Community Education

Our Community Education classes are FREE! Unless otherwise noted, register for these programs by calling 419-207-2563, leaving a name, contact information, and number of individuals attending. Or, feel free to email

"Healthy people do healthy things."
"Successful people get help and get started."
Are you ready to get healthy, get help, and get started?

April 23 - Hernia Update
Do you think you might have a hernia? Common symptoms for hernias include nausea, groin pain, and a bulge in the lower abdomen. Many people may walk around for years with a hernia. They either do not know it or they want to ignore it. The most common type of hernia occurs when there is a tear or weakness in the abdominal wall muscles and an organ (most often the intestines) or body fat may push out of its normal place in the abdomen. This bulge or protrusion is generally known as a hernia. Though hernias are often painless, they can cause discomfort and should never be ignored. Most hernias aren’t life threatening, but they don’t go away on their own. Without treatment they can become more painful. Sometimes they require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.
Join us Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 pm as University Hospital Medical Center’s surgeon Vineeta Gahlawat will explain the ins and outs of hernias and their treatments.This free presentation will be held at the UH Administrative Services Building 663 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805
Please register for this program by calling 419-207-2563 or e-mail

April 25 – Pain Therapy Update
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Pain is a warning that something is wrong. But once you have been alerted the pain goes away, right? Not according to my experience! UH Samaritan Pain Clinic provides advanced and comprehensive treatments for patients suffering from chronic and acute pain. Individualized treatment plans may include medications, injections and electrical stimulation, among other interventions and therapies.
One pain is not identical to another. Neither does one treatment fit every pain.
Join us April 25 at 5 pm to learn what’s available in your battle against pain.
This free presentation will be held at the UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805
Please register for this program by calling 419-207-2563 or email

May 1 -  Welcome to Medicare Event
Are you new to Medicare, or will you soon be eligible for Medicare?
If so, join UH Samaritan Medical Center and the Ohio Department of Insurance/Ohio Senior Health Insurance Program for a FREE "Welcome to Medicare Event."
The informative program will focus on:
- Traditional Medicare
- Medicare Advantage Plus
- Supplemental insurance policies
- Medicare Part D
- Prescription benefits
- Medicare Saving Plans and Low Income Subsidy (LIS) for financial needs
- Important Medicare timeframes
This program is in addition to the popular Medicare Update held at UH Samaritan on Main Street yearly in October.
Join us Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street in Ashland
Although this program is free, please register by calling 419-207-7874

May 7 - Chronic Kidney Disease
5:30 p.m.
Because your kidneys are highly adaptable and able to compensate for lost function, signs and symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease may not appear until irreversible damage has occurred. Chronic Kidney Disease can lead to: high blood pressure, fluid in your lungs (pulmonary edema), heart and blood vessel disease, weak bones and an increased risk of bone fractures, anemia, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction or reduced fertility, damage to your central nervous system, which can cause difficulty concentrating, personality changes or seizures… do I have your attention yet? Factors that may increase your risk of chronic kidney disease include: Diabetes, High blood pressure, Smoking, Obesity, Older age, and more. UH Samaritan’s Dr. Aaron Young specializes in Kidney diseases and is eager to fill you in on this sneaky foe.
This free presentation will be held at the UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805
Please register for this program by calling 419-207-2563  or email

May 21 - Music Therapy To Promote Relaxation For Stress Reduction
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Living with anxiety, feeling stressed or have difficulty relaxing at night? Join us to learn techniques in which music and sound can assist in inducing the relaxation response. While eliminating stress from our lives is an unrealistic goal, we can learn to spend time in a state of relaxation which can reduce the effects of stress and allow our bodies the opportunity to function at a more optimal level. The class includes an experiential music-assisted relaxation.
This free presentation will be held at the UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805
Please register for this program by calling 419-207-2563  or email

June 12 - Stroke Screening Event
Stroke has been called a Brain attack, similar to a heart attack, but in the brain. Many people die each year from strokes. Many more do not die, but suffer long-lasting effects.
What is your stroke risk?
June 12 UH Samaritan Medical Center is hosting a Stroke Screening Event.
Join us at the UH Administrative Services Building, 663 East Main Street in Ashland, between 4 and 6 pm for free Stroke Risk Assessment, including BMI, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and Cholesterol.
Then at 6 PM University Hospital’s Neurologist Dr. Aasef Shaikh will update us on stroke, and take your questions.
So remember, June 12, Free Stroke Screenings from 4-6pm, with Dr. Shaikh speaking at 6 pm
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email

Breathe easier by starting the year off right... get help to Stop Smoking
Libby Edwards, a respiratory therapist at UH Samaritan Medical Center, will be hosting smoking cessation classes several times a week at various locations in 2019.  Libby has personal experience with the struggle to quit smoking.  She smoked for 20 years, experimenting with tobacco at a young age.  Libby has been tobacco free for 6 years and would love the opportunity to assist you in attaining a tobacco free life.  In addition to smoking cigarettes, assistance is also available for oral and vaping nicotine addiction. 
Classes will be held every Monday at the Ashland Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center (527 East Liberty St.) in Ashland from 5pm-7pm.  Every Wednesday, Libby will host classes at UH Samaritan Medical Center (1025 Center Street) in the East Tower Conference Room (enter through the Emergency Room entrance, take the elevator to the lower level, turn right to the room at the end of the hallway on the right) from 6pm-7pm.  Additionally, each Thursday of the month, classes will be hosted at the UH Samaritan Kettering Building (546 North Union Street) in Loudonville from 5pm-7pm. These classes will be ongoing throughout the entire year and you may join at any time. Registration is appreciated, but not required.  One-on-one assistance is also available Monday-Friday by appointment at UH Samaritan Medical Center from 10am-4pm.
Please talk to your family doctor about which nicotine replacement is best for you and what your insurance will cover for cost of medication or nicotine replacement products.  Patches, gum and lozenges are also available without a prescription at most local drug stores. UH Samaritan Medical Center does not endorse any certain medication or nicotine replacement product.
For a sneak peek or to learn from home about smoking cessation, please join the UH Samaritan Medical Center Facebook group and follow Libby’s weekly Care About Your Air series.  Care About Your Air airs live every Friday at 3pm and is available for viewing on Facebook thereafter.If you have any questions, please call Libby at 419-207-2303.  For an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 419-281-0491.  Appointments are offered at no cost to the community.

1 p.m.
The informal group setting provides a relaxed environment to share concerns and experiences for ongoing help, advice and support. Family members and caregivers are welcome to join us as well.
East Tower conference room, UH Samaritan Medical Center 1025 Center Street in Ashland.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453

Every Friday, 4PM. Hospital East Tower Conference Room
Can I strengthen my lungs to avoid future problems? Can I control my breathing? Is there any way to do breathing exercises that is not boring? Harmonica Choir is open to the public for those with COPD (and their spouses or caregivers). who are interest in playing the harmonica.
UH Samaritan Medical pulmonary rehab room 1025 Center Street Ashland, Ohio 44805

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 10 a.m. Participants receive a pedometer and walk with Respiratory Therapist supervision. Therapists monitor heart rate and SPO2 before and after walking as well as keep record of steps accomplished each time for goal setting and monthly progress report.
Open to anyone in the community that has COPD and would like to participate.
Kroc Center, East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805.
Time and place subject to change! Please call for update before you join us.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453.