Tri-State briefs

September 03, 2012

Health information phone survey to begin soon

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Residents of Franklin County and Shippensburg, Pa., will begin receiving telephone calls from Penn State’s Center for Survey Research as part of a Community Health Needs Assessment.

The survey will gather information about the community’s opinions, experiences and knowledge on a variety of health-related topics.

According to Barbara Constable, Summit Health’s vice president for community relations, the calls will be made to landlines and cellphones in the Franklin County and Shippensburg areas.

“If you receive a call from Penn State in the next month, please answer,” Constable said in a news release from Summit Health. “Your opinions and experiences are valuable to the future of health services in our area.

“Phone calls will continue through October, or until Penn State’s researchers receive 820 community responses,” Constable said.

Penn State completed the community focus group portion of their research in August.

Constable said the purpose of the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment is to identify strengths, gaps and opportunities in regard to the health needs of the community.
A community-based advisory group comprised of community members and community leaders representing school districts, state-funded organizations, area nonprofit groups, faith-based groups, higher education and local health systems have been working together to complete this research with Penn State.

Mammogram clinics scheduled for October

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — “Together We Can Knock Out Breast Cancer” is the theme for West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s upcoming discount mammogram clinics at City Hospital in Martinsburg and Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

The clinics will be each Saturday in October at City Hospital’s Breast Care Center and Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center.

The clinics will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hospital and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The screening mammograms, featuring digital technology, will be offered at a discounted community service fee of $60 (cash, check or credit card only), which includes the test and interpretation by a radiologist.

WVUH-East’s discounted mammogram program is open to those 35 and older. Although a physician’s order is not required to participate in the clinics, any patients without a physician will be assigned a physician to receive the test results. 

All patients participating in the screening mammogram clinics must register in advance.

To schedule a screening mammogram at City Hospital, call 304-264-1297.

To schedule a screening mammogram at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, call 304-724-5647.

Historic walking tours in Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Costumed Heritage Center volunteer Joe Hunt will lead walking tours of historic sites in downtown Chambersburg on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 22.

Each tour will begin at 10:15 a.m. Those interested in a tour should meet in the Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East. The cost is $5 per person. Advance registration is requested by calling 717-264-7101. Each tour is being offered twice for the scheduling convenience of interested participants.

The outside walks on Sept. 22 and 29 feature the Memorial Square fountain, the Founding Family Statue in Fort Chambers Park, the fort site, historic buildings and Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, where Chambersburg founder Benjamin Chambers’ family is buried. The walk continues past the Old Jail on East King Street.

The second tour, a new outside tour by Hunt, will be offered Oct. 6 and 13. It will include the first railroad station in Chambersburg, the Old Jail, the John Brown House, the second railroad station, the Rev. Denny House, the Kennedy Mansion, the Masonic Temple, the Old Market House, Merklein Hospital, Zion Reformed Church and the first public hospital in town.

Reception Tuesday to recognize Shepherd University faculty art show

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Shepherd University Scarborough Society, sponsored by the Shepherd Foundation, will host a reception Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in recognition of the faculty art show on display in the Scarborough Library Reading Room

The exhibit, which is on view through Sept. 21, is part of the ongoing Scarborough Art and Lecture Series at Shepherd. The reception and exhibit are open to the public.

The Scarborough Library exhibit is running in conjunction with a separate display of faculty works at Shepherd’s Frank Center Gallery. Several faculty members have submitted their work to be exhibited in the shows, which feature a wide range of media, including photography, printmaking and mixed media.

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