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August 15, 2006 > Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont Festival of the Arts

Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont Festival of the Arts

Health and Wellness Programs and the InHealth Channel are Showcased at Annual Event

The Fremont Festival of the Arts is the largest free street-festival that currently takes place in California. This year on the first weekend in August, more than 325,000 people attended the two-day event which showcased hundreds of arts and crafts exhibitors and local businesses. The wide selection of quality food and wine that the festival offers makes the Fremont Festival of Arts a signature event that the Fremont Chamber of Commerce can be very proud to call its own.

This year’s festival proved to be a great opportunity to educate the community about Washington Hospital’s health and wellness programs and also showcase InHealth, Washington Hospital’s cable television channel that has been airing original health programming for one year throughout Fremont, Newark and Union City on Comcast Channel 78.

"It was really great for the hospital to use the festival as an opportunity to connect with people and give so much useful information to members of our community," says Deborah Garcia, R.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. "The InHealth Channel staff played a big part in encouraging people to participate at our booth and we received some really positive feedback."

Hospital representatives from several departments were available during the festival to advise members of the community about all the specific medical services, programs, classes, and resources that are accessible throughout the Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the Washington on Wheels "W.O.W." Mobile Health Clinic, Washington Hospital Health Insurance Information Service and the four Washington Clinics located in the Tri-City area.

Sumedha Shende of Washington Hospital’s Community Health Resource Library was on hand to help inform people about the free osteoporosis and blood pressure screenings that are available at the library six days a week. "Our library is a resource for the entire community and it was a lot of fun to help spread the word about all the helpful tools that are available." Shende said.

InHealth Channel staff members asked Tri-City area residents what they liked most about the current programming and what kind of programs they were interested in watching in the future. Barbara Kostick, M.D., medical director of Washington Hospital’s Community Health Services and on-air host of the series Voices InHealth, spent time at the booth talking with members of the community and answering questions about health related programs on the InHealth Channel.

"The festival was an excellent way to touch base with our audience and get some valuable feedback on the programs that are making a positive impact," said Kostick. "The InHealth Channel is giving viewers the ability to take advantage of Washington Hospital resources from home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and I’m proud of what the channel has accomplished in its first year."

The InHealth channel works as another facet of Washington Hospital’s mission to better serve residents living throughout the Washington Township Health Care District. InHealth is committed to producing entertaining and educational shows that cover a large variety of health and safety topics. Among the regular program schedule are broadcasts of the District Board meetings and Washington Hospital’s popular Health and Wellness classes.

Tell us what you think about the current programming as well as what you’d like to see on the channel in the future. Send your questions and comments to or contact Washington Hospital’s Health Connection line at (800) 963-7070.

The InHealth program schedule is published weekly in the local Tri-City Voice newspaper and posted on Washington Hospital’s Web site at You can also call (800) 963-7070 and have a program schedule mailed to your home.

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