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Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Berger welcomes more than 400 for Touch-A-Truck event

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Bentley, the Berger Health System mascot, visited with guests Thursday at the Touch-A-Truck event. (Photos by Trish Bennett)
Lt. Cory Bachnicki, Pickaway County Sheriff's Office, talks with a young visitor about the sheriff's office equipment.
The Sunny 95 mascot seemed to be enjoying the weather for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event.
Bentley makes a new friend on Thursday.
Organ donation was just one of the topics of interest at Thursday's event.
A young resident checks out the boat used by the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office.
Inside the hospital, guests could interact with staff and some of the equipment used in various departments, including this hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the wound care center.
City officials visited Berger during the Touch-A-Truck event to share news that Circleville was named in the Top 50 of the America's Best Communities competition.
The sheriff's office boat was a popular feature for kids on Thursday.

CIRCLEVILLE - Berger Health System welcomed more than 400 members of the community to its second annual Touch-A-Truck event Thursday on the Berger Hospital campus.

The event, presented by Molina Healthcare and Sunny 95, was a way for the hospital to give back to the community, said Larry Halm, vice president of marketing for Berger Health System.

"It was Hospital Week last week, and we usually try to do some kind of open house," Halm said. "This was a really family-friendly way to get people to come to the Berger campus, come inside and learn about our different service lines."

In addition to Sunny 95 radio personalities presenting music, food and entertainment, guests could get up close and personal with police, fire and rescue equipment, as well as buses, large construction and farming equipment stationed in the hospital parking lot.

Inside, hospital staff hosted a "scavenger hunt," in which guests visited various stations throughout the building and collected stickers to be entered in a prize drawing at the end of the event.

Each station offered presentations and information on a variety of topics including organ donation, wound care, health screenings and more.

"We had about 350 people attend last year, and we had at least 400 this time," Halm said. "We'll probably do it again next year, too. It just keeps getting bigger, and the public really seems to like it."

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