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UToledo Medical Center to offer free skin cancer screenings for veterans, employees

As Americans head to backyard barbecues, baseball games and other fun in the sun this summer, it’s crucial to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.

“Skin cancer is still one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States,” said Dr. Lorie Gottwald, chief of dermatology at The University of Toledo Medical Center. “We need to stress protection all year long, but summer is usually the time we are out and about, and ambient sunlight is indeed a risk factor for skin cancer.”

One in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer in his or her lifetime, according to the American Dermatological Association, making it the most common form of cancer in the country.

While some types of skin cancer are highly curable, it can be deadly. Melanoma — the most dangerous kind — will lead to an estimated 7,230 deaths in 2019.

On Monday, June 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. the Dermatology Department at UTMC will host a free skin cancer screening event for UToledo employees and all military veterans.

While there is no cost, registration is required by calling 419.383.6315. The screenings will take place at the UTMC Dermatology Clinic in Suite F at the Ruppert Health Center.

“We want to continue to fight the war against skin cancer and also recognize the contributions of our vets,” Gottwald said.

Each screening will take approximately 15 minutes. Participants will receive a sunscreen sample and information on skin cancer awareness.

If UTMC clinicians notice something that may need intervention, they will provide a screening sheet that patients can take to a dermatologist of their choice. No biopsies will be taken during the screening event.

If you are going to be spending time in the sun — even just going for a walk at lunchtime — Gottwald said you should be wearing an approved sunscreen.

“The standard recommendation is SPF 30 or higher, and higher numbers do offer more protection,” she said. “Also, remember to reapply the sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re sweating.”

Employees can stop at the Dermatology Clinic during regular hours for free sunscreen samples.

Annual CampMed program shows area students their potential in studying medicine

The University of Toledo will provide more than three dozen teens from across northwest Ohio a hands-on introduction to studying medicine during its annual CampMed program.

The students, all of whom will be high school freshmen this fall, will be on Health Science Campus Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14.

Now in its 22nd year, CampMed gives students who excel in science and mathematics a window into what it’s like to pursue a career as a physician or medical researcher.

“We want to inspire these students and help give them an outline of how to prepare for an education in medicine,” said Courtney K. Combs, director of the UToledo and Ohio Area Health Education Center programs. “As much as CampMed is educational — and it really is — we also want it to be a fun time for the kids. It’s summer. It’s camp. It might be the first time they’re surrounded by kids their own age who have the same interests. We try to make it as hands-on as possible.”

Under the guidance of UToledo faculty members and physicians, the students will be taught Heartsaver CPR, learn how to suture, and practice forming a cast. They’ll also receive hands-on tours of the Emergency Department at The University of Toledo Medical Center, the gross anatomy lab, and the Jacobs Interprofessional and Immersive Simulation Center.

Second- and third-year medical students serve as camp counselors.

Most of the students who attend CampMed are underrepresented minorities in medicine, from underserved rural or urban communities, or the first in their family planning to attend college.

“We want to encourage these students to help them realize that a career in medicine is a realistic goal for them. Some of them may have never even been on a college campus before,” Combs said. “We want to provide that exposure to let them know if they work hard and are serious about their schoolwork now, this could be an option and The University of Toledo College of Medicine would welcome them.”

CampMed, which began in 1998, was implemented by and is coordinated through the UToledo Area Health Education Center program, which works to improve the well-being of individuals and communities by developing the health-care workforce.

The competitive scholarship program requires students to submit a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher or guidance counselor, grade transcripts, and a personal essay to be chosen to participate.

Dana Cancer Center to hold annual survivor celebration June 6

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center will host its fifth annual Cancer Survivor Celebration Thursday, June 6.

“Each year of survivorship is a reason for joy,” said Renee Schick, manager of Renee’s Survivor Shop in the Dana Cancer Center. “We want to recognize and honor our patients and their caregivers for their strength and courage through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

The annual event, which will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., honors and celebrates the Dana Cancer Center’s past and present patients, as well as their loved ones, for their strength, courage and survivorship.

Survivors and their guests will be treated to inspirational stories, food, music, a photo booth, and displays from a number of area support groups. Cancer treatment experts, including UTMC oncologist Dr. Danae Hamouda, also will be on hand.

This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Michelle Masterson, a breast cancer survivor, retired associate professor and former director of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health and Human Services.

“I hope my story can inspire and help others to stay strong and positive, to fight hard, and to never give up,” Masterson said. “I also hope this celebration helps to get the word out to the Toledo community that we have excellent, expert, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care right here at the UTMC Dana Cancer Center.”

The event is free, but reservations are requested: Email eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.383.5243.

UTMC dysautonomia expert wins patient choice award

The University of Toledo and Dr. Blair Grubb have been recognized by the Dysautonomia Support Network for innovative research into a group of conditions that affect the body’s autonomic nervous system.

The accolades are part of the nonprofit patient support and advocacy group’s first Patient’s Choice awards and will be presented Thursday, June 6.


Grubb, a Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and director of electrophysiology services at The University of Toledo Medical Center, is one of the world’s foremost experts in syncope and disorders of the autonomic nervous system, including postural tachycardia syndrome, or POTS.

“As a leader in the field for over a decade, Dr. Grubb continues impacting standards of practice and expanding treatment options for various forms of dysautonomia,” said Amanda Aikulola, president and executive director of Dysautonomia Support Network. “Over and over again, patients return to him because of his passion and desire not only to practice medicine, but also to leave a lasting impression on those he has cared for.”

Grubb will receive the Revolutionary Research Award. UToledo will receive the Powerhouse Research Award. Nominations and voting were done by patients.

The autonomic nervous system controls our most basic life functions, regulating our breathing, heart rate and blood pressure without us ever thinking about it.

When the system malfunctions, the body can no longer control those functions. Symptoms can include rapid heart rate or slow heart rate, excessive fatigue, thirstiness, shortness of breath, blood pressure fluctuations and bladder problems.

“People with these conditions can be really devastated. They’re frequently wheelchair-bound or bedridden. We often see some of the worst cases, but we have a good track record of making people better,” Grubb said.

Grubb pioneered many of the diagnostic and treatment modalities that now are commonly used for these disorders, and UTMC was the first center to describe that POTS could occur in children.

“We are one of the world’s leading centers for research on this and in finding new and innovative therapies looking for new ways to treat people,” Grubb said. “I think this recognition is an acknowledgement of that.”

Grubb previously has been named Physician of the Year by Dysautonomia International and received the Medical Professional of the Decade Award from the British Heart Rhythm Society and Arrhythmia Alliance.

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.