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For release: October 14, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Information session addresses heartburn treatment options
Akron General offers a free session to share long-term solutions

Suffering from heartburn more than twice a week? Are you sleeping in a recliner or avoiding the foods you once enjoyed due to acid indigestion? Have you been told you have Barrett’s esophagus and you don’t know what options are available? Take the next step toward seeking a long-term solution by attending a free information session hosted by Akron General's Heartburn Center on October 23, at 6 p.m. at Akron General Health & Wellness Center – West, 4125 Medina Rd., Montrose.

Gastroenterologist Richard Salvino, MD, and surgeons Charudutt Paranjape, MD, and William Papouras, MD, will present information on heartburn, GERD and Barrett’s esophagus, as well as available treatment options, including Trans‐oral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) surgery and the minimally invasive HALO ablative therapy for Barrett’s esophagus. Akron General's Heartburn Center is proud to be the first center in Northeast Ohio to offer state-of-the-art, incisionless surgery.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, please call the Akron General Heartburn Center at 330‐344‐BURN (2876). You can also visit for more information.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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