Health Digest

November 13, 2001

N. Arundel Hospital to begin construction of cancer center

North Arundel Hospital will start construction this week of its Comprehensive Cancer Center, a three-story, 44,000-square-foot center that will hold treatment facilities, examination rooms, a library and a healing garden for patients and visitors. It will be staffed with a team of physicians, nurses, case mangers and researchers. An infusion area for outpatient chemotherapy also will be included in the center.

Because of construction, the hospital encourages visitors to park for free on the first three levels of the hospital's garage. Tokens can be picked up in the hospital's West Lobby.

Construction will cost an estimated $15 million and is to be completed next fall.

Health, vision screenings set for county schools

The county Department of Health has scheduled mandatory health and vision screenings of children entering county public and private schools, and third- and eighth-graders.

Testing, which also is being conducted at nurseries and day care centers, is available to home-schooled children through the public schools they would have attended.

Schools scheduled for screenings this week include Park, South Shore and West Meade elementaries; today; Crofton Middle and Van Bokkelen Elementary tomorrow and Thursday.

Schools scheduled next week include St. Anne's Day School on Monday and Tuesday Children are screened for vision or hearing problems that could impair performance in school. Parents are notified by mail if a possible deficiency is detected and are advised to contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice.

Information: Anna M. Edwards or Kathy Haskell, 410-222-6838.

Health Department offers bioterrorism information

The county Department of Health is offering information to county residents about bioterrorism. Information can be obtained by visiting www.aahealth.org, www.dhmh.state.md.us, www.cdc. gov or by calling 410-222-7256 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The information is part of the county's role in supporting federal and state health efforts.

Calendar

Colon cancer: A registered nurse from North Arundel Hospital's endoscopy department will offer information on colon cancer from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow at the hospital's storefront, between the mall's entrance No. 4 and Jillian's. Free take-home screening kits will be available, and no appointments are needed. Information: 443-755-8773.

Stress management: Anne Arundel Medical Center staff member Deirdre Vied will give a presentation, "An Overview of Stress Management," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Sajak Pavilion at AAMC's Medical Park campus. She will share with participants techniques for relieving stress, including relaxation and visualization. Cost is $25. Registration: 443-481-4000.

Lights on the Bay: Anne Arundel Medical Center's Lights on the Bay - a holiday tour of 60 illuminated displays - will run daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Jan. 1 at Sandy Point State Park. Admission is $12 per car and $50 per bus. Proceeds will benefit AAMC's acute care pavilion, scheduled to open Dec. 2 at the Medical Park campus. Information: 410-295-3161.

Pavilion preview: Anne Arundel Medical Center invites the public to preview AAMC's new acute care pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Medical Park campus. There will be a mini health fair, children's activities and refreshments. Information: www. aahs.org.

Flu shots: The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has scheduled a flu shot clinic for county residents from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The shots are free; donations will be accepted. Information: 410-222-7343.

Walking group: The O'Malley Marchers walk from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays at Wheels Skating Center on Route 175 in Odenton. Information: 410-787-4925.

Support groups

Better breathing: Anne Arundel Medical Center's Better Breathing Club, a support group for people with chronic respiratory problems, meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Suite 250 of Sajak Pavilion on the Medical Park campus. Registration: 410-267- 1571.

Autism support: The Anne Arundel County chapter of Autism Society of America, a support group for families of people with autism spectrum disorders, meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Ruth P. Eason School, 648 Old Mill Road, Millersville. Information: 410-551-0655.

Suicide support: Survivors of Suicide, a drop-in support group for people grieving the suicide of a loved one, meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd. One-on-one counseling is available by appointment from Hospice of the Chesapeake. Information: 410-987-2129.

Stroke support: North Arundel Hospital's stroke support group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month in the hospital's classroom on the third floor. Information: 410-787- 4367.

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