EDUCATION & SUPPORT

Avita’s Education Department is responsible for staff, patient and community education. We offer community educational events and coordinate support groups in cancer, stroke, and diabetes. We put a large focus on educating healthcare professionals within our health system as well. Providers, nurses, and other professionals benefit from required certification courses and mandatory course offerings.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Presented by the Galion Hospital Inpatient Rehab and Education Departments. Dedicated to the health and well-being of those who have experienced a stroke and the loved ones who care for them. Free to the public, pre-registration is not required. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are net held in February, March, and December.

Galion Hospital Lobby Conference Room
419-468-0726

The Stroke Support Group is dedicated to the health and well-being of those who have experienced a
stroke and the loved ones who care for them.

2020 Dates:

  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9*
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12

We meet the second Thursday of the month April through November, at 1:30 PM to 2:30 with exception of July* which is our picnic that begins at 12:30 to 1:30. We offer support to Stroke survivors and their care giving team, with refreshments and an educational element or guest speaker.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

A diabetes diagnosis can be tough and finding enthusiasm for eating healthier, getting regular activity, and monitoring your blood sugar can be difficult to maintain long-term. It is easier when you have access to a network of people who know first-hand what it takes to manage the condition to keep you engaged and motivated.

Avita Health System’s Diabetes Support Group meets every month alternating between Bucyrus Hospital and Galion Hospital. Dates and locations are subject to change.

Free to the public. 2nd Monday of each month alternating between Bucyrus and Galion Hospitals

BUCYRUS LOCATION & TIME
Bucyrus Hospital Café, 6:00 p.m

GALION LOCATION & TIME
Galion Hospital Main Lobby Conference Room, 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact: Arrin Whitt, RN, CDE, Diabetes Care & Education Specialist. 419-563-9323

2020 Dates:

  • January 13 – Galion
  • February 10 – Bucyrus
  • March 9 – Galion
  • April 13 – Bucyrus
  • May 11 – Galion
  • June 8 – Bucyrus
  • July 13 – Galion
  • August 10 – Bucyrus
  • September 14 – Galion
  • October 12 – Bucyrus
  • November 9 – Galion
  • December 14 – Bucyrus

Download our Diabetes Support Group flyer.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT CLASSES

A diabetes diagnosis can be tough and finding information on how to eat healthier, get regular activity, monitoring appropriately, and preventing complications is important. Education on diabetes is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer, healthier life. Talk to your doctor about a referral for Diabetes Education.

*Most insurances offer coverage

Classes are held from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a light breakfast and lunch.

*Registration is required.

For more information, contact: Arrin Whitt, RN, CDE, Diabetes Care & Education Specialist. 419-563-9323

2019 Dates:

Bucyrus (Thursdays)

  • March 7
  • April 18
  • June 6
  • July 25
  • September 12
  • October 24

Galion (Mondays)

  • April 1
  • April 29
  • June 24
  • August 5
  • September 23
  • November 4

Ontario (Wednesdays)

  • March 20
  • May 15
  • July 10
  • August 21
  • October 9
  • November 20

BREASTFEEDING CLASSES

6:00pm – 8:00pm

There is currently a limit of 4 couples per class and masking is required. Please call 419-468-0910 to register.

Bring your partner, family, babysitter, or a friend to this free class, and learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

Topics will include:

  • What to expect in the first few weeks
  • Good attachment and positioning techniques
  • Common breastfeeding difficulties
  • Practical support by partner, family and friends
  • Your career and breastfeeding, and much more

For more information, call 419-468-0910. Class is taught by the OB staff nurses in the Galion Hospital Small Dining Room, next to the cafeteria.

2020 Dates:

  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

CHILD BIRTHING CLASSES

6:00pm – 9:00pm

There is currently a limit of 4 couples per class and masking is required.

Galion Hospital Lobby Conference Room, 269 Portland Way S, Galion.

Avita Health System Child Birthing Classes, led by the OB Department, are held one Thursday a month in Galion Hospital’s Lobby Conference Room. It is most beneficial to attend a class during your final trimester (after 28 weeks). Please bring your coach, a pillow, and wear comfortable clothing. Light snacks will be provided.

All of your questions answered with topics such as:

  • The Importance of Labor Support
  • Relaxation Techniques that work
  • Common Obstetrical/Newborn Procedures and Terminology
  • Understanding Labor and Birth
  • Caring for Your Newborn
  • Hospital Safety
  • Postpartum Care for Mom
  • Class concludes with a tour of The Birth Place at Galion Hospital!

Class fee is $45.00. If you are an Avita patient, the class fee will be billed to your insurance. Any uncovered amount will be added to your office statement.

Instructors: Labor and delivery nurses from Avita Health System.

To register or if you have questions: 419-468-0910

2020 Dates:

  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

Download a flyer with information on our child birthing classes.

PREGNANT AND NURSING MOM’S SPROUTS LEARNING GROUP

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Many new and soon-to-be new moms have questions about breastfeeding which include:

  • What to expect in the first few weeks and beyond
  • Common breastfeeding difficulties
  • Your career and breastfeeding

Join Deanna Grube, Certified Lactation Consultant, at Galion Hospital on the first Friday of each month for a “Sprouts” question and answer session about breastfeeding.

Galion meeting location
The session will be held at The First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion, between Wendy’s and Rite Aid.

Bucyrus meeting location
The session will be held at the Crawford County Health Department in the Conference Room, 1520 Isaac Beal Rd.

No reservation needed.

2020 Dates:

Galion 2020 Meeting Schedule:
(1st Friday of every month)

  • January 3
  • February 7
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 10
  • August 7
  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4

Bucyrus 2020 Meeting Schedule:
(3rd Friday of every month)

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 18

Download a flyer with information on our Pregnant and Nursing Mom’s Sprouts Learning Group.

BARIATRIC PROGRAM SEMINAR

Join us at our bariatric surgery seminar to learn from Avita’s new Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Linden Karas, about the benefits, the program, surgical options, and how to regain control of your life.

385 N Seltzer Rd.
Crestline, OH 44827

Upcoming Dates

  • Dates coming soon!

BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP

Free to anyone at any stage in the medical or surgical weight loss process, including pre-surgery and post-surgery patients.

Discussion topics include nutrition tips and recipes, cosmetic changes after surgery, exercise tips and resources, adapting to your new life after surgery, and navigating surgical complications.

Held the first Tuesday of every month at 385 N Seltzer Rd, Crestline, OH.

Where:

385 N Seltzer Rd
Crestline, OH 44827

When:

  • First Tuesday of Every Month