Annapolis resident honored for work on kidney patient...

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May 14, 2000

Annapolis resident honored for work on kidney patient guide

Annapolis resident Kelly Wallis DiNicolo has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' outstanding employee award for March for helping to prepare a booklet to assist kidney patients in handling emergency situations.

DiNicolo is a public affairs specialist in the Center for Beneficiary Services at the Health Care Financing Administration headquarters in Baltimore.

The 31-page publication, "Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis," was completed last year.

It has been distributed by HCFA - which oversees the Medicare program - to thousands of patients through dialysis centers and their health networks.

It is also available on the Medicare Web site at

DiNicolo, a Maryland native, holds a bachelor's degree and a master's in business administration in marketing - both from the University of Baltimore. She has worked at HCFA for six years."Kelly DiNicolo worked hard to have this extremely valuable guide published in a very short time," said Nancy-Ann DeParle, HCFA administrator, in an announcement of the award lastweek."Her achievement will help seriously ill people survive an emergency."

Arundel captain receives leadership award

The Women's Alliance of Maryland (WAM) has named county police Capt. Thomas Suit as the winner of its 2000 Community Leader Award.

Suit was instrumental in developing the Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and serves on the board of directors for the Anne Arundel County Sexual Assault Crisis Center, said the exective director of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, Michaele Cohen.

In the Police Department, Suit is credited with creating protocols for working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims."He's wonderful - a real leader on these issues," Cohen said. "He's been involved a long time, and he's been consistently supportive."

WAM is a nonprofit coalition based in Arnold that pushes for services for women and families in crisis and transition.

Suit will receive the award at the annual WAM awards luncheon June 1 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Detention center opens new wing for inmates

The Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road in Annapolis opened its first wing Friday.

About 80 inmates were transferred into 20-bed dorms, said Robin R. Harting, the jail's coordinator.

The transfer was scheduled for last weekend, but problems with the air conditioning delayed the opening, Harting said.

The windows in the new wing do not open.

Construction at the detention center is continuing, with a booking and receiving center, a maximum-security unit and a wing with 80 more beds scheduled to open in early November as part of a $16 million overhaul.

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