Health briefs

Mobile mammogram van November stops
        Mercy Health’s mobile mammography unit has several stops scheduled in November.
        The van is customized for patient convenience and will deliver 3D mammograms to women age 40 and older. It is equipped with the newest 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once she is in position.
        The November schedule includes:
        • Nov. 16, Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        • Nov. 17, Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care & Walk-in, 1103 Village Square.
        • Nov. 18, Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        • Nov. 21 and 28, Progressive Wellness Medical Office Building, 7640 West Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
        • Nov. 29, Alpha Towers, 525 East Woodruff, Toledo.
        • Nov. 30, 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 patients 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 a screening on the mobile unit.
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit
Fulton Street Café Thanksgiving Feasts
        The Magruder Hospital Fulton Street Café is offering turkey feast dinners for $10.75/person. The feast includes oven roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, gravy, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. Each dish is packaged in oven and microwave safe containers for safe and convenient reheating.
        Pre-orders will be taken through Saturday, Nov. 19 by calling the Fulton Street Café at 419-732-4029. Payment by credit card only, and payment is due at the time of order. Orders need to be picked up by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Discounts will be honored.
        Fresh baked pies are also available for pickup for $10.99. The café asks for 48-hour notice for pie orders. Pumpkin, cherry, lemon meringue and apple pies are available.
ProMedica programs
        ProMedica will offer the following community events in November and December:
        • Every Sunday in November: Backpacks for Humans –Distributing backpacks, ready-to-go food, snacks, drinks, socks, hoodies, gloves, boots, hygiene and other items to anyone in need. The distribution will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at ProMedica Ebeid Center, 1806 Madison Ave., Toledo.
        • Every Tuesday and Thursday in November: PENTA GED Classes. Classes are free to adults who want to improve basic math and English skills to obtain a high school equivalent. Classes are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at ProMedica Ebeid Center. Call 419-661-6182 to register.
        • Nov. 21, 3-4 p.m.: ProMedica Ebeid Center’s Women’s Health Series, Session 2: Sexual Health — Working with Dr. Terry Gibbs, the ProMedica Ebeid Center is hosting a series of three informational sessions around popular female health and wellness topics. Each session will start with Dr. Gibbs providing 30 minutes of education and then open up for 30 minutes of group Q&A. Register online at
        • Dec. 9, 3-4 p.m.: ProMedica Ebeid Center’s Women’s Health Series, Session 3: Menopause. Dr. Gibbs will provide 30 minutes of education and then open up for 30 minutes of group Q&A. Register online at
Magruder Hospital hosts blood drive
        The American Red Cross is in need of blood and will have blood drives in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center Friday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting Donors should enter Magruder through the Outpatient Entrance at the hospital, located at 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton, where someone can show them how to get to the conference center.
        Nearby blood drives can always be found by going to and entering your ZIP code.
2023 Stroke Hero Awards
        Each year, approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, according to the American Heart Association’s 2022 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update.
        Individuals and groups making a difference in the stroke community have a chance to be nationally recognized with a 2023 Stroke Hero Award from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which is devoted to a world of healthier lives for all.
        The American Stroke Association’s Stroke Hero Awards annually recognize everyday people who have shown personal resilience and used their experience as a stroke survivor, caregiver, advocate or expert to help others.
        The 2023 Stroke Hero Awards categories are:
        • Survivor Hero – Honors an individual who has survived a stroke and used their experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke.
        • Pediatric Hero – Honors an individual younger than 18 who has survived a stroke and overcome significant hurdles and whose family has used its experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness to stroke.
        • Caregiver Hero – Honors an individual who has cared for a stroke survivor and used their experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke on a local or national level.
        • Equity Hero – Honors an individual who promotes the goal of health equity in their work with those at risk for stoke, stroke survivors and stroke caregivers, to ensure that everyone can be as healthy as possible.
        • Group Heroes - Honors a group committed to educating, inspiring and raising awareness about stroke. Groups can include stroke support groups, stroke teams, families, private associations, medical facilities and more.
        • Voters’ Choice Hero - Honors an individual or group making an outstanding effort to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke. Judges select candidates from the nominations in the other five categories and public voting, open March 8-22,2023, determines the winner.
        Nominations for the 2023 Stroke Hero Awards are being accepted now through Dec. 6 at Winners will be announced on May 1, 2023, during American Stroke Month.


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