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Monday, January 25, 2016

University Hospitals, Kindred align again for west side rehabilitation hospital

AVON – University Hospitals and Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services will celebrate the completion of their latest collaborative venture, the University Hospitals Rehabilitation Hospital in Avon on Tuesday, January 26 with a public open house.
The two-story, 58,000-square-foot inpatient facility is located in Avon, Ohio, at 37900 Chester Road. The hospital features 50 private rooms and specialty centers dedicated to neurological and stroke recovery that includes trauma, brain injury, spinal cord injury as well as amputation, orthopaedic and bariatric patients.
Physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment spaces are also part of the facility with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that include iPad with speech applications, prosthetic and orthotic programs. Additionally, motorized lifts and outdoor patios that include healing gardens and training areas with putting greens and basketball courts are featured areas at the facility.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Area woman finds relief, peace of mind, after University Hospitals Eye Institute director, detects her rare form of glaucoma

CLEVELAND – Jenny Eisenberger, 32, of Bath, Ohio, learned that she had glaucoma from a routine eye exam, as people with this condition often do.  Glaucoma often does not cause discomfort, pain, nor other symptoms that are noticed by a patient.  In that way, it is a “silent” disease.
Her optician noted elevated pressure in her eyes, a telltale sign of glaucoma, and he recommended that she visit an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist.
In glaucoma, the eyes’ drainage channels do not work properly, allowing fluid build-up to create high pressure which can irreversibly damage the sensitive optic nerve.  If not treated, patients could lose vision and even go blind.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals announces 2016 grant funding to 10 physician-scientists

CLEVELAND – The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland,
Ohio has announced the 2016 recipients of Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards. The awards
support breakthrough work of physician-scientists whose discovery research shows promise of
advancing the standard of care.

The Harrington Discovery Institute – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development -
provides a novel model that fills an unmet need in academic medicine to advance discovery into the
clinical realm. Its focus on physician-scientist innovators from around the world based purely on
merit creates opportunity regardless of institution affiliation.

In addition to financial support (up to $700,000) awarded to each selected physician-scientist, the
Institute offers continual mentoring and expertise by leaders in the pharmaceutical industry charged
with fostering pragmatic drug development. Mentors with the Institute’s Innovation Support Center
offer guidance around target validation, commercial development and FDA regulatory strategy.
While working with the Institute, physician-scientists (and their institutions) retain the intellectual
property (IP) for their work.

Monday, January 04, 2016

UH Elyria Medical Center receives $10.6 million gift

ELYRIA – The Hampson Family Foundation and Karen Mole have donated $10.6 million to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. The largest gift in the hospital’s 107-year history will support various wellness initiatives for the community served by UH Elyria Medical Center.
In recognition of this significant gift, UH will name UH Elyria Medical Center’s main pavilion, the “Hampson Mole Pavilion.” A dedication ceremony will take place in April 2016.
“In today’s new era of health care, UH is increasingly reaching out to our community to address root causes of poor health together,” said Thomas F. Zenty, III, CEO of University Hospitals. “We’re collaborating around innovative ways to keep people healthier and help patients manage complex diseases at home. Philanthropy holds great power to catalyze new healthy-community approaches, and Karen Mole and the Hampson Family Foundation have set an example for the entire nation.”

Monday, December 28, 2015

New studies suggest microorganisms in the womb set stage for childhood and adulthood diseases

CLEVELAND – Researchers review importance of microorganisms that exist in the gut, suggesting perturbation of the environment during pregnancy, delivery and early infancy could impact the developing baby’s early microbiome and set the stage for health problems later in life. The term “microbiome” refers to the trillions of organisms we harbor, on our skin and within our respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.
“The Microbiome and Childhood Diseases,” a special issue of the Birth Defects Research Part C EmbryoToday scientific journal released today, is a collection of ground breaking microbiota reviews. One particularly noteworthy finding pertains to the womb environment in which the baby develops.
“One of the reviews, by Koleva et al., discusses the studies that reveal that the womb is not sterile and that the microbiota of the child are already developing in utero,” explained Sharon Meropol, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Center for Child Health and Policy. “This means that not only do we have to consider the microbiome of the child but also that of the mother, and the irony is that some of our modern medical practices, through their effect on these early microbiota, could have unintended consequences, interfering with normal development of children’s immune, metabolic, and neurologic systems.”

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