Low Vision Center at St. Mary Medical Center Provides Access to Free Telephones

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If a friend of yours has limited vision, let him or her know that the Low Vision Center at St. Mary Medical Center will host topical lectures in September and provide access to free specialized telephones.

The Low Vision Center provides free services to the Southern California community and helps children and adults enhance their vision to its fullest potential. The Center has a variety of helpful household tools in store and assists people with low vision achieve their independence. The Low Vision Center at St. Mary Medical Center is located on the second floor of the Parr Health Enhancement Center, 1055 Linden Avenue, the building directly across from the main hospital.

September Classes and Lectures:

· Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014:                   10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

California Telephone Access Program – offers a range of free, specialized phones that are easier to hear, easier to dial, and easier to use. These free telephones and devices will turn up the volume, allow hands-free operation, flash incoming calls, display conversation in text, and recall numbers.  All phones are provided free to California residents who have an existing residential phone service.  Please call early for an application, which must be filled out by your primary health care physician prior to the class. Friends and family are welcome. Check in time is at 9:30 a.m.  RSVP by calling 562-491-9275.

· Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014:                 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DIABETES – Ingrid Lieu, MD, Family Medicine, will lecture about the causes of diabetes type 1 and type 2, the risks, treatments, myths, symptoms, and effects of the disease. She will also talk about meals and fitness. Check in time is at 9:30 a.m. RSVP by calling 562-491-9275.

· Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014:                   10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

GLAUCOMA – Join eye care professional and ophthalmologist Theodore Pasquali, MD for a lecture about glaucoma. Learn about symptoms, treatments, and research. Check in time is at 9:30 a.m.  RSVP by calling 562-491-9275.

About St. Mary Medical Center
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, more than 1,350 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading-edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center enjoys a reputation for quality, including Healthgrades awards: three consecutive years of Maternity Excellence Awards (2011-2013); two consecutive years of Patient Safety Excellence Awards (2012-2014); Stroke Care Excellence Award (2011, 2012, 2014); a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, a CIGNA Bariatric Center of Excellence designation, and a Blue DistinctionÒ Center for Cardiac Care designation. For more information, please visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org.

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