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| Monday, April 14, 2008

ACMH department earns accreditation

The ACMH Hospital Cardiopulmonary Department received accreditation status on Feb. 20 by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) after a voluntary review process. The process included a peer review of daily operations as well as a review by experts of echocardiogram (a non-invasive ultrasound procedure used to examine the heart) sample performed at ACMH.

Accreditation is granted only to those facilities found to be providing quality patient care and is subject to renewal every three years.

For a complete listing of departments at ACMH Hospital that have received accreditation and the agency responsible for the status, go to www.acmh .org/accreditationstatus.

Hospital joins care program

ACMH Hospital will join forces with “CARE FOR PA” to encourage Pennsylvanians to make advance health care decisions on Wednesday. Healthcare Decisions Day will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the ACMH Hospital Continuing Education Classroom. For help in completing the form, call 724-543-8837 to schedule a time. There will be giveaways and refreshments will be served.

Elderton school holds health fair

Elderton High School presents its annual health fair 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday in the school's gymnasium. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and there will be many activities including bone density tests, body mass indexes, blood pressure readings, and learning how to make lip gloss and bubble gum. Organizations in attendance include ACMH Hospital, American Heart Association, and Tobacco Coalition and others. Questions may be directed to Ashton Wright at 724-763-1610 or Elderton High School at 724-354-2153.

IUP counseling center offers workshop

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Counselor Training and Services is sponsoring a one-day workshop by a past president of the American Counseling Association. Dr. David Capuzzi, a leader in the counseling profession and a national expert on adolescent suicide, will conduct a one-day workshop titled “Youth Suicide: Prevention and Case Management” in Indiana on April 29. The workshop will be held at the IUP Eberly Auditorium from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Continuing education (NBCC and Act 48) credits are available. Registration by credit card is available by contacting CCTS at 724-357-3807 or by calling the IUP Research Institute at 724-357-2223. Additional information can be obtained by emailing CCTS at ccts-coun@iup.edu.

Cancer support group offered

A monthly Women's Cancer Support Group will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Richard G. Laube Cancer Center. Dr. Sharon Cowden, a pediatrician and breast cancer survivor, will present information on exercises to help breast cancer survivors regain upper body strength and flexibility. She will distribute her newly released Strength and Courage Exercise DVD to breast cancer patients. Questions may be directed to 724-543-8682.

ACMH retirees sets meeting

The monthly luncheon for the ACMH Hospital Retirees will be held at noon Wednesday at the Cadet Restaurant, state Route 422, Kittanning.

Red Cross sets classes, blood drives

The American Red Cross classes offered for April at 418 Third Ave., Suite 4, Ford City, are: 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, First Aid Recertification; 6-10 p.m. April 28, Adult Child Infant CPR AED Training; 6-10 p.m. April 29, First Aid. For more information, call 724-763-2272.

Classes available on request are lifeguard management, baby-sitting, and adult, child and infant automated external defibrillation. To make arrangements, call the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 724-763-2272.

The American Red Cross blood drives for April are: 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, In memory of Mary Jane Cader, Manor Township Municipal Building, 306 Byron St., McGrann; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 19, Apollo Hose Co. 3, 707 N. Fifth St., Apollo.

Senior driving classes offered

Seniors for Safe Driving holds highway safety education programs for those 55 years of age and older. The programs being presented are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and upon completion makes seniors eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums across the board for a period of three years. This discount is mandated by Pennsylvania state law.

The times, dates and class locations are:

• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednes-day and April 23 at Concordia Lutheran Services, Cabot;

• 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday at ACMH Hospital, East Franklin;

• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 24 at St. Andrews Village, Indiana.

For information and to register call 800-559-4880 or 724-283-0245. The fax number is 724-284-8845. Register online at www.seniorsforsafedriving.com, or mail to Seniors for Safe Driving, P.O. Box 2132, Butler, PA 16003.

Make-a-Wish seeks more volunteers

Due to a growing number of wish requests, the Make-A-Wish FoundationÆ of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is in need of individuals in Armstrong County to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship, in order to assist with wish fulfillment.

As members of “wish teams,” volunteers meet with the wish child's family, act as a liaison between the Foundation staff and the family, and aid in determining the most suitable wish for the child. In order to become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Attendance at one four-hour volunteer training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. This training will familiarize the prospective volunteer with his or her duties to the Foundation and the families. To register for the upcoming spring training, call the Make-A-Wish Office at 412-471-9474.

For information on how to refer children or to volunteer, call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 800-676-WISH or visit its Web site at www.wishgreaterpa.org.

Support groups meet in Kittanning

These groups are sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Armstrong County and meet in Kittanning:

• Depression support group: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the MHA office, 150 S. Jefferson St. The next Anger group on Wednesdays will resume after registrations are held. To sign up, call 724-548-5054.

VNA Hospice offers support group

Weathering Grief, a monthly support group, will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Armstrong County Health Center Adult Day Care Center, 265 S. McKean St., Kittanning. This meeting is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. There is no fee. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month. The event is sponsored by VNA Hospice, Western Pennsylvania. Details: Jolene, 800-245-3042 or 724-431-3520.

Precious Dreams, a pregnancy-loss support group, will meet the second Tuesday of each month at ACMH Hospital in Conference Room 1 on the second floor. The next meeting is 7-8:30 p.m. May 13.

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