Health briefs: Mercy Health to sponsor Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp

Press Staff Writer

        Mercy Health and Kingston Healthcare Company are sponsoring this year’s Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp – a camping experience dedicated to helping survivors and caregivers improve their quality of life.
        The three-day weekend event will bring participants back to the Roaring ‘20s, with events and entertainment from that era. Additionally, there will be crafts, drum circles and games focused on embracing life and having fun with others who understand the life after a stroke.
        “The neuroscience program at Mercy Health provides care for stroke patients from the onset of symptoms – with the Mobile Stroke Unit’s ability to bring stroke care to the patient – through treatment and finally to comprehensive rehabilitation,” said Julie Goins-Whitmore, Neuroscience Program Manager. “With partnerships like with the area’s Stroke Life Center and now by offering this camp, Mercy Health is continuing that commitment to stroke survivors by offering another way to embrace life.”
        The event will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Michigan on Aug. 26-28.  The all-inclusive camp costs $150 per participant and includes everything from games and educational sessions to pampering, good food, hiking/walking, discussion groups, informal chat with experts, relaxation and more.
        Space is limited. To register or for more information, or call 309-688-5450.
Bay Park Auxiliary to host Bingo Night
        The ProMedica Bay Park Auxiliary will host its annual Bingo Night fundraiser and membership drive Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave.
        Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The cost for the event is $25, which includes appetizers, dinner and 12 games of bingo. Assorted baskets will be raffled throughout the night.
        In addition, during the Bingo Night event, the winner of the Travel Voucher Raffle will be drawn. Tickets for the $3,000 travel voucher are $20 each with only 300 tickets being sold. Tickets are available at the ProMedica Bay Park Hospital Gift Shop during normal Gift Shop hours. The voucher, in conjunction with Starr Wlodarski from Perrysburg Cruise Planners, can be utilized for any means of transportation anywhere in the world. Those participating in the travel voucher raffle do not need to be present to win.
        Reservations are required for Bingo Night Fundraising event. RSVP to Stephanie Kozak at 419-309-5965. Proceeds from the fundraisers will be used to support projects at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.
Life Line screenings
        Residents living in and around the Genoa area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with Life Line Screenings.
        Screenings will be offered Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 204 Main St., Genoa.
        Screenings can check for:
        • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
        • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
        • Diabetes risk.
        • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis.
        • Kidney and thyroid function, and more.
        Special package pricing starts at $159. Consultants will work with clients to create a package that is right for them, based on age and risk factors.
        Call 1-877-237-1354 or visit Pre-registration is required.
Paxlovid available
        Recently, the FDA revised the Emergency Use Authorization for Paxlovid, allowing pharmacists to prescribe the medication to eligible patients, with specific limitations.
        Paxlovid is an oral antiviral pill that can be taken at home to help keep COVID-positive high-risk patients from getting so sick that they need to be hospitalized.
        At this time, The Pharmacy at Magruder will maintain its process that a patient testing positive for COVID should consult their primary care Provider or emergency room physician if they are in the ER, to see if Paxlovid is right for them.
        The patient can bring the script to Magruder’s pharmacy to get it filled. Magruder’s Pharmacy is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located next to Magruder’s ER and Urgent Care on the main campus, located at 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
Mobile Mammography
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit will make several stops throughout the region in August.
        The unit, customized for patient convenience, is equipped with 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient has the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        The upcoming schedule includes:
        • Tuesday, Aug. 9, Mercy Health - Oregon Clinic/Bay Meadows Family Medicine, 3851 Navarre Avenue, Oregon.               
        • Wednesday, Aug. 10, Old West End Community Health Center, 2244 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo.
        • Friday, Aug. 12, Mercy Health - Jefferson Family Medicine, 2200 Jefferson Ave., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Aug. 17, Mercy Health – Franklin Family Medicine, 2213 Franklin Ave., Toledo.
        • Saturday, Aug. 20, African American Male Wellness Walk, 545 Indiana Ave., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Aug. 31, Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        While mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, patients should verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with their insurance carrier. Financial need-based assistance programs are available to help 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 dates and locations, visit
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms and because a second look can mean a second chance, Mercy Health double-checks all mammograms with a computer-aided detection system that detects more breast cancer than mammography alone. You and your physician receive a copy of the results.
Christman joins Magruder
        Paul Christman was recently hired as Magruder Hospital’s Director of Business Intelligence.
        Christman received his B.S. in Human Biology from University of California and his M.B.A. in Finance from Fox School of Business, Temple University.
        Prior to Magruder, Christman was a Senior Operations Specialist with Panasonic; a Senior Analyst with Sempra Energy; and most recently, a Credit Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.
        As the Director of Business Intelligence, Christman will collaborate with colleagues to build business intelligence solutions, and lead projects and initiatives designed to inform strategic and operational decisions in the areas of resource planning, allocation and management.
Trunk Show Fundraiser
        The Magruder Hospital Auxiliary will host a trunk show fundraiser Sept. 18 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Port Clinton Yacht Club.
        The fundraiser will include shopping with a wide variety of vendors, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, door prizes and more.
        Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s many projects that they do in the hospital and in the community.
        Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe or online at
        Tickets are also available in the Magruder Gift Shop Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


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