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Toledo to hold ‘Rockets for the Cure’ Feb. 17

The Toledo women’s basketball team will hold its 12th annual “Rockets for the Cure” Saturday, Feb. 17, as the Midnight Blue and Gold play Western Michigan at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The Mid-American Conference West Division showdown will help benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio, The University of Toledo Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, and the UT Center for Health and Successful Living.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer research.

The goal of “Rockets for the Cure” is to provide cancer education to the community, give encouragement to the survivors fighting now and their families, celebrate the survivors who have won the fight, remember the ones who were less fortunate, and pack Savage Arena with 5,000 or more Rocket fans in pink.

Tickets — $14 for adults and $7 for youth — are on sale and can be purchased online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or at the UT Ticket Office.

Fans can receive a discount and designate their support with promo codes:

• SGK: General admission tickets may be purchased for $10 with a portion of every ticket sale donated to the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio.

• DANA: General admission tickets may be purchased for $10 with a portion of every ticket sale donated to The University of Toledo Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

• CHSL: General admission tickets may be purchased at $10 with a portion of every ticket sale donated to The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living.

In addition, groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets at the group rate of $8 per ticket prior to game day. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From when the doors open at 12:30 p.m. until the end of halftime, fans can take part in a silent auction on the West Concourse. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio, the UT Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, and the UT Center for Health and Successful Living.

The 2017 MAC Champions will again wear pink uniforms for the game. Guest emcee Chrys Peterson and the Rockets will hold a live jersey auction immediately following the contest. All proceeds from the live auction will benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

Last season, the Rockets raised $10,488 for cancer research, marking the eighth straight season they collected at least $10,000. In addition, nine of UT’s uniforms auctioned after the game went for more than $500, including a high of $700 for junior Kaayla McIntyre and sophomore Mariella Santucci.

Main Campus Medical Center treats students, employees

The Main Campus Medical Center is open five days a week to provide health services to students and employees in a convenient location.

The on-campus medical services are primarily for sick visits; however, students who have a primary care physician out of town also can schedule appointments for primary care needs, such as physicals or oversight of chronic medical conditions.

The Main Campus Medical Center is located on West Rocket Drive across from the Horton International House.

“We understand the convenience factor when it comes to serving employees and students and having an office right on campus,” said Dr. Linda Speer, professor and chair of family medicine. “If a member of our campus community is experiencing symptoms of an ear or sinus infection, for example, you can schedule an appointment to be seen, in most cases, that same day.”

The Main Campus Medical Center is staffed with a nurse practitioner with a physician in the office on Wednesdays. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-in patients will be treated; however, they could have a considerable wait time when patient volume is high, Speer said.

In the event there are not any immediate openings at the Main Campus Medical Center, the staff will assist with making arrangements for the employee or student to be seen at another UT health-care provider at the Student Health and Wellness Center on Health Science Campus, the Regency Medical Campus off Talmadge Road north of Monroe Street, or Glendale Medical East on Glendale Avenue between Health Science Campus and Byrne Road.

The Main Campus Medical Center is closed during summer term, and fall, winter and spring breaks, a decision that was made earlier in the year in response to low usage.

Students on campus during breaks can access medical services in the Student Wellness Center located in the lower level of the Ruppert Health Center on Health Science Campus. They may use the UT transit loop that provides a free shuttle between campuses with a direct stop at Ruppert Health Center. Students can use the TransLoc service to track the UT buses en route at https://utoledo.transloc.com.

The last day of operation for the Main Campus Medical Center this month will be Friday, Dec. 15.

The Main Campus Medical Center will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16, for spring semester.

The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 419.530.3451. For more information about the Main Campus Medical Center, visit utoledo.edu/healthservices/student.

Call for submissions: Works for 2018 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase

Mulford Library is seeking submissions for its 13th Annual Health Science Campus Artist Showcase.

The deadline to apply for consideration to be included in the showcase is Friday, Jan. 12.

The library is accepting submissions from UT faculty, staff and students in the health sciences — nursing, medicine, pharmacy and the health professions — as well as UT Medical Center employees.

To be considered for the show, digital images of artwork can be sent to hscartshow@utoledo.edu, along with a submission form that can be found with guidelines here.

In the past, the showcase has featured artwork in a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, quilting, multimedia, graphics, wood carving and more.

The showcase will be on display from Feb. 12 through April 2 on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

An artist reception is planned for Friday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a lecture on “Renaissance Art as Medicine” by Allie Terry-Fritsch, associate professor of art history at Bowling Green State University.

Questions about the showcase can be directed to Jodi Jameson, assistant professor and nursing librarian at Mulford Library, who is a member of the artist showcase committee, at 419.383.5152 or jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu.

Stuffed animal toy drive this week at UT Medical Center

Student organizations on Health Science Campus are accepting stuffed animal donations this week.

New stuffed animals can be dropped off between noon and 2 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 8, in the Four Seasons Bistro at UT Medical Center.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

All proceeds will be used to purchase stuffed animals for pediatric patients at the UTMC Emergency Department.

A member of the Satellites Auxiliary tied UT ribbons on stuffed animals that will be given to children in the UT Medical Center Emergency Department.

Satellites to hold book fair Dec. 4-6

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Book Fair, which will take place Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 4-6, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There will be more than 400 books for all age groups and all categories,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

“And there’ll be last-minute gift ideas for smart shoppers,” she added.

Toys, electronics, gadgets and more also will be for sale.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Profits will benefit campus scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Preparing medical labs to assess bioterrorism agents topic of Nov. 17 workshop

The University of Toledo Department of Biological Sciences will host a workshop titled “Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Training for Clinical Laboratories” Friday, Nov. 17, in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories.

The workshop will provide an overview of the sentinel clinical laboratory’s role in the identification of primary agents of bioterrorism and will emphasize how to safely handle suspect organisms in clinical specimens and cultures.

Participants will include microbiologists in the northwest Ohio region, including practitioners at UT Medical Center, Mercy Health System and ProMedica Health Systems.

“Currently, very few labs in northwest Ohio are qualified to handle samples contaminated with bioterrorism agents,” said Dr. Bruce Bamber, associate professor and chair of the UT Department of Biological Sciences. “Protocols must be in place for the rapid and safe collection, handling, analysis, transport and storage of samples. Increasing the number of qualified medical testing laboratories increases the speed and effectiveness of our response to potential bioterrorism attacks in the northwest Ohio region.”

The Ohio Department of Health is hosting this workshop at various locations throughout the state to train practitioners of medical laboratory testing to respond safely and effectively to potential bioterrorism attacks.

“There is a clear need for expertise in the area of how to handle requests, handle specimens, identify potential bioterrorism agents, and report back to response agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Homeland Security, the Ohio Department of Health, and the patient’s physician,” Bamber said. “This expertise is needed to maintain a high state of general preparedness in case a bioterrorism attack takes place.”

The event is co-sponsored by the National Laboratory Training Network and the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

UT participating in Great American Smokeout Nov. 16

In an effort to end smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, The University of Toledo is joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 16.

Sponsored by the UT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program and UT Pharmacy Services, the University events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus and in the UT Medical Center Medical Pavilion near the UTMC Pharmacy on Health Science Campus.

The goal of the events is to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of smoking, as well as provide students, staff and faculty with information on how to quit.

“We want students, faculty and staff to know that the University cares about their well-being. There are many groups and resources on campus that can support those looking to quit smoking, this event helps bring that information to those interested,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator.

On Main Campus, pharmacy staff will be on hand to give carbon monoxide tests to smokers so they can measure their lung capacity and also show the amount of carcinogens that enter their body when they smoke.

Both locations will have tobacco cessation information and other educational materials and handouts.

Another goal of the events for the Great American Smokeout is to remind students, employees, and community members that The University of Toledo is tobacco-free on all campuses.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Szymanski at jocelyn.szymanski@utoledo.edu.

Satellites’ overnight sale slated for Nov. 13-14

The Satellites Auxiliary’s Carline Leathers sale will start at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, and run continuously through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Fashion outerwear, footwear, handbags, accessories and more from Kenneth Cole, Pelle Pelle, Sean John, Steve Madden, Nine West and Anne Klein will be for sale.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will patient programs.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Dana Cancer Center to host lymphedema program Nov. 13

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is hosting “Lymphedema: From Head to Toe,” an evening of education and answers about lymphedema, Monday, Nov. 13.

“Many might not be aware lymphedema can affect those recovering from other types of cancers, venous leg ulcers and chronic wounds, not just breast cancer,” said Renee Schick, manager of Renee’s Survivor Shop in the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. “Lymphedema can also be congenital; this is referred to as primary lymphedema. This program aims to educate and provide answers to those living with this chronic condition.”

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the free program starting at 6 p.m.

Guenter Klose, founder of Klose Training & Consulting LLC in Lafayette, Colo., will be the featured speaker. Klose is an internationally known expert on lymphedema therapy. Certified in manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive therapy at the renowned Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany, Klose was instrumental in establishing the field of lymphedema therapy and training in the United States.

In addition, local therapists and lymphedema-product manufacturers will be on hand to share information.

Valet parking is available, and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu or Renee’s Survivor Shop at 419.383.5243.

UTMC completes Joint Commission accreditation survey

The Joint Commission visited The University of Toledo Medical Center and outpatient facilities and while official results aren’t expected for another week, preliminary findings have been positive.

“We are leaving here today [Oct. 20] with a very thin report – one of the most minimal looking reports we have seen this year,” said Katherine Chamberlain, Joint Commission nurse surveyor and team leader, during the exit interview. “We are exceptionally proud of the good work you have done here. Congrats. It’s a job well done.”

UT Medical Center

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies 21,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is a voluntary process that is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the enormous amount of work and dedication that contributed to these positive results,” said Dan Barbee, CEO of UTMC. “I am very proud of the efforts of the entire UTMC team.”