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Health

The Orthopedic Group, one of the region’s most skilled groups of surgeons and rehabilitation and pain management physicians, is moving to a larger suite in the Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex on Tuesday, December 12. The practice, which has been seeing patients in suite 140 in the HealthPlex, will occupy the entire fourth floor of the complex.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs this month. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC).


Monday, Dec. 4 — Look Good Feel Better®

1 – 3 p.m., ECC. The American Cancer Society designed this program for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Presenters will provide specific treatment techniques to help ladies look their best while undergoing treatment. All who register more than five days prior to the event will receive a makeup package valued at $200. To register, call

1-800-227-2345.

 Wednesday, Dec.6 — Advanced Carbohydrate Counting

6 - 8 p.m., ECC. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 15 — Nar-Anon Family Group

6 - 7 p.m. Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction. As a Twelve-Step program, the group offers help by sharing experiences, strength and hope. The Nar-Anon program is based on a set of spiritual principles and has no affiliation with any denomination. The only requirement for membership is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. For more information, call 412-512-4718.

Monday, Dec.11— Suicide Bereavement Support Group

1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Registration is required. To register, call 724-268-1144.

 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 — Managing Your Diabetes

8:30 – 11:30 a.m., ECC. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive days. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 — RSDS Support Group

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

 Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Alzheimer’s Support Group

6 - 8 p.m., ECC. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the family members, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations are requested by calling 724-258-1333.

Thursday, Dec. 21 — Ostomy Support Group

2 – 3:30 p.m., ECC. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call

724-258-1773.

Thursday, Dec. 28 — Stroke Support Group

1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC.  The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1455. 

Christmas always is bitter sweet for those who have lost loved ones. We want to remember but remembering hurts.

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Insurance Agent Erin Hart from American HealthCare Group, LLC will be the guest speaker at the Neighborhood Memory Café’s November meeting. Hart will cover Medicare 101, including an introduction of the basics and retiree health benefits. A discussion and time for questions will follow.

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Physician Anthony Cuneo, M.D., Ph.D. will host a free talk about the non-surgical treatment of inflamed tissue connecting muscle to bone, also known as tendinitis, on Thursday, November 9 at 6 p.m., in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

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