News & Events

March 22, 2017
By SHANNON FLANAGAN sflanagan@the-review.com
Dr. Jonathan Hlivko, gastroenterologist at Alliance Community Hospital (ACH), presented "What You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Screenings" during Friday's Lecture Luncheon held in the McAlister Community Room at the hospital.
Hlivko told another packed crowd that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both...
March 15, 2017
Alliance Hospice will host its popular "Steppin' Out and Swinging with Hospice" dance and auction Friday at Don Pancho's Tex-Mex Cafe. The event will once again feature local legends Jimmy and the Soul Blazers.
A live and silent auction will be held with more than 50 auction items donated by local businesses as well as beautiful gift baskets donated by various departments of Alliance Community Hospital....
March 13, 2017
Jonathan Hlivko, MD, gastroenterologist at Alliance Community Hospital (ACH), will present “What You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Screenings” on Friday, March 17 at noon in the McAlister Community Room of ACH.
Hlivko, who began practicing in Alliance in the fall of 2015, previously practiced in the Department of Gastroenterology at Summa Health System/ Akron...
March 1, 2017
The following column is an interactive q and a feature appearing the first Wednesday of each month. Readers are encouraged to send their health-related questions that will be answered by a local medical professional to info@achosp.org. Today's question is being answered by Amelia Kocher, MPA, and executive director of the Alliance Family Health Center (AFHC).
Q: I had been a patient of Alliance...
March 1, 2017
By SHANNON FLANAGAN sflanagan@the-review.com
Area residents packed the McAlister Community Room Feb. 17 for Alliance Community Hospital's monthly Lecture Luncheon.
Lorrie Durkin, who became director of the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital in November, spoke about "Acute Coronary Syndrome, Early Heart Attack Care and Hands Only CPR" in honor of National Heart Month.
"This is...
February 13, 2017
“Acute Coronary Syndrome and Early Heart Attack Care” will be the focus of Alliance Community Hospital’s Lecture Luncheon Friday, February 17 at noon in the hospital’s McAlister Community Room, adjacent to the Café.
Lorrie Durkin, MSN, RN, CCRN, who is the director of the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital, will make the presentation, which will include...
February 6, 2017
Today's question is being answered by Lorrie Durkin, MSN, RN, CCRN, director of the Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital.
Q: "I am in my 60s and get frequent heartburn that feels like chest pain. I have been told that eating certain foods can mimic the signs of a heart attack. So, how do I know the difference between indigestion and possible cardiac arrest?" -- Steve H., Alliance
A:...
January 30, 2017
By SHANNON HARSH sharsh@the-review.com
In 2016, Alliance Community Hospital strengthened its orthopedic group, adding two new orthopedic surgeons to the Alliance Community Medical Foundation (ACMF) -- giving it four in the specialty.
The foundation, a partnership between the hospital and physicians, started with only two back in 2009, when orthopedic physician Dr. David Mungo and otolaryngologist...
January 23, 2017
Dr. Jane Fitch is a five-year cervical cancer survivor who is a frequent speaker on the topic emphasizing that cervical cancer is one cancer that is preventable.
Cervical cancer, a top killer of women throughout the world, is highly preventable with proper, regular screening, according to Tina White, Northeast Ohio Chapter Leader of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and Dr. Jane Fitch,...
January 20, 2017
Dustin Carneal, a clinical pharmacy specialist at Alliance Community Hospital, will be unraveling the mysteries of multiple medications during ACH’s Community Lecture Luncheon program on Friday, January 27 at noon in the McAlister Community Room, adjacent to the Café.

Carneal, who joined ACH in the summer of 2016, has had extensive education and experience in the pharmacy realm. He...
January 4, 2017
Editor's Note: The following column is an interactive question-and-answer feature appearing the first Wednesday of each month. Readers are encouraged to send health-related questions that will be answered by a local medical professional to info@achosp.org. Today's question is being answered by Dustin Carneal, Pharm.D., a clinical pharmacist at Alliance Community Hospital.
Q. My elderly mother lives...
January 4, 2017
From 8 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday, the emergency department at Alliance Community Hospital will be undergoing renovations, which will result in some minor inconveniences during that 12-hour period.
Those needing to visit the emergency department will be directed to a nearby temporary entrance. Visitors during the hours of renovation will be asked to use the main entrance to the hospital.
The...
December 31, 2016
Don McAlister, who has served on the Alliance Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 35 years, including 21 years as its president, was recognized recently along with his late wife Rose, with the naming of the hospital's community room adjacent to the Caf (formerly known as Conference Room 1A).
The Don and Rose McAlister Community Room was officially dedicated with family members and hospital officials...
December 7, 2016
"What's On Your Bucket List? Telling Your Life Story" will be presented by Sue Antram, RN, BSN, whose specialty is grief counseling, at this month's Alliance Community Hospital Lecture Luncheon at noon on Friday in Conference Room 1A at the hospital.
Antram has been with Alliance Community Hospital for 26 years and has worked in hospice for the past 23 years.
The Community Lecture Luncheons are open...
December 7, 2016
The Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary held its annual Memory Tree of Lights ceremony Sunday in the ACH Caf. Once again the Auxiliary teamed up with Alliance Hospice to honor and memorialize loved ones at the start of the holiday season.
More than 200 attendees gathered for this special memorial program. Holiday music was provided by Diana Cullen. Guest speakers included Stan Jonas, ACH CEO;...
November 23, 2016
Understanding diabetes holds the key to managing the malady and several often-overlooked techniques were presented at Alliance Community Hospital's Diabetes Management Seminar held Nov. 3 at the hospital.
Three experts in their respective fields provided detailed explanations followed by discussions from the 42 attendees about the importance of immunizations, getting the proper sleep and proper...
November 23, 2016
Paulus Orthodontics sponsors Alliance Community Hospital blood drive
With the season of giving just around the corner, Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) is hoping area residents will once again roll up their sleeves for a good cause.
The monthly American Red Cross blood drive at ACH is set for Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in conference room 1-A of the hospital. Historically blood donations tend...
November 16, 2016
Twin sisters retire from Alliance Community Hospital after 78 years of combined service
Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) colleagues recently celebrated the retirement of twin sisters Lois Willison and Lota Madison, formerly the "Paisley Twins." The sisters graduated from Minerva High School in 1972. Lota began her career at ACH in 1975 and Lois joined shortly after in 1979, giving them a combined...
November 14, 2016
Keeping medications straight can be a daunting task, but patients often don't realize that there is plenty of help available to sort through the confusion.
Even with vast improvements in electronic health records, there is still a possibility that the electronic records and the prescriptions from physicians may not match. As a result, health care facilities like Alliance Community Hospital have...
November 10, 2016
Dr. Ryan Ficco brings trauma experience to Alliance Community Medical Foundation
Dr. Ryan Ficco is not in Kansas anymore. Last month, the Alliance Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AIMM) added Ficco to its staff which already included Drs. David Mungo and Michael Necci. The practice, a part of the Alliance Community Medical Foundation, is a provider of orthopedic care, sports medicine and physical...
October 28, 2016
There are ways to manage diabetes that may come as a surprise and those techniques will be featured at a free public presentation at Alliance Community Hospital in the Cafe Conference Room on Thursday, November 3 at 6 p.m.
The Diabetes Community Seminar “Tips, Tricks and Tools for Diabetes Management” will be presented by Becky Glista, BSN, RN, who will speak about adult vaccinations in...
October 19, 2016
Although progress has been made, it is estimated that 40,450 women will die from breast cancer this year, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer, according to Brandy Hahn, BSN, RN, OCN, nurse navigator at Alliance Community Hospital.
Hahn spoke at Alliance Community Hospital's monthly Community Lecture Luncheon Friday, stressing the importance of...
October 13, 2016
More than 150 colleagues of Alliance Community Hospital were recognized for their years of service and special recognition went to several recipients at the hospital's annual recognition ceremony held recently.
Five-year incremental awards were distributed highlighted by four colleagues with 40 or more years of service. Forty-year award winners were Deborah Anweiler in Laboratory and Renee Thomas...
October 12, 2016
Residents of Community Care Center (CCC) at Alliance Community Hospital will once again be hitting the streets. And they will be riding in style in a 2016 Diamond Coach 14-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus.
"After being without transportation for the past several years, it's great to be able to get our residents out and about a little more," said Lori Underwood, activities coordinator at CCC.
According...
October 11, 2016
"Breast Awareness and Self-Exams" will be presented by Alliance Community Hospital's nurse navigator, Brandy Hahn, BSN, RN, OCN, at the ACH Community Lecture Luncheon at noon Friday in the hospital's conference room 1-A adjacent to the Caf.
Hahn, a Minerva native, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone College in 1996 and has worked at Aultman Hospital since 2008.
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