The heart of the matter – ACH to hold ‘Go Red’ event

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

February 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM

ACH to hold ‘Go Red’ event as part of American Hearth Month

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women

(Left to right) Teresa Lattanzi, Dr. Debra Lehrer, Senior VP Planetree Leadership, and Susan Lucas, Director of Public Relations/Foundation at ACH, hold signs representing the one in three women who die each year in the United States due to heart disease.

ACH After Hours Care Recently Opens in Alliance

On Monday, February 10th, ACH After Hours Care began providing urgent care services to Alliance and surrounding communities. The facility, located at 2461 W. State Street, Suite A, is a walk-in medical clinic which specializes in the prompt and efficient delivery of healthcare services for the treatment of minor injuries and illness.

Urgent care should be used when an individual (adult or child) is sick and his or her primary physician is not available or when the condition is not serious enough to visit the Emergency Room. ACH After Hours Care is a low cost alternative to an ER visit and offers patients immediate access to care at a local facility.

“Alliance Community Hospital is proud to offer this new option for healthcare to our city,” said Susan Lucas, Director of Public Relations/Foundation at ACH.

ACH After Hours Care will be open Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with weekend hours coming soon.

“The hours and location are a great convenience to those in our community who need medical care when their primary care physician is not available,” said Lucas.

The new facility will offer medical care for conditions that require immediate medical attention, but are not life or limb threatening, including:

  • Minor burns and lacerations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cough, colds and sore throats
  • Ear and sinus infections
  • Allergic and non-life threatening allergic reactions
  • Fever and flu
  • Skin irritations and rashes
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Animal bites
  • Broken bones (not complicated or life threatening)
  • Urinary tract infections, etc.
  • Sports and limited work physicals
  • Initial treatment of work-place injury (non-life threatening)

Individuals should seek treatment in the Emergency Room when their symptoms are life threatening such as: fainting or unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, sudden accident with serious injuries, changes in vision, confusion or changes in mental status, any sudden or severe pain, uncontrolled bleeding, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, coughing or vomiting blood, suicidal feelings or difficulty speaking.

“We are listening to our community,” said Lori Dipanfilo, Director of ACH After Hours Care. “It is the goal of ACH After Hours Care to provide high quality healthcare that is convenient for our community.”

ACH Volunteers sponsor “Have a Heart” food dive

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many will search for ways to show loved ones they are cared about. This year, the Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) volunteers are asking for your help to shower the community with love.

In recognition of Heart Month, the ACH volunteers will be sponsoring the “Have a Heart” food drive to benefit the Alliance Community Pantry, which assists in helping meet the needs of those struggling in our community.

“Our volunteers, who range in age from 16 to 93, open their hearts to help those in our community who are in need through a variety of activities throughout the year,” said Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services. “Helping others isn’t just part of what these wonderful individuals do on a daily basis, it’s part of who they are.”

While many donations are made to the pantry during the holiday season, those donations have already been used. Community donations are important throughout the year as they provide a variety of items that are typically not available to the individuals who benefit from the services of the pantry.

In 2013, 2,624 local families visited the Alliance Community Pantry a total of 18,154 times – an increase of 4% since 2012.  Of those families, 9,005 individuals benefited from the food they received. Last year the pantry gave away 931,000 pounds of food – an increase of 37% since 2012.

The “Have a Heart” food drive will take place from February 1st – February 15th. Community members wishing to donate are being asked to place donations of nonperishable foods and paper products in the box inside the hospital café. Please call the Volunteer Department at 330-596-7821 or 330-596-7822 for more information.

“Where there is a need, our volunteers are there, ready to help anyway they can,” said Quinn.

For more information about Alliance Community Hospital please go to or visit the hospital’s Facebook page.

(Left to right): ACH volunteers Barb Morgan and Eleanor Carver, along with Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Wendy Tabellion hold some of the food donations that have been collected thus far.

(Left to right): ACH volunteers Barb Morgan and Eleanor Carver, along with Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Wendy Tabellion hold some of the food donations that have been collected thus far.

Spreading Christmas Cheer at ACH Community Care Center

Alliance, Ohio – Christmas came five days early at Alliance Community Hospital’s (ACH) Community Care Center (CCC).

On Friday, December 20th, CCC residents, patients and family members filled the dining room for the annual CCC Christmas Party! Musical entertainment was provided by John King, who performed covers of modern country songs, as residents and staff danced. While it was not the traditional Christmas party many would expect, the atmosphere was energized and fun for all in attendance. Holiday refreshments were prepared by the ACH Nutritional Services Department.

The festivities were made even more special when Santa Claus made a surprise guest appearance! He spread holiday cheer and good wishes for the New Year as he greeted each party-goer. All of the children were invited to share their Christmas wishes with Santa and had the opportunity to have their picture taken. Then Santa presented each child with some early Christmas presents.

But the children weren’t the only ones on Santa’s nice list this year! With help from the CCC staff, Santa handed out presents to each of the residents and patients.

“The staff members of the Community Care Center and Alliance Community Hospital are so kind and generous to our residents; they provide the majority of the presents Santa handed out,” said Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director. “Every resident and patient at CCC received several gifts. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!”

The CommunityCareCenter is a 68-bed, extended-care facility that provides a home-like atmosphere and a competent and caring staff to its patients and residents. For more information about the services available at The Community Care Center or Alliance Community Hospital go to , like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more about the true stories of extraordinary, compassionate care that make Alliance Community Hospital the most patient-centered facility in the state of Ohio.

Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director, hands Santa a present for one of the CCC residents during the party.

Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director, hands Santa a present for one of the CCC residents during the party.

ACh Auxiliary holds annual Memory Tree of Lights event

Have you seen the Auxiliary Memory Tree in our lobby? Learn more about the significance and tradition of the tree in this article, which appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary holds annual Memory Tree of Lights event

Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice takes care of one of its own

Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice

Kay Bravis, center, is surrounded by Hospice nurses Doria Kisling, left, and Jan Fugate. Hospice has helped Bravis remain in her home despite her terminal cancer diagnosis.

 The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review:

 Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice takes care of one of its own

Alliance Visiting Nurse Association

Bravis holds a photo of her Marine grandson, David. The AVNAH and Hospice “Dream Team” helped make Bravis’ wish come true by providing her with the funds to make
 the trip to see her grandson graduate from boot camp.