Alliance Goes Red

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

February 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Alliance Goes Red – ACH, AHA partner for women’s heart disease program

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.”

Alliance Goes Red – An Evening for Women

Alliance Goes Red for Women's Heart Health

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.

FREE Smoking Cessation Program offered at Alliance Community Hospital

Alliance Community Hospital is offering a FREE, four week smoking cessation program in conference room 1-B at the hospital. Classes are held on four consecutive Thursdays, January 9 – 30th, from 6 – 7 PM. Smoking cessation patches are NOT being offered as part of the program. For information or to register please call 330-596-7125.

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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

Becoming better balanced

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

November 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Photos by: Gayle Agnew, Alliance Review

Becoming better balanced – ACH physical therapist shares information on balance training

Becoming better balanced

Dr. Amber Somerville, OB/GYN, joins the Alliance Community Hospital staff.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Amber Somerville, OB/GYN, to the Alliance Community Hospital staff. The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

November 6, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Photo by: Kevin Graff, Alliance Review

Dr. Amber Sommerville joins Alliance Obstetrics

Alliance Community Hospital recently welcomed a new doctor to the team with the addition of obstetrician/gynecologist Amber Somerville, M.D.

Somerville, who grew up in Mogadore and lives in Green with her husband, Justin, joins Drs. Craig O’Dear and David Robinson at Alliance Obstetrics Inc., replacing Dr. Kwame Amponsah who returned to New Jersey after being on staff at Alliance since 2011.

“Dr. O’Dear and Dr. Robinson are great doctors and I’m really glad to work with them. They definitely have a good reputation in the community and they’re super busy, so it’ll be a really good practice to be with,” Somerville said. “Hopefully I can fill Dr. Amponsah’s footsteps because it seems like he was pretty well liked as well.”

Somerville graduated from Kent State University and NEOUCOM (now NEOMED) in Rootstown. She did her internship with Akron General Medical Center and spent four years in residency at Aultman Hospital, where she delivered more than 800 babies, including more than 20 sets of twins and even some triplets.

She said she chose OB/GYN while in medical school doing her rotations because it seemed to fit. “It’s fun delivering babies and being part of people’s lives,” she said of the specialty. “I liked (obstetrics) because you get to do a little bit of everything. You get to do surgery; you get to deliver babies; you get to be in the office; and you get to know your patients for a long time, which is nice.”

Somerville, who is now a veteran at delivering babies, called her first delivery in medical school fun but scary. She said though she is used to it now, births are still exciting because each one is different.

“I love when the dads are there and they cry, and I think it’s exciting when people don’t know what (gender) they’re having and they get to find out if it’s a boy or girl in the delivery room,” she said.

Somerville said her favorite part of her job is delivering babies for people she regularly sees in the office and has gotten a chance to really know.

She said the most difficult part is when people don’t have a good outcome with their pregnancies. “It’s really hard because you go from the happiest day of people’s lives to the absolute worst day of their lives. That’s definitely difficult,” she explained.

Somerville began to see patients Oct. 16 at the office located in the hospital’s Professional Office Building, 270 E. State St., Suite G100.

While they weren’t specifically looking for a female doctor, ACH public relations specialist Samantha Phillips said patients often ask if there is a female OB/GYN available, so the addition of Somerville now gives patients that new option. “You recruit the best doctor and she just happened to be female, so that worked out in our favor,” Phillips added.

For more information, call Alliance Obstetrics at 330-821-4869 or visit

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