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 steven.baldridge@uhhospitals.org

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

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.
June 12, Free Stroke Screenings from 4-6pm, with Dr. Shaikh speaking at 6 pm
UH Administrative Services Building 663 East Main Street
Additionally during this event, Music Therapist Angel Foss will be offering samples of Drums Alive! to introduce us to this great program this program. 
Drums Alive! (For Seniors) classes will then be held every other Wednesday at 1:00 pm through August.
Register for this FREE Stroke Screening by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

July 9 - Advanced Therapies in COPD
Dr. Robert Schilz, Pulmonary and Critical care specialist from UH Cleveland Medical Center, is presenting “Advanced Therapies in COPD” at UH Samaritan here in Ashland. University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute offers a renowned Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program aimed at helping patients to improve breathing and cope with chronic lung disorders of many kinds. This is a great individualized program that has benefited many people who struggle with chronic lung disease. Additionally, for some people, more advanced bronchoscopic and surgical options for the treatment of emphysema/COPD may be appropriate. These advanced options will be the focus of Dr. Schilz’s discussion.  
Join us Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 pm, East Tower Conference Room, UH Samaritan Medical Center, 1025 Center Street in Ashland. For questions and to register for this free session call: 419-207-2563 or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

July 10 - FIRST AID FOR COACHES
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
2 Sessions - 10 am or 7 pm
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805

UH Samaritan Medical Center is offering First Aid for Coaches, an ODE approved pupil activity program.
A CPR class will follow for those interested.
The cost is FREE to school coaches under our Athletic Training program (Ashland, Black River, Hillsdale, Loudonville, Mapleton and New London). For coaches not in the program, a $45 fee must be paid prior to the class for ODE credit.  Make checks payable to UH Samaritan Medical Center and mail to:
UH Samaritan Medical Center
c/o Steve Baldridge 
1025 Center Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
To register please email your Name, School, Date of Birth, Date/Time of the class you are attending, and indicate whether or not you plan on attending the CPR class:
Steven.Baldridge@uhhospitals.org
For questions, please call 419-207-7851

August 8 - MEMORY MENDING AND BRAIN BUILDING
Ask 10 people what they fear most about getting older. 9 of them will have Memory Problems near the top of the list. Join UH Samaritan’s Steve Baldridge, RN as he takes a deep dive into some of the latest research about how our brains work, ways to maintain our brain function, and even improve our thinking and memories.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
5:30 p.m.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

August 22 - LABEL READING 101
Young - or not, healthy - or not, diabetic - or not, we all know we should pay attention to the food we eat. Whether you have been trying to eat better for decades or this is all new to you, UH Samaritan's dietitian Taylor Hause, RDN LD will help you decipher the important information found on everyday food labels when she presents “Label Reading 101”.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:30 p.m.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

August 24 - UH SAMARITAN FREE HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR
FREE screenings will include Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Balance, Stroke Risk Assessment… and more. Speak with professionals from the UH Samaritan Pain Clinic, UH Samaritan Music Therapy, UH Samaritan Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapy…
Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

September 12 - MOOD DISORDERS: WHEN WILL IT END?
Contrary to what social media may lead you to believe, nobody is happy all the time. We all experience emotional ups and downs. But what is normal and when should you be concerned?
UH Samaritan’s Todd Yordy, MA, LPCC-S will present “Mood Disorders: When will it end?” Todd will tell cover Major Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and more.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

FREE VASCULAR SCREENING EVENT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14. 2019
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a serious condition that occur when blood flow through the legs and feet is restricted. PAD can cause pain and cramping that can make walking – and life – miserable. In extreme case PAD can lead to loss of a leg or foot to amputation.
Find out if you qualify for a free screening:
Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 1-800-883-3674 to schedule.

September 26 - MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE OPIOID CRISIS THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE PAIN MANAGEMENT
The opioid crisis and drug epidemic we see in the news is actually on our doorstep. Our community is fortunate to have the professionals from the UH Samaritan Pain Clinic as a resource, not only to help us control our own pain but also to help decrease the amount of opioids on the market. For your pain and for the public good, join us for this free presentation.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:30 p.m.
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Register for this FREE program by calling 419-207-2563  or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org

October 9 - FIRST AID FOR COACHES
10 am 
UH Administrative Services Building
663 East Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805

UH Samaritan Medical Center is offering First Aid for Coaches, an ODE approved pupil activity program.
A CPR class will follow for those interested.
The cost is FREE to school coaches under our Athletic Training program (Ashland, Black River, Hillsdale, Loudonville, Mapleton and New London). For coaches not in the program, a $45 fee must be paid prior to the class for ODE credit.  Make checks payable to UH Samaritan Medical Center and mail to:
UH Samaritan Medical Center
c/o Steve Baldridge 
1025 Center Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
To register please email your Name, School, Date of Birth, Date/Time of the class you are attending, and indicate whether or not you plan on attending the CPR class:
Steven.Baldridge@uhhospitals.org
For questions, please call 419-207-7851

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.

THE COPD COFFEE CLUB
2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
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

HARMONICA CHOIR
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

S.H.O.W. (SAMARITAN HOSPITAL ORANGE WALKERS)
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.