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Renovations provide new atmosphere for patients

The Kobacker Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center, which has long helped children and teens with emotional troubles, has completed a renovation project to create an improved atmosphere for patients and families.

This photo shows the Kobacker Center’s updated inpatient day area.

The children’s rooms now include cherry wood desks that are modern and match the room décor. There is more storage, shelving and lockers in the common areas for patients and staff, and all carpeting has been replaced with new flooring that provides a modern look.

“Environment can affect not only the mood of the patients, but also the mood of the staff,” said 
Tammy Cerrone, nurse manager of the inpatient unit at the Kobacker Center. “The renovations have created a brighter and healthier atmosphere, as well as a revived sense of excitement and renewed passion for what they do on a daily basis.”

The renovations helped create a living and learning environment that is more aesthetically pleasing for the patients and their families, said Karen DiPofi, Kobacker Center’s community liaison. It is the first major renovation since the center opened nearly 30 years ago.

The inpatient treatment center offers individualized care to meet the unique needs of each child and provides an environment where positive life experiences can be fostered; family involvement in the treatment is encouraged. It is northwest Ohio’s first hospital devoted to treating the emotional and behavioral needs of children and teens.

Along with the renovations, community-based support treatment services and new after-school programs have been created for children and teens. The evidence-based programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of the children.

“We are very excited to introduce the new after-school programs in addition to the current inpatient and outpatient treatment options at the center,” DiPofi said.

Staff members at the Kobacker Center include board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical child psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurses, mental health technicians, occupational and expressive therapists, therapeutic recreation specialist, tutors, and resident physicians on call 24 hours a day.

For more information about the Kobacker Center, click here.

UT Motor Vehicle Safety Working Group offers safety tips

Let us keep the “happy” in the holidays and avoid motor vehicle crashes.

Please take a few minutes to read the list below of motor vehicle safety tips for prevention of accidents.

1. Buckle up.

2. Drive within the speed limits.

3. Do not drink and drive.

4. Do not eat while driving.

5. Do not text and drive.

6. Do not talk on the cell phone while driving.

7. Program the GPS prior to pulling out into traffic.

8. Do not groom yourself while driving.

9. Do not tend to children while driving.

10. Do not play loud music or sing and dance while driving.

11. Limit the number of passengers in your car at one time.

12. Do not allow pets to sit on your lap while driving.

13. Do not drive while drowsy; get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly.

14. Pull over and take a power nap if you feel drowsy.

15. Pull over and take breaks every two hours when driving long distances.

16. Do not drive while taking prescription drugs that could cause drowsiness.

17. Stay alert while driving — not only for your safety but for the safety of others.

Mulrow, professor emeritus of medicine, wrote this on behalf of the UT Motor Vehicle Safety Working Group.

Rockets soar past Air Force to Military Bowl victory

The Toledo Rockets took in the sites in the nation’s capital and then visited the end zone repeatedly en route to a 42-41 win over Air Force in the Military Bowl in RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The UT defense and special teams joined the offense in putting points on the board during the explosive game.

Sophomore wide receiver Bernard Reedy caught four passes, including three for touchdowns.

It took more than eight minutes before either team could light up the scoreboard. Then the Rockets ignited, scoring two touchdowns in 16 seconds.

Toledo went up 7-0 when quarterback Terrance Owens threw a 17-yard pass to sophomore receiver Bernard Reedy during the team’s second possession of the contest.

The Falcons fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Toledo cashed in the turnover on a 41-yard run by running back Adonis Thomas to go up 14-0.

Air Force found the end zone when quarterback Tim Jefferson kept the ball on a third-and-13 play and ran 22 yards to score with 2:29 left in the first quarter.

Eric Page then fielded the kickoff and ran 87 yards to score a touchdown. It was the fourth time in the junior’s career that he returned a kick to the end zone. The extra point put the Rockets up 21-7 with 2:17 left in the opening quarter.

Senior running back Adonis Thomas picked up 108 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown.

The Falcons roared back when fullback Mike DeWitt ran three yards to pick up six.

Air Force tied Toledo 21-21 with 9:43 left in the second quarter.

Toledo answered as Owens connected again with Reedy, this time for a 48-yard pass, to put the Rockets up 28-21 with 7:49 to go before halftime.

The Falcons recovered a Toledo fumble and then scored when Jefferson threw a 37-yard pass to tie the game, 28-28.

Combined, the teams put up 475 yards of offense in the first half. The 56 points were the most scored in the first half of a bowl game since 2004.

Toledo’s defense broke the deadlock in the third quarter when safety Jermaine Robinson intercepted a pass and ran 37 yards to score.

Air Force took seven plays to go 50 yards in 2:57 to tie the game for the third time, 35-35 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

With 5:01 left in the game, it was Owens to Reedy for another touchdown, this time on a 33-yard pass. That made the score 42-35.

The Falcons flew down the field again to make it 42-41 with 52 seconds left in the contest. On a fake extra point attempt, Rocket Jayrone Elliott hit the ball out of the runner’s hand to foil the two-point conversion.

Reedy was named the player of the game with four receptions — three for touchdowns — and 126 yards.

Owens threw for 210 yards, and Thomas carried the ball 22 times for 108 yards. It was the fifth straight game Thomas ran for more than 100 yards.

It was the first victory for Toledo Head Coach Matt Campbell, who took over the top post Dec. 12. At age 32, he is the youngest coach in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Rockets finish the season at 9-4.

Read more here.

Page named third-team All-America by Phil Steele Publications

Eric Page caught a school-record 112 receptions this year.

Toledo junior Eric Page has been named third-team All-America by Phil Steel Publications at “all-purpose” back.

In addition, Steele put Page on its first-team All-MAC team at wide receiver and punt returner.

Joining Page on Steele’s All-MAC first-team were senior offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen and senior cornerback Desmond Marrow. Second-team All-MAC selections were senior running back Adonis Thomas and junior safety Jermaine Robinson. Selected to the third team were sophomore center Zac Kerin and senior defensive lineman Malcolm Riley.

Page, a first-team All-MAC selection at wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner this year, is Toledo’s all-time leading receiver with 293 career receptions. He has caught a school-record 112 receptions this year, ranking third in the nation and second in the MAC in catches per game (9.3). He is 17th in the nation and third in the MAC in punt returns (10.9), and sixth in the MAC in kickoff returns (23.4). He leads the MAC and is seventh in the nation in all-purpose yards (169.3). He is one for three passing with one touchdown throw; and he has thrown for a two-point conversion.

The Toledo native also is one of four finalists for the 2011 Paul Hornung Award. The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football. Page joins Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams, Georgia defensive back Brandon Boykin and Oregon running back LaMichael James as finalists.

Page was a first-team All-America selection by Sporting News and Walter Camp at kickoff returner in 2010, averaging 31.1 yards per kickoff return and scoring three TDs on kickoff returns.

Football player named Freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports

Mancz

Toledo redshirt freshman Greg Mancz has been named to the first-team Freshman All-America team by Yahoo! Sports.

He is the only player from the Mid-American Conference to make Yahoo’s Freshman All-America team.

In addition, he was named third-team Freshman All-America by Phil Steele Publications.

Mancz, who played right guard this season, was a key part of a Rocket offense that ranks ninth in the nation and first in the MAC in scoring offense (42.3), and eighth in the country and first in the MAC in total offense (493.2). Toledo’s offensive line also is tied for eighth in the nation and second in the MAC in fewest sacks allowed (9).

The Cincinnati native and the Rockets will play Air Force in the Military Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

UT website redesign debuts

Visitors to The University of Toledo homepage were greeted with a complete new design when visiting this morning.

“Today marks the launch of a complete redesign at www.utoledo.edu with emphasis on using the site for student recruiting purposes,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs. “Our website has evolved over many years, and this new phase recognizes the important role of the web in attracting students from all populations.

“A team effort across the board was led by our Center for Creative Instruction. We sought input from not only those with expertise relative to web design, but also those who are on the front line as we work to attract more well-prepared students to The University of Toledo.”

The timing of the web design was driven largely by the belief that prospective students and their families would spend a good deal of time shopping online for a college as they have additional free time over holiday break.

“Our web designers and tech experts have spent the last several weeks focusing exclusively on this critical project,” said Sherry Andrews, director of the Center for Creative Instruction. “The new site will provide greater flexibility for many users and will present their content in a more dynamic and user-friendly way.”

For example, the redesign will feature customized home pages for specific audiences; these home pages, available by tab selection, will contain special content to meet marketing and messaging needs.

In addition, the redesign means streamlined navigation, drop-down menus for quick linking, and deep footers at the bottom of pages to provide fast access to popular content.

Andrews stressed the redesign will not change content on the University’s website, but present that information in a bolder, easy-to-use manner.

Special print services available for UT community

Wide format printing and other large graphic services are again available at the University.

The Print Services Department in University Hall Room 2340 has the capabilities to perform several functions, including:

• Printing posters and banners up to 42 inches wide with unlimited height;

• Laminating posters or any materials, and matte and gloss finishes in a 7-mil finish for durability;

• Mounting of posters and graphics on foam core, gatorboard and colored cardboard;

• Framing of any size and type;

• Producing single-run, full-color posters for special announcements of events, with mounting and lamination;

• Printing and mounting for small-run photographs; and

• Printing on canvas, vinyl, glossy photo paper, satin photo paper and plain paper.

Services are available to those on all UT campuses.

“We listened to feedback from customers who used these services in the past and there still seemed to be a need,” said Fred Reese, director of print and mail services. “We’re here to make your presentations, whether they’re on a large scale or encompass a single poster, as polished as possible.”

Reese said the office has quick turnaround capacity, but it’s best to give as much lead-time as possible when scheduling jobs. Prices and turnaround times are dependent on job complexity and volume.

For more information, contact Terry Fell at 419.530.8559 or terry.fell@utoledo.edu, or Reese at 419.530.7351 or fred.reese@utoledo.edu.

UTMC heart procedure new to NW Ohio gets local man home for holidays

This Thoratec illustration shows how the LVAD is powered by a battery pack.

Patients suffering from heart failure in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan no longer need to make the journey to Ann Arbor, Columbus or Cleveland because The University of Toledo Medical Center has developed a program making the life-saving technology of mechanical, artificial hearts known as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) available in the community.

Frequently, patients with advanced heart failure who are on the heart transplant lists are prime candidates to receive these devices as a bridge to transplant once a heart becomes available. Patients who are not able to be transplant candidates also receive LVADs as the final and ultimate treatment that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

James Howell’s congestive heart failure was diagnosed in 1995, but it was in fall 2011 that his condition began to quickly deteriorate.

“One minute I felt fine and the next I was so short of breath that I couldn’t walk from one end of my house to the other,” said Howell, who had been on medicine to treat his condition. “The failure happened so quickly, the LVAD turned out to be my only option.”

Like Howell, patients with advanced heart failure can deteriorate quickly and unpredictably, and it is wise to consider whether a patient is a candidate for LVAD therapy before it’s too late.

“Patients and their families have had to travel outside of our community or out of state to get access to the latest LVAD technology now available at UTMC ” said Dr. Thomas Schwann, chief of cardiothoracic surgery. “With more than 300,000 annual deaths from heart failure a year, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and this is a big step forward for the region as UTMC continues to enhance its comprehensive heart failure program.”

This X-ray from Thoratec shows the internal placement of the device.

Recruited by Schwann and others at UTMC to direct the LVAD program, Dr. Mark Bonnell had arrived at the hospital just weeks before Howell’s condition worsened and ended up performing the procedure.

“Jim has had a remarkable recovery, and I think that’s a tribute to how seriously he has taken his responsibilities, the fabulous support structure he has around him, and the outstanding team of doctors and clinicians here at UTMC,” Bonnell said.

LVADs are designed to help failing hearts continue to pump blood; looking out two years later, the devices have increased patient survival from less than 10 percent without it to 70 percent.

“Patients with heart failure have seen dramatic advances in treatment options, including new medications, defibrillators and advanced pacing devices, allowing them to live longer and better lives,” Schwann said. “Unfortunately, heart failure is a progressive disease, and those patients with advanced heart failure will require mechanical LVADs and heart transplantation.”

Watch this short video of how the LVAD works.

Howell said the support from his family and his St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church community has been instrumental as he learns to navigate life with new requirements.

“Eight of my friends from church came in and spoke with Dr. Bonnell so they could educate themselves on what they needed to know about the LVAD,” Howell said. “I’ve been in a number of hospitals in my life, and I’ve never had an experience as good as the one I’ve had at UTMC.”

The LVAD device is implanted in a muscular pocket below the heart and an electrical lead called a driveline exits out the right side of the body. Howell has battery packs he uses throughout the day.

“The quality of life gap between assist devices and transplant continues to narrow, and the current generation of the LVAD provides a great deal of mobility for patients to return — for the most part — to the lives they want to live,” Bonnell said. “They can play in their softball leagues; they can travel on airplanes.”

In fact, Howell said Bonnell predicted he’ll be playing golf by spring.

“I didn’t go through all this just to sit around,” Howell said. “I want a good active life, and the LVAD is going to give it to me.”

Sigma Xi chapter recognized nationally for performance at statewide program

The UT chapter of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society has received a Program Award for its distinguished performance at the Posters at the Capitol event.

Dr. Tom Kvale, right, accepted the Program Award for the UT chapter of Sigma Xi from Michael Crosby, president of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society.

The Program Award recognizes initiatives that address the four major issues at the foundation of the society’s mission: honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science.

UT is one of seven chapters to receive the Program Award recognition this year and was honored during the society’s annual meeting last month in Raleigh, N.C.

Sigma Xi is committed to supporting the research enterprise, and the strength of this organization comes from the strong foundation of 522 chapter-based programs.

“The grass-roots nature of the society allows us to think globally and act locally. In a world increasingly impacted by science and technology, the need for informed science leadership in our communities and neighborhoods is great,” said Cristina Gouin-Paul, chair of the Sigma Xi Committee on Qualifications and Membership. “Your award-winning chapter is helping to create that kind of leadership, and we hope you feel a part of that success, and we appreciate the time and effort your chapter put in to your chapter and program.”

Posters at the Capitol is an annual event where undergraduate students from northwest Ohio display their research at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

For the fourth annual event last April, more than 50 students from UT, Bowling Green State University, the University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University and Heidelberg University participated.

Posters at the Capitol is led by UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research and has been supported by UT’s chapter of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society since the inception of the event in 2008. 



“Posters at the Capitol provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from northwest Ohio to showcase their research,” said Dr. Thomas Kvale, director of the UT Office of Undergraduate Research. “This event is designed for students to become more involved with their elected officials and thank them for their support, and for the representatives and senators to learn more about the students’ research and discoveries on a one-on-one basis.”


The University’s Sigma Xi chapter was established in 1955, a UT student research symposium commenced in 1980, and undergraduate researchers started presenting in 2002. The national Sigma Xi is celebrating its 125-year anniversary this year.

Banner re-coding effort to be a major push during holidays

This holiday season, many University of Toledo employees will take advantage of this time to take vacation. However, several areas across campus will be using it as a period to focus on a behind-the-scenes effort that will have broad impact with the beginning of spring semester.

Between now and Dec. 31, several areas within the divisions of External Affairs, Finance and the Student Experience will be implementing a reorganization of the Banner system to reflect changes that were made last year to the structure of UT colleges.

Since the reorganization of the University’s college structure, departments have been continuing to utilize old coding for colleges in terms of courses, majors, financial aid, budget and other related systems. This practice will come to an end Monday, Jan. 9, as the testing phase is under way for implementation of a completely new code structure.

“The benefits of this effort may not seem obvious to some,” wrote President Lloyd Jacobs in a memo to the campus community. “Much of the work is behind the scenes and often goes overlooked. However, completion of this important task will streamline our processes in ways that will be of direct benefit to our students and the entire University.

“Our commitment to student-centeredness comes in many forms,” Jacobs added. “This re-coding effort is a prime example of how our dedication to creating an exemplary student experience supersedes nearly all else.”

The areas that are primarily working through the re-coding process are the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Admission, the Treasurer’s Office, Residence Life and Auxiliary Services with Information Technology senior business analysts facilitating.