Contact: John Broom
Ashtabula County Medical Center Healthcare System is having an anniversary, and you're invited to join the celebration on Saturday, June 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the hospital.
More than 150 ACMC Caregivers will be on hand to offer free health screenings and health information. There will also be games, activities and a free lunch (while supplies last).
The day's activities include a Boo-Boo Bear Clinic where children can bring their Teddy bears for a check-up by the ACMC Emergency Department. If a child doesn't have a Teddy bear, one can be adopted at the celebration. Children may also enjoy the bounce house or creating a chalk masterpiece on the parking lot.
Health screenings for adults and children are free and no appointment is necessary. The screenings will include:
- Balance & flexibility
- Blood typing
- Blood pressure checks
- Blood-oxygen levels
- Carotid artery testing
- Bone density
- Hearing tests
- Medication consultations
- Pulse oximetry
- Sensory perception
Health information available will focus on wound care, drug abuse, mental health, orthopedic implants, living wills and advanced directives, and more.
ACMC's story began out of the tragedy known as the Ashtabula Train Disaster of 1876. Many lives were lost, not just because of the magnitude of the train accident itself, but because the community did not have a hospital to provide immediate care to the injured. Community members realized that a disaster like that could happen again, and it was in the best interests of the community to be prepared. They combined resources, manpower and expertise to start the first hospital in Ashtabula. That hospital is now known as ACMC.
"This celebration is not just about the 110 years of success of ACMC. It's also about celebrating our community as well. ACMC owes our history to the residents of Ashtabula. They saw a critical need for medical care and came together to build a hospital and make sure care was available when it was needed most," said ACMC President & CEO Michael Habowski.
Habowski continued, "As the needs of the community changed, so has ACMC. We will continue to do that. As we move into the next 110 years of growth at ACMC, I know that we can only do so with the support of our communities. It's that relationship that got us started, the one that has kept us going throughout the years and the one that will sustain us far into the future."