The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 18, 2014

For your health from Feb. 11, 2014

Herald staff

- — Blood drives

• Central Blood Bank holds a community blood drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. at Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township. Call 724-450-7191; walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Most medications are acceptable, and blood donations can be made every 56 days.

• The American Red Cross holds a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road, Hermitage. Blood drives are held there the first and third Thursdays of each month. Make an appointment at or call 1-800-RED CROSS to find drives that accept double red donors.


• Sharon Regional Health System presents a free foot and ankle screen from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Brookfield Family Medicine Center, 7264 Warren-Sharon Road. Dr. James LaPolla, foot and ankle surgeon, will conduct the screens. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

• Sharon Regional Health System offers free pediatric developmental screening or infant/child speech language skills, gross motor skills and eye-hand coordination from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Hermitage. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

• Sharon Regional Health System presents free screenings for peripheral vascular disease from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Hermitage. Dr. John Ambrosino, specialist in vascular surgery, will read results. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.


• Primary Health Network offers Affordable Care Act application assistance at these times and locations:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 in Community Library of the Shenango Valley, 11 N. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 in The Primary Health Network Community Foundation, 60 Pitt St., Sharon, formerly the Civic Center.

Learn step by step how to enroll for health care free of charge.

Walk-ins welcome. Items you will need to take are: Driver’s license, Social Security card, most recent tax return, current income information and email address/password (if applicable).

Information or to schedule an appointment, call 855-456-5685 or email

• UPMC Horizon offers these programs:

Silver and Fit, 1 to 2 p.m. today and Thursday, Wellness Center, 26 Conneaut Lake Road, Hempfield Township. Info: 724-588-3001.

Birth Place tours, 9 to 10 a.m. today, hospital in Farrell. Register: 724-983-7962.

• Sharon Regional Health System offers these programs in the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Hermitage, unless otherwise noted:

Bariatric Surgery Informational Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Dr. Sheetal Nijhawan, director of the bariatric surgery program, will speak. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

Highmark Senior Products at 11 a.m. Feb. 26. Register: 800-978-6590.

Tours of the Birthing Center in the hospital, 740 E. State St., Sharon, daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Appointments: 724-983-3927 or for a virtual tour of the Birthing Center.

Support groups

• Cancer Support Group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today in conference Room 1 of UPMC Horizon, Farrell.

• Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets at 6 p.m. today in UPMC Horizon’s Womancare Center, Hermitage.

• The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders holds a support group meeting for men and women with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and their families and friends at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays (except for holidays) in the Founders Room of Notre Dame Church, Hermitage. Info: Renee Zamary, 724-981-5435 or

• Grove City Medical Center is forming an Alzheimer’s support group, which will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 in the Pine Township hospital’s conference room C. The group will be led by Debbie Iliff, community outreach coordinator and trained facilitator. Info: Debbie Iliff 724-450-7193.

• Compassionate Friends Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Sharon Regional Health System’s Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Hermitage. Registration or info: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

• Bereavement Support Group or those grieving the death of a loved one meets at 6 p.m. todayFeb. 18 in Behavioral Health Services, Hermitage. Registration or info: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.


• UPMC Horizon offers a Lamaze Refresher Prenatal Class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in conference Room 2 of the hospital in Farrell.

• Quota of Shenango Valley and Sharon Regional Health System sponsor an American Sign Language I sign language class beginning March 6 in the Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Hermitage. There is a $20 fee. Register: 724-983-5518.

• Sharon Regional Health System hosts these classes:

TOPS, or Take Pounds off Sensibly, meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Hermitage. Weigh-ins begin at 8:30 a.m. There is a fee but the first class is free. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

The Women’s Center of Sharon Regional presents Prepared Childbirth Series from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through February. Women must be no less than 26 weeks pregnant and up to 37 weeks. Kim Stephenson, childbirth educator, is the instructor. Register: 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.

• New Healthcare Provider CPR Class at 4 p.m. today in the School of Nursing, 740 E. State St., Sharon. There is a $50 fee. Register: 724-983-CPR1.