Community Education and Outreach
Since its founding, Wheeling Hospital has been committed to the community. By offering a variety of special programs, classes, awareness courses, support groups and screenings, the hospital reaches out to thousands of area residents yearly in an effort to create and maintain healthy and safe lifestyles.
In the Wheeling area, when thoughts turn to summer, they automatically turn to Safety Town. Since 1985, the popularity of this two-week safety program for children ages 4 and 5 has grown tremendously. It's almost become a "rite of passage" for a child before they begin kindergarten.
Safety Town teaches all aspects of safety to the children. It is presented with the assistance of the Wheeling Police Department, Wheeling Fire Department, Ohio County Schools, Wheeling Park playground, many enthusiastic teen instructors, and dedicated staff of Wheeling Hospital's dietary and maintenance departments.
The program is held during the summer months of June and July. The class size is limited to 40 children per session and there are two session per day. The times are 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Safety Town is held at the Howard Long Wellness Center. For more information call Beth Zebick, Community Education coordinator, at 304-243-3339.
Self Defense for Women
The three-session Self-Defense for Women class is held in the evenings. This class is set up for any woman of any age or physical abilities. The instructor is Art East, master instructor with Self Defense Systems International, and personal protection specialist. The fee is $30.
The class content includes:
- Statistics as to when incidents are more likely to occur.
- Parking lot safety.
- Self defense while standing, sitting, lying down.
- How to be aware of your surroundings.
- Myths and truths about when and where attacks usually occur.
- How weather affects the percentage of attacks.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing during this interactive class. For more information, call Beth Zebick, Community Education coordinator, at 304-243-3339.
Safe Sitter is an innovative, medically accurate babysitter training program designed to prepare adolescents in how to handle major and minor emergencies. Child safety and child care skills are the focus of the two-day course. Students must pass a rigorous written and practical test in order to fulfill the requirements of the course.
The program includes instruction in babysitting skills and techniques, including:
- CPR and choking.
- accident management.
- safety for the sitter.
- child development.
- the business of babysitting.
By imparting a nurturing attitude and teaching life-saving skills, Safe Sitter prepares today's teens to become tomorrow's successful parents. For more information call Beth Zebick, Community Education coordinator, at 304-243-3339.
Few things are more terrifying than being alone and having a potentially life-threatening condition, but Lifeline, a service at Wheeling Hospital, puts help right at patients' fingertips.
Lifeline provides an emergency response system that can be activated by pushing a button on a pendant transmitter worn by the subscriber, making it a lifeline for elderly or disabled people who live alone. The button alerts personnel at a monitoring center, who assess the situation and contact family, friends or neighbors.
Lifeline is a state-of-the art unit that allows for two-way conversations between the subscriber and the monitoring center, which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The center is normally able to send help within 60 seconds of receiving a signal.
The Lifeline system is made up of two parts - a main unit which connects to the telephone line and the pendant transmitter, which is worn around the subscriber's neck. When the button is pushed, it transmits a coded signal to the monitoring center, which immediately accesses a file of relevant information about the subscriber.
For information about Lifeline or to enroll in the program, contact Beth Zebick, Community Education coordinator, at 304-243-3339.
Boot Camp for Dads
Boot Camp for New Dads is an innovative, highly successful program designed to build confidence and prepare first-time fathers for the challenges of parenthood. Boot Camp's mission is to help dads get connected and positively involved with their new babies so they remain a strong and constructive force throughout their children's lives.
Strengthening the role of fathers is a key issue in today's community. Hospitals and health plans encourage the program because well-prepared dads strengthen the support systems for infants and moms at home. Boot Camp builds stronger fathers and gets new families off to a good start.
Boot Camp for New Dads is a two-hour workshop, taught by fathers. Utilizing a man-to-man training approach, veteran dads and their newborns orient "rookies" expecting their first babies. The program prepares men to be fathers, beginning with such basic training as holding and comforting a real infant.
The program is free to participants whose babies will be delivered at Wheeling Hospital, and $15 to those whose babies will be delivered elsewhere.
Boot Camp for New Days is held the second Saturday of every other month, 9:30 a.m. to noon. For more information or to schedule a workshop for a club, group or organization, contact the Community Education and Outreach Department at 304-243-3339.
The first Monday of each month the Howard Long Wellness Center hosts a cholesterol screening. This screening is available to members and nonmembers. The fee is $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Available times are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Each Monday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. the Howard Long Wellness offers free blood pressure screenings. This is also available to the public.
Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better, a group makeover workshop for female cancer patients, is held at Wheeling Hospital every other month.
The free workshop is for any woman who has recently finished or is undergoing cancer treatments. Cosponsored by Wheeling Hospital's Women's Center and the American Cancer Society, this public service program is dedicated to teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during treatment.
Participants receive instructional booklets and a complementary kit of cosmetics. Women who attend are encouraged to share makeup ideas and suggestions on how to deal with hair loss.
For more information, contact the Community Education and Outreach Department at 304-243-3339.
The Bosom Buddies series, sponsored by the Breast Center at Wheeling Hospital, meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Women's Center, located in Professional Center 4.
All women living with cancer, including those newly-diagnosed as well as survivors, are invited to participate. Those attending may also bring a support person.
Bosom Buddies participants are encouraged to share ideas, feelings and coping strategies, ask questions or just listen.
For more information, call the Breast Center at Wheeling Hospital at 304-243-5115.
Journey to Hope
Journey to Hope, cosponsored by Wheeling Hospital and Valley Hospice, is a seven-week bereavement support group that offers education, support and sharing for people who have experienced the death of a loved one.
- Self-help strategies.
- Stress management.
- Spiritual issues.
- The value of memories.
Journey to Hope meets semi-annually. For more information, call Wheeling Hospital Pastoral Care at 304-243-3244.
Breast Health Basics
If this is you: over the age of 40, over the age of 35 with a family history of breast cancer, uninsured or underinsured, this program may be able to help. You can receive resources for obtaining free screening mammograms and breast procedures will be professionally explained. Meetings take place in Conference Room D.
For more information and to register call 304-243-5115, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
Family and Friends CPR Anytime
Did you know that almost 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member? Fast, efficient CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. The 22-minute Family and Friends CPR Anytime program teaches CPR skills that could save a loved one's life. This free program is for people who do not need a course completion card to satisfy a work requirement. This event takes place at the Howard Long Wellness Center.
For more information and to register, call 304-243-3932.
Silver Sneakers is a fun, energizing program especially for older adults. This is offered to those who are eligible for Medicare or certain group retirees. Silver Sneakers helps seniors take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity. This gives opportunities for seniors to stay healthy and independent, as well as expand their social network and sharpen their minds. Those joining Silver Sneakers will be assisted in creating a plan to help assess their health. Choose their goals and track their fitness.
For more information on Silver Sneakers, call 304-242-9355.