Hospital hot line's name changed to askAAMC
Anne Arundel Medical Center has changed the name of its 24-hour information hot line from ASK-A-NURSE to askAAMC.
The service still offers a round-the-clock staff of registered nurses and resource professionals to respond to questions about such matters as physician referrals, substance abuse treatment programs, and registration for classes and seminars offered by the hospital. The hot line also features access to the "AudioHealth Library," which offers information on more than 400 health care topics.
The askAAMC service can be reached at 410-573-5490 or 1-800- MD-NURSE.
AAMC vascular lab earns accreditation
Anne Arundel Medical Center's vascular laboratory has received accreditation by the Intersocietal Commision for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories - a nationally recognized organization endorsed by leaders in the field of cardiovascular testing and interpretation. The accreditation is given to vascular laboratories that have demonstrated competency in the field of testing.
AAMC's vascular laboratory, directed by diagnostic radiologist Thomas B. Lank, offers noninvasive testing used to identify vascular disease.
For more information about vascular disease, prevention and detection, call 410-267-1373 for a free brochure.
Diabetes center to relocate to North Arundel Hospital
The Joslin Diabetes Center - an affiliate of the Joslin Center at the University of Maryland - will relocate from the Shipley's Choice Medical Center to North Arundel Hospital. The center will offer diabetic patients treatment by endocrinologists, diabetes nurse educators, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, opthalmologists and nutritionists.
The center will also offer diabetic education, information on meal planning, weight management classes and an insulin pump program for patients who want to use a pump for insulin therapy rather than injections.
An open house will be held before the center's opening in late fall.
Exercise program offered for arthritis sufferers
Laurel Regional Hospital and the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the Arthritis Foundation is offering a seven-week exercise program called "People With Arthritis Can Exercise," a community-based, nonclinical program that will improve endurance, joint mobility and body mechanics. The program will be offered at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road.
Participants must be able to walk, either independently or with a device, or they must be able to transfer to a straight chair from their wheelchair. The fee is $25. Registration: 301-497-7914 or 410- 792-7636.
Certification: The National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators has announced that Rajam Nair of Southern Maryland Hospital Center's Diabetes Self Management Education Program has successfully completed the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.
Donation: North Arundel Hospital donated $300,000 for an expansion to the Community Center at Woods in Severna Park. North Arundel Hospital holds many of its health fairs, screenings and lectures at the center.
Back to school: Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering free back-to-school immunization clinics from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. Information: 410-222-6633; and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Annapolis Health Center, 3 Harry Truman Parkway. Information: 410-222- 7247.
Foot screening: Podiatrist John Murphy will offer a foot screening from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow and Aug. 29 at North Arundel Hospital's Arundel Mills storefront office, near Jillian's.
Arthritis exercise: The Maryland Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will have a free aquatics exercise demonstration for those with arthritis at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Central Special School in Edgewater. Participants in the 45-minute class will perform exercises concentrating on all muscle groups and joints. Information: 800-365-3811, Ext. 239.
Hospital sale: Encore Thrift Shop, sponsored by the Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary, will hold a bag sale this month at the shop at 900 Montgomery St. For $5, visitors can fill a bag with men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Proceeds go toward the purchase of hospital equipment. Information: 301-776-4656.
Nutrition class: Anne Arundel Medical Center's Wellness Program and Fresh Fields Whole Food Market will present "Go For the Grain" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion on the AAMC Medical Park campus. Dietitians will discuss how whole-grain products can ward off cancer and lower the risk of heart disease. Participants will be invited to taste-test food. The cost is $20. Registration: 410-573-5490 or 1-800-MD-NURSE.