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

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

A hernia is a hernia, right? Not exactly. Hernia is a general term for some organ pushing through an opening in the muscle wall around it. But which organ and which muscle wall? Hiatal hernias are the upper portion of the stomach pushing up through the diaphragm. This is one cause of gastric reflux. On the other hand, when the organ is the intestine and the muscle wall is somewhere in the abdomen or groin, this is a different hernia altogether. Both of these common hernias will be discussed by UH Samaritan surgeons Dr. Megan Sippey (Hiatal Hernias and Reflux), and Dr. Vineeta Gahlawat (Abdominal, Umbilical, and Inguinal Hernias). After this presentation you are invited to see either physician for a FREE screening.
January 16, 2020
5:30 pm
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland OH

SWEET HEART? Diabetes and Heart Disease
Did you know there is a profound link between diabetes and heart disease? Adults with diabetes are up to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. For those of us with diabetes, who are age 65 or older, there is a 2 out of 3 chance that our cause of death will be some form of heart disease. Diabetes education is a topic near and dear to the heart of UH Samaritan Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Sarah Beattie. If you are concerned about heart disease or diabetes, join us as Sarah shows us the link between these two diseases, and helps us understand what we can do to thwart this dangerous duo.
February 6
5:30 p.m.
UH Administrative Services
Please call 419-207-2563 to register
or email Steven.Baldridge@

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.
March 5, 2020
Tower Conference Room (Basement under Emergency Department Lobby)
UH Samaritan Medical Center
1025 Center Street, Ashland OH

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 surgeon Dr. Megan Sippey will discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of these lower bowel conditions.
March 19, 2020
5:30 pm
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland OH

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. 

6 – 7 p.m.
Registration is required since space is limited.
Call 419-207-2303
UH Samaritan Medical Center
Pulmonary Rehab Department, room 202, 2nd Floor
1025 Center Street
Ashland, OH

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 419-207-2303.  For an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 419-281-0491.  Appointments are offered at no cost to the community.

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

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 - 419-207-2303.
We meet in the East Tower Conference Room, 1025 Center Street, Ashland

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.