Holzer recently held its Fifth Annual Go Red for Women Heart Luncheon in recognition of February as American Heart Month.
This year’s guest panel included Lori Cremeans, RN MSN CRRN CWOCN, Director Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, Holzer, Diana Shillington, Special Guest Panel Member, Sarah Ramsburg, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, Holzer, Darren Hayes, Exercise Physiologist, Holzer, Jennifer Spradlin, RN, Cardiac Registry, Holzer, Ramesh Chandra, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Holzer, and Robert Hess, MD, Emergency Services, Holzer.
A variety of heart health information was provided for those in attendance, including: signs and symptoms of a heart attack, when to go to the emergency room, nutrition for optimal heart health, what to expect in cardiac rehabilitation programs, and when to start looking at individual risk factors and establishing a relationship with a primary care provider. “It’s important for women to know their family history and start taking care of ourselves at an early age. We suggest women start knowing their cholesterol and health numbers at 25 years old,” stated Spradlin. “We must educate ourselves to not only recognize the symptoms of heart issues in our loved ones, but also ourselves. The more educated we are about heart health and when to seek assistance from health professionals, the better we will be.”
The American Heart Association provides the follow symptoms for women to be aware of:
Chest Discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other Areas of the Upper Body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs – May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
“There is a variety of online tools and screening resources available to gauge risk of heart disease,” stated Dr. Chandra. “We encourage everyone to talk to their primary care provider about his/her individual risk for developing cardiovascular problems. We want everyone to have the very best heart health possible.”
“Holzer has established wonderful relationships with our local emergency medical services personnel, and based on information provided by the EMS, we are able to call cardiovascular specialists in prior to the arrival of the ambulance if necessary,” continued Spradlin. “Our door to balloon time is better than national standards, providing our patients with the heart care needed in record time.”
“We encourage everyone to take their symptoms seriously,” stated Dr. Hess. “We would much rather have someone present to the emergency room to be sure that everything is okay, rather than have an individual ignore symptoms and end up with something more serious.”
For more information on this year’s event, visit www.holzer.org.
Holzer has initiated a program to recognize outstanding physicians within our health system. Patient feedback is gathered at each location regarding the service our physicians are providing for the communities. Patients and family members are encouraged to submit feedback on their physicians and the type of care they are receiving. One physician is selected quarterly who meets standards for quality, care, service, stewardship, teamwork, and provides a helpful and caring attitude.
For Fall Quarter 2016, Nabil Fahmy, MD, PhD, Holzer Internal Medicine, has been selected as the winner of the award. A patient of Dr. Fahmy stated the following: “I was not feeling well for days, and you not only worked me in, but stayed late to read my reports and called me after hours on a Friday night to check on me. You, I believe, have gone above and beyond to make sure your patients are ok. I just want to recognize you as a Super Doc. Thank you and God Bless you.”
Dr. Fahmy completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He joined Holzer in October 1994.
Dr. Fahmy sees patients at the Holzer Gallipolis location. For more information on the services provided at Holzer, visit www.holzer.org or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.
AUDITIONS FOR ARIEL SINGERS
THE MUSIC MAN
Saturday, February 18, 1-4 pm
The newly formed Ariel Singers together with the Children/Youth Chorus, announces its plan to present Meredith Willson’s hit musical The Music Man, in this, it’s 50th Anniversary Season, June 17, 2017 at the Ariel Opera House in downtown Gallipolis, Ohio.
Auditions for the production are Saturday, February 18 from 1-4 p.m., in the 3rd floor Chamber Theatre. Members must be able to match pitch and sing either unison melody or soprano, alto, tenor or bass. On Thursday, February 23rdat 7:00 p.m., choral rehearsals for the show will begin.
The show will require a cast of over 30 people, including townspeople and a marching band! Roles for both children and adults are available.
The Tony award winning Broadway musical and Oscar winning movie is about a con man (Robert Preston) coming to a small midwestern town to sell band instruments and uniforms to unsuspecting parents, but falls in love with Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones), the town librarian and music teacher. The show is full of hit songs and features barbershop music at its best.
Judy Cavendish, conductor of the choirs, will be the Musical Director of the production. Stage director, choreographer, and other technical staff will be announced soon. For more information, contact Judy at (443) 204-5312.
Gallia County Commissioners joined Holzer to declare February as American Heart Month.
The proclamation is as follows:
Whereas, we the Gallia County Commissioners, recognize the month of February as American Heart Month and February and do hereby encourage all citizens to wear red to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease; and Whereas, we recognize the extraordinary progress in heart health and recognize that more needs to be done in Gallia County to safeguard heart health for generations to come; and Whereas, cardiovascular disease accounts for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
Whereas, The American Heart Association projects the cost of treating heart disease in the United States will triple by 2030; and Whereas, keeping our communities healthy and promoting awareness of health issues including heart disease, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organization and groups in our community; and Whereas, heart health remains a priority for families, communities, and government, and our commitment to keeping our citizens, especially our women, healthy is stronger than ever; Therefore, be it Resolved that in recognition of the ongoing fight against heart disease we do hereby proclaim February as American Heart Month in Gallia County and urge everyone to show their support for the fight against heart disease.
Shown pictured: front row: left, Harold Montgomery, President, Gallia County Commission, and Lori Cremeans, Director, Holzer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services. Back row, left to right: Brent Saunders, Gallia County Commissioner, Kim Addis, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Christi Cremeans, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Becky Buckley, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Jennifer Spradlin, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Karrie Davison, Holzer Marketing Department, and David Smith, Vice President, Gallia County Commission.
Every community has its heroes and sometimes those in the past just need a little help being brought back to light.
The John Gee Black Historical Center has long been enlightening others about African America history and telling people in the Ohio Valley about the exploits of local entrepreneur, philanthropist and contractor John Gee. The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre will be holding a presentation telling his tale Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., open and free to the public. Area historian Elaine Armstrong will share Gee's story with assistance from The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
According to oral histories of Gallia County, in 1798 Gee was born in Cincinnati, his mother was a slave, his father was rumored to be William Henry Harrison (later to become a president of the United States of America). Gallipolis reporter Pinckney T. Wall recorded as much in his working notes. Harrison had 10 children with his wife and six with a slave (despite the fact slavery was outlawed by the Northwest Ordnance). John Gee was given to a Gen. James Findlay, a friend of Harrison, who took him north to the town of Findlay. It was during this period that he possibly learned the horse handling skills he later became well known for and possibly the construction skills he later parlayed into a successful business.
Oral history puts Gee in Gallipolis by 1818 although he did not appear in the Gallipolis census until 1822. Gallipolis is on the Ohio River and bordered what was then Virginia, a slave state. The western half of Virginia did not split off into a separate state until 1863 and Gee died in 1865 a month after the end of the Civil War. Most of his adult life he lived on the edge of a slave state with all the uncertainty that went with that.
Ohio had specific laws on the books concerning African Americans. If you raised chickens, you could not sell the eggs. African Americans were not allowed to have medicine in their houses as it was feared they would poison the whites. It was necessary to raise your own herbs to take care of ailments. It was against the law to congregate anywhere and in any numbers unless a white man was present. It was an oppressive time to be a person of color.
Yet, Gee managed to thrive during this time due to his skill, ingenuity and work ethic. It was in Gallipolis where his fame as a builder came about. He built houses, sturdy and strong houses of brick, some of which are still standing to this day. He began to buy up land and became the largest landowner in Gallipolis. His property started at the Ohio River and stretched westward out Pine Street and north on Second Ave. He bought land farther north of town and built a racetrack. He went farther west and started a farm. Besides houses, Gee laid the brick for the streets of Gallipolis and later built brick sidewalks.
Gee’s first wife was Barbara Stowers, herself a member of a "First Family of Gallipolis" and together they had 6 children. Their first, John Randolph Gee, went on to become a lawyer. It was stated in his obituary that William Henry Harrison was his grandfather. Barbara died in 1842 giving birth to their sixth child. African Americans could not be buried in the “white cemetery” on Pine Street. Gee had donated four acres of land across the street which became known as the “Colored Cemetery” and Barbara was buried there. This was one of his earliest known acts of charity. There are tombstones there that date back to the 1820s.
In the 1830 census he was listed as a “free person of color” and in the 1850 census he was listed as a “mulatto.”
Gee was committed to the church and named one of the first trustees of Bethel church in 1822. As the wooden building became dilapidated, Gee later donated the land across the street and began work on a fine new brick church in 1895 in Gallipolis on what is Pine Street. Gee died before he saw its completion. Several years after his death, it was renamed the John Gee African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in his honor. By 1998, membership had dwindled to only 2 members and the church was renamed the John Gee Black Historical Center.
Along with his business acumen, his building skills and his entrepreneurship, historians say Gee was a known conductor of the Underground Railroad. A successful businessman and family man during the day, at night he went above and beyond the requirements of a being a good citizen, he risked his own welfare and that of his family by helping fugitive African Americans escape bondage while dodging slave trackers. The Story of John Gee: Hero of Gallipolis shares with the audience the reality of what potentially could have happened to Gee had he been caught as a conductor. He risked his life, business and family so that untold numbers of strangers might find freedom.