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Health Dept. recognizes major health impacts over 100 years
        People are living longer and experiencing fewer diseases than 100 years ago, and Wood County Health Department recognized these major impacts during National Public Health Week, April 1-7.
        The health department is highlighting on social media the enormous benefits that have come from the past century of public health in Ohio. The department is also releasing its 2018 Annual Report, which contains a wide range of information about public health services in Wood County.
         The report is available at
        The Hughes Act and Griswold Act, both enacted in 1919, established the modern organization of local health departments and laid the foundation for public health efforts still in effect today. Since then:
        • People are living an average of 25 years longer.
        • Smallpox, a once-common and deadly disease, has been eradicated.
        • Motor vehicle deaths have fallen by 90 percent, and death from sudden infant death syndrome has decreased 50 percent.
        Wood County Health Department officially began operations in early 1920 and will plan a centennial celebration for next year.
        The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. The Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. All patients are welcome, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay; most third-party insurance is accepted.
        For more information, visit
Breast cancer care presentation April 23
        On Tuesday, April 23 from 6-7:30 p.m., the Victory Center in Perrysburg will host Dr. Frank Barone and Dr. Peter Koltz, local board-certified plastic surgeons who have also completed post graduate fellowships and specialized training in comprehensive breast surgery and breast cancer reconstruction.
        The topic of their presentation is, “Improving the Experience for Breast Cancer Patients.” The physicians will be speaking about the latest advancements in breast cancer surgical care, including prophylactic or prevention choices, microsurgical advancements in breast reconstruction and breast conservation, new options in biomaterials and implants, and procedures that reduce downtime and discomfort and provide more natural appearing and functioning results.
        In addition, Drs. Barone and Koltz will address their approach to comprehensive care for the breast cancer patient and improving the overall experience and quality of life for breast cancer patients of any age.
        Both newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors are encouraged to attend.  This program is free and open to the public, including professionals and caregivers. RSVP to The Victory Center at 419-531-7600.
Hospice Job Fair
        STNAs are invited to a job fair at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Friday, April 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Certified STNAs who have a passion for caring for patients near the end of life are encouraged to attend the job fair at the Perrysburg Hospice Center, located at 30000 East River Rd.  Attendees can expect immediate interviews with hiring managers.
        Applicants must be available to work at both the Toledo and Perrysburg Hospice Centers. Full-time, part-time and contingent positions are available in both home care and inpatient settings. Positions offer competitive wages and benefits. Current employees and supervisors will be onsite to discuss the openings.
        To learn more about a career at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit or call 419-661-4001.
Magruder health programs
           Magruder Hospital will host the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group on Monday, April 8, at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss.
        Monthly health screening
        Magruder Hospital offers a monthly screening on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. in the lab.  The test is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a basic metabolic panel (glucose, BUN/Creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a lipid profile (total cholesterol/LDL/HDL/triglycerides), as well as a blood pressure check.
        The cost is $16. The next screening will be April 11. Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-3131 ext. 3420.
        For more information on events and screenings, visit and click on the events calendar.
Perrysburg Commons events
        Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, 10542 Fremont Pike, will host to the following events in April:
        • 12 Monthly Rebel Lecture Series presented by Dr. Tyler Schwanz, of Rebel Chiropractic, Monday, April 15 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This month’s topic is “Financial Dimension: Why if you don’t give now, you won’t give then.” The 30-minute lecture is centered around the theme, “contentment over consumerism.”
        These presentations, which are free and open to the community, are offered the third Monday of each month.
        RSVP at by calling 419-874-1931.
        • St. Luke’s Family Medicine’s monthly lecture will be presented by Michelle Carey, PharmD/BCACP, Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. The topic is, “Managing Pain – What I should Know.”
        Lectures are held the fourth Wednesday of each month. A complimentary lunch will be served following the presentation.
        RSVP by calling 419-874-1931.
        For more information, call Kelly Ebersbach at 419-874-1931 or email


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