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On August 6, the Medina County Health Department invited the community to attend a Health Center Open House at the Health Department, 4800 Ledgewood Drive in Medina, in celebration of National Health Center Week August 4 through August 10.

The staff, under the direction of Health Center Director Eleni Manousogiannakis, took this opportunity to conduct informative tours of the facility so the public could learn more about its services; much is available at the Center about which people are unaware, i.e. the state-of-the-art dental x-ray equipment.

The public was encouraged to take advantage of the free events planned for August 6, including not only the tours but also free blood pressure and oral health checks. A one-hour presentation instructed guests on the proper way to safely dispose of medicine that is no longer needed or has expired. Attendees received lunch and medication disposal bags.

On Friday, August 9, in conjunction with its annual Farmers' Market, the center conducted fun projects and activities for children, including the announcement of the coloring contest winner, and encouraged a Family Fun Walk, followed by a Senior Stroll, weather permitting. There was something for everyone.

The Health Center, comprised of a Medical section and a Dental section (both located in the Health Department) offers an impressive range of health services. Since the unveiling of its renovations one year ago, the Health Center "is able to accommodate all ages for primary care ranging from well-child checks to chronic disease management."

Anyone is welcome to seek medical attention and service. Most medical insurances are recognized, but the Center also sees the uninsured. Accompanying fees for service are reasonable. The Center takes appointments, and same day appointments are available. The Health Center does not perform surgical procedures, but it does coordinate specialty care with specialists in the community.

The medical area is serviced by Brenda Witsaman APNP (Nurse Practitioner), Dr. Thomas Lehner MD-Interim Medical Director, Mary Franklin-Nurse Midwife, and Margurite (Peg) DiMarco-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Dentists who give of their time are Dr. T. Scott McCune DDS, Dr. Steven Barket DMD, and Dr. Jennie Nichols DDS. Director of the Dental area is Bev Kreiner.

The Health Center hours of operation are: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Help is a phone call away: 330-723-9688, x735, or 888-723-9688, x735.