9 Ways to Cope with Grief Over the Holidays

Holiday music is playing in the stores. Displays and decorations are out and ads touting the latest “must have” gifts are everywhere. For those who are grieving the death of a loved one, the commercial frenzy, family traditions and overwhelming to do list can act as a grief trigger, making the season an exceptionally difficult time.

Grief support specialists at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center suggest these coping tips:

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015

Determination, God and Therapy

In February of 2014, Elfrieda “Fritzie” Holtcamp was an active and independent 85 year old woman.  When she began to experience back pain, she was told that she had a bladder infection.  It never occurred to her that this would lead to a life changing experience. Unfortunately, her pain continued to worsen and she soon found herself admitted to the hospital with sepsis and the loss of motor function in her legs.  An MRI quickly revealed that she had a large abscess on her lumbar spine, requiring immediate surgery.  After surgery, Fritzie was told that she would never walk again.  She then spent three weeks in an acute rehab facility to recover some of her most basic mobility.  When it was time to move out of this facility, it was obvious to Fritzie that she couldn’t go home.  She chose to move to Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, a place where she had spent many hours as a volunteer with their pet therapy program.  When Fritzie arrived at Mount St. Joseph, she couldn’t even move her toes, but she was thrilled to have the physical therapist tell her, “Stick with me, I’ll get you moving.”  With hard work, motivation, and many hours of physical therapy and occupational therapy, Fritzie did “get moving”.  After 14 months, she was not only walking and able to stand on one foot, but she was able to leave Mount St. Joseph Rehab and live independently once again.  She states, “The therapy at Mount St. Joseph is fantastic!”  She credits her returned independence to “determination, God and therapy”, and to the peace and care that she received at Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

What's new at the Euclid Family YMCA

As Summer colors are transitioning to Fall, take in all nature has to offer while going for a stroll on Euclid Family YMCA’s outdoor walking track. Complete with 10 Fitness Stations, this is one opportunity you do not want miss out on!

R.A.D. Self Defense for Women

Crime statistics show that about 31 million total crimes are reported in the U.S. on an annual basis. To break it down, that’s about one crime per second. Without warning, an everyday situation can turn from safe to sorry; turning you into a victim, not to mention the top news story of the day. Most people who are victimized never imagine that crime would happen to them, it ALWAYS happens to somebody else.

That’s why Euclid Family YMCA, in partnership with Euclid Police Officer, Jennifer Kroczak, is not only proud but excited to announce our R.A.D. Self Defense for Women! Join us Saturday September 19, 26, and October 3rd for this amazing opportunity! Registration is now open, and space is limited.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 6:16 PM, 09.08.2015

Cleveland Clinic Names New President of Euclid Hospital

Daniel Napierkowski, M.D., has been named the new president of Cleveland Clinic’s Euclid Hospital.

Dr. Napierkowski joined Cleveland Clinic in 1997. In his most recent role, he served as chairman of regional practice anesthesiology since 2010. In this position, he has been responsible for overseeing the anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who work throughout Cleveland Clinic’s regional hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Brian Parker, MD, Vice Chair of Operations for the Anesthesiology Institute, will serve as Interim Chair of the Regional Practice of Anesthesiology.

In 2000, he became department head of anesthesiology at Euclid Hospital, a position he held until 2010. While serving as the new president, he plans to continue his clinical practice at Euclid Hospital.

“Dan has played an integral role at Euclid Hospital for many years and is a strong physician leader,” says J. Stephen Jones, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. “He is a visionary and compassionate leader who will further the impressive work of our caregivers for the benefit of our patients.”

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.31.2015

Energizing Euclid Kick-off to Health

Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to designate the City of Euclid as part of the Clinic’s Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) for 2015. The HCI is designed to positively impact our community through education and awareness, using community resources to promote optimal health and wellness. This year-long initiative will include monthly health programming such as quarterly health talks, a health and wellness fair, a signature walk/run, a wellness challenge, a community walking program, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other outreach activities. In addition, Northeast Shores Development Corporation has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic on their Healthy Collinwood 2015 initiative.  Since both programs look at keeping our residents in both communities healthy, the kickoff is a way to incorporate both programs into one.  Local businesses, with an interest in health and wellness are also partners and will be showcases their programs or services at the kickoff.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 5:00 PM, 05.18.2015

Free Community Resources Offered: Making Personal Healthcare Choices Known

Hospice of the Western Reserve - along with other national, state and community organizations - is participating in a national campaign running now through April 16, 2015 National Healthcare Decisions Day, to highlight the importance of making personal healthcare choices known. Free downloadable web resources and community educational events are planned.

Hospice of the Western Reserve has scheduled the following free east side community educational opportunities. Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will documents will be available and a representative from Daniel P. Seink Co., Ltd., will be available to answer questions and witness the signing of documents. Both sessions are open to the community; no reservations required.

Friday, April 10, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Hts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Euclid Lakefront Community Center, One Bliss Lane

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 8:21 PM, 04.03.2015

Check Out the Euclid Y

We have added NEW classes (TRX, POWER YOGA, INSANITY, ZUMBA, BALLROOM DANCING) renovated our locker rooms, host before and after school child care at Bluestone and Shoreview Elementary here in Euclid and much more!

For questions on Membership, please contact Amanda Smith, Membership Coordinator at the Branch at (216) 731-7454.

We are also working with several companies and businesses on Corporate Memberships. Corporate Memberships not only have access to the Euclid branch, but other facilities in the Cleveland Association. If you are interested in obtaining more information about that program, please feel free to contact me here at the Branch. 

And finally, we have partnered with several local businesses to conduct lunch time/day time fitness classes. If you have staff that would like to sweat away their lunch, please give us a class on how the Y WITHOUT WALLS program works!

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:32 PM, 02.05.2015

Aikido, the "Peaceful Martial Art," Comes to Euclid

You wonder if you heard Betsy O’Donnell right. Or whether she is pulling your leg (maybe to knock you off balance, as any martial artist might want to do). But no, she’s serious.

   “The secret to Aikido,” she says, “is non-resistance. That doesn’t mean letting somebody hurt you. The mistake many people make is thinking of non-resistance as something passive. In Aikido it’s about refusing to be a victim. Confidently. Because you’re so balanced and centered you know you can defuse the violence of an attack.”

         One of the first things you learn in Aikido, says O’Donnell, is that a person who is violent is out of balance. By practicing Aikido, you create a strong sense of balance in yourself, so you can defuse a potentially violent situation by bringing balance back to it.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:32 PM, 02.05.2015

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