Your Health Briefs

Free diabetic vision

screening offered today

PENNSDALE – A free vision and glaucoma screening will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.

It is held on American Diabetes Association Alert Day and is sponsored by Susquehanna Health.

Individuals who are not diabetic may participate. To register, call 1-877-883-4791.

Get an all-inclusive blood screening this week

LOCK HAVEN – Susquehanna Health will offer low-cost blood screenings from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Medical Plaza, 610 High St.

The screenings provide important information that helps people be proactive about their health. Participants must consult with their physicians about what test(s) may be most beneficial for them.

Cash, check or credit card payment is required at the time of service, and registration is required in advance by calling 321-3210.

Kick Butts Day display planned at Lycoming Mall

PENNSDALE – A smoking cessation display in recognition of Kick Butts Day will be available Wednesday at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall for individuals interested in information to help kick the smoking habit.

Free classes on mental illness scheduled in Williamsport

NAMI Lycoming is sponsoring a free Family-To-Family Education program beginning April 1. It is designed for family members, partners and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness.

The series of 12 educational classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through June 24 at the Sharwell Building, 200 East St.

Registration is required in advance by calling Rae Weber at 326-7895.

Health care reform topic

at annual Fasano Lecture

LEWISBURG – Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, renowned voice of health care reform, will deliver this year’s Fasano Memorial lecture, titled “The Affordable Care Act and the Future of the American Healthcare System,” at 7 p.m. April 2 at Bucknell University.

The fourth annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held in Trout Auditorium at the Vaughan Literature Building. It is free and open to the public.

Emanuel will discuss the pressing need for health care reform, key innovations in the Affordable Care Act and how they are likely to impact the actual delivery of care. From improving efficiency with electronic health records to restructuring care delivery, Emanuel will provide an insider’s view of the vision driving health care reform, the challenges looming, and the future of American medicine.

From February 2009 to January 2011, Emanuel was a special adviser for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about healthcare, he had a significant impact on federal health care budgets and the Affordable Care Act.

Fasano practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1973. He worked as a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Dr. Domenick Ronco. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which now has 26 practice sites throughout central Pennsylvania.

Certify in Advanced Cardiac Life Support

WELLSBORO – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will offer a two-day certification class in Advanced Cardiac Life Support from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3-4 in its first-floor conference room. Class size is limited and registration is required.

The ACLS Provider Course is designed to provide registered nurses, physicians and paramedics with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation-ventricular tachycardia arrest. The course instructor is Dr. Donald Shaw.

For more information or to register, call Brenda Shumway in the Staff Development office at 723-0192, or visit and click on the Health Classes-Screenings link.

Evangelical offers medication reviews

Individuals, especially those with multiple conditions requiring numerous medications, should get a “medication check-up” at least once a year.

Alan Griswold, registered pharmacist at Evangelical Community Hospital, will hold three brown bag medication reviews at local senior centers to meet one-on-one with individuals to look closely at their current medications.

The session will evaluate prescribed medications along with over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies to determine whether all are needed, if there is the potential for drug interactions or if dosage adjustments are required.

Individuals taking part in the review should bring all prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications taken on a regular basis, vitamins and supplements and be prepared to talk about medication taking habits or concerns.

No appointment is needed.

The reviews will be held at the following locations from 9:30 a.m. until noon:

April 11 at the West End Senior Center on Route 235 in Laurelton;

April 18 at the Beaver Springs Senior Center, 5 Elm St., Beaver Springs; and

April 19 at the Penns Creek Adult Resource Center, 3559 Richard Road, Penns Creek.

Your Health Briefs

Evangelical sets March classes

LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of classes through the month of March. They include:

Prepared Childbirth Class – 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13-April 10 at the Community Health Education Center. Fee applies.

Teen Prepared Childbirth Class – 4 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 at the Community Health Education Center. Fee applies.

Prepared Childbirth Refresher Class – Call 764-3200 to schedule a class. Fee applies.

Prenatal Breastfeeding – 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Community Health Education Center. Fee applies.

Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED – 6 to 10 p.m. March 11 at the Community Health Education Center. This course is for people who want to learn how to give CPR to an adult, child and infant; how to use an AED; how to assess and phone the emergency response system; and how to assist a choking victim. Fee applies.

Weis Markets Grocery Tours – “Eating Well,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 13 and “Going Gluten Free,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 27, at Weis Markets, Route 15, Lewisburg. Navigate the aisles with a Weis dietitian and learn how to make nutritious food choices. All tour participants receive a gift pack featuring exclusive coupons and smart shopping resources. Call 988-3025 for information. Space is limited and registration is required.

Pre-Diabetes Program – 1 to 3 p.m. March 13 at the Community Health Education Center. Learn what you can do now to delay or avoid Type 2 diabetes. Call 522-2893 to register.

To register for classes, call Community Health Education at 768-3200 or visit

Discussion planned on office ergonomics

HUGHESVILLE – A presentation on office ergonomics will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 7 at PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, 123 W. Academy St.

Physical therapist Jeff Hiserman will discuss the best techniques and equipment to help keep pain at bay throughout long hours in the office. He is with PHOENIX’s Danville office.

A question and answer session will be held afterward, and refreshments will be served.

To register for the free presentation, call 584-2272.

Blood tests to be offered for a fee

LOCK HAVEN – The Rotary Club of Lock Haven will sponsor its 38th annual AMBA community wellness health screen blood testing from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday and March 16 at the former Lock Haven High School gym, 340 W. Main St.

On Saturday, a mini-health fair will be staffed by physician assistant degree program students from Lock Haven University.

The full AMBA blood panel consists of tests for coronary disease, diabetes, anemia, kidney disease, liver disease, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphorus, potassium and sodium levels. The cost is less than $40 for the full panel. Individuals must fast for 13 hours prior to their test.

Also available at additional costs are five specialized tests, and a separate fee of $5 will be charged to cover advertising and refreshment costs.

Schedule an appointment by calling 800-234-8888 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn medicines’ ‘label-ese’

PENNSDALE – Susquehanna Health’s Spirit of Women program will hold “Learn Label-ese,” an educational discussion targeted toward helping patients understand drug labels, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 12 at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.

Craig Konzen, pharmacist with Susquehanna Health Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, will discuss allergic reactions, food and drug interactions, drug-to-drug interactions and how to read and understand product labels. Konzen has been a pharmacist with the hospital for eight years, serving the community through his comprehensive knowledge of both pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies.

Light refreshments will be served at the event, which is co-sponsored by BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. To register, call 877-883-4791.

Learn how to understand a newborn

WELLSBORO – A free Expectant Parents class titled “Understanding and Caring for Your Newborn” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 12 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

For more information, call 723-0375.