Last updated on July 21st, 2016 at 05:38 pm
Dr. Joseph Webb, chief executive officer of Nashville General Hospital (NGH) at Meharry, is still asking how NGH can better serve the community. Dr. Webb has held a second series of four community town halls over the past few weeks as part of his strategic planning process for the City’s community hospital. Located on the Meharry Medical College campus, NGH serves all residents of Nashville and Davidson County.
These community-focused events were completely open to the public by design to allow residents to come and ask any questions they may have about NGH, share their concerns, and talk freely and openly about what they see as the health challenges in their community. The dialogue generated from these town halls will be analyzed and used to help shape the future plans and vision for Nashville General Hospital.
“It’s important for me to get to know the community and for the community to get to know me and Nashville General Hospital,” Webb said. “It is vital for us to connect with our community and especially those we serve. Patient care starts in the community and in order for the hospital to be strong, our community must be strong. ”
As part of that mission to serve the community, NGH has several events planned over the coming weeks. Among them are free breast cancer screenings, a health fair and a special celebration. Also at NGH, their Women’s Health floor is undergoing renovations, and they will soon be opening an outpatient pharmacy.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry is once again offering no-cost mammograms during the month of May through grant donations by Susan G. Komen ® Greater Nashville and The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Women over the age of 40, especially those who have not had a mammogram in the past year, are encouraged to take part in their 14th Annual Mammograms in May program. This program is for both insured (copays will not be incurred) and uninsured women. Call 615.341.4447 Wednesday – Friday to make an appointment.
NGH’s 2nd Annual Community Health Fair will be held at Hadley Park on Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nashville General Hospital and partnering agencies will provide screenings and activities to improve the health and wellness of our community. Activities for the entire family include: FREE Health Screenings (Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Glucose); Ask an MD – Physician Panel; a Cooking Demonstration; Fun Activities for Kids (Face Painting, Balloons, Music); Live Demonstrations of Healthy Activities (Fitness, Zumba, etc.); Community Resources; and Door prizes. Nashville General Hospital CEO Dr. Joseph Webb will be on hand, along with NGH staff and physicians. For more information on this event, please call (615) 341-4082.
NGH will host its 9th Annual Dr. Robert E. Hardy Cancer Center Survivorship Celebration on Sunday, June 5th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Meharry’s Cal Turner Family Center. This free event honoring cancer survivors, families and caregivers, is open to the public and features the Lilly Oncology On Canvas art exhibition, showcasing 50 select pieces of art from previous Lilly Oncology On Canvas competitions. This year the hospital is celebrating 75 years of accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
The program portion of the event features guest speaker, Rob Hardy, Jr., – son of the late Dr. Robert E. Hardy for whom the center is named. The younger Hardy is a noted television and film writer, director, and producer, whose TV directing credits include Empire, Black-ish, Arrow, the Flash, The Game, Single Ladies, Power, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Being Mary Jane, The Blindspot, Bones, and Criminal Minds, just to name a few.
‘Registration, art show and music will begin at 2 p.m., with the formal program following at 3:00 p.m., all free and open to the public.