Library, hospital teaming up to serve community

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By MORGAN MANNS
STAFF WRITER

An unexpected business duo has partnered in an effort to better serve the community.
ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and Kaubisch Memorial Public Library have joined forces to offer a free blood pressure screening from 10-11:30 a.m. July 20 at the library, 205 Perry St.
“We’re always looking for other nonprofits or organizations who have the same desires as us to serve the community,” library Director Micheal Limer said. “It was a natural partnership for us.”
The hospital used to offer health screenings to the community; however, FCH Chief Operating Officer Tom Borer said they hadn’t in the past couple of years.
When Limer reached out to hospital officials late last year and offered the library’s facilities for health-care related meetings, screenings or events, officials thought it would be a good opportunity to reintroduce some form of health screenings.
“We thought about what we would be able to do that was something the community could benefit from and that spurred the idea of a simple blood pressure screening,” Borer said.
The screenings, which are open to the public, will take only a few minutes, according to Borer. A blood pressure cuff will go around the patient’s arm and hospital nurses will complete the screenings. If the patient’s blood pressure is too high or too low, the nurses will highly encourage the patients to follow up with their primary care provider.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 75 million — or 1 in 3 — American adults have high blood pressure, which was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014.
Blood pressure screenings are important for a variety of reasons, according to Borer, including catching hypertension in the early stages to prevent heart and kidney diseases as well as reduce the risk of strokes.
“Hypertension is a disease that is responsible for a number of deaths throughout the U.S. every year,” he said. “An easy way to help prevent it is to identify it and have it be treated.”
Other healthcare information will also be available during the event.
Both Limer and Borer agreed if the event is successful, they may continue partnering to offer healthcare services to area residents to better serve the community.
“We have overlapping goals and two heads are better than one,” Limer said.
“I think a lot of people get to the library and use the library and it’s a good venue for us,” Borer added. “We’re happy to do this collaboration with them and we’ll absolutely look to offer other things in the future if we get a good turnout.”
For more information on the event, call ProMedica Wellness at 419-436-6688.

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