April brings the promise of longer days, warm weather, and health!
World Health Day is April 7, and Chester County Hospital has a month filled with virtual health and wellness offerings to support your individual well-being journeys – both physically and digitally. We’re excited to offer a special presentation about Protecting Your Personal Information Online with Elizabeth Doan, the Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Link Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources.
Also, the hospital will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 22 in partnership with the West Goshen Police Department and Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services.
Just one day prior on April 21, join Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services, Good Fellowship and Ambulance Training Center, and Kacie’s Cause for an important presentation and training on the Opioid Epidemic and NARCAN.
We hope the spring brings you many opportunities for smiles, sunshine, and good health and hope to see you soon!
- Protecting Your Personal Information on April 21 from 6-7 PM: Learn how to lock down your credit; avoid phone, mail, love, fortune, skimmer and COVID scams; and keep cyber criminals out of your life.
- Opioid Epidemic and NARCAN Training on April 21 from 6-7:30 PM: Chester County Hospital has partnered with the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services to reduce the incidence of accidental drug overdoses. Join us to learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and how to access treatment in Chester County. All attendees will receive training on how to use life-saving NARCAN (naloxone) nasal spray, and free naloxone will also be provided to all registrants. Registration is required. Limited availability of NARCAN.
- Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drug Take Back Event on April 22 from 4:30-7 PM: This special event provides community members with a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unwanted and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. Products accepted include prescription and over-the-counter medications, tablets and capsules, prescription patches, medical creams and ointments, vitamins, nasal sprays, pet medications, and liquid medications in the original bottle. Products not accepted include intravenous solutions, hydrogen peroxide, compressed cylinders or aerosols, iodine-containing medications, thermometers, and alcohol. Before disposing of prescription medicines, remove all personal information on bottle labels and medicine packaging.
- A Sunny Outlook for a Dark Disease: Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Treatment on April 26 from 6-7 PM: According to the American Cancer Society, every year more skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, and the number of skin cancer cases has been increasing. Join board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sarah Todd to discuss the best ways to prevent skin cancer, as well as tricks and tools for early diagnosis and treatment.
- Cancer Support Groups: The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital offers online support groups to help patients deal with the often-overwhelming emotional effects of cancer. Support groups include Living with Breast Cancer, Caregiver Support, Gynecology Oncology Support, and Survivorship Next Step Series.
Weight Management and Nutrition
- Struggles and Solutions on April 12 from 5:15-6:15 PM: A Registered Dietitian will lead a discussion on an interesting, timely, and immediately useful topic about food, activity, and wellness. Program provides ideas and encouragement for anyone on a journey to lose weight or begin to live a healthier lifestyle.
- Supermarket Savvy: Gut Health – Fiber and Probiotics on April 28 from 6-7:15 PM: Want to eat right, but just not sure how to shop right? Join a ShopRite registered dietitian to learn how to purchase healthy food without giving up taste, convenience, and most importantly the fun of eating.
- Stop Smoking Now! from April 6 to May 18 from 6:30-8 PM: Education, behavior modification, and relaxation techniques help participants become nonsmokers during this free, seven-week smoking cessation program. Free nicotine patches also available.
- Stop Smoking Now! from April 15 to May 27 from 10-11:30 AM: Education, behavior modification, and relaxation techniques help participants become nonsmokers during this free, seven-week smoking cessation program. Free nicotine patches also available.
- Bones and Joints: Common Hand and Upper Extremity Problems on April 13 from 6-7:30 PM: Join our board-certified orthopaedic surgeon to learn about the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments for pain. These include medications, injections, small incision joint replacement, and other state-of-the-art advancements. A physical rehabilitation specialist will also be on hand to offer suggestions for how to stay strong to alleviate pain.
Diabetes Prevention and Management
- Reversing Pre-Diabetes on April 7 from 6-7:30 PM: More than 88 million Americans have pre-diabetes. This program teaches you how to change your lifestyle and reduce your risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Prevent Diabetes from April 22 to June 10 from 6-7:30 PM: This eight-week program empowers people who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes to take charge of their health and well-being. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity – as well as problem-solving, stress-reduction, and coping skills – into their daily lives.
- Diabetes Support Group: This monthly support group is for individuals living with the day-to-day challenges of diabetes. You and your family members can join us for ongoing support, share your experience with others, and receive updates in diabetes management.
- Hands-Only CPR on April 15 from 12-1:15 PM: By learning Hands-Only CPR (CPR without mouth breathing), you can increase confidence and reduce hesitation in life-saving situations. This training also includes education on early heart attack signs and symptoms.
- Heart & Vascular Support Groups: Chester County Hospital offers a variety of cardiovascular support groups, including Living with Heart Failure, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), and a general Cardiac support group that is open to all cardiac patients and their families.