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OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice seeks volunteers

OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice is looking for volunteers to serve terminally ill patients and their caregivers.

Volunteer training classes will be held April 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The classes will be held at the OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice office, 1020 Cricket Lane, off South Trimble Road in Mansfield.

After the three-day training program and a successful background check, volunteers can assist hospice patients in their homes. Volunteers typically help in a variety of ways such as grocery shopping, writing letters and relieving the caregiver for short periods of time. Most importantly, a volunteer can be a friendly visitor. OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice also is looking for office clerical volunteers and people to help with fundraising events throughout the year.

For more information or to register for the training program call Brenda Ewers, OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice liaison, at 419-520-2975.

OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice serves Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Knox, Morrow and Huron counties.

OhioHealth Names Jean Halpin President of OhioHealth MedCentral

MANSFIELD—OhioHealth announced today that Jean Halpin has been named president of OhioHealth MedCentral.

Halpin will assume the duties of Joe Chamberlain, acting president and CEO, who announced plans to leave the system in May. Chamberlain has served as acting president and CEO since 2012 and previously served as vice president of Finance and chief financial officer at MedCentral.

Halpin will provide leadership for OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital, MedCentral’s ambulatory network, and other programs and services. She will assume her new position March 24 and will work alongside Chamberlain until his departure May 2.

“Jean’s knowledge of OhioHealth and strong leadership skills make her ideally suited to lead MedCentral,” said Mike Louge, executive vice president, OhioHealth. “Her breadth of experience will allow us to quickly integrate MedCentral into the OhioHealth family in a way that will benefit the entire Mansfield community.”

Halpin has been with OhioHealth for the last 22 years serving most recently as chief operations officer for OhioHealth Neighborhood Care.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me, not only to join the MedCentral family but the greater Mansfield and Shelby communities,” said Halpin. “MedCentral is at the beginning an era of growth and revitalization that will ensure the continued vitality of MedCentral and enable us to continue to provide the right care to those who need it, right here in this community.”

Halpin has held numerous clinical and administrative leadership positions since joining OhioHealth in 1992. She was instrumental in the development of OhioHealth Neighborhood Care including the OhioHealth Westerville Medical Center, which opened in 2009, and the OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Most recently, Halpin has spent the past four months as a member of the team that finalized the design and development plans for OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield’s expansion.

Halpin joins MedCentral just weeks after the health system became a full member of the OhioHealth family. The MedCentral Health System officially joined OhioHealth on March 1 following a year-long due diligence process that concluded with a formal partnership agreement that was finalized in December.

Halpin received her Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis and her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for eight years in a row, 2007-2014.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 17 hospitals, 25+ health and surgery centers, a hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Columbus, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and the OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

Lifeline of Ohio honors Mansfield Hospital

Lifeline of Ohio recognized OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital with two top awards for 2013, including the Tissue Recovery Hospital of the Year. The Mansfield Hospital operating room staff also was honored with the S.T.A.R. Award for exemplifying outstanding Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect. These were the first two awards of their kind presented at Lifeline of Ohio’s annual dinner.

Mansfield Hospital received the top award for meeting the organization’s values of advocacy, excellence and collaboration. The Tissue Recovery Hospital of the Year award recognized the efforts of Mansfield Hospital for implementing changes specifically to improve the outcome of tissue recoveries in central Ohio.

With the increase in tissue recoveries, the Mansfield Hospital administration recognized the need to update the morgue. By investing in additional lighting, increased refrigeration, improved Wi-Fi, plus adding additional space, the facility is now more conducive for ocular recoveries. According to Lifeline of Ohio, more corneas are now transplanted throughout the state and because of the efforts of Mansfield Hospital in 2013, 24 people can see again.

The Mansfield Hospital operating room staff was singled out for its first effort in a Donation After Circulatory Death (CDC) case. Coincidently, the staff had received an in-service on donation just the day before. The unit worked cooperatively with the transplant surgeons and Lifeline of Ohio staff, while showing support and compassion for the family and the decision to donate. As a result of their commitment, two organs were recovered for transplant, providing two individuals a second chance at life.

During the presentation, Lifeline officials praised the Mansfield Hospital staff, noting that when a tissue team arrives at the hospital, the team is assured that everyone, from nursing supervisors to security staff, is willing to work cooperatively for a successful tissue or ocular recovery.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this process. It takes a team to pull this together,” said Patti Kastelic, R.N., director of nursing at Mansfield Hospital and its tissue liaison with Lifeline of Ohio.

Transplanted tissue improved the quality of life for more than one million recipients in the United States last year.

Nutrition program set

A free wellness seminar is planned for the public to mark March as National Nutrition Month. The presentation will be held at MedCentral’s Health and Fitness Center, 1750 West Fourth Street, Ontario.

OhioHealth MedCentral Dietician Heather Rodman, RDN, LD, will present a program, “Enjoy The Taste of Eating Right,” on March 20. Register by March 19 by calling 419-526-8900.

Health Fair and 5K Walk/Run slated for diabetes education

Two professional speakers have signed on for the OhioHealth MedCentral Endocrinology’s D-Feet Diabetes Health Fair at the Richland Mall on April 26. The educational event will take place at the mall’s center court from 12 noon to 5 p.m. It precedes the 2 p.m. 5K Walk/Run or one mile walk on April 27 at Ontario High School’s outdoor track facility. Proceeds from the event benefit the MedCentral Diabetes Education Scholarship Fund.

The speakers are Amy Hayes, a diabetes educator, and Sean Busby, a professional backcountry snowboarder with Type 1 diabetes. Their appearances are sponsored by Sanofi and OmniPod, two drug companies. The health fair also will feature tables from local medical practices.

Hayes became an A1C Champion to help others through her experiences as a person living well with diabetes. Her message will urge listeners to try to make good choices and stick to their treatment plan. She says there will be ups and downs, but that’s what it takes to manage diabetes.

Busby travels the world exploring remote corners of the globe on snowboarding expeditions. While training for the 2010 Olympics, he received a complicated diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. He founded Riding on Insulin, a non-profit to honor all kids who have inspired him to keep on living. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in health promotion and education, with an emphasis on diabetes.

To register for the 5K Race/Walk, go to www.medcentral.org or call 419-522-2734.

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