FMC Unveils All Soles Matter Memorial

FMC All Soles MatterMore than 70 people attended Fairfield Medical Center’s All Soles Matter: Standing Together to End Addiction event on Friday, Aug. 31. The event, held in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, was centered on inspiring hope and providing education concerning the opioid epidemic in Fairfield County. Speakers at Friday’s event included FMC President and CEO John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr; Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler and FMC Emergency Department Manager Angela Snider.

As part of the event, FMC unveiled in the hospital’s Main Lobby a temporary memorial created out of 115 pairs of shoes that will remain up throughout the month of September, which is National Recovery Month. The number of shoes in the memorial represents the number of people who die in the United States every day from a drug overdose. All of the shoes contained within the memorial were donated by community members and staff, physicians and volunteers at FMC. When the memorial is dismantled at the end of September, the shoes will be donated to individuals in the community who are actively working toward recovery. FMC will continue to collect donations of new shoes throughout the month of September.

“When a person dies as the result of a drug overdose, they not only leave behind an empty pair of shoes, but also the question of ‘why’?” Janoso said. “As a community, we are all struggling to understand this problem, which only seems to be growing. You may be asking yourself, ‘what can I do to change this statistic?’ Today, we hope to help you answer that question.”

Jessie Fairfield Medical Center All Soles MatterAt the end of the event, attendees also were asked to sign a pledge stating that they would do their part to raise awareness, offer support and help reduce the negative stigma of drug-related deaths in the community.

Fairfield Medical Center is actively involved in helping individuals in the community who are struggling with addiction. FMC’s Substance Abuse Stabilization Unit (SASU) offers care for adult patients (age 18 or older) who are looking to break the chain to addictive chemicals such as alcohol and opiates. In 2017, FMC also became the first hospital in the state to receive a Project DAWN grant from the Ohio Department of Health. Project DAWN is a community-based overdose education and Narcan (Naloxone) distribution program. To learn more about SASU and/or Project DAWN, contact Michelle Duncan at 740-689-4457, ext. 2 or michelled@fmchealth.org.

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