August 14, 2007 > Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont Festival of the Arts
Washington Hospital Participates at the Fremont Festival of the Arts
Health and Wellness Programs, Washington Township Medical Group 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 showcase InHealth, a Washington Hospital Channel airing on Comcast Channel 78.
Starting on August 1, 2007, Washington Hospital Healthcare System clinics at Newark and Warm Springs joined Washington Township Medical Group, Inc. (WTMG) and WTMG staff members and physicians participated in the festival to promote their new website, www.wtmg.com.
"The Fremont Festival of the Arts was a great way to introduce our team of staff and physicians associated with WTMG to the local community," said Dr. Jason Van Tassel, an ear, nose and throat specialist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. "Being new to the Tri-City area, I was excited to come out and connect with so many people."
WTMG staff members representing clinics in Warm Springs and Newark greeted thousands of spectators and handed out free thermometers to people that came by the booth.
"WTMG was excited to participate in this year's festival and we're looking forward to coming out again next year," said Michelle Smith, Director of Operations, Washington Township Medical Group, Inc.
InHealth Channel staff members used the festival booth as an opportunity to ask married couples about men's health concerns for an upcoming InHealth program hosted by Dr. Barbara Kostick, M.D., medical director of Washington Hospital's Community Health Services and on-air host of the series Voices InHealth. The program will feature short segments of men voicing their health concerns and their spouses voicing their thoughts on men's health. The questions and concerns that were videotaped at the festival will be addressed by a panel of health care professionals in the upcoming television program.
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 www.whhs.com.
"It was really great for the hospital to use the festival as an opportunity to help guide people through the wide variety of resources that Washington Hospital has to offer," said Ruth Traylor, Director of Community Outreach at Washington Hospital. "Our dedicated staff and volunteers 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.
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 five 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.
The Community Health Resource Library is located on the first floor of Washington West (2500 Mowry Avenue). Library hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Osteoporosis or bone density hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please go to library's website at www.healthlibrary.org for more information.