Connecting the Community: Euclid Hospital and Community Support Task Force work to connect residents with healthcare information

Are you in need of healthcare information and just don’t know who to ask? Have you been feeling ill for a while and think you need to see a physician?

Many residents have those same questions along with many others. Through the Community Support Task Force (CSTF), Euclid residents are able to connect with Euclid Hospital for healthcare information they are searching for.

Information at your fingertips.

A program has been set up in select apartment buildings in Euclid to connect apartment residents with healthcare information. Satellite care areas – located in a common area of the building, such as a lobby – have been designated as a hub to house healthcare, program and screening information.

The hope is that since the information is easily accessible, residents will be proactive, rather than reactive, about their healthcare needs. “It’s important to meet residents where they are so the information is at their fingertips,” says Kristal Grida, City of Euclid neighborhood engagement specialist.

The CSTF would like to work with other apartment and property managers in Euclid and Collinwood to disseminate healthcare information to their clients as well.

Making connections.

Euclid apartment residents now receive “Community Connections” newsletter – a quarterly Cleveland Clinic community hospital publication. “Community Connections” is a schedule of events, activities and resources, close to home, designed to help keep everyone healthy and well.

The publication is also available at Euclid Public Library, Euclid City Hall and Euclid Hospital lobby. “It’s all about connecting residents to our resources,” says Ann Coughlin, community outreach program manager at Euclid Hospital, “We have programs in place that everyone can benefit from to lead a healthy life.”

Euclid Hospital and the CSTF are working to connect residents with healthcare information – from pediatrics to geriatrics. Mark Froimson, MD, President of Euclid Hospital believes that the CSTF is instrumental in “connecting and enabling our citizens to have access to information about healthcare resources appropriate for their condition or symptoms, as well as accessing the right care at the right time.” 

For more information about the healthcare services offered at Euclid Hospital, visit euclidhospital.orgor call 216.531.9000.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 11:42 PM, 10.15.2014

Community Support Task Force Combines Healthcare and Community Resources

Once a patient leaves the hospital their healthcare needs don’t end – whether ongoing or preventative. Mark Froimson, MD, President of Euclid Hospital, wants to make Euclid, Collinwood and the surrounding communities the “most healthy places to live and work, with citizens that are attuned to the best ways to remain healthy and prevent disease and access care when needed.”

Renee Marincic, Euclid Hospital patient care advocate, recently spoke to members of organizations in Euclid and Collinwood concerning the interest that Hospital caregivers have to partner with community services that can aid patients. “Patients who could also be your neighbor,” says Marincic.

From that meeting, a Community Support Task Force (CSTF) was developed as a collaborative effort between Euclid Hospital and the City of Euclid. The Task Force will promote healthy living and activities, encourage health screenings and disease prevention and checking in on those in need – such as elderly neighbors.

The CSTF is comprised of Euclid Community Advisory Board members representing organizations such as: Euclid Hospital, The Salvation Army, Euclid Public Library, K&D Apartments, Euclid Hunger Center, Senior Independence and Our Lady of the Lake.

Kristel Grida, City of Euclid neighborhood engagement specialist, says the Task Force hopes to build a network of information and support resources to maximize care for residents. “We want to wrap our arms around the community to begin to care in a different way,” says Grida.

In time, the CSTF hopes to create a reference guide of available resources, design a home visitor program to combat loneliness and create nurse volunteer opportunities in the community. They also plan to have information available throughout the community about healthcare and other services.

For more information about Euclid Hospital, visit

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 4:51 PM, 09.04.2014

August is National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives. Defend your child against 14 serious childhood diseases, like measles and whooping cough with the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving him all the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect him.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their school and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Cuyahoga County Board of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Cindy Modie of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Learn about the vaccines your baby needs from a reliable source. CDC’s vaccine website for parents explains the diseases vaccines prevent, immunization schedule, possible side effects, how to comfort your baby during vaccine visits, and more.  or www.

Call 216-201-2041 for an appointment Monday through Friday at the immunization clinics at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:29 PM, 08.05.2014

Tooth Tips

Don’t miss out because of missing teeth! Around the age of 6, as a natural part of growing, we start to lose our baby teeth to make space for “permanent teeth.” These teeth grow in and are expected to last the rest of our lives. Occasionally, new teeth don’t form; get knocked out; or need to be removed because of dental problems.  Empty spaces in our mouth aren’t good. They can make it uncomfortable to smile (affecting our self-esteem),  make it difficult to eat (impacting our health), and change the bite by causing teeth to shift. These spaces can cause tooth decay, bone loss and TMJ pain.  Left untreated, it can be devastating.
There are three primary ways to fix the spaces from missing teeth:  

Dental Implant

An artificial “root” (made of titanium) is surgically implanted in the jaw, and then covered with a crown. This is an optimal solution because it’s like having natural teeth. Implants are intended to be permanent, look natural and are practically undetectable in appearance. They are more comfortable than removable dental appliances and make chewing easy. Furthermore, they reduce the need to do restorative work on the adjacent teeth.  


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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:27 PM, 08.05.2014


What is the SNAP program? It is a Supplemental Nutritional Assistant Program, the same as Food Stamps.

SNAP is responsive to changes in need, providing needed food assistance as families fall into economic hardship and then transitioning away as their financial situation stabilizes. The average length of time a new participant stays on the program is 8 to 10 months.

SNAP participation historically follows unemployment with a slight lag.  SNAP participation grew during the recession, responding quickly and effectively to increased need.  As the number of unemployed people increased by 94% from 2007 to 2011, SNAP responded with a 70% increase in participating over the same period.

As the economy recovers and people go back to work, SNAP participation and program costs, too, can be expected to decline.  Unemployment has begun to slowly fall, and SNAP participation growth has flattened   The congressional Budget Office projects SNAP participation to begin declining in 2015, with both unemployment and SNAP participation returning to near pre-recession levels by 2022.

SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month, 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month, and 58% of food bank clients currently receiving SNAP benefits turn to food banks for assistance at least 6 months out of the year.

The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 per person, per meal.

POVERTY & FOOD INSECURITY IN THE FOOD BANK’S SERVICE AREA - One of six residents (16.5%) lived in poverty.  One in four children (25.3%) lived in poverty.  More than one in three residents (650,000 residents, or 35.5%) lived below 200% of poverty, qualifying them for emergency food assistance programs.  Nearly half of children (195,000 children, or 47%) lived below 200% poverty. Thats why Cleveland Food Bank understand that people are going through hard times, and is helping people through Benefits Outreach Counselors in the community as well in the help center at the Cleveland Food Bank for people to apply for SNAP.  Please call us at 216-738-2067 or visit our Web site. for more information. 

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 1:47 PM, 08.05.2014

Dr. Paul Infield Earns Designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

Dr. Paul Infield of Infield Chiropractic has earned the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sport Physician® (CCSP®) from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™.  Dr. Infield completed over 100 hours of instruction followed by successful completion of a comprehensive written examination to earn his CCSP®.  The coursework and instruction encompass a focus in treating and evaluating injuries from sports and athletics, emergency procedures, injury prevention, as well as physical fitness. 

The CCSP® accreditation exists to provide a uniform standard of education that assures teams and athletes the doctor has met a level of competency in chiropractic sports medicine.  It is internationally recognized as a higher standard of care for sports medicine.  Chiropractors with the CCSP® designation are certified to care for athletes in school, professional, and Olympic sports in addition to functioning as team physicians.  Dr. Paul Infield joins over 5,400 doctors worldwide with the board certified CCSP® accreditation. Dr. Paul Infield is one of only two Doctors with the CCSP® in Cuyahoga County.

“I am honored to join the ranks of the CCSP® certification.  I work with a lot of young athletes in my office and am proud to be able to accurately diagnose and treat conditions caused by sports injuries.  This distinction has been an investment back into the community.  It ensures the parents of Euclid and surrounding communities that I am continuing to provide the best and up to date care for their student athletes.  I will always continue to increase my knowledge base and skill set in ways that will allow me to provide superior care for my patients and their families.” 

If you are interested in having your sports event covered, please contact Dr. Paul Infield at 216-938-7889 or email him at 

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:12 PM, 07.17.2014

Lake Shore Aikido Open House

You’re invited to an open house and demonstration on June 21, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid. Come and witness this unique martial art and see the way we work with conflict to create harmony.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 7:03 PM, 06.09.2014

K.I.D.S. F.U.S. I. O. N.

Fusion Fitness and the Frances Marie Jackson Dream Foundation are proud to announce, K.I.D.S.  F.U.S.I.O.N., a program to help eliminate childhood obesity. It is designed to equip and encourage youth to develop healthier lifestyles by emphasizing  total wellness. K.I.D.S. F.U.S.I.O.N., will teach youth Knowledge of self, the power of Imagination and Dreams and  that they are Sacred. The belief is that by guarding the Freedom to achieve Uninhibited Success , we can Inspire Others around us Now.

As participants in K.I.D.S. F.U.S.I.O.N., students will work with a team of professionals including trainers, a nutritionist, and a life coach, to get fit, identify the causes of their unhealthy habits, create strategies to transform their physical, mental, and emotional attitudes toward becoming healthier and improve their overall health statistics.

This program is free, but space is limited. Eligible applicants include middle and high school students who have a sincere desire to change their life by improving their emotional, mental and physical health. It is not required that participants have a diagnosis of obesity to participate. For more information, contact

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 PM, 06.09.2014

Euclid Hospital Hosts Bring Your Child To Work Day

Euclid Hospital recently hosted, “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” an annual event where each child or grandchild “shadows” a Euclid Hospital caregiver during the day. Activities also included a simulated operation, yoga program and a lunchtime presentation on future careers. 

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 PM, 06.09.2014

Ask the Experts: Relieving Your Joint Pain

Ask the Experts: Relieving Your Joint Pain

Invite family members and neighbors who are experiencing joint pain to the “Ask the Experts: Relieving Your Joint Pain” program featuring a panel of Cleveland Clinic specialists on Thursday evening, May 22nd, at the 700 Beta Banquet & Conference Center, 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Village.

The evening will include complimentary health screenings, wellness information and a sit-down dinner. A lively, informal Q & A discussion will follow with a panel of medical and surgical physicians specializing in acute injuries such as ACL tears and rotator cuff tears; chronic disease including arthritis and osteoporosis; sports and exercise injuries; arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacements and fracture care. Included on the panel is Robert Nickodem, Jr, MDorthopaedic surgeon at Euclid Hospital. 

Cost of the program is $15. Reservations are required. For more information, visit 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.14.2014

Longitudinal Care Center at Euclid Hospital focuses on long-term health

A new model of care is being introduced at Euclid Hospital, and it comes with a new name to go along with the new philosophy on which it is based: Longitudinal Care Center. The goal is to streamline and centralize care for patients and to improve quality and coordination, resulting in more efficient, less difficult encounters. This new Center puts patients in the middle of their care experience and helps the multiple providers caring for that patient communicate and collaborate more effectively. The Center is staffed by a team of professionals – physicians, nurse practitioners, RNs, clinical specialists, pharmacists and social workers.


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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 04.11.2014

Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair

You can discover your risk of developing prostate or colon cancer, learn how to quit smoking and prevent strokes, and gather all kinds of other health information at the 12th annual Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Fair.

The free event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24th, in the lobby of Glickman Tower, 2050 East 96th St., on the Cleveland Clinic's main campus.

Free parking is available in the P1 garage at East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue.

Last year, 1,200 men attended and underwent more than 6,000 screenings. The annual event, founded by Charles S. Modlin, Jr. M.D. of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, aims to address the healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in Northeast Ohio. African-Americans have a shorter life-expectancy, higher incidence of death from heart disease and die from prostate cancer twice as often as white males.

Registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, go to 

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 04.11.2014

Hospice of the Western Reserve Partners with MOCA Cleveland

The Spring 2014 exhibition at MOCA Cleveland runs through June 8 and features 22 national and international artists. The spring season kicks off with a provocative exhibition that uses mortality as its subject. DIRGE features 22 selected artists, both living and deceased, who work in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and installation. The exhibition aims to create a substantive space in which we might better understand, even appreciate life, by reflecting on its end.


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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 12:48 PM, 04.10.2014

Euclid Hospital & Cleveland Police Department Hold Fitness & Wellness Challenge

Fitness and Wellness Challenges were held in September at Euclid Hospital and Edgewater Park for The Cleveland Police Department. Police officers and staff completed heart health screenings and a body fat analysis along with exercise testing at Villa Angela-St.Joseph High School in an effort to promote wellness throughout the police department.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.14.2013

Medicare Updates

New to Medicare? Have questions about signing up for Medicare? Concerned about the changes coming to your Medicare coverage? 

Please come to the next meeting of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group on Monday, September 16th at 6:45 p.m. at the Euclid Public Library. There a knowledgeable speaker from the Diabetes Partnership of Greater Cleveland will present updates on Medicare and answer your questions.

In addition you will receive worksheets to use to get ready for comparing options and resources for additional information. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Medicare.  

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:21 PM, 09.12.2013

Straight talk about enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Beginning in 2014, millions of Americans will have access to affordable, quality health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. They will be able to compare health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the health reform law. Consumers will find various plan options available in their state in simple, easy-to-understand language.  Individuals will be able to enroll beginning on October 1st of this year. (If you obtain insurance through an employer or a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid, you do not need to enroll through the health exchange.) 

I know that many of my constituents have questions about the enrollment process, the types and cost of coverage that will be available and many other aspects of this phase-in of the health reform law, more commonly known as Obamacare. It’s unfortunate however, that critics of Obamacare have gone out of their way to spread misleading information, use fuzzy math or omit important details to create fear and confusion. That’s a disservice to the people I represent. My goal is to help ensure that our hardworking families and individuals have accurate information and know where to find it.

An example of misleading information can be found in the recent news release issued by the Ohio Department of Insurance. It announced that average premiums in Ohio will increase 41% next year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. That’s technically true but in practical terms, meaningless. Consumers will not pay an average based on all levels of plans available. It’s like averaging the price of a budget compact car with a high end luxury SUV. If you’re in the market for a low cost car, you’re not paying anywhere near the “average.” 

In the Health Marketplace, consumers will have an option to purchase insurance in four different levels to best meet their needs and budget. They may opt for lower monthly premiums (with higher deductibles) or pay more per month but face smaller out-of-pocket costs if a major medical expense does occur.  A number of states that have worked hard to implement the law smoothly are reporting premiums will cost less in 2014 than what is currently available. In New York, not only will new insurers be entering the market to offer plans to consumers, the cost for even the most comprehensive plans will be down by over 50% according to the state. In Nevada, a young person can buy a catastrophic plan for less than $100.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:26 PM, 09.12.2013

Digital Mammograms: The Faster, Easier Breast Cancer Screening

Faster. Easier. Clearer. All those things are possible with digital mammograms, a new type of diagnostic imaging that’s changing how women are screened for breast cancer.

All women age 40 and over should have a mammogram every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Mammograms are X-rays that help diagnose breast cancer, the second most common cancer in American women after skin cancer.

Traditionally, having a mammogram meant getting four X-ray images, two per breast, on film. A technologist would run the film through a processor and then hang the processed films on a view box for a radiologist to read.

Now, with digital mammograms, the process is more like using a digital camera instead of a traditional camera. There’s no film to process or negatives to handle. The images are stored and viewed on a computer.

“Women still need to have the four X-rays — and the compression and positioning are the same — but processing the results is much faster,” says Christine Clark, radiology director at Euclid Hospital. “Instead of 15 to 20 minutes, women finish their digital mammograms in about five to 10 minutes.”

And the results are easier to diagnose. Radiologists can magnify, sharpen, change contrast or otherwise adjust digital images to see breast tissue more clearly. That’s good for all women, but especially for those under 50. Younger women tend to have denser breast tissue in which cancer is more difficult to detect.

“Digital mammograms are ideal for younger women who need to be screened because they found a breast lump or have a high family risk for breast cancer, for example,” says Christine.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:39 PM, 07.03.2013

Digital Mammograms: The Faster, Easier Breast Cancer Screening

Faster. Easier. Clearer. All those things are possible with digital mammograms, a new type of diagnostic imaging that’s changing how women are screened for breast cancer.

All women age 40 and over should have a mammogram every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Mammograms are X-rays that help diagnose breast cancer, the second most common cancer in American women after skin cancer.

Traditionally, having a mammogram meant getting four X-ray images, two per breast, on film. A technologist would run the film through a processor and then hang the processed films on a view box for a radiologist to read.

Now, with digital mammograms, the process is more like using a digital camera instead of a traditional camera. There’s no film to process or negatives to handle. The images are stored and viewed on a computer.

“Women still need to have the four X-rays — and the compression and positioning are the same — but processing the results is much faster,” says Christine Clark, radiology director at Euclid Hospital. “Instead of 15 to 20 minutes, women finish their digital mammograms in about five to 10 minutes.”

And the results are easier to diagnose. Radiologists can magnify, sharpen, change contrast or otherwise adjust digital images to see breast tissue more clearly. That’s good for all women, but especially for those under 50. Younger women tend to have denser breast tissue in which cancer is more difficult to detect.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:46 PM, 07.03.2013

A Fresh Face in Euclid

We now have a great opportunity to get just-picked produce direct from local farms when “City Fresh” fruits and vegetables come to Euclid Tuesday evenings 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm June 11 to October 22. City Fresh is a weekly produce delivery system organized by volunteers, farmers, and Euclid community members to bring the bounty of local farms directly to Euclid’s neighborhood Fresh Stop at Bethlehem Community Church, 24490 Euclid Ave. Our citizens can take advantage of this delicious opportunity when they order a “share” of this 95% pesticide and herbicide-free or organically certified produce in advance to fit the family’s summer and fall schedules. 

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:14 PM, 06.07.2013

Euclid Hospital: Your partner in good health

Euclid Hospital is so much more than just a hospital. Home to one of our region’s leading orthopaedic and rehabilitation centers, including both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, the 371-bed hospital offers a complete continuum of care including emergency services, acute and sub-acute care and outpatient care. But it’s also a health and wellness facility, open to all members of the community in times of sickness and in health, located on a 17-acre campus – complete with a healing garden – directly on the beautiful Lake Erie shoreline. It is the medical home for the community of Euclid.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 1:14 PM, 06.07.2013

"Take Your Child to Work Day" Kids Diagnose “Spring Fever” and Perform “Beanie-ectomy”

25 children were registered to attend presentations in Euclid Hospital’s Waltz Auditorium for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

Several members of the OR staff including Jill Byrne, Diana Meaney, Donna Gagnon, Dan Sell and Sarah Sloop, led the children through a simulated operation where the “patient” presented symptoms, was diagnosed with “Spring Fever” and needed a “Beanie-ectomy.” The children put on sterile gowns, gloves and caps and helped perform surgery which included laparoscopically removing candy and Beanie Babies from the abdomen of the pretend patient, “Annie.” The surgery was a success for everyone involved.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:07 PM, 05.08.2013

HERT Team Members Attend Disaster Preparedness Program

Euclid Hospital’s commitment to disaster preparedness continues with the recent training of Euclid’s Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) members at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:17 PM, 05.08.2013

Traveling with Diabetes

How do you stay healthy when you travel if you have diabetes? Flying? What snacks should you carry with you if get stuck on the tarmac for hours? What meal can you take aboard a plane that will help keep blood sugar stable yet satisfy all the requirements of the TSA? How should you handle your medications or insulin?

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 6:17 PM, 05.08.2013

Floss to prevent tooth loss

“Do I need to floss?” is a question often asked by patients. Typically, I respond by saying, “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep.” That’s because, next to brushing, flossing is the best thing you can do to ensure good oral health.
The benefit of both brushing and flossing is that they reduce the bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria produces acids that erode the tooth enamel, creating cavities. In addition, they emit sulfur compounds that can create embarrassing bad breath. You can prevent harmful bacteria from forming (and causing plaque and tarter build-up) by practicing good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily, and flossing to remove bacteria missed by the toothbrush. Brushing alone will remove approximately 65% of the plaque. If you add flossing to your regimen, you will effectively remove the remaining 35% of plaque between teeth --- resulting in a more complete tooth cleaning.

It’s a good practice to floss before you brush. Dental floss is a unique tool that is specifically designed to remove plaque from tight spaces between teeth and under gums. With less plaque between teeth, the fluoride in your toothpaste can cover more of the tooth’s surface. This combination gives you a “one-two” punch for taking care of your teeth and gums.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:23 PM, 03.20.2013

Euclid Hospital celebrates 75 years of AHA membership

The American Hospital Association is very pleased to recognize Euclid Hospital with a plaque for 75 years of continuous AHA membership.  The plaque is signed by AHA president Richard J. Umbdenstock and Teri G. Fontenot, chair, board of directors, to commemorate this milestone.  The AHA marks membership anniversaries at 25, 50, and 75 years of membership.

The plaque reads "The American Hospital Association recognizes Euclid Hospital, Euclid, Ohio, on the occasion of its seventy-fifth anniversary as a member (in) 2012. The Association honors this hospital for its leadership in advancing the health of its community."

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Chicago, the AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:33 PM, 03.20.2013

Euclid residents invited to tour David Simpson Hospice House on Tuesday, March 19

The public is invited to tour the house and grounds at David Simpson Hospice House, located at 300 E. 185th Street on the Lake Erie waterfront, on Tuesday, March 19, 10 to 11 a.m., during a free Community Open House sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations can be made by visiting the hospice’s Website at

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is part of the fabric of the community, so we encourage Cleveland residents and those in the surrounding East Side communities to bring their friends and stop in during one of our open house events,” said Bill Finn, chief executive officer.  “It’s a great way to see first-hand the unique range of services we offer as a non-profit agency with 35 years of history in Northern Ohio,” Finn said.

The 42-bed David Simpson Hospice House provides a peaceful,  home-like, therapeutic hospice environment for patients and their loved ones. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, families may walk the beautifully landscaped grounds and winding Vista Walk — a living tribute paved with engraved bricks and lined with gardens.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:31 PM, 03.20.2013

Highs and lows of sugar

The Euclid Diabetes Support Group is pleased to welcome Sara Snow, Certified Diabetes Educator from Novo Nordisk, who will speak at their February meeting.

Sara will lead a discussion entitled “The Highs and Lows of Sugar” on Monday, February 18th at 6:45 p.m. at the Euclid Public Library. She will include a power point presentation dealing with high and low levels of blood glucose called hypo and hyperglycemia.

She will explain how high and low levels of glucose are different. She will answer questions about symptoms, prevention and treatment. She will also discuss how medications affect blood glucose levels. This information is essential for people with diabetes who must monitor their blood glucose levels every day.

The Euclid Diabetes Support Group meets monthly to help people with diabetes to live a healthier lifestyle. Meetings are free and open to the public. If you have questions or need information about blood glucose levels, please join us on President’s Day, February 18th.

Joan Holmes is a retired teacher, a Board Member of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group and a Euclid resident of 42 years.                 


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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 1:01 PM, 02.13.2013

The Center of it All

All body movement originates at the core or as it’s known in Pilates, the powerhouse. The three groups of muscles which make up the powerhouse or core, are the muscles of the pelvic floor, lower back and abs (abdominal muscles). A weak core limits the body’s range of motion, muscle strength and also hinders stability and balance. Whether swinging a golf club, pushing a grocery cart or picking up a bag of mulch, a strong core makes these activities more efficient, effective and less likely to cause injury.

The anywhere, anytime no equipment abs workout:

Most often when we think of abs, we think of the “six pack” or the rectus abdominus muscle. But it is the transverse abdominus, the deep ab muscle, which is the center of the powerhouse. Drawing the navel in and up while tightening the ab area, fires up four of the six abdominal muscles including the transverse abdominus. So daily as often as you think of it, draw your navel in towards your spine and imagine lifting it up through the top of your head while tightening your abs. This exercise is not only much easier than sit-ups but much more effective. The muscles which control the pelvic floor are a part of the deep core and help stabilize the lower back and pelvic area. Kegels are performed by contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. This can be done throughout the day, anytime, anywhere. To isolate the proper muscles, think about the muscle used to stop the flow of urine. Contract, hold for 10 counts then release. 

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.18.2012

Euclid Recreation Department and Euclid City Schools join together to offer fitness opportunities

Euclid City Schools and Euclid Recreation Department have joined together to offer Euclid Residents additional opportunities to enjoy the use of the Euclid High School West(Girls) Pool and the Indoor Track. The City of Euclid Aquatics program has begun to offer early bird adult lap swimming Monday-Friday 6:30am to 9am, this time slot is very popular during the summer and the Recreation Department is excited to continue offering this popular time slot through the indoor season. Swimmers can continue to use their 2012 Daily Discount or Season Pool Passes. The passes are valid until December 31, 2012. Parking is available at the Fordyce Building, just north of the high school. Patrons will enter the pool using the Front Northwest doors, the pool will be on the left. Lockers are available, patrons will need to provide locks. Plans to offer a lunch time swim are being worked on, scheduled to be available in January 2013. Additional adult lap swimming is available Monday-Friday 4pm to 6pm, Monday and Wednesday 7pm to 8:30 and Saturday mornings 8am-9:30am. Families can swim on Thursdays 6pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays 11:45am to 12:45pm. Regular pool admission applies at all swim times.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:13 PM, 10.05.2012

Fitness 101: The ABC's and 123's of Fitness - Part 2

In our last Fitness 101 class we reviewed the activity ABC’s of Fitness. We will now look at the 123’s of Fitness: eating. The best workout cannot erase bad eating. Plain and simple, to be in your best shape you must develop better eating habits. There is no magic pill that will control your eating. You and only you control what you put into your mouth whether good or bad. Acknowledging and taking full responsibility is one of the most important steps you can make toward improving your overall health and most importantly your quality of life. High blood pressure, type 2 Diabetes and some forms of heart disease are disorders which can be controlled and sometimes even reversed with proper eating. Diets simply do not work. At best diets are a temporary bandage. Diets that greatly reduce calorie intake, restrict consumption of certain food groups or consist of “specially” prepared food by the dietmaker, all must end at some point. Once “off” the diet you are left in the real world, with a real problem. You lack skills for dealing with real food.  What follows are the 123’s; practical tips for dealing with real food in the real world.

1. Eat 5-6 meals spaced throughout the day. Eat your breakfast, have a snack, eat your lunch, have a snack, eat your dinner. Breakfast and lunch should be the larger meals of the day, not dinner. Plan for and pack healthy snacks ahead of time, so you are not stuck purchasing fast food or vending machine foods.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:07 PM, 10.05.2012

Important dates for Medicare beneficiaries

September 30:   Receipt of Annual Notice of Change and Evidence of Coverage

October 15: Medicare Open Enrollment begins

December 7: Medicare Open Enrollment ends

If you are on a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Prescription Plan, you should be watching your mail for your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from your plan providers. You should receive it by Monday, September 30.

Many people make the mistake of not taking time to review this important information. Don't be one of them. Your plan may be making changes for 2013 that affect your coverage, your premiums or the health care providers you currently see. You have the opportunity during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period beginning October 15 to switch to a plan that's a better fit for you. But, you must make the switch before the Open Enrollment Period ends on December 7.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:10 PM, 10.05.2012

It's that time again for the EATON-Euclid 5k and 1.5mile Doggie Dash

Saturday November 3, Eaton Corporation and Euclid Recreation Department are hosting the annual EATON-Euclid 5k Walk/Run and 1.5 mile Doggie Dash. The Eaton-Euclid 5k Walk/run will be held at the Eaton Corporation campus at Heritage Business Park, located at 1345 East 222nd street. 

Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30am, The Doggie Dash(1.5mi--one lap), a race for dogs and their human companions, starts at 8:30 am, and the 5k run/walk (2 laps) starts at 9am.

Registration is available online at  or with the Euclid Recreation Department at 585 East 222nd Street. Pre-Race registration fees are: 5k only $15, Doggie Dash only $10 or both races $20. Race Day registration fee for the 5k is $20, Doggie Dash $15 or both races  $25. Overall, age group and canine winners will be awarded on race day. Proceeds benefit the Euclid Recreation Department. For more information please contact Annemarie at 216-289-8114 or download a registration form at

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:12 PM, 10.05.2012

Euclid Diabetes Support Group Events

The Euclid Diabetes Support Group has two upcoming events during the holiday season. The first will be their regular meeting on Monday, November 26th at 6:45 p.m. at the Euclid Public Library. Members look forward to hearing a presentation by Kendra Cress, a clinical pharmacist for UH. She will discuss medications for people with diabetes including their side effects and complications. This should be a very informative meeting. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in learning about diabetes medications.

The second event is their annual Christmas Potluck Dinner. Members will gather on Monday, December 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the East Shore United Methodist Church on Lakeshore Blvd. In the relaxing environment of the upper parlor they will socialize until 6 p.m. when they will share a delicious meal. Members will contribute a healthy dish that they have prepared.   There will be a wide variety of foods available. This will be a good opportunity to de-stress during the busy holiday season.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:51 AM, 11.13.2012

Getting ready for Winter

The October meeting of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group will feature Susan Courney, who will present a discussion entitled, "Getting Ready for the Coming Winter."  Susan is the new facilitator of the Euclid Group. Her talk will include tips for stocking up on basic supplies to deal with diabetes as well as with colds and flu and ailments likely to strike during the colder months of the year.  She will also make suggestions about how to alter your exercise program and activities so that you continue to exercise during the winter months. This meeting will take place at the Euclid Public Library on Monday, October 15th at 6:45 p.m. Meetings are always free and open to the public.

Susan is employed by the Diabetes Partnership of Greater Cleveland. She comes to us after retiring earlier this year from a career in government service ending in Washington, D.C.  Susan comes to Cleveland with an impressive number of credentials. She has earned the right to add the letters MSW, LSW, and CDCA after her name. Our group is fortunate to have this new enthusiastic leader. Already Susan has supplied our group with a speaker from out-of-state and continues to develop topics for future meetings.

The membership of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group also wishes to thank Dr. Andrew Brobbey, MD from Euclid Hospital for his outstanding presentation on September 17th dealing with preventing and managing diabetes. More than fifty people attended his informative program.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:16 PM, 10.05.2012

Fitness 101: the ABC's & 123's of Fitness - Part 1

School’s back in session, so let’s review the basics of fitness beginning with the ABC’s.

A – Activity - Cardiovascular training should occur 5-6 days per week. The activity should challenge you so that you are working hard. You should feel winded but not breathless. A minimum of 45 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes in duration is best. Newcomers should begin with 10-15 minutes, and work toward reaching 60 minutes. An activity which engages the large muscle groups, legs and buttocks, is most desirable. Examples are walking, biking, jogging, dancing, etc.

B – Build Muscle - Strength-training should occur 2-3 days per week. Always warm up with walking or another form of cardiovascular activity for at least 10 minutes before each strength training session. Include a day of rest between sessions. Begin working the muscles in the following progression; legs, back, chest, arms then abs. Unless you are training for a fitness title, a warm up set followed by a working set is all you need to gain and maintain muscle tone. Weight selection for the warm-up set should be a light weight, one that allows you to complete 20 repetitions (reps) or more. For the working set, choose a weight that allows you to complete 8 but not more than 12 reps with good form. Begin with the warm up set, do 10 reps, then increase to the working weight selection and complete a minimum of 8 reps. Once you can complete 12 reps in good form with the working set weight selection, increase the weight to continue gaining strength.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:19 PM, 09.16.2012

Preventing and Managing Diabetes

The Euclid Diabetes Support Group will attend a special presentation at the Euclid Public Library by Andrew Brobbey, MD, Internal Medicine on Monday September 17th at 7 p.m.  He will discuss Preventing and Managing Diabetes. By a happy coincidence Euclid Hospital and HCR Manor Care are sponsoring this presentation on the same day that the support group’s regular meeting is scheduled. When Rebecca McFarland of the Euclid Public Library informed the leadership of the Euclid Diabetes Group of the

This discussion is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register call the library at (216) 261-5300. Member of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group are already registered.

If you have diabetes or if your doctor has told you that your blood sugar is high, you might consider joining the Euclid Diabetes Support Group. It meets monthly and helps people with the disease by supplying tips for healthy eating, exercising, medications, and reducing stress. Membership is free. All are welcome.


upcoming talk by Dr. Brobbey, the Euclid Diabetes group decided to take advantage of this opportunity to attend the discussion. This presentation will replace the group’s regular September meeting.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.16.2012

Help with Medical and Drug Costs

Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy

If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Medicare Savings Programs

You may be able to get help from your State in paying your Medicare premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Part A and Part B deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payments if you meet certain requirements.

4 Kinds of Medicare Savings Programs

If you have income from working, you may qualify for these 4 programs even if your income is higher than these limits.

If you qualify for a QMB, SLMB or QI program, you would most likely qualify to get Extra Help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage.

  1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program
  2. Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Program
  3. Qualifying Individual (QI) Program
  4. Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI) Program
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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.14.2012

Fun + Fitness = Results

While we all know the benefits of working out, most of us don’t. Lack of time is the most frequent excuse given for not working out. But the reality is we always find time to do the things we really want to do. Adding the “fun” factor to your exercise plan will not only have you looking forward to working out but could greatly improve your results. Studies confirm that people who enjoy their workouts and who work out with a friend or in a group setting are more consistent and see better results. These three easy steps will help you remember to put the FUN in fitness:

F – Find an activity that you enjoy and add it to your daily schedule.

U – Use friends and family to help you stay motivated and accountable by working out together

N – Now is the best time to start being more active, little steps everyday

Physical activity should be a part of your daily life and The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity, like a brisk walk, most days of the week to maintain a healthy heart. If you are not currently active, after getting your doctor’s okay, take small step everyday toward reaching the 30 minute goal, slow and steady wins the race.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 11:26 AM, 08.12.2012

Taking Control of Your Diabetes - August 20 at Euclid Public Library

Amy Hayes will deliver a free educational program at the Euclid Public Library to share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on her extensive training and personal experiences living with diabetes.

Amy is a member of the A1C Champions Program, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. Amy’s presentation will cover topics including achieving good glucose control, learning about effective self-management and developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Her talk will help you learn about some the ways to control your blood sugar so that you may help reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications.

This program takes place during the regular meeting of the Euclid Diabetes Support Group on Monday, August 20th. The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m.  Amy’s presentation starts at 7 p.m.  This meeting is free and open to anyone who is interested in diabetes.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 11:27 AM, 08.12.2012