Community Assistance

To reach our free community assistance line, just dial 2-1-1. This confidential information and referral line is run by the United Way. Call 211 for help to find resources for health care and social services in your area. This information can include listings of local support groups, as well as resources for food, housing, employment, counseling, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Youth Challenge

Youth Challenge provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to children with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play, socialize and have fun. Youth Challenge serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. For more information, visit or call 440-892-1001.

Low-Cost Immunizations

Low-cost immunizations are offered by Cuyahoga County Board of Health at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake

This service is offered by appointment only. Call 216-201-2041 to schedule.

Health Care Access

Health Care access is a program designed as a resource to access health care services for the uninsured. Program referrals can be made by anyone, including community agencies, churches and physician offices. Contact us at 440-925-0010.

Blood Donation

Working in partnership with LifeShare Community Blood Services, UH St. John Medical Center will host blood drives from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at UH St. John Medical Center, Building 2, first floor, Auditorium B. For more information or other locations, visit or call 866-644-Life (5433).

Senior Supper Club

Seniors can eat at UH St. John Medical Center’s Terrace View Cafe (cafeteria) for a 45 percent discount. Supper times are Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4 – 5:30 p.m. Just be sure to bring your card.

Anyone over the age of 60 can apply for a “Senior Supper Club Card.” Simply pick up a card from the Westlake Center for Community Services or North Olmsted Senior Center. Then bring your card to the Terrace View Cafe at UH St. John Medical Center for a 45 percent discount on all food (except bottled beverages and “Simply to Go” items). There is a $10 limit per customer for the discount; after that the items are full price.

For more information call the North Olmsted Senior Center at 440-777-8100 or the Westlake Center for Community Services at 440-899-3544.

Deaf Access Program (DAP)

DAP promotes and teaches deaf people self-advocacy skills to improve both access and quality of their health care. DAP provides an on-site deaf advocate and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients around the clock. The program teaches cultural and linguistic diversity among caregivers. For information, call 216-370-7318.

Prescription Drop-Off Box

Do you have old, leftover or expired medications around your house? You can safely dispose of these medications without harming the environment. Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are located at the Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake police departments. Any medications with the exception of liquids or syringes can be dropped off. Simply blackout your information with a permanent marker or remove the labels. This effort helps with the prevention of prescription drug abuse and crime and also helps keep our environment safe. Contact your local police department for more information.

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.

The Gathering Place West
800 Sharon Drive, Westlake

Concussion Management Program for Student Athletes

If your child suffers a head injury playing sports, you want to make sure he or she is safe before returning to play. UH St. John Medical Center now offers student athletes the opportunity to establish a balance function baseline with a $20 test. Taking this step before injury creates an invaluable reference point for measuring injury impact, results in a faster and more successful rehabilitation, and provides objective information to help clinicians make safe return-to play decisions. Call 440-414-6050 for more information.

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