Bev Shaver, representing Alternative Pathways Therapeutic Massage in Bryan, was guest speaker for the regular monthly meeting of CHWC-Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary Monday, Nov. 11th at 1 p.m. in the hospital conference room.
Joyce Schelling, auxiliary vice president, welcomed everyone and in celebration of Veterans’ Day all joined in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the auxiliary prayer. Joyce then introduced Bev Shaver for her remarks.
This local massage therapist has been practicing for 13 years, after graduating from specialized training at Northwest Academy of Massotherapy in Maumee and passing state boards and receiving state medical association certification. She started her career after suffering personal chronic neck problems, which were treated with deep massage and relieved her pain and at that point decided she wanted to help others with similar problems.
She reported the majority of her clients are adults but serves all ages from babies to seniors. Massage therapy typically addresses problems to reduce physical pain, improve circulations and muscular motion and increase range of motion. Therapy may assist those injured in accidents, experiencing seizures, having arthritis, headaches, posture problems, knee and hip pain, and even incontinence.
Questions were raised concerning insurance and Ms. Shaver reported that therapeutic massage may be covered providing therapy is under supervision by a physician. Client/patients may receive treatment at Alternative Pathways business location, but in certain circumstances in-home sessions are possible.
Alternative Pathways also receives some referrals for oncology and sciatic pain patients. Bev noted that chiropractors generally focus on bone structure positions and are willing to work with massage therapists for combined therapy involving muscle action. Basic work is done according to Swedish massage, but therapy also involves the use of hot or cold stones, depending on the patient’s need.
The auxiliary thanked Bev for speaking to the members and an appreciation gift was presented to her. The regular business meeting followed with members answering roll call—“Where were you when you heard President Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago?”. Members were thanked for wearing red, white & blue. Thought for the day was “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” by President John F. Kennedy.
Reports were given by Secretary Jean Young, Treasurer Barb Dietsch, Hospital Gift Shop Manager and Recreation Chr. Vivian Brown, Magazines Chr. Ruth Cooley, and Publicity Chr. Joyce Schelling. A congratulations card was signed for CHWC President & CEO Phil Ennen who has been elected president of the Ohio Hospital Association for 2014.
Volunteers were requested to man shifts for the Book Fair Monday, Nov. 18 scheduled 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the hospital conference room. The book fair not only includes books in many different categories, but also toys, household items and holiday specials. Patient favors for November will be delivered by Marty Brace and other members will rotate as volunteers by month.
In memory of Marian Klingler, a dedicated auxiliary life member who passed away recently, Pauline Brillhart offered remarks about her activities and devotion. A moment of silence was observed in Marian’s memory.
Montpelier Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor this year’s Memorial Luminary Program open to the public and scheduled Sunday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Montpelier. Members are reminded to wear their pink smocks. Bill Priest will serve as master of ceremonies with welcome by Auxiliary President Deanna Gipe, and invocation and benediction by Dee Custer. Bill and Dee will read the names of the deceased being honored by area families and friends. Anyone wishing to honor the memory of a loved one who has passed away not only during the current year but also in past years should contact Barb Dietsch (419-485-3229) to be included in the luminary and angel program.
Plans were announced for the annual Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon to be held Monday, Dec. 9th at 12 noon at First United Methodist Church, Montpelier. Members are asked to bring a Christmas card for the hospital card shower, canned goods and non-perishable food item donations for local food pantries. Deloris Dennis and Dorothy Briner volunteered for the decorating committee. Program will be by the afternoon pre-school children. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Reservations can be made by calling Barb Dietsch prior to Nov. 27th.
Armeda Sawmiller and Pauline Brillhart assisted as hostesses at the conclusion of the meeting when refreshments were served.