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July 20, 2010 > InHealth Channel Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

InHealth Channel Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Programming Receives Prestigious Industry Honors

InHealth, Washington Hospital's cable channel on Comcast Channel 78, marked its fifth anniversary by receiving TV honors for original productions from the 31st Annual Telly Awards. The winning program, Inside Washington Hospital: The Green Team hosted by Dr. John Thomas Mehigan earned a bronze Telly award. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions.

Inside Washington Hospital: The Green Team takes an inside look at the many green initiatives that are being implemented at Washington Hospital and the staff members that are helping to make a difference. The winning program was selected as standouts from more than 14,000 entries from around the country.

"As a vascular surgeon, hosting Inside Washington Hospital is quite a departure for me," said John Thomas Mehigan, M.D., medical director of Washington Hospital's Offsite Community Education. "Being a part of a program that's providing such meaningful information to the community is extremely gratifying to me."

Inside Washington Hospital is a program that focuses on the inner-workings of the hospital. Some of the topics covered in past shows include: the emergency room, urgent care, the heart program, pediatric care and antibiotic resistant infections (MRSA). Inside Washington Hospital airs on InHealth every week (see the complete television schedule on the opposite page.)

"Receiving a Telly Award helps reaffirm the overall success of InHealth," says Barbara Kostick, M.D., medical director of Washington Hospital's Community Health Services. "The InHealth team has dedicated itself to developing high quality television shows that are informative and dynamic and I am very proud of what I've been able to contribute since the inception of InHealth five years ago."

Dr. Kostick is the host of Your Concerns InHealth, a round table discussion show that features physician discussions on a variety of topics and addresses questions and concerns from people in the community. She is also the host of Voices InHealth, which covers a variety of health and safety issues.

One of the programs currently airing on InHealth is Voices InHealth: The Greatest Gift of All, a special show that follows the relationship and generosity of two friends going through kidney transplant surgery and their recovery. The show also highlights the California Transplant Donor Network and how organ and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance for a healthy and productive life.

"The Voices InHealth series has showcased so many inspiring stories of people overcoming serious health problems and conditions," says Kostick. "I think these television shows deliver a message of hope and they also help educate the community about the support and health care services that are available for them and their loved ones."

InHealth is another facet of Washington Hospital's mission to enhance patient care and health promotion throughout the District. InHealth enables Washington Hospital to better serve the community by providing the viewing audience an opportunity to take advantage of hospital resources from home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the regular program schedule are broadcasts of the District Board meetings and Washington Hospital's popular Health and Wellness classes. Programs on InHealth promote overall health and wellbeing by providing entertaining, educational and informative shows dealing with medical and non-medical health-related subject matter.

Current programs cover a large variety of health and safety topics ranging from men's health to diabetes education. In the coming months, InHealth will debut new shows on patient safety, whooping cough, vaccinations for school children, vitamin supplements and a policy update on national health care reform.

Tune Into Your Health

The InHealth broadcast schedule is published weekly in the Tri-City Voice and is posted on the Hospital website You can also watch InHealth online. Visit to watch every show currently on the InHealth television schedule. We'd like your feedback about the current programming being provided as well as what you would like to see on the channel in the future.

Please send your questions and comments to or contact the Community Relations Department at (510) 791-3417. Thanks for watching!

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