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September 19, 2006 > Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont 50th Anniversary Celebration

Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont 50th Anniversary Celebration

Hospitalís wide range of community services are showcased at Fremont Central Park Celebration.

by Washington Hospital

The city of Fremont has many things to celebrate. Since its early days as a sleepy agricultural town known for its cauliflower fields and apricot orchards, Fremont has grown into a thriving area and is home to one of the most diverse communities in the United States. In recognition of the city’s 50th anniversary this year, a variety of community based events have taken place to help commemorate Fremont’s history and generate optimism for the future.

One of the largest occasions of the year was the Celebrate Fremont at Central Park event which took place over the weekend of September 9 -10. The weekend activities chronicled Fremont’s past and also looked to the future. Washington Hospital has been providing vital health care services to the residents of Fremont since 1958 and the Celebrate Fremont event was a great opportunity to showcase the first rate programs that the Washington Hospital Healthcare System offers to our community.

Healthier Ways to Live” was the theme behind Washington Hospital’s booth at the festival’s Wellness Pavilion. The goal of the booth was to educate people about nutrition, obesity, and diabetes in a fun and interactive environment. Among the most popular activities was a nutrition demonstration that addressed the fat and calorie content of popular fast foods.

“Most people were quite surprised by the amount of fat and sugar that are in cheeseburgers and sodas,” says Deborah Garcia, R.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. “The demonstration isn’t intended to scare people but to educate them about the real contents of some of the foods people choose to eat.”

Hospital representatives from several departments were available during the event 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. Free blood pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings were conducted and attendees had the opportunity to learn about the Washington Hospital Health Insurance Information Service, Diabetes Services and InHealth, Washington Hospital’s cable television channel that airs original health programming throughout Fremont, Newark and Union City on Comcast Channel 78. Disaster Preparedness information and first-aid kits were a big hit with attendees as well.

More than 200 people also took the opportunity to tour the 36-foot Washington on Wheels “W.O.W.” Mobile Health Clinic that was present. The W.O.W. van is a mobile clinic that provides a variety of health screenings, immunizations and physical exam services for children, adults and seniors.

“The goal of the W.O.W. van is to educate citizens about the available services that we provide to the uninsured, underinsured and people that have difficulty accessing health care in our community,” says Sherrie Kneebone, Nurse Practitioner. “During the weekend, we informed people about physician referrals and other services that are available throughout the Washington Hospital Healthcare System.”

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation was also on hand to promote and sell the Washington Township Pictorial History book. This book brings to life the colorful and intriguing history of Washington Township. Washington Township includes Fremont, Newark, Union City, Sunol and South Hayward. Over two hundred vintage pictures illustrate a story which takes the reader on a journey to the past.

“The Celebrate Fremont event was a great opportunity to share this wonderful book with the community,” says Brent Hodson, Chief of Community Support Services. “Books are still available for purchase by calling the Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or email”

The InHealth Channel was showcased at the event to help educate people about the current programming on the 24 hour cable channel. 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.

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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