OCH coordinates fall open house

OCH Regional Medical Center (submitted)
Staff Writer

OCH Regional Medical Center will host its first fall festival-themed open house on Saturday, allowing residents to tour the facility and have a free aerobics session.

Activities will last from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the main hospital and the OCH Healthplex. Tours of the hospital are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

OCH Public Relations Director Mary Kathryn Kight said the staff believes it is important for residents to familiarize themselves with their local hospital. OCH hosts other seasonal events like Santa’s Sweet Shop and the Bunny Bash, and it decided to have an open house with a Halloween and fall festival theme.

“There will be silly skeletons in radiology and then friendly vampires in the lab, so it’s a fun event for kids and it’s good for adults, too,” Kight said. “They get to see parts of the hospital you wouldn’t normally get to see.”

One piece of equipment on the tour is the da Vinci Surgical System, a robot with four arms which surgeons use for intricate procedures.

The community room will feature an “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” theme with decorations and the movie playing while children play games and make popcorn and apple treats.

Kight said the tours and activities can help children feel more comfortable in a hospital setting.

“If they come here and have fun and look around, they realize it’s not so intimidating to go to the hospital,” Kight said. “They can see our friendly staff and realize it’s not something they need to be afraid of.”

OCH Wellness Connection Health Promotions Coordinator Elaine Schimpf said the aerobics and water aerobics classes will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“We’ll also have tours of the facility, blood pressure checks, body composition checks, breast cancer education, health education and general education about what the hospital offers,” Schimpf said.

Body composition checks will tell participants their body fat percentage.

OCH will also be promoting its Toys for Boys and Girls special for November.

“If you bring in a $35 gift then you don’t have to pay the $100 joining fee for the Wellness Center,” Schimpf said. “The gift will go to a child in need in the area.”