Catholic Health Sponsors Free Community Health Education Programs

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May 21, 2009

Catholic Health is sponsoring a series of free community education programs during the month of June covering a variety of healthcare topics.

Tuesday, June 2 – “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding"

On Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. George Danakas will present “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” in the Catholic Health Education Center, Suite 8A, at the Appletree Business Park located at 2875 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

During the evening program, Dr. Danakas will discuss normal vs. abnormal bleeding patterns, when to seek medical attention, and the medical and surgical treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding.

Wednesday, June 3 – “Who Will Make Healthcare Decisions When You Can’t?”

On Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m., Joan Davis, RN, Physician Liaison for Catholic Health Continuing Care, and Kathy Kanaley, SW, Kenmore Mercy Patient Representative, will present, “Who Will Make Healthcare Decisions When You Can’t?” in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Tonawanda.

If you are unable, even temporarily, to make healthcare decisions, someone else must decide for you. Learn why it is important to appoint someone to make these decisions and how you can ensure your wishes are followed by using advance directives for healthcare, including a living will, healthcare power of attorney, medical orders for life sustaining treatment and healthcare proxy.

Thursday, June 4 – “Body, Mind & Spirit: How They Affect Your Health”

On Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m., Laura Ulicky-Weerts, Chaplain at Kenmore Mercy will present “Body, Mind & Spirit: How They Affect Your Health,” in the hospital’s Community Room.

No one knows for sure how spirituality affects health, however, it seems the body, mind and spirit are connected. Research shows that things such as positive beliefs, comfort and strength gained from religion, meditation and prayer can contribute to healing and a sense of well-being.

Wednesday, June 10 – “Partial Knee Replacement Made Simpler”

On Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m., Kenmore Mercy will present “Partial Knee Replacement Made Simpler” in the hospital’s Community Room.

Already among the top hospitals in New York State for joint replacement surgery, Kenmore Mercy recently acquired a MAKO robotic surgical system to perform partial knee replacements on select patients. Learn from the experts in the field how surgical robots are making knee replacement surgery simpler and less painful, with shorter recovery times. Representatives will demonstrate how the MAKO medical robot guides the doctor’s hand during partial knee replacement surgery.

Wednesday, June 17 – Smoking Cessation Program

On Wednesday, June 17 and 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., Catholic Health will present a free two-part Smoking Cessation Program in the Third Floor Conference Room at Mercy Hospital.

During this two-part program, participants will learn how to control their physical and psychological dependence on smoking and how to “kick the habit” for good.


All programs are free and open to all. Registration is required. For registration information, call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112.