CCMH to Celebrate Hospital Week

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital joins other health care facilities across the country to celebrate National Hospital Week May 9-15.

A week of activities is planned at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital to celebrate this national observance.

The hospital’s four Wellness Centers will be open to the public, free of charge, all week, excluding classes. Wellness Centers are located in Port Allegany, Smethport, Emporium and on the hospital campus in Coudersport and all have a variety of aerobic and strength training equipment.

An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., May 10 at Integrated Internal Medicine and Dr. Prince’s ear, nose and throat practice in the Irwin Medical Arts Center at CCMH. New and returning patients can schedule appointments at IIM, 274-5276; Dr. Prince, 274-5243.

The Emporium Wellness Center will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m., May 13. The event will include chair massages, door prizes and a Cole Care display.

The Coudersport Rotary Club and CCMH will hold a comprehensive blood analysis from 6 to 9 a.m., May 15 at the St. Eulalia Parish Center on Route 6, across from Sheetz. Screenings will include over 30 commonly requested blood tests including CBC, comprehensive, coronary risk, and liver function profiles. The cost for the screening is $45. A 12-hour fast is recommended. Optional tests include prostate specific antigen (PSA), $25, and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), $15. Appointments are required and can be made at www.charlescolehospital.com or by calling CCMH’s centralized scheduling at 260-5474 or toll free at 877/364-7905 from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Additional events include an employee day May 11, dedication of the Heart of Cole courtyard, and Relay for Life fundraiser Jail ‘n Bail and Bake Sale May 14.

Keeping health care in a positive light is part of the tradition of National Hospital Week, a celebration of care that dates back to 1921. That year, a magazine editor in Chicago suggested an annual open house for health care where a skeptical public could have see first hand the important work performed inside hospitals. The idea spread across the country and helped change the perception about hospitals from places of illness to places of healing. Today, National Hospital Week is the nation’s largest health care celebration.

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