Health Briefs: Paramount Dental launches tele-dental services for members

Press Staff Writer

        Paramount Dental announced the launch of tele-dental services for members. The new service will allow members to access a dentist online from the comfort of their own homes at no additional cost.
        In partnership with The TeleDentists, Paramount Dental now enables patients to utilize virtual tools to access on-demand dentists and other resources.
        A network of dentists is on-call and available for virtual dental visits 24/7/365 via mobile app, phone or web. Through a video consultation, the licensed dentists in the network can diagnose oral or dental problems, creating a personalized treatment plan. Upon diagnosis, the dentist can start the patient on remediation, which may include medication. When follow-up care is needed, appointments are booked with an appropriate dentist located near the member.
        The TeleDentists is a national virtual care dental provider with more than 300 dentists in its network. All consulting dentists are board-licensed and carefully screened.
        “As the need for telemedicine continues to grow, this offering ensures Paramount Dental members have convenient access to an in-network provider close to home or virtually,” said Josh Nace, president of Paramount Dental. “With the ability to provide a dental visit virtually, we hope that members will utilize dental benefits and can seek care in a timely manner, improving dental health and overall health.”
Super Hero Sunday
        Learn CPR and be someone’s hero Sunday. Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at Lake Township Fire Station 28, 1911 Ayers Rd., Millbury.
        Email to register.
        The training is $20 for those who wish to receive an American Heart Association card and free for those who do not need a card.
Positively Pink presents
“Weight Loss in Women”

        Wood County Hospital’s Positively Pink Women’s Health Series will present “Weight Loss in Women: What Works, What Doesn’t and the Way to Achieve a Healthy Weight,” Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the hospital meeting rooms.
        Martha Gonzalez, RD, LD, of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Wood County Hospital, will discuss the reasons women have difficulty reaching weight loss goals, what they can do to combat these issues and what options work the best for helping to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
        The event will begin with social time at 6:30 p.m. Registration for this event is free but required and can be completed online at - Community Wellness or by calling Wellness Services at 419-354-8887.
        The Positively Pink Series is designed to provide women with the answers needed to live a long, healthy and happy life. Each program begins with social time, which includes blood pressure screenings, snacks and a few vendors offering health information on popular women’s health topics. A discussion by an expert speaker follows.
Mercy Mammogram unit
plans February stops

        Mercy Health’s mobile mammogram unit has scheduled visits throughout the region in February.
        The mobile mammography unit, which delivers 3D mammograms to women age 40 and older, is equipped with 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        Local stops include:
        • Tuesday, Feb. 14: Mercy Health - Franklin Medical Center, 2213 Franklin Ave., Toledo.
        • Wednesday, Feb. 15: Mercy Health - Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        • Thursday, Feb. 16, Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care & Walk-in, 1103 Village Square, Perrysburg.
        • Friday, Feb. 17: Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        • Wednesday, Feb. 22: Mercy Health - Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit,
        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.
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms, and because a second look can mean a second chance, mammograms are double-checked with a computer-aided detection system that detects more breast cancer than mammography alone. The patient and her physician receive a copy of the results.
Life Line Screenings
        Area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic serious conditions at two upcoming Life Line Screening events.
        Screenings will be offered Thursday, Feb. 16 at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor.
        An additional screening event will be offered Thursday, March 2 at The Red Willow Event Center, 5805 Woodville Rd., Northwood.
        Screenings can check for:
        • The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
        • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
        • Diabetes risk.
        • Kidney and thyroid function, and more.
        Special package pricing starts at $159. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Preregistration is required. Free parking is also available.
Toledo Humane Society
planning blood drive

        The Toledo Humane Society has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2023, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply.
        Last year, the Toledo Humane Society helped the Red Cross collect 53 blood donations as part of its commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.
        “The Toledo Humane Society is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Alexandra Patterson, marketing and events coordinator at THS. “Our organization shares that same humanitarian value to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”
        The Toledo Humane Society will host a Red Cross blood drive Monday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Maumee United Methodist Church. Community members are urged to come out and roll up a sleeve. Those who donate blood in February will receive a $10 gift card by email from Amazon, plus a chance to win a trip to Florida for two.
        To schedule an appointment, to donate blood at the THS Blood, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.
        Donors of all blood types are needed.
‘Gentle Yoga for Grief’
        Community members are invited to a four-week gentle yoga workshop aimed at connecting the mind, body and heart of those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
        “Gentle Yoga for Grief” will be held Fridays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 South Detroit Ave.
        All people regardless of fitness level, age and flexibility are encouraged to attend. This class offers yoga for all bodies and abilities. Yoga can help participants find their center and ease the pain of grief.
        Conducted by a certified yoga instructor who specializes in yoga for everybody, participants will work through the energetic and emotional blocks of grief to find peace.
        The classes are free and open to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had a prior relationship with Hospice of Northwest Ohio, however, advance registration is required. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring water, a mat and small towel or pillow. Masks are required.
        For more information or to register, contact the Hospice Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001.
        To learn more about grief and loss or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit or find Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Facebook and Twitter.
ProMedica offering
community events

        ProMedica will offer the following community events in February and March:
        • Feb. 15 – Alzheimer’s Association Education Program. The ProMedica Goerlich Center will host a discussion with the Alzheimer’s Association on “Healthy Living for your Brain and Body.” Participants will learn healthy ways to help their brain and decrease the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The event will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the ProMedica Goerlich Center, 5320 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. (Enter using the gym door to the left of the main entrance). Registration is required and can be done by calling 800-272-3900.
        • Feb. 23 – ProMedica Stroke Support Group. The ProMedica Stroke Support Group is hosting a discussion led by Monica Hajjar PA-C called “The Heart and Brain Connection – What is Cryptogenic Stroke?” The meeting will take place from 5-6 p.m. at the ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center in Room E, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Registration is not required to attend.
        • March 14 – Alzheimer’s Association Education Program. The ProMedica Goerlich Center will host a discussion with the Alzheimer’s Association on “Effective Communication Strategies.” The event will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the ProMedica Goerlich Center, 5320 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Registration required. Call 800-272-3900.
        • March 23 – ProMedica Stroke Support Group. A discussion led by Devin Brown from the Ebeid Financial Opportunity Center about “Financial Help – How to Deal with Finances Post-Stroke” will take place from 5-6 p.m. at the ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center in Room E, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Registration is not required to attend.
Nar-Anon meetings
        Nar-Anon is a 12-Step program for family members and friends of active or recovering drug addicts. The program offers three Toledo-area meetings each week:
        • Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee.
        • Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Lane, Toledo.
        • Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Hospital, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo (third floor, conference room 1).
ProMedica Bay Park
Foundation scholarships

        The ProMedica Bay Park Hospital Foundation, under the guidance of its board of directors and hospital leadership, launched scholarships which promote health care education, careers, and professional development among the ProMedica Bay Park Hospital greater community.
        Five scholarships will be awarded annually, and payment will be directed to the enrolled institution of choice. Past recipients may reapply in subsequent years.
        The online scholarship application portal is active and will close at midnight on March 31. Students can apply for the scholarship by visiting
        Scholarship opportunities include:
        • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital Future Healthcare Professional Scholarship ($1,000), open to:
        - Currently enrolled or students planning to study any healthcare related field.
        - Graduates of/or students planning to graduate within scholarship application year from local area high school. Preference given to candidates from local schools including Cardinal Stritch, Clay, Woodmore, Genoa, Northwood, Oak Harbor, Rossford, Lake and Waite, as well as non-traditional education programs.
        • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital Employee Scholarship ($1,000), open to:
        - Currently enrolled or planning to study any healthcare related field.
        - ProMedica Bay Park Hospital employees and their immediate family members (spouse, children, and dependents). Note: Employees living outside of Lucas, Wood or Ottawa County must have five years of continuous full or part-time employment to be eligible.
Mercy announces relocation
        Mercy Health has relocated its Weight Management Solutions and Surgical Specialists to Perrysburg. The new location will be 1103 Village Square, Suite 200.
        Mercy Health offers bariatric surgical and non-surgical weight loss solutions as well as both junior and adolescent weight management programs.
        Additionally, Mercy Health provides multiple tools and resources – including weight loss seminars, support groups, health management resources, and weight loss tools – for those struggling with their weight.
        New to the updated space is an infusion room to provide hydration services for patients after surgery and a Mercy Health outpatient laboratory.
        Studies show obesity affects more than one third of Americans, and it the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Nearly 40 percent of working-age Americans ages 40 to 59 classify as obese and conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes, add to the physical and financial toll of obesity. Bariatric surgery has proven to be an effective tool in reducing the long-term personal, clinical, and economic costs of obesity.
        Free, no-obligation seminars are available to learn more about bariatric surgical and non-surgical weight loss options. For more information, visit or call 419-251-8760.
Mercy Health recognized
for patient satisfaction

        Mercy Health announced that two of its emergency departments have been awarded the 2022 Press Ganey Human Experience Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Satisfaction.
        These awards honor the emergency departments at Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital and Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center for reaching the 95th percentile for patient experience.
        Guardian of Excellence Awards are awarded annually to health care establishments which sustain performance in the top 5% based on one year of data.


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