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Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital, others, receive A's in latest Leapfrog Group Safety Grade

Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care (Leapfrog news release).  Other east side Cleveland Clinic hospitals receiving A grades include Main Campus, Hillcrest, South Pointe and Marymount Hospitals.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 6:21 PM, 12.02.2019

A Spiritual Journey to the Real You

Are you having doubts about shopping for gifts this season?  Before you say "Bah Humbug", think about BEING the GIFT.  Yes, you can give of your time, your energy and most of all your Spirit.  Wrap your gift of peace, liberty, justice and understanding with encouragement, wisdom and compassion.  Lift your consciousness to Peace.  Be centered in Divine Mind and let nothing disturb the calm peace of your soul.   Be the emissary of love and peace and share these gifts with others.  Start with a smile, continue with words of comfort and joy.  Identify where a helping hand is vital to someone's well being.  Be a friend... make a new it forward and experience the true joy of the season.  Blessings to all.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 6:21 PM, 12.02.2019

A Spiritual Journey to the Real You

This season traditionally is a time of harvesting the rewards from the seeds that you planted throughout the year.   Is this true for you?  Have you made progress or accomplished what you had planned for yourself and your family?  Human nature gives us opportunity to procrastinate.  We can all be guilty of putting off difficult tasks or difficult discussions in the desire to change behaviors, attitudes and commitments thereby  living a healthier and more fulfilling life. 

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 4:08 PM, 11.11.2019

Hospice of the Western Reserve Earns National Award for Palliative Care Program

Western Reserve Navigator (WRN), a home-based palliative care program provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve, was recognized as one of three programs in the U.S. expanding the reach of palliative and end-of-life care in their community. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from symptoms and improving the quality of life for people living with advanced illness.

The Circle of Life Award®, now in its 20th year, shines a light on programs and organizations that can serve as models or inspiration for other providers. Hospice of the Western Reserve received the award Friday, July 26, at the American Hospital Association’s annual Leadership Summit in San Diego.

 “The work of this year’s honorees represents the most innovative and creative thinking in end-of-life care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Through the use of technology, integrated systems of care and community support, these programs have raised the bar for meeting the needs of patients and their families.”  

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 5:20 PM, 09.08.2019

A Spiritual Journey to the Real You

Have you heard the call to freedom?   What does it sound like?  How does it feel?  Are you able to tap into the wisdom of your heart and soul to know your true life path.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.07.2019

A Spiritual Journey to Awakening the Real You

Do you have trouble finding inner peace when all around you is everything but quiet?  Are you challenged with a "tiger roar" when something happens that isn't to your preference?  Are you wandering or running a race?  You are not alone.  One of the hardest life lessons is learning to find a sense of balance in a chaotic world.  Most people are so busy trying to Have and Do, they don't have time to BE.  Yes we live our lives backwards.  The first step for changing a life experience is to breathe.  First breath, second breath and by the third gentle breath your natural peacefulness emerges and a sense of empowerment is felt.  Thoughts are clearer with a deeper focus.  Living consciously is BEING fully awakened to the real you.  

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:13 PM, 06.05.2019

Dr. Kevin Dieter Earns National Award from American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Hospice of the Western Reserve physician Dr. Kevin Dieter is the recipient of the 2019 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). He received the award at the AAHPM's Annual Conference in Orlando recently. Dr. Dieter is associate medical director at Hospice of the Western Reserve and directs the medical care provided at David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th St. in Cleveland. He is also the physician for the team that delivers hospice care in the homes of patients in Lake, Geauga and portions of eastern Cuyahoga County.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019

8 Week Health Challenge

This fun competition motivates participants to get in shape in a healthy way! Programming includes group exercise sessions and health talks with Cleveland Clinic caregivers and other lifestyle management professionals. Pre - and post health screenings are performed to help participants track their progress and celebrate their success.

The "Euclid Collinwood " 8 Week Health Challenge is a part of the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) - a collaborative effort between Cleveland Clinic and community partners to promote optimal health and wellness.

You must register to participate: or contact Ann Coughin, MBA, BSN, RN at 216.692.8969 or

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019

A Different Approach

Take a moment to think of all the good things you can say about yourself and your community. Even with loss, you can be inspired when you see yourself working through issues. You can learn from any experience. Now what would you call that? Growth? Yes, it’s growth and maturity. Life is a journey we are all experiencing. We start from wherever we do and move along. We live through a collection of decisions. Some think that they have no choice to change their circumstances. While others sprint ahead, tweaking circumstances little by little.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 8:10 AM, 10.14.2018

Senator Kenny Yuko Hosting Euclid Opiate Town Hall

Ohio Senator Kenny Yuko and Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. will co-host an opiate town hall on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  The town hall is yet another opportunity for community members, leaders, law enforcement and treatment providers to come together to fight the opiate epidemic together.  The town hall will take place at 22639 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, Ohio 44117. 

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

Stress-less Program - Reiki

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries has initiated a stress-less program which provides Reiki for clients who want to reduce the effects of stress on their lives.  Through the skilled hands of 5 Reiki practitioners our clients have reported feeling less stress and more health.  Reiki is an ancient healing practice which releases positive energy within the person to bring about calm and healing.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

Children’s Grief Support Camps Provide Support Amid Beauty of Nature

Looking for a summer camp to support a grieving child or teen, or a meaningful way for your whole family to memorialize a loved one? One of the lesser known community services offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve’s bereavement center is a series of children’s grief support camps and family days held in beautiful natural settings throughout Northern Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

If You Can Do Just One Thing to Make the World a Better Place, Volunteer!

Today, we all lead busy lives. Even those who have retired find their spare time quickly fills up  with babysitting, family gatherings, grandkids’ sporting events and concerts, or simply enjoying activities we never had enough time for until now. 

With all this “busy-ness,” it may seem challenging to find time to volunteer. However, those who do say the rewards are great.  Numerous studies show volunteering to help others can reduce stress, lift sprits and provide greater meaning and purpose in your life. 

Choosing the right volunteer opportunity is the key.  Hospice of the Western Reserve offers many options. If you have a special hobby or talent, we’ll even work with you to create a personalized volunteer experience that lets you bring it to life to help others. What could be better that volunteering to do something you love? 

 Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or sewing?  Many of our volunteers enjoy creating textured lap blankets for dementia patients or creating pretty customized pillows to relieve discomfort. Best of all, you can choose to work on the projects from your own home or to enjoy socializing with a group sewing circle that gets together every other month.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Children Needing Grief Support Can Find Help at Overnight Camp

Support is available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

Eastside Women's Support Group

The Renee Jones Empowerment Center will begin a women's support group at Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (15706 St Clair Ave. - across from the Dollar General store). The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This group will continue to meet every Tuesday evening. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

How To Benefit From Tai Chi

If you are in a Tai Chi Class chances are you are a very dedicated student, as long as class is in session. What happens when you leave class?  Do you take the principles you learn and apply them everyday? The teacher or instructor is there to guide you and show you the way. It is up to you to integrate the teachings and philosophies into your life. Take the time to practice what you learn and you will build upon it. Even if you don’t know the full routine practice what you can remember, whether it’s the warm up or the Forms. Surely we all agree that one or two hours a week is not enough time to change your life for the better. In class we are breathing deep, we stand without locking our joints so the Chi can flow, we are relaxed, focused and united in mind, body and spirit. It feels right and everything is well within the Universe. After class are we continuing to breathe deeply and using the lower abdomen? What if we get angry, suppose somebody cuts you off in traffic do we rise up and use chest breathing, do our muscles tense up, face frowned and tight, joints lock…? When we stand in line at the BMV or grocery store are we locking the knees and cutting off our energy, are we slouching and reinforcing bad habits? Are we conscious in all our tasks and movements or is the mind scattered from North to South? Integrating the Tai Chi postural structure and philosophical qualities into everyday life is how we truly benefit from its’ practice. It is how we increase our longevity. It is how we find the immense health benefits that are so often spoken of as well as an ongoing feeling of peace. When someone or something causes us to get angry take a deep breath, relax the abdomen and allow it to sink all the way down and continue to breathe this way. Are you tensing up? Relax the places in the body that are tight, systematically use the mind to search and destroy tension melting it away, let the joints naturally rest within the earth’s gravitational pull. In class we use standing meditation (Zhan Zhang) as a training exercise. When standing why not use these principles whether you’re in a line or in your own kitchen washing dishes. Zhan Zhang unites the two halves of the body, upper and lower as well as uniting the mind and body. Physically it builds the leg muscles and increases circulation, respiration and overall body strength. The bones are what generate white blood cells and the bones in the legs are the largest in the body.  The weight of the standing causes an increase in the production of white blood cells thus amping up the immune system. The standing meditation also teaches us to clear our minds of unnecessary chatter. Too many random thoughts can be overwhelming and stressful. Stress is a major factor in many diseases and ailments. Practicing Tai Chi relieves, prevents and or eliminates many stress and physiological maladies. Just google the health benefits of Tai Chi and be prepared to receive a plethora of information.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

2015 Water Quality Report is Available from Cleveland Water

At Cleveland Water, we know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water that is available at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.

Our water is constantly monitored and tested. In fact, Cleveland Water consistently exceeds the most stringent water quality standards mandated by Federal and State water regulations, and last year was no exception.

It is with pleasure that we announce Cleveland Water’s 2015 Water Quality Report. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year. In it we discuss the source of your water, how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies, and how your water is treated and tested.    

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Mother Raphael as a Pioneer

In late April of 2015, Mother Mary Raphael Gregg was awarded the Ohio Health Care Association Pioneer Award.  This award is designed to honor a commitment to excellence in long-term care services, and to recognize Ohioans who are influential in the development and advancement of long-term care programs.  Mother M. Raphael earned this award through her lifetime commitment and dedication to Euclid’s Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center on Chardon Road.  Mother Raphael became a Catholic Sister on October 3, 1954 when she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark.  At the time, the sisters were providing rest home services on a local estate that they had purchased.  Sister Raphael was sent to nursing school to better care for their residents.  She earned her LPN in 1958, her RN license in 1979, and then her BSN degree in 1992.  As Mount St. Joseph nursing home grew and changed with time, Sister Raphael became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1999, after completing an internship at St. Augustine Manor.  She would later become the Administrator of Mount St. Joseph and the Mother Superior of the Order.  In 2012, Mother Raphael managed every detail of the design and construction, and led the way as the sisters replaced their old nursing home with a new, state of the art rehabilitation center.  The new Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center will continue to provide excellent care long into the future due to Mother Raphael’s watchful eye and dedication to her mission.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Tri-C's Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center Open for Spring Semester at Metropolitan Campus

The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is now open for spring semester.

The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting.

The center is open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 28. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed health care providers.

Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed.

To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

The care center serves as a key part of Tri-C’s allied health career programs. Nearly 2,800 appointments have been booked since the service began in 2009.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Tai Chi Classes at Collinwood High!

An ancient martial art known as Tai Chi Chuan has found it's way to Collinwood High School. In our Collinwood Class we learn techniques that enable us to use an opponents strength against them no matter how big or strong. We learn to control attackers using joint locking techniques and also how to escape from them. We learn energy building techniques known as Qigong (Chee-Gong). We learn to stay relaxed and focused in the face of on coming threats and so much more. But wait a minute, are we talking about Tai Chi? Is this the same thing you see the elderly people practicing in the park?

These ancient exercises are good exercise for the mind. While performing the physical movements it is important to use visualization techniques to move the body’s internal energy, Chi. Chi is the life force that we are all born with. It is associated with the electrical signals that run through our nervous system just as blood flows through the circulatory system. Through deep breathing and mental imagery we are able to gather this energy and increase it’s presence in our bodies giving us longer and stronger lives. Tai Chi and Qigong are forms of meditation that relax and calm the mind reducing stress and bringing our thoughts into balance. This reduces the effects that stress can have on our bodies. Many ailments are directly linked to stress and can be avoided.

 While practicing Tai Chi and Qigong we return to a natural state. Our breathing is in the lower abdomen like that of a baby, relaxed. Our movements are not forced but natural, our minds clear. This brings us back to the way we were meant to be before life imposed its’ bad habits upon us. When we enter this state we are thus returning to nature. We become more spiritual. This spirituality is not religious in nature although it can be for each person what they wish. The spirituality I speak of is in accordance with nature and an appreciation of life. One gains a deeper understanding of oneself and a connection to our inner selves while at the same time connecting to the world around us, experiencing oneness. Although many times we learn in a classroom it is good to practice outside if possible to breathe the fresh air and absorb the light of the sun and the energy of the earth. Once a person learns Tai Chi it is theirs to take with them wherever they go.

The Classes at Collinwood are on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.  They are open and free to the public. Anyone wishing to experience Tai Chi Chuan is welcome to come. Age and fitness levels are irreleveant, the classes are non-competitive, friendly and inspiring. Come, wear comfortable clothing and get ready to feel great! Fore more information on Tai Chi visit

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Moore Counseling located in Euclid offers a variety of services for addiction sufferers

Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. is a Cleveland based organization with four locations in the northeast Ohio area including its main office being located in Euclid, Ohio.

The Euclid location is located at 22639 Euclid Avenue, just east of east 222nd street.  You can find other locations in downtown Cleveland, Akron and Elyria.

Also known as MCMS, the community based organization offers a wide range of services to clients that suffer from alcohol and drug addiction and behavioral health disorders.  MCMS offers education, intervention, advocacy and support by helping clients get on the right path in life by meeting on a regular basis with counselors and specialist to discuss a wide variety of  issues that MCMS clients are struggling with.

Moore Counseling not only works with clients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, but they also provide many companies and churches with services needed to grow and prosper in the community.

A list of other services provided by MCMS includes: anger management, intervention, premarital education, individual therapy, parenting education and substance abuse education.

If you want to become a client or learn more about the services Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. provides, contact MCMS by telephone at 216-404-1900.  Or visit the website at 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Rose-Mary Center Recieves $162,000+ Grant From the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for Trauma Informed Care

EUCLID, OHIO- The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities awarded over $162,000 to Rose-Mary Center in Euclid Ohio. Over the next two years, the grant will fund capacity building in the Developmental Disabilities provider system to serve complex individuals using trauma informed care principles.

An estimated 90% of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have experienced traumatic stress ( Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact (

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Christmas Magic at Rose-Mary

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to forget the magic that the season can bring to children and adults alike. The staff and individuals at Rose-Mary were reminded of this joy when a simple event designed for photo opportunities turned into one of the most memorable nights of the year. Brad Wyner, the behavior support specialist, at Rose-Mary donned the big red suit and beard for the "Pictures with Santa" event. His co-worker Martha DiLorenzo played the part of Mrs. Claus and after a long day of work they headed into the party just hoping for a few good pictures to share with the individuals' families.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Get into the Groove with Bus Stop Moves

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Next time you are waiting on the Route 39 - or one of the other RTA buses that weaves throughout North Collinwood - remember the best way to keep warm is to keep MOVING!

Thanks to funding from The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture through Northeast Shores’ COLLINWOOD 2015 grant program, the project “Bus Stop Moves” launched at three targeted bus shelters last month. The grant and resulting project were designed to address health issues identified through the annual “Picturing Collinwood” survey in addition to the October quarterly Northeast Shores meeting where feedback was solicited by “Bus Stop Moves’” creators.

This project endeavors to inject just a few minutes of stretching and strengthening exercises into RTA riders’ commute - while waiting for the bus to arrive - by providing simple illustrations and health tips on clear, vinyl stickers adhered to select glass shelter panels.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

The Collinwood Health Center Welcomes You!

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (Neon) Welcomes Nnennaya Adaku Okocha, DDS.

Dr. Nnennaya A. Okocha was born in Nigeria. She graduated from The University of Nigeria College of Dentistry in 1990. After practicing dentistry for about 10 years in Nigeria, she migrated to the United Sates in 2001.

In 2006, she enrolled in the New York University College of Dentistry from where she graduated with her DDS in 2009.

Upon graduation, Dr. Okocha retuned to Cleveland and went to work for North East Ohio Neighborhood (NEON) health services at their Hough location. In 2014, she left NEON for private practice. After one year in the private practice sector, Dr. Okocha returned to NEON in September of 2015 to practice at the Collinwood location.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

9 Tips to Aid Grieving Friends During the Holidays

Those who are grieving often remark that they would like to skip over all holidays, skip the month of December and emerge on Jan. 2. The absence of a loved one is palpable during the season of family-centered activities and feelings of acute grief are heightened. Providing comfort, hope and support is a priceless gift to grieving friends.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

How to Prevent Falls

As the winter season approaches and the snow and ice start to fall, it is time to place extra focus on reducing your risk of falling.  The rehabilitation team from Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center would like to share these fall prevention tips.

1) Keep moving – exercise and physical fitness help to improve balance and prevent falls

2) Wear sensible shoes with good traction, indoors and out

3) Clear pathways – keep boxes, newspapers, electrical cords, tables and rugs out of high traffic areas.  Keep your driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

4) Light up your living space – use adequate lighting in and around your home, day and night, to allow you to see obstacles and changes in surfaces.

5) Use an assistive device to help with balance if you are at risk for falling.

6) Speak to your doctor about physical therapy if you fall often or present with decreased balance.

Be careful and stay safe!

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 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 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Tri-C Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center Reopens for Fall Semester at Metro Campus in Cleveland

The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will reopen for fall semester on Sept. 1.

The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting.

The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Nov. 19. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed health care providers.

Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed.

To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

The care center serves as a key part of Tri-C’s allied health career programs. More than 2,600 appointments have been booked since the service began in 2009.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Healthier Seniors Wrap up Summer

Linda Zolten-Wood and Michel Hodges RN continued arts/health programming at the Rose Center on Lakeshore Blvd. as part of the Collinwood 2015 initiative sponsored by Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Kresge Foundation.  We kicked off the month with Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing, a local dance studio.  Valerie is an award winning swing dancer and taught us some great moves.  She then invited us to make up our own moves by thinking about summer activities and then setting them to music.  We created The Fly Swatter, The Swimmer, and even The Corn Eater.  Great fun was had by all as can be seen from the accompanying pictures.

The next week featured great eats.  Linda made easy peasy bean dip with canned beans, fresh salsa and shredded cheese.  Kevin Scheuring, manager of The Coit Road Farmers Market expanded our culinary horizons by treating us to a North African dish called chermoula.  Ingredients included saffron, parsley, green bell peppers, onion, garlic, lemon juice and preserved lemon, cumin, sunflower sprouts and a variety of spices from Spice Hound.  All this mixed together and served over rice. Yum!!  

We also gathered recipes of a different kind, home remedies that Rose seniors remembered from their childhoods.  Does anybody remember something called mutton taler?  It is a mixture of quinine, soda, and rubbing alcohol made into a paste which you rubbed on your chest, back, top of your head and bottoms of your feet to draw out a cold.  

Great eating continued the next week with Kai Wingo of Kultured Mushrooms.  Kai started growing mushrooms after being laid off and was named this year as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People.  She sauteed oyster and shitaki mushrooms with a little olive oil and garlic powder.  Amazing how good these were!  She explained that  mushrooms are not only a great source of nutrition featuring anti-inflammatory properties but also can be used to break down oil in contaminated waterways.

The month ended with a potluck where everyone shared their favorite recipes featuring end of summer bounty.  There may even be a cookbook so keep your eyes open for future info!  Everyone got to take a home a hand painted flower pot filled with herbs from local herb specialist Anastasia Pantsios.  

Linda and Michel have greatly enjoyed their time with everyone at the Rose Center and hope to repeat a similar program next year.  Thank you to Northeast Shores and the Kresge Foundation for sponsoring the grant that made this program possible.  Thanks also to everyone who presented and participated.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Healthier Seniors in Collinwood 2015

Last month in the Observer it was reported that Michel Hodges and Linda Zolten-Wood had received a grant from Collinwood 2015, an initiative blending arts and health activities to improve the health of our community.  Michel and Linda have been working with the seniors at the Paul Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well.  Their series of 6 programs is half way done and all involved are very happy with the results.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Collinwood Arts and Health for Seniors Project

In last month's Observer, Julia DiBaggio wrote about Collinwood 2015, an initiative blending arts and health activities to improve the health of our community.  Linda Zolten-Wood and Michel Hodges are leading one of the projects that is part of this initiative. They will be presenting a series of activities at the Paul Alandt Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.12.2015

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 7, Issue 4, Posted 8:45 PM, 04.03.2015

Free Half-Day Retreat Helps Grieving Teens by Uniting Them with Peers

Are you aware of a young person who could use support on his or her grief journey? “Bridges of Courage,” a free half-day retreat for teens, ages 14 to 17, provides support to adolescents who have experienced the death of a loved one by uniting them with peers who are also experiencing the death of a loved one. The retreat will take place at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, located on Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Lakeshore Campus, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A dinner of pizza and salad will be provided. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. To register, contact Dominique Butler at 216.486.6287. (Registration cutoff date is April 6.)

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015

Welcome to the Collinwood Health Center

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) invites you to utilize the services of the Collinwood Health located at 15322 St. Clair Avenue. We offer a dedicated team of caring professionals and a wide array of health care services to meet the needs of you and your family. Our hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday with night and weekend hours offered at the Hough Health Center.  Please call us at 216-851-1500 to make an appointment.

Established in 1967, NEON is one of the oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the country with seven locations, a dental van and multiple outreach sites including nursing homes and schools. Prevention and early detection are the cornerstones of NEON’s service delivery model.

NEON provides affordable, high-quality primary care services to the uninsured as well as to individuals and families with insurance coverage.  “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio residents by providing comprehensive and excellent health care in a culturally sensitive and caring environment,” stated Mr. Willie F. Austin, NEON’s President and CEO.

NEON accepts a number of payment arrangements for services including Medicare and Medicaid. Managed Care Plans include CareSource, Buckeye Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare, Molina Healthcare, and Paramount. NEON also accepts Medical Mutual of Ohio, Anthem BC/BS, CIGNA and other commercial insurance plans. Services are also available on a sliding fee scale, based on income and family size.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.26.2015

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.

A Community Support Task Force is formed
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.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Doctor’s Office or Emergency Department? Choose Wisely

Heart attack. Stroke. Severe burns. For medical cases like these, immediate care at a full service emergency department (ED) is the obvious choice. “We’re here for the community,” says Marita Volk, MD, director of the Emergency Department at the Euclid Hospital. “When in doubt, remember: we’ll see anyone, anytime for anything."

The emergency department treats conditions that require immediate care for a sudden and unexpected medical condition, or for the worsening of a condition that suddenly threatens a life limb, or vision. Call 911 or go immediately to the ED in the case of medical emergencies, including:
• Loss of consciousness
• Signs of heart attack or stroke
• Sudden, severe pain and/or chest pain
• Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding
• Coughing up or vomiting blood
• Head injury
• Eye injuries
• Bone and joint injuries
• Severe burns or pain
• Sudden or unexpected paralysis
• Difficulty breathing
• Poisoning or suspected poisoning
• Major injuries
• Accidents, including falls and car crashes
• Extreme emotional distress
• Suicidal or homicidal feelings
• Drug overdose
• Injuries caused by violence, such as gun-shot wounds

Other conditions, like earache, sore throat or muscle strain, may be better handled by an express or urgent care center or your primary care doctor.

Your primary care doctor is the person to go to for your healthcare basics, such as wellness checkups and screenings, and for specialist referrals. They should always have your medical information on file. They may not be able to see you in an urgent situation, but their main focus is on disease prevention and helping you stay healthy.

To avoid unnecessary ED trips:
• Learn the signs of true medical emergencies like stroke and heart attack. 
• Develop a relationship with a primary care physician who has your medical information on file and can see you in a pinch.

When life-threatening situations occur, call 9-1-1. For urgent medical needs, call 911 or visit:
Euclid Hospital Emergency Department
18901 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44119

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

Free Community Luncheon Features Real-Life Stories about Hospice Care

Meet Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3 News!

Euclid residents are invited to join Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee at a free community luncheon event entitled, “Voices for Hospice: Who cares?  We do! Putting the Pieces Together,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence. The event commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

Mistress of ceremonies is Danielle Wiggins of WKYC TV Channel 3. A panel of hospice team members including a spiritual care coordinator, an art therapist and a pediatric social worker will talk about their specialties and share real-life stories about how their work provides comfort, hope and dignity to patients and their families. The luncheon is free, but registration is required. Registration is available online at or by calling 216.486.6645.

Attendees will also enjoy a fabulous display of handcrafted art courtesy of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. A variety of nonprofit community organizations will provide educational exhibits and complimentary health care screenings.

“This luncheon provides a great opportunity for church groups, social organizations, families and friends to learn more about the hospice philosophy in a relaxed setting,” said LaBena Fleming, Provider Relations Manager and co-chair of this year’s event.


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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

A Natural Way

A Natural Way is located at 856 East 185th street. You would not imagine this facility small in size but big in innovation and excitement on this street. The owner Lashawn Evans has made it an Oasis for all on the Wellness Path. The studio offers a quarterly challenge,and every second Sunday a free wellness seminar.

You can find classes belly dance classes, zumba,yoga and many group fitness classes.

Natural Way offers instructional workshops on nutrition and weight loss.

This year the studio sponsored the belly dance troupe,"The sisters of Jamila Yaa at the annual Parade the  circle event at University Circle.

A Natural Way located at 656 East 185th Street,

Phone (216) 802-8284 Email

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 7:59 PM, 09.03.2014

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 24, 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 6, Issue 3, Posted 2:47 PM, 04.07.2014

Free Luncheon to Dispel Myths, Teach What Hospice Is and Isn't

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee will observe World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Marriott Cleveland East, 26300 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Hts.
by hosting a free community luncheon program aimed at dispelling the myths about hospice care and sharing surprising and little known facts about the range of services available, including many requiring no hospice experience. These include Yoga, Reiki, art therapy workshops (ranging from quilting to journaling to ceramics and painting), bereavement support groups for all ages, and a school crisis response program.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.11.2013

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.”

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 1:27 PM, 09.12.2013

"Together We Can" Camp offers support for children who have lost loved ones

For the 15th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host "Together We Can," a children’s bereavement day camp held at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road in scenic Kirtland. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each year, up to 60 campers between the ages of six and 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one spend the day in this beautiful natural setting interacting with other children who have also had someone special die. 

“There’s nothing better than seeing all these kids who have experienced so many different losses come together in a beautiful setting to share stories, learn new ways to handle their grief, and have fun with other kids who understand what they’re going through,” said Karen Hatfield, counseling team leader at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:30 PM, 06.07.2013

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 5, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.19.2013