TMH hosts safety fair

WARREN – Tracie Morris, a nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, said she didn’t mind getting dunked in the dunking booth Friday knowing she was getting wet for a good cause.

”They saved the best for last,” she joked as she was the last person of the day of the favorite ”Trumbull-ites” list to be in the dunking booth.

Morris was one of eight TMH employees, including CEO John Walsh, who took turns getting dunked. Money raised from the event was to be presented to the Warren Family Mission, which helps residents of Trumbull County.

Abraham Jeffries of the hospital’s environmental services was able to dunk Morris after he himself was dunked earlier when he took his turn sitting in the booth.

Adults and kids could test their throwing skills at the dunking booth with a dollar donation.

Julia Ballas, orthopaedic patient navigator at TMH who co-coordinated the dunking booth fundraiser with Marilyn Hollenbaugh, said the employee who raises the most money gets a prize.

”This was a fun way to raise money for a good cause,” she said.

The dunking booth was the only paid item at the TMH’s annual four-hour Orthopedic and Safety Fair as all other events and happenings were free to the public.

The event also included a variety of health and safety displays, health screenings, giveaways, safety and health information, a blood drive for the American Red Cross, kids’ fingerprinting, a smoke safety trailer and bike and car seat safety tips.

Gia Ramsey, an injury prevention specialist with Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Coalition, helped Howland Fire Inspector Kelly McGilton fit bike helmets on children.

”It’s important that the helmets fit properly on each child’s head,” Ramsey said also stressing to parents the importance of safe car seats for children which also were displayed.

Orthopedic and physicians and staff were on hand to answer questions and learn new innovations in orthopedic care, knee and hip replacements, occupational therapy and the latest advancements in technology.