Hiram College

Hikes on Hiram College’s new campus trail, health assessments, spiritual well-being, surgery demonstrations, social media addiction, therapeutic massages, stress kits, and lessons in healthy sleep just skim the surface of Hiram’s HealthFest, coming to campus Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a. m. to 2 p.m. A celebration of wellness among the College’s students, faculty, and staff, the event also plays host to some 150 local high school students interested in health professions.

Now in its third year, Hiram’s HealthFest will put the spotlight on future health professionals including the College’s junior nursing students who will demonstrate blood draws and patient lifts and conduct medical diagnoses on simulated adults and infants in Hiram’s nursing suite. Concurrently, third-year medical and graduate students from Northeast Ohio Medical University will demonstrate the impacts of strokes and other neurological disorders on the brain and spinal cord. Meanwhile, alumnus Richard Anthony ’82, president of the Surgical Training Institute, will present a bioskills laboratory where Kent State University podiatry professor Dr. James Connors will demonstrate ankle and foot surgeries. Visiting students from Warren G. Harding, Crestwood, Brooklyn, Cardinal, Lake, Newbury, and Mogadore High Schools will have an opportunity to perform mock podiatric and other surgical procedures.

Hiram Integrative Exercise Science Chair Michael Rebold, Ph.D. and his students will conduct body composition and cardiopulmonary assessments for event-goers. Other Hiram students, faculty, and staff members will present teach-ins touching on topics ranging from disability culture to LGBT bullying to preparing for college. Plus, community resources such as Faithful Servants Care Center, which provides free urgent medical care to those in poverty, join a host of other informative and health-centered offerings dotted throughout campus.

Sandy Madar, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives and professor biology and biomedical humanities at Hiram, describes the HealthFest as a salute to Hiram Health, which the College launched in 2014 to draw attention to its strengths in life sciences, pre-professional and nursing programs, and to improve wellness of the campus community beyond the classroom.

“This is a celebration of our commitment to those aims,” Dr. Madar says.