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Free Breast Screenings for Uninsured and Underinsured Women this Saturday

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aria Health is holding free breast screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the community. Sponsored by the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, medical staff from various Aria Health locations will offer free breast exams and education on self-examination. Mammography services will be available to those who qualify.

Saturday, October 3 from 8 a.m. – noon at  Aria Health- Frankford Campus. 4900 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124

 ** Pre-registration is required. Register today at 215-612-4808

**All screenings will take place in the Short Procedure Unit of each location.

Also available:

Saturday, October 10 from 8 a.m. – noon
Aria Health- Bucks County Campus
380 N. Oxford Valley Road
Langhorne, PA 19047

Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. – noon
Aria Health – Torresdale Campus
Medical Office Building
3998 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114

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Aria Health System Looking to Merge

The Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Aria is looking for a partner in a potential merger.  How this will affect Frankford is unknown but they are a major employer player in the community.

“Aria Health officials are engaged in a process to explore a possible strategic partnership with another hospital, health system or hospital company. With the sweeping changes in the healthcare industry, nationally and in the Philadelphia region, the Aria Health Board of Directors believes it is our responsibility to explore all options to enhance our services and better meet the future needs of the communities we serve. We’ll base any potential partnership decision, first and foremost, on what’s best for patients, what will further our mission and ensure we can continue to serve the community as we have for more than a century…

You can see the rest of the story at this link.

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Aria Health’s 2015 Women’s Health Update

Thursday, May 7th at 5:30 p.m. Torresdale Campus Church Building, 10800 Knights Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Women in the community are invited to attend a free evening of refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and conversations with Aria Health professionals to learn about breast health, the importance of regular gynecological visits, , and medical updates in plastic surgery. Pre-registration is required. 1-877-808-2742.

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Dr. Brian Kelly, director of neurology at Aria Health, says that to prevent stroke, most Americans need to make lifestyle adjustments. He offers the below tips to proactively reduce your risk of stroke.

Develop a relationship with your primary care physician – The American Stroke Association lists hypertension, or high blood pressure, as the leading cause of stroke.  By scheduling regular physicals, you’ll have a better handle on risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar and your weight.

Exercise daily – Since physical inactivity causes many stroke risk factors, exercising for at least 30 minutes every day is important for your heart health.  Even going for a brisk walk each day will decrease your risk of stroke.

Stop smoking – Nicotine and carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke harms your cardiovascular system in many ways, which can ultimately lead to a stroke.

Improve your diet – Foods high in saturated fat and trans fat can raise your cholesterol, and excess calories contribute to obesity. A better diet overall will improve your heart health. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables has been found to reduce your risk of stroke, according to the American Stroke Association.

Call 9-1-1 – If you receive treatment within 3 hours of stroke, you can potentially reverse the effects. Every second counts, so if you suspect stroke, call 9-1-1 or have someone drive you to the Emergency Room immediately.

In addition to these lifestyle adjustments, Dr. Kelly also lists the following as signs that you may be suffering from stroke: drooping or issues moving your face, weakness or troubled coordination on one side of your body, slurred speech or loss of understanding, loss of balance, and dizziness

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Aria Health Community Garden

Aria Health-Frankford saw the “fruits” of its labor at the fall harvest of its new community garden.  In partnership with the Lutheran Settlement House, Aria Health created this garden to take a

Pictured left to right: Karen Sobczak, MSN, RN, Clinical Director, Aria Health-Frankford, and Bob McArdle, Gardener, Aria Health  Photo Credit: Robert Neroni Photography

Pictured left to right: Karen Sobczak, MSN, RN, Clinical Director, Aria Health-Frankford, and Bob McArdle, Gardener, Aria Health
Photo Credit: Robert Neroni Photography

new approach in combining its commitment to the community and encouraging preventative care.

Aria organized the project, under the direction of Karen Sobczak, MSN, RN, Clinical Director, Aria Health-Frankford, and Bob McArdle, gardener, Aria Health.  McArdle led the planting initiative and planted the garden with the maintenance staff team. The team planted vegetables including lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplant, as well as herbs including parsley and basil. The vegetables were harvested every Monday while in season,

The harvested crops were donated to the Lutheran Settlement House, a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving vulnerable children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia.

Next year, Aria Health plans to expand this effort to more widely involve those in the Frankford area in the planting, managing and harvesting of the garden in order to promote healthy foods to its surrounding community.