Monongahela Valley Hospital January 2014 Calendar of Events

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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.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Thursday, Jan. 9 – 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Smoking Cessation Program

6 – 8 p.m., Monongahela Valley Hospital. Classes are offered at no charge to Primary Care Resource Center (PCRC) patients, MVH employees and anyone with a referral from an MVH-affiliated primary care physician. For all others, the cost for the complete program is $20. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 724-258-1932.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 8 – 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 – Childbirth Preparation Class

7 – 9 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. A four-week series of prenatal education classes designed to prepare couples for the birthing process. Topics include: signs of labor, vaginal and caesarian deliveries, the role of a labor coach, comfort measures including breathing and relaxation skills and pain medication options. Couples will rehearse what they learn in class to help relieve anxiety surrounding the birthing experience. To register, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 – 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.

Tuesday, Jan 14 – 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Support Group

1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Support Group is free and open to all persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia or related illnesses. Family members welcome. For more information, call 724-258-1321. 

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Advanced Carbohydrate Counting

9 – 11 a.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, Jan. 16 – Ostomy Support Group

2 – 3:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1773.

Tues., Jan. 21 – Innovations – Circulation Problems in Limbs

6 p.m., ECC. Ghassan Abu-Hamad, M.D., MVH’s new vascular surgeon, will present a free program to discuss peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a common circulatory problem referred to as “hardening of the arteries” in which narrow arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. This problem occurs most often in the legs, causing leg pain when walking. Refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Thursday, Jan. 23 – 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.

Monday, Jan. 27 – 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 in the hospital after delivery and when returning home. 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Adult CPR Instruction

6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling 724-684-9536.

Thursday, Jan. 30 – 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. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

Thursday, Jan. 30 — Public First-Aid Instruction

6 – 9 p.m., ECC. Adult first aid classes are offered by the hospital in conjunction with Valley Health and Safety Training Center. The $30 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required by calling

724-684-9536.

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