The Cleveland Clinic has expanded its cancer services in the region.

Medina Hospital recently opened a new infusion suite staffed by oncologists from the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.

The 3,350-square-foot unit is on the sixth floor of the hospital's medical office building.

The renovated space includes two exam rooms and six private chemotherapy chairs.

The new suite is part of a $44 million capital commitment by the Cleveland Clinic through an affiliation deal in 2009. The cost for the most recent project was $1.4 million.

The opening of the suite is “true with our plan when the Cleveland Clinic came on board and affiliated with Medina Hospital to elevate services and bring additional services to Medina Hospital and the Medina community,” said Dr. Thomas Tulisiak, president of Medina Hospital.

“We identified a need to follow through with our promise to the community to continue to present innovative care for our patients in the community,” he said. “The Taussig Cancer Institute is one of our leaders in Ohio. It’s rated No. 1 in cancer in all of Ohio.”

Dr. Timothy Spiro, the Cleveland Clinic’s chairman of regional oncology, is seeing patients at Medina Hospital, along with fellow cancer doctors Mir Ali, Seema Misbah and Jason Valent.

Vision help available

Prevent Blindness Ohio recently was honored by the Akron Council of Parent Teacher Associations for its focus on helping children.

The nonprofit group provides services to preserve the sight of residents throughout the state.

Qualified uninsured or underinsured children can receive vouchers for free eye exams and glasses.

Services for adults also are available.

“There is a need for people in need of vision care and glasses that can't afford it,” said Darcy Downie, chairwoman of the Northeast Ohio chapter.

For information about the help that is available through Prevent Blindness Ohio, call 440-720-1285 or go to www.pbohio.org.

SummaCare fitness day

SummaCare insurance company is joining with the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to provide free services during the annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday.

The programs, which are open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tallmadge Recreational Center, 46 N. Munroe Road.

Participants may visit an “Ask a Pharmacist” station to get answers to questions about their prescription drugs.

Free blood pressure screenings, exercise and expressive art therapy class demonstrations, a line-dance performance and refreshments and giveaways also will be available.

For information, call?SummaCare at 866-262-4410.

Wellness event at Aeros

Akron General wants to help people take a swing at leading a healthier lifestyle.

The hospital is sponsoring a Family Wellness Day during the Akron Aeros game June 10 against the Altoona Curve at Canal Park in downtown Akron.

Gates open at noon for the 1:05 p.m. start.

During the event, people can get information about how to incorporate wellness into their lifestyle.

Body mass index and flexibility testing will be provided, along with healthy food preparation demonstrations and other healthy tips.

A mini-session of Turbo Kick will be offered during the seventh-inning stretch.

Tickets are $9 in advance by going to www.akronaeros.com, calling 330-253-5153 or going to the Akron Aeros ticket box office at Canal Park, 300 S. Main St., Akron. Cost is $10 the day of the game.

Negative consequences

People who are prone to negative emotions but hold in those feelings could be harming their health.

Patients with a distressed personality reported worse health than others after having a device implanted to ensure a proper heart rhythm, according a study recently published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcome, an American Heart Association journal.

Patients with distressed personalities whose defibrillators had delivered a shock within the first year reported the worst overall health, the researchers from the Netherlands found.

Hospital director

Summa Western Reserve in Cuyahoga Falls recently hired a director for critical care services.

Peggy McDonald previously worked within Cleveland area hospitals in leadership roles in nursing and critical care.

In her new role, she is responsible for Western Reserve's emergency department, intensive-care unit, emergency preparedness and emergency medical services.

McDonald has “a proven track record of success in promoting quality, safety and patient satisfaction,” said Suzanne Gill, the hospital's vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or cpowell@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow Powell on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcherylpowell.