Schools, youth groups will participate in tobacco-free...


March 05, 2002

Schools, youth groups will participate in tobacco-free week

Dozens of schools and groups serving youngsters will participate in Tobacco-Free Kids Week, March 18 through 24, by holding anti-tobacco activities such as parades, contests and educational displays.

The county Health Department will display the winners in poster contests on its new showcase page of the Smoking Stinks Web site. Winners also will receive Tobacco-Free Kids T-shirts.

This will be the county's seventh Tobacco-Free Kids week. Last year, 107 community groups and schools and more than 61,000 children were involved.

Information: 410-222-7979, or visit

Hospital foundation plans golf tournament for May 15

The North Arundel Hospital Foundation is holding its 14th annual golf tournament May 15 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course on the Eastern Shore.

Proceeds from the event will support the hospital's Oncology Center, which is to open in the fall. Money will be raised through sponsorships, underwriters and a silent auction.

The tournament format will be a scramble (captain's choice). A new automobile will be awarded for the first hole in one on a designated par-3 hole. Other prizes will be awarded for low net, low gross, longest drive and closest to the pin.

Information: 410-553-8559.

Medical center names 2 to vice president posts

Martin L. Doordan, president of Anne Arundel Medical Center, has announced the appointment of two new vice presidents.

Vickie Diamond was named vice president of Clinical Services. She will be responsible for inpatient care and ancillary services. Diamond holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Colorado.

Sue Patton is the new vice president of Surgical and Support Services. She has a nursing degree, a bachelor's degree in health administration and a master's degree in administration, all from Central Michigan University.


Free seminar: Laurel Regional Hospital is offering a free seminar, "Arthritis and Total Joint Replacement," at 6 p.m. today in Conference Room A. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph Layug and nurse Linda Muller will teach the seminar, which will include an explanation of joint replacement surgery, a tour of the operating room and a question-and-answer session. Information and registration: 410- 792-2413.

Mental health: The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Advisory Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the cafeteria of Clatanoff Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. The committee serves as an advocate for a comprehensive mental health system for people of all ages. Information: 410- 222-7164.

Colon cancer: In observance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, North Arundel Hospital will offer a free lecture on colon cancer at 6:30 p.m. March 19 in Padussis Conference Center on the hospital's third floor. Information and reservations: 410-787-4367.

Healthy weekend: The county Health Department and Lauer's IGA supermarket at 8479 Fort Smallwood Road, Riviera Beach, will sponsor a Good Food for Good Health Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the store. Shoppers can visit a nutrition booth staffed by dietitians, sample healthful foods and take home kits of free recipes. Information: 410- 222-7979.

Health screenings: North Arundel Hospital's storefront at Arundel Mills, between mall entrance No. 4 and Jillian's, is offering free health screenings and talks this month. On March 13, a colon cancer education talk is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., glaucoma and vision screenings will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and cholesterol screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. On March 14, a discussion on diabetes will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Information: 443-755-8773.

Wound management: North Arundel Hospital and Heartlands Assisted Living in Severna Park are offering a lecture on wound management at 7 p.m. March 20 at Heartlands, 715 Benfield Road, Severna Park. Dr. Richard Kelton will discuss types of wounds, treatment options and preventive measures. Information: 410-787-4367.

Lectures for Learning: North Arundel Hospital and Morningside House of Friendship assisted-living facility are co-sponsoring health-related lectures throughout the year. The topics include: "Alzheimer's Disease," March 14; and "Diabetes," April 18. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. at Morningside House of Friendship on Old Telegraph Road, Hanover. Information and reservations: 410-787-4367.

Parents-to-be: Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center in Arnold has announced its March schedule of free classes for parents-to-be. "Motherhood Experience" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and March 18. "Breastfeeding Basics" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 19. A sibling preparation class will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. All classes will be at the center, 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Information: 410-626-8982 .

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