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Tobacco Cessation Program can help smokers quit for good

As part of its commitment to not just treat, but also prevent, disease, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) offers individual counseling and education for community members who wish to quit smoking.

The Tobacco Cessation Program at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine of Northwest Ohio, 1900 S Main St., Findlay, takes an evidence-based team approach tailored to each smoker’s individual needs. The dedicated team of “quit specialists” provides resources, education, medication support, accountability and encouragement for each step of the journey.

Different tools may work for different people, and some smokers may want guidance finding the right approach for them.

Dr. Grace Eberly joins Pediatric Associates of Northwest Ohio

Blanchard Valley Health System is pleased to announce that Dr. Grace Eberly has joined the teams at Caughman Health Center and Pediatric Associates of Northwest Ohio, divisions of the health system.

Dr. Eberly is welcoming new patients at 1800 North Blanchard Street, Suite 121, Findlay, and at 122 North Jackson Street, Bluffton.

Dr. Eberly earned a bachelor of science degree in world religions, with a minor in biological sciences, from Ohio University, followed by a medical degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio).

“I am honored to be joining the extraordinary providers and associates at Caughman Health Center, who make a difference in the lives of their patients each and every day,” Dr. Eberly said. “I am looking forward to providing care for area children and their families.”

BVHS receives two American Heart Association honors

Blanchard Valley Health System recently received two honors from the American Heart Association.

BVHS is the recipient of a Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver Award (Adult). Separately, the health system earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Blanchard Valley Pain Management expands to Kenton

Blanchard Valley Pain Management, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, is announcing it has expanded its services to provide pain management care in Kenton.

The new office, which is now scheduling patients, is located at 75 Washington Blvd., Kenton. Appointments can be made by calling 567-712-7741.

Weekend Doctor: Little Leage elbow

By Laura Durliat, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Julie A. Cole Rehab & Sports Medicine

It’s spring in northwest Ohio, and that means track, softball and baseball seasons are underway. Unfortunately, that also means injuries. A common injury, which occurs in young athletes, at this time of year is “little league elbow.” This occurs most commonly in the ages of nine to 14 because the bones of the elbow at this age are not fully developed. These young pitchers often have joint laxity, open growth plates and immature bones. Little league elbow occurs with overuse and repetitive throwing motions. This is an injury of the inside area (medial) elbow’s tendons, ligaments and or bones in the young throwing athlete. Repetitive throwing causes trauma and injury to the immature skeleton of young athletes causing an overload to the inside of the elbow. If left untreated, it could lead to a stress fracture (crack in the bone) at the head of the humerus caused by overuse.


Weekend Doctor: Don't say "resolutions"

By Maria Slack, MD
Allergy & Immunology Specialists of Northwest Ohio

New Year’s resolutions can feel overwhelming, and guilt-inducing if you can’t keep them. This year, why not assign yourself a few tasks to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2023?

The best way to tackle health challenges is in small bits, and that goes for allergy and asthma control too. The last few years have been hard on everyone, but you still want to figure out ways to improve your health routine. Making small, manageable adjustments are a great start to getting on a healthier path toward improvements in controlling allergies and asthma.