Pathways to Health

On Wellness Day, the Class of 2019, The Difference Makers, learned there are many pathways to health. In Medina County, there are many doors where help is available. From the Health Department and Free Clinic to our local hospitals to addiction resources, our community is working together to make sure everyone is receiving health care and support. Our community leaders can make a difference in our community wellness by helping connect people to resources, being a part of the conversation, serving on boards, and volunteering. We hope you will take a few minutes to review the resources below and find a way to be involved.

Medina County Health Department

Krista Wasowski, LSW, MPH Health Commissioner Medina County Health Department


From the website: On behalf of our dedicated staff and board members, I’d like to welcome you to the Medina County Health Department. You might be surprised by how often your life and safety have been affected by your local health department. From restaurant inspections, to outreach immunizations clinics, to car seat installations, our trained staff members are working to promote a healthy environment, healthy people, and a healthy community. All of our programs and special projects are in response to the needs of Medina County. I encourage you to let us know how we are doing. Please feel free to call or stop by anytime with questions or to see the amazing things happening every day at YOUR Medina County Health Department.


Living Well Medina County

From the website: The intent of this  tool is for every person to have an opportunity to be a part of how this county moves into the future.  Are we making the best decisions now to make Medina County the best place to live, work, and play?

You don’t need any experience, no healthcare background or even a diploma.  No meetings or evening events to attend. Just a willingness to share your experiences. This on-line tool connects us in a totally new, transparent way.

If you don’t have an opinion about that topic, there’s no need to participate.  Of course, you can be more active by writing a thoughtful reply, asking additional questions, starting your own threads, sharing news and even posting community events.   In a few months time, you’ll be surprised how much we can accomplish together.

Using this new communtiy tool, you can start an online group, join a group or read local data.

Medina Hospital

From the website: Since 1944, Medina Hospital has remained dedicated to the surrounding community and its patients. The care you’ve come to know and trust is now better than ever — backed by a national leader in Cleveland Clinic.

Located on the corridor to the Medina community, Medina Hospital is a 171 registered bed acute care facility. In August 2009, the hospital affiliated with Cleveland Clinic becoming the ninth regional hospital in the health system. Medina Hospital is also introducing advanced clinical treatments and therapies, personal service enhancements for patients and visitors and faster access to Cleveland Clinic’s expertise and specialties.

Medina Hospital’s strong clinical Centers of Excellence include:

Free Clinic of Medina County

From the website: Free Clinic of Medina County (formerly the Medina Health Ministry) is a free medical clinic serving the residents of Medina County. Our mission is to provide free basic medical care to the working residents of Medina County who meet our income qualifications.

Free Clinic of Medina County is staffed by dedicated physicians, nurses, and support staff who volunteer their time to provide care and assistance.

Lodi Community Hospital

From the website: Lodi Hospital, a member of Cleveland Clinic Akron General, has proudly provided community based healthcare to people of southwest Medina County and portions of Lorain, Ashland and Wayne Counties since 1920.

Lodi Hospital is a designated 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of services:

  • Acute and skilled care
  • Full range of outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and physical therapy services
  • Occupational health care
  • Outpatient and general, minimally invasive surgery
  • Radiology services
  • State-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room


From the website: We meet regularly to help those struggling with addiction or mental health issues to encourage a healthier lifestyle! In 2015, a friend lost his son to heroin.  About the same time, I started working with “troubled” youth in our small Ohio town.  Both experiences brought me face-to-face with the devastation of addiction and mental health issues facing our communities, especially our youth. I had to act!



Recovery Center of Medina County

From the website: The mission of the Recovery Center of Medina County is to strengthen communities by supporting people in recovery.

From the website: The Medina County Opiate Task Force will collaborate, utilizing a combination of behavioral and physical health disciplines, advocate by promoting the resources and agencies available in Medina County, and work to educate the public about the risks and harm of opiate abuse.
From the website: Hope Recovery Community is dedicated to increasing sustained recovery by providing hope, support, advocacy, and resources to those impacted by addiction.

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