A meal with a message: TMH preparing new educational series

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Jennifer Riley

If you go …

What: First installment of Lunch and Learn, a new educational series offered by The Memorial Hospital in Craig

When: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop

— The event is free and open to anyone. Future Lunch and Learn presentations will take place on the second Wednesday of the month. Wednesday’s session will feature a presentation on the new TMH Lab Direct program. For more information, call Jennifer Riley at 826-3109.

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“I think the Lunch and Learn (series) will provide the community with useful information, both about services that the hospital has and just wellness information overall.”

—George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital in Craig’s chief executive officer, on the hospital’s new educational series

The Memorial Hospital in Craig is kicking off a new monthly series next week designed to keep residents updated on the hospital and health care.

The first installment of Lunch and Learn takes place at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop. The event is free and open to anyone, and no reservations are required.

The series was specially designed to fit into residents’ busy schedules, said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence at TMH. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Sessions will begin at noon and conclude by 12:45 p.m.

“The idea is for people to be able to come around their lunch hour, have a bite to eat, learn something and then be back to work” by 1 p.m., she said.

The series continues every second Wednesday of the month and includes short presentations on a variety of topics.

Riley crafted the idea as a means of improving community awareness and education about health-related issues.

“I think we’ve withdrawn a little bit from being the resource for people when they have health … concerns,” she said, “and I believe that that’s a role that the hospital can play and we can certainly offer.”

Wednesday’s first session will cover TMH Lab Direct, a new program that allows patients to get basic diagnostic tests, including those for cholesterol and blood sugar levels, without an appointment or an order from a physician.

The series also will include broader health issues. Although future sessions haven’t been set, Riley mentioned men’s health and the hospital’s cardio pulmonary and cardiac rehab program as potential subjects in the future.

“So it’s going to be everything from specific health-related matters to more global education topics,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich said the series is designed to help the hospital provide education on an ongoing basis, which in turn promotes a healthy community.

“I think the Lunch and Learn (series) will provide the community with useful information, both about services that the hospital has and just wellness information overall,” he said.

For more information about the series, call Riley at 826-3109.

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