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Satellites Auxiliary to hold marketplace fair May 28

Personal electronics, fragrances, handbags, apparel, watches, jewelry and more will be for sale at the Satellites Auxiliary’s marketplace fair Tuesday, May 28.

Stop by between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UToledo Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

“We are excited to have Gold Coast Promotions once again as our vendor,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary, said. “They are bringing many unique items that we haven’t had in a long time and employees have asked for: purses, watches, and real gold and silver jewelry.”

Cash, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

“The proceeds will help fund a much-needed ice machine for the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center patients,” Brand said. “Please help to support this endeavor for our patients.”

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 marketplace fair, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

UTMC dietitians offer advice as part of citywide wellness initiative

Dietitians from The University of Toledo Medical Center are helping with a citywide initiative to help Toledoans shed a few extra pounds and improve the overall wellness of the community.

Michele Lovett, chief clinical dietitian at UTMC, recently met with Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz as part of the kickoff for Take It Off, Toledo!, the city’s wellness and weight loss challenge.

Michele Lovett, chief clinical dietitian at UToledo Medical Center, talked with Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz about Take It Off, Toledo!, the city’s wellness and weight loss challenge.

The University of Toledo and UTMC are among the city’s key partners in the mayor’s yearlong initiative, which began May 1.

Lovett will be joined by other UTMC dietitians this weekend at several Toledo Lucas County Public Library locations to provide free, 15-minute consultations to help people get started on their own health and weight-loss journey. A more formal appointment can be made with the dietitian when referred by one’s primary care physician.

“I know there are a lot of people who struggle with their weight and making healthy choices,” Lovett said. “We want to help educate the public and give them small steps that they can take so they can have a healthier lifestyle and enjoy their family and friends.”

UTMC has a team of dietitians who regularly provide outpatient counseling and nutrition guidelines to individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart failure. They also can advise patients who need help with weight management or need to improve their overall health prior to surgery.

Take It Off, Toledo! is a good reminder to be thoughtful about the decisions that influence health, Lovett said.

“We all have a general idea of what we should be doing to stay healthy, but this wellness and health initiative is reminding us to reset, take another look at our lives, and think about how we can do better with our nutrition and physical activity,” she said.

Lovett offered five starting tips for individuals who are seeking to lose weight and get healthier:

Have plan in place. Know what your goals are and think through how you want to achieve them. Make a deliberate effort to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and have them ready for tomorrow’s meals or snacks.

Get physical. Aim to be active for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day. Many jobs are sedentary. Get up a few times a day to hit those benchmarks. The activity doesn’t have to be done all at once. For example, exercising 10 minutes three times a day would work.

Cut the sweets. Sugary drinks are extra calories we don’t need. Replace regular pop and sports drinks with water when you can and avoid sugary snacks.

Find support. Support yourself by removing temptations where you can, such as finding a different route home that doesn’t take you conveniently close to a favorite fast-food restaurant. Ask for support from friends and family. For extra motivation, work out with a friend. Keep a food log or use a food-tracking app to stay accountable.

Exercise portion control. Tools like the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate guideline can help you with understanding how much of each food group should be included with each meal. You also can use visual cues. A serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards. One cup of vegetables is about the size of a softball.

On Saturday, May 18, UTMC dietitians will be at the Locke Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Heatherdowns Branch Library from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday, May 19, UTMC dietitians will be at the West Branch Library from noon to 2 p.m. and the Heatherdowns Branch Library from 1 to 3 p.m.

Employees honored with Outstanding Staff Awards

Five employees took home the University’s 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards.

More than 60 nominees were celebrated at a May 6 ceremony in the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center. The event was hosted by Human Resources on behalf of President Sharon L. Gaber.

Winners this year were:

Laura M. Brown, academic accommodation specialist, compliance, in the Department of Student Disability Services. She joined the University in 2014 as a secretary in the College of Business and Innovation, and is a graduate of UToledo with a bachelor of arts degree.

“Laura is the face of Student Disability Services at the University. She is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and kind in a very busy and demanding environment,” one nominator wrote. “She effortlessly manages the daily operations of the office while providing resources and guidance for new and continuing students, parents, faculty and staff. Navigating resources and academic accommodations can sometimes be complicated for students with disabilities, but Laura provides a consistent and friendly contact every step of the way.” Another noted, “Laura is an efficient and talented employee who engages in process improvements and creating efficiencies. Her work is continuously done at a very high standard, and Laura is always willing to share her knowledge with others on her team. Laura helps to represent the absolute best of the University.”

Betsy Buschmann, registered medical assistant clinical supervisor in the Gastroenterology Clinic in UToledo Medical Center. She has worked at the hospital since 2014.

“Betsy has a great passion for what she does and it shows in her work,” a patient wrote. “She has always taken my calls, got answers for me in a timely manner, and had patience with me regardless of what the issue may have been or how many times I may have contacted her. She is always willing to help me, and I have seen her take the time to help others when needed. Not everyone enjoys going to the doctor, but her positive and friendly personality makes it much more rewarding when entering the clinic.” Another wrote, “I always feel as if I am the only patient that is being seen because of the way that Betsy ensures that the flow of my visit goes smoothly.” Another noted, “She is an inspiration to others.”

Catherine Chengges, administrative coordinator in the Department of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Letters, and instructor in both the Jesup Scott Honors College and the College of Arts and Letters. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University.

“Literally nothing in our department would work well without Cathy Chengges. She not only makes sure that we have humane teaching times, she also makes sure that we are teaching classes that reasonably complement one another,” one nominator noted. Another wrote, “Cathy Chengges has been a steady, supporting presence in the English Department for many years. Her work in creating the extremely unwieldy course schedule for the English Department, semester after semester, is remarkable. She is a scheduling superhero. I hate to think that she will ever retire.” “She is the most professional, competent, exceptional person on so many levels. She is my go-to person who I can ask just about anything, epitomizing what I feel defines the highest qualities of University spirit and character,” another wrote.

Lisa Edwards, secretary in the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Letters. She joined the University in 2014.

“Lisa is the absolute heart of our department. She is always positive, helpful, organized and so on top of everything,” one nominator wrote. “She works selflessly and passionately to make everyone’s life better — especially for our students and prospective students. Her positive attitude is infectious and makes the whole department a better place.” “Lisa’s reliability is almost unfathomable until you get to work with her,” another wrote. “She is excellence performed every day; from urgent tasks that overtake the long-term projects she is always working on, to the consistency of keeping calendars for the entire department’s goings on, she is always on top, sorting out issues, and stopping problems even before they are able to arise. Lisa is truly a role model for professionalism and excellence.”

Sherri Kaspar, director of parking and transportation in Auxiliary Services. She joined the University in 2004 as event manager for the Toledo Police Department. A UToledo alumna, she received a master’s degree in recreation administration in 2004.

“Ms. Kaspar inspires others to do excellent work and promotes the professional goals of those she works witrh. She takes positivity and applies it to every employee not to mention the many students whom she directs,” one nominator wrote. “She consistently monitors her program, employees and volunteer retirees who work with her. After seeing her in action for five years, she is in a position where no one is consistently pleased with all aspects of parking simultaneously as the daily variable issues she deals with are never the same. Her commitment to excellence in her area is exemplary and deserves to be brought to the attention of the University community,” one nominator wrote. “She runs a tight ship and cares for her employees, and we all care for her.”

Receiving the University’s 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards were, from left, Catherine Chengges, Sherri Kaspar, Betsy Buschmann, Laura M. Brown and Lisa Edwards.

Satellites Auxiliary’s book fair set for May 6-8

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Spring Book Fair Monday through Wednesday, May 6-8, in the UToledo Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale hours will be Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jeremy Santus, manager of desktop support in clinical informatics, flipped through some pages at one of the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Book Fairs.

“The book fair is just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be more than 400 books for all age groups and all categories,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Cash, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

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.

University to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27

The University of Toledo Police Department invites all campus and community members to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be two collection locations at The University: the UToledo Medical Center Emergency Room Lobby on Health Science Campus and the UT Police Station in the Transportation Center on Main Campus.

“With this event, we are hoping to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications,” said UToledo Police Lt. Tressa Johnson. “Join us and safely dispose, in an environmentally friendly way, unused or expired medications that are commonly abused.”

Expired or unused medications that will be accepted include:

• Narcotics;

• Over-the-counter medications;

• Pet medications;

• Prescription medications; and

• Vitamins.

The collection sites will not accept syringes, inhalers, liquid medications, ointments or lotions.

Those who cannot make it to campus April 27 may still dispose of medications at these locations, which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year.

Photographer to focus on travels during April 23 Satellites’ luncheon

“Southern Exposure: Travels in South America” will be discussed by photographer Lowell Simon at the Satellites Auxiliary’s luncheon Tuesday, April 23.

Simon will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Dowling Hall Room 2315.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon.

Those who attend may bring their own lunches to the free event, or they may pay $7 — or $5 with a guest — for a box lunch that will include a beverage and specialty dessert.

Cash or check payable to the Satellites Auxiliary will be accepted. Complimentary valet service will be available for the luncheon at the Medical Pavilion orthopaedic entrance.

Satellites volunteers also will be collecting new stuffed animals for children in UTMC’s Emergency Department.

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.

To RSVP or for more information, call Ray or Donna Darr at 419.382.0054; Carol Okenka at 419.654.5326; or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.

UTMC to host flag-raising ceremony April 4 in honor of National Donate Life Month

The University of Toledo Medical Center, in partnership with Life Connection of Ohio, will mark the beginning of National Donate Life Month with a flag-raising ceremony Thursday, April 4.

The annual event is meant to serve as a reminder of the ongoing need for organ and tissue donors, as well as to recognize those whose donations have helped save lives and those who are living today because of an organ transplant.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. outside UTMC’s main entrance, near Mulford Library.

Attendees will include hospital leaders, officials from Life Connection Ohio, and two women who will speak about how their lives were changed after organ transplant surgery. One of the women scheduled to speak received a life-saving kidney transplant at UTMC in 2018.

More than 110,000 Americans are currently awaiting organ transplants, and a new name is added to the nation’s organ transplant waitlist every 10 minutes. Approximately 80 percent of those on the waitlist need a kidney.

UTMC is northwest Ohio’s only organ transplant center. In 2018, the hospital performed 88 kidney transplants.

The hospital also will be raising money throughout the month of April with a bike raffle to offset the cost of sending a UTMC transplant recipient to the 2020 Transplant Games in New Jersey.

Tickets for the bike, which was donated by local bike shop Cyclewerks, may be purchased for $2 each. In addition to the April 4 ceremony, tickets will be available at the following events:

• Friday, April 12, during Blue and Green Day all day throughout the hospital. Everyone is encouraged to wear Donate Life colors to promote the need for registered donors.

• Wednesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an educational table outside the Four Seasons Bistro.

• Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an educational table outside the Four Seasons Bistro.

For more information on organ and tissue donation or to register as a donor, visit the Donate Life Ohio website.

UTMC nurses launch Nurses Honor Guard of Northwest Ohio

When a beloved colleague died last spring, Michelle Smith and Julia Benfield wanted to do something to recognize their friend’s unwavering dedication to the field of nursing.

Smith, who recalled hearing about nursing honor guards while attending nursing school in Pennsylvania, sought out a local chapter.

Michelle Smith, left, and Julia Benfield, nurses at The University of Toledo Medical Center, started the Nurses Honor Guard of Northwest Ohio to pay tribute to peers who have passed away. As part of the service, a Florence Nightingale-inspired lamp — like the one they are holding — is given to the family.

“There was nothing around this area, but it was really important to us that we honored her,” Smith said.

Benfield and Smith, both of whom are nurses in The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department, rounded up a few co-workers and launched the Nurses Honor Guard of Northwest Ohio.

“It’s similar to honoring police or military members when they pass away. Nursing is another public service that deserves recognition,” Smith said.

The Nurses Honor Guard of Northwest Ohio is actively recruiting new members so it can participate in more services. Each requires at least four individuals and it can be difficult to match up schedules from a small group of volunteers. Smith hopes they’ll soon have the personnel to offer their services more widely through the community.

“Once we have a big enough group of people who are committed to being available, I would like to go to the funeral homes and let them know we have this,” Smith said. “It’s an honor for us to be able to do this for nurses and their families, but we need to have more volunteers in order to get this out in the community.”

As part of the solemn show of respect, members of the Nurses Honor Guard of Northwest Ohio wear traditional all-white uniforms along with a cap and blue cape. The ceremony is heavy with imagery of Florence Nightingale, the British woman who is widely credited as the pioneer of modern nursing.

After a poem is read, the deceased’s name is called out three times, signaling their final roll call. The honor guard then extinguishes the flame from a Nightingale-style lamp, which is presented to the family, and lays a single white rose on the casket.

“When we show up at a funeral in all white with the cape, it’s pretty striking,” Benfield said. “People come up and hug us, ask questions, and they’re very appreciative we’re celebrating that portion of their loved one’s life.”

Members have performed three services in the last 10 months, two of which were for fellow UTMC employees.

Benfield acknowledged the job can be demanding — there are long hours, holiday and weekend shifts, and high-stress situations — but she also said the career is something that brings a great deal of pride and becomes a huge part of most nurses’ lives.

“We’re all very proud of all the time and effort we’ve put into being a nurse and all the years we’ve spent taking care of patients.” Benfield said. “It just seems right that we do something to honor our colleagues when they pass.”

Satellites Auxiliary to host audiologist at upcoming luncheon

The Satellites Auxiliary at The University of Toledo Medical Center will host a local audiologist and philanthropist for an educational luncheon Tuesday, March 26.


Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher, who earned her bachelor’s degree from UToledo before going on to the University of Michigan to earn her master’s degree, has been practicing audiology since 1981. She also holds a doctorate of audiology from A.T. Still University.

Mansour-Shousher currently is the director of the Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic, which has locations in Perrysburg and on UToledo’s Health Science Campus.

In addition to her practice, Mansour-Shousher has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts, including trips to the Middle East and Africa to provide hearing screening and treatments and distribute hearing aids collected in the United States.

Mansour-Shousher will speak Tuesday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 105.

The event is open to the public. Cost to attend is $7 per person, or $5 with a guest. Students may attend for free.

Reservations are requested by Friday, March 22: Call Ray and Donna Darr at 419.382.0054, Carol Okenka at 419.654.5326, or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.

Free valet parking will be available at the Medical Pavilion orthopaedic entrance.

Satellites volunteers also will be collecting new stuffed animals for children in UTMC’s Emergency Department.

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.

Match Day brings joy, excitement as medical students learn their residency placements

Some of Christian Siebenaler’s earliest memories were of his father, a Toledo-area physician, going off to help people.

“It sounds cliché, but since I was 5 years old seeing him go to work every day in his white coat, I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” Siebenaler said.

Kevin Litzenberg showed his match to Ohio State University Medical Center to his fiancee, Shireen Desai, as his brother, Joshua, watched Friday during the Match Day ceremony. Litzenberg will specialize in internal medicine.

He got his own white coat four years ago when he entered The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Now, as he prepares to graduate with his medical degree, he knows he’ll begin practicing right where he wanted.

Siebenaler, who is specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, was one of 20 UToledo students who paired with the University’s residency program at this year’s Match Day event.

The annual celebration is a seminal event for next-generation physicians. At exactly noon, an eager swarm of fourth-year medical students received envelopes that revealed where they will spend the next three to seven years in residency as they train in their chosen specialties.

“The faculty and staff really look forward to Match Day,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “It is an opportunity to see how much the students have grown intellectually and professionally over their four years of intensive training, and where that training will lead them next. Some will stay at UT for their residencies, which is an absolute delight. Others will train in Ohio or elsewhere across the country. For all of our students, we always hope the very best.”

A total of 165 UToledo medical students matched this year. Notably, there was a 33 percent increase in the number of students who matched with UToledo over last year.

Mariah Truscinski was one of them.

Truscinski, who grew up just a couple of miles from Health Science Campus and completed her undergraduate degree at UToledo, matched in emergency medicine. Already involved in community volunteer work, she was thrilled to open her envelope and see she matched with UToledo.

Archit Sahai, left, and Samuel Ivan showed off their letters during the March 15 Match Day ceremony. Sahai matched in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hopsital, and Ivan matched in urology at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

“It was a pretty amazing feeling. It was a little overwhelming, and there were a lot of thoughts about what the future holds, also just pure excitement. I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “I just feel like I’m really connected to this area and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”

In all, UToledo’s fourth-year medical students matched in 23 specialties at institutions in 28 states. Forty-four percent of UToledo’s students matched in primary care specialties.

Archit Sahai, who was born in central India, moved with his parents to Cincinnati when he was 3, and became a U.S. citizen in September, matched with the University of Cincinnati in pediatrics.

“There’s a lot of emotions,” he said of Match Day. “You’re anxious, you’re excited, scared a little bit. I probably can’t put words to describe it. As soon as I saw the letters, that’s just pure joy.”

Sahai, whose father is a neurologist at UC, had high praise for both Toledo and the College of Medicine, saying he’d like to return here eventually.

“I’ve never met a more collaborative group of people, whether it’s my classmates or the faculty,” he said. “Everyone genuinely wants everyone to do well here. It’s been an incredible four years. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Among the other institutions where UToledo students will do their residency work were the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General, the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Clinic. Ohio was the most popular state, followed by Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Indiana and New York.

Watch the Match Day video.