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Bridge Hospice tree lighting Dec. 5 and Dec. 11

Bridge Hospice will host their annual Light Up a Life tree-lighting ceremonies on the following dates this December:

• The Findlay ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Birchaven Village in The Chapel, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay.

• The Bowling Green ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Corner in the Georgian Room, 1069 Klotz Road, Bowling Green.

Light Up a Life is an event that honors loved ones and family members, both living and deceased, during the holiday season. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Bridge Hospice at 419.423.5351.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa at Bluffton Primary Care Dec. 4

Bluffton Primary Care, 161 Garau St., will host a community open house featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus on Monday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The community is invited to visit the newly renovated office and meet the physicians and care team.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. with the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Children who are visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus will receive a gift while supplies last.

The office is accepting new patients and offers evening appointments. To schedule an appointment call 419.369.2280.

Dr. Andre Gilbert receives juris doctor degree

Andre Gilbert, MD, at Blanchard Valley Urology Associates received his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Toledo in August of 2017.

Dr. Gilbert shared, “I began law school in an effort to challenge myself while learning about a new profession, but I am committed to my first calling and will continue to provide exceptional care to patients requiring urological services.”

Bridge Bereavement Services hosts “Facing the holidays after a loss"

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a presentation that focuses on how to cope with the loss of a loved one during the holiday season on Monday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 South Main St., Findlay. The presentation is free, open to the public and registration is not required.

This presentation will help the bereaved navigate the holiday season while enduring the pain of losing a loved one. Theresa Scherger, MSW, LSW, social worker with Bridge Home Health & Palliative Care will be presenting, with opportunity for discussion to follow.

Birchaven Village named a Best Nursing Home 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report

Birchaven Village has been named to the list of Best Nursing Homes 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third time Birchaven has been named to this prestigious list.

To qualify as a Best Nursing Home, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during 10 months of federal reports ending in August 2017 and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period, such as earning at least four stars in the CMS overall rating for all 10 months.

Bluffton Primary Care opens Monday

Dr. Leah Eiden's office opens at 161 Garau St., Bluffton

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System will open its new office, Bluffton Primary Care, 161 Garau St., on Monday, Nov. 13.

Renovations to the building are finishing this week.

“Blanchard Valley Medical Practices is proud to bring this service to our patients and the community, shared Kelly Shroll, president, Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. The opening of Bluffton Primary Care will continue our commitment to quality care.”

Dr. Leah Eiden will be re-locating her medical practice to Bluffton from Putnam County Primary Care in Ottawa. Dr. Eiden graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.