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August 12, 2009 > 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 Center for Sleep Disorders Booth 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, showcase InHealth, a Washington Hospital Channel and inform people about Washington Urgent Care.

Washington Urgent Care (formerly named Washington/Clinic Fremont is located on the Second Floor of 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont, directly across the street from Washington Hospital's emergency department and offers community members a viable alternative for treatment of minor illness and injury.

Patti Coffey, nurse manager of Washington Urgent Care was on hand to help inform people about the convenient and cost-effective treatment that the urgent care clinic offers.

"By offering extended and weekend hours we are able to provide care to patients who might otherwise not be able to get the urgent care that they need," Coffey says.

Washington Urgent Care is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 212, in Fremont. Call (510) 608-6174 for more information or visit A regularly updated urgent care wait time is now listed on the Washington Urgent Care webpage.

In affiliation with Washington Hospital; the new Washington Township Center for Sleep Disorders introduced their services at this year's festival. The sleep clinic is a collaborative resource of multi-disciplinary specialists designed to provide comprehensive patient care for individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring, and other difficulties that are keeping people up at night.

"The Fremont Festival of the Arts was a great way to introduce our team of staff and clinicians associated with the sleep clinic to the local community," said medical director Dr. Nitun Verma. "Being new to the area, I was excited to come out and connect with so many people."

Washington Township Medical Group (WTMG) staff members representing clinics in Union City, Warm Springs and Newark greeted thousands of spectators and handed out free hand sanitizer and 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.

InHealth Channel staff members used the festival booth as an opportunity to ask people about health care reform for an upcoming InHealth program. 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

"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."

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