Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs this month. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, Feb. 1 – Friday, Feb. 28 – Coming Attractions: Mamm & Glamm
On Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., HealthPLEX Imaging is making the process of getting a mammogram a little more comfortable at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPointe Plaza in Rostraver. The event offers women who have prescriptions for mammograms the opportunity to have their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere and then enjoy free pampering. A variety of indulgent services will be offered along with light refreshments. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 724-379-1911.
Monday, Feb. 3 – Gene and Boots Candies Valentine’s Day Candy Sale
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hospital Lobby. Treat yourself or your loved ones to local chocolate and candy delights. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance services for patients and visitors at Monongahela Valley Hospital. For more information, call 724-258-1167.
Monday, Feb. 3 – Baby Care Class
6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Parents-to-be will learn baby care basics at this instructional session. Topics include home safety, car seat safety, immunizations, breast and bottle feeding, pacifiers, bathing and additional topics. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229), ext. 9.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Thursday, Feb. 6 – Managing Your Diabetes
8:30 – 11:30 a.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information and to register, call 724-258-1483.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Bone Density Screening
1 – 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Do you have brittle bones? Have you ever had a bone density test? This free, painless screening will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis. No appointments necessary. For more information, call 724-348-6699.
Friday, Feb. 7 — MVH Blood Drive
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., ECC. Monongahela Valley Hospital, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. For more information or to register, call 724-494-4090 or register online at redcrosslife.org.
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Cholesterol & Blood Sugar Screening
7:30 – 11 a.m. Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Healthy Directions is offering a complete cholesterol screening for $10. You may add a blood sugar screening for an additional $2. No appointments or insurance necessary. Fast 12 hours prior to blood draw, you may drink water. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 724-348-6699.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – RSDS Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Better Breathers Club
2 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Better Breathers Club is free and open to all adults and their family, friends or caregivers who want to learn or share information about living well with breathing issues. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724-344-0287.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Prostate Cancer Support Group
6 p.m., ECC. All prostate cancer patients, families and care givers are invited to attend this free support group. For more information, call 724-292-9404.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Advanced Carbohydrate Counting
6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self-Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483.
Thursday, Feb. 13 – Talk With a Doc: What is a Brain Attack?
9 a.m., Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Diane E. Emes, M.D., family practice physician, will present a free talk. A stroke screening along with carotid and blood pressure checks will also be available. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333.
Thursday, Feb. 13 – Talk With a Doc: Helping Knee Replacements Heal
1 p.m., Mount Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh. Thomas F. Brockmeyer, M.D., Ph.D., orthopedic surgeon, will discuss advancements in helping knee replacements heal. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333.
Monday, Feb. 17 – Diabetes Support Group
2 – 4 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Room 120. This support program is free for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers. The topic will be, “Trying Vegetarian for Heart Health.” Advanced registration is required by calling 724-258-1483.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Thursday, Feb. 20 – Managing Your Diabetes
6 – 9 p.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information and to register, call 724-258-1483.
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Go Red Washington County
4 – 8 p.m. ECC. How healthy is your heart? While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Monongahela Valley Hospital invites the community to celebrate American Heart Month with these free heart health education programs: a healthy cooking demonstration with limited seating and samples afterward; a look at stress management techniques to help your heart, including a gentle yoga demonstration, and an “Innovations in Medicine” talk on heart health by an MVH physician. To register, call 724-258-1333.
Friday, Feb. 21 – Barbecue by Fourth Street Barbeque
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hospital Main Lobby. Come enjoy your favorite barbecued foods provided by Fourth Street Barbeque. This event is open to the public and take out is available. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for patients and visitors at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Free parking with purchase. For more information, call 724-258-1167.
Monday, Feb. 24 – Breastfeeding Class
6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. This free class is designed for mothers who plan to breastfeed to help them feel more comfortable and confident while feeding their newborns. Many props are used in this class including breast pumps. Partners and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9.
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Stroke Support Group
1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1455.
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Infant and Child CPR Class
6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Learn how to help a choking baby or small child. Sign up to learn emergency life saving techniques of clearing airway obstructions and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling the Valley Health and Safety Training Center at 724-684-9536.