonville, OH

For questions, or to register for a class, please call: 419-207-2306
Please talk to your family doctor about which nicotine replacement is best for you and what your insurance will cover for cost of medication or nicotine replacement products.  Patches, gum and lozenges are also available without a prescription at most local drug stores. UH Samaritan Medical Center does not endorse any certain medication or nicotine replacement product.
For a sneak peek or to learn from home about smoking cessation, please join the UH Samaritan Medical Center Facebook group and follow Libby’s weekly Care About Your Air series.  Care About Your Air airs live every Friday at 3pm and is available for viewing on Facebook thereafter.If you have any questions, please call Libby at 419-207-2306.  For an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 419-281-0491.  Appointments are offered at no cost to the community.

THE COPD COFFEE CLUB
2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
1 p.m.
The informal group setting provides a relaxed environment to share concerns and experiences for ongoing help, advice and support. Family members and caregivers are welcome to join us as well.
East Tower conference room, UH Samaritan Medical Center 1025 Center Street in Ashland.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453

HARMONICA CHOIR
Every Friday, 4:00 PM. UH Samaritan Medical Center. 
Can I strengthen my lungs to avoid future problems? Can I control my breathing? Is there any way to do breathing exercises that is not boring? Harmonica Choir is open to the public for those with COPD (and their spouses or caregivers). who are interest in playing the harmonica.
If you are new to the group please call so we bring supplies - 419-207-2306.
We meet in the East Tower Conference Room, 1025 Center Street, Ashland

S.H.O.W. (SAMARITAN HOSPITAL ORANGE WALKERS)
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 10 a.m. Participants receive a pedometer and walk with Respiratory Therapist supervision. Therapists monitor heart rate and SPO2 before and after walking as well as keep record of steps accomplished each time for goal setting and monthly progress report.
Open to anyone in the community that has COPD and would like to participate.
Ashland Family YMCA, 207 Miller St, Ashland.
Time and place subject to change! Please call for update before you join us.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453.