VALLEYCARE ACQUIRES TWO MRI SYSTEMS: Two new MRI systems acquired by ValleyCare Health System of Ohio advances diagnostic medical imaging capabilities and services at ValleyCare Health Centers at Elm Road and Austintown.
For patients and physicians, the new 1.5 Tesla MRIs offer several advantages from high quality imaging and expanded capabilities for more accurate diagnosis, to high-resolution contrast-free Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and shorter exam times for increased patient safety and comfort.
The widest in the industry, the MRI can accommodate patients weighing up to 550 pounds. The patient's head remains outside of the gantry for most procedures, providing more breathing room and open view.
The ability to perform MRA procedures without contrast is another advantage. Renal arteries and other vasculature can be imaged non-invasively. For patients with compromised circulation and renal flow problems, the MRI provides dynamic images that show blood flow in motion.
Patient exams for the new MRI are now being scheduled at both Elm Road and Austintown with same-day appointments and radiologist interpretations.
MANAGING STRESS: The first monthly TMH Healthy Woman program, "Managing Stress: Your Heart, Health and the Holidays" is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 1, at Jen's Total Fitness, 8240 E. Market St., Howland.
Featured speaker is cardiologist Larry Woods. Dr. Deirdre Petrich, PsyCare, will talk about balancing work and family. There also will be a yoga demonstration, different displays and light refreshments.
Register for the free program at www.TrumbullMemorial.net/ HealthyWoman or call 330-841-5600.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET: Hopewell, a therapeutic farm located on 306-acres in Mesopotamia, will host its first Christmas open house at the Hopewell Farm and Craft Market, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Hopewell is a residential community that treats adults with serious mental illness and eventually transition to a more independent living situation. Organized in work teams, residents assume the major responsibilities for all aspects of the farm's daily work, which includes creating crafts and preparing eggs and produce to be sold at the store. The Hopewell Farm and Craft Market will be open through the holidays and will reopen in March.
For more information about the Christmas open house, Hopewell or to schedule a tour, contact Amy Mould at 440-567-8798 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OHIO PREMIER HEALTH SOLUTIONS PRESENTS MEDICARE EDUCATION: Ohio Premier Health Solutions will present Medicare education at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month at Ohio Premier Health Solutions, 458 High St. Warren.
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-394-7400.
MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. The group will provide information and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be served. For information, call Kevin at 330-306-8399.
FLU CLINIC HELD: A flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
NAMI PLANS MEETING: The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mahoning Valley daytime support group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Girard Free Library, corner of North Avenue and Broadway. The NAMI Mahoning Valley evening support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at D&E Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, call Dianna at 330-540-8583.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL TO MEET: The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the D&E Counseling Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, contact Jodi at 330-207-1385 or email@example.com.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: St. Joe's at the Mall is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542 unless otherwise noted.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: The Parkinson's Support Group meets on the second Thursday of every month, with a break during January and February. Each meeting features a stretch and exercise, an open forum for attendants and an educational presentation relevant to the lives of those living with Parkinson's and their caregivers. For more information, contact Cara Carramusa, director of therapy, at 330-746-2944, Ext. 1214.