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Magruder Monthly Community Lab Screening
        Magruder Hospital offers lab screenings the second Thursday of each month between 8 and 11:30 a.m. in the Community Clinic, 730 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.
        The main lab test is a CBC, CMP and lipid profile, which includes liver and kidney function, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, triglycerides and a complete blood count (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood) for $50.
        The lab also offers add-on tests, including:
        • Lipid profile: $20.
        • Hemoglobin A1C: $20.
        • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen): $30.
        • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): $25.
        • Vitamin D: $35.
        Appointments are required and may be made by calling 419-301-4304. Participants are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to their appointment time but may have water. No insurance is accepted – payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (no American Express).
Red Cross seeks nominations for Hero Awards
        The American Red Cross of Western Lake Erie will recognize and pay tribute to members of the community who have shown extraordinary courage, compassion, character, or humanity by saving or improving the lives of others at the 2023 Red Cross of Western Lake Erie Hero Awards.
        Residents of Henry, Fulton, Lucas, Monroe, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties are invited to nominate a hero or heroes who have responded to life’s challenges with a true humanitarian spirit, mirroring the values that motivate and inspire the work of the Red Cross.
        A hero could be someone who entered a burning home to alert a family, a neighbor who performed CPR on a total stranger, or a passerby who pulled a drowning child to safety.
        Visit to nominate a hero. A selection committee will review all nominations. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2023, and the heroic act must have occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022.
        Those chosen as Western Lake Erie Heroes will be honored during a ceremony on April 27 at the Premier in Toledo. Tickets for the event are available at
        Sponsorships are available for this event and interested local businesses can contact Executive Director Rachel Hepner at or 419-360-1127 for more information.
Mercy Health offering mobile mammograms
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit has several stops scheduled throughout the region in December.
        The mobile mammography unit delivers 3D mammograms to women age 40 and older. Patients have the option of self-compression, meaning they have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms, and because a second look can mean a second chance, all mammograms are double-checked with a computer-aided detection system.
        The schedule includes:
        • Tuesday, Dec. 13: Franklin Medical Center, 2213 Franklin Ave., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Old West End Community Health Center, 2244 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo.
        • Thursday, Dec. 15: Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care & Walk-in, 1103 Village Square, Perrysburg.
        • Friday, Dec. 16: Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        • Monday, Dec. 19: Progressive Wellness Medical Office Building, 7640 West Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
        • Wednesdays, Dec. 21 and 28, Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        While mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, please verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with your insurance carrier.
        Financial need-based assistance programs are available for those who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles). Call 419-696-5839 for more information.
        Screenings at the Mercy Health mobile mammography unit are by appointment only. Call 833-MAMM-VAN to schedule.
        To view the full list of upcoming dates and locations, visit
Magruder Hospital awarded for quality
        Magruder Hospital has been recognized with a 2022 Performance Leadership Award for excellence in quality.
        Given by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Performance Leadership Awards honor top quartile performance (e.g., 75th percentile or above) among rural hospitals in Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective. Magruder is one of 10 hospitals in Ohio to receive the award.
        “These last few years in healthcare have been a challenge, which makes this award even more meaningful. Recognizing our physicians, providers and clinicians for the quality care they deliver to patients every day is very rewarding. Our teams do amazing work,” said Nick Marsico, Magruder’s President & CEO.
        The Performance Leadership Awards are based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™, a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.
        INDEX data is trusted and relied upon by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across several areas impacting hospital operations and finance.


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