Hospital garage to use new entrance during construction...

HEALTH NOTES

May 07, 2002

Hospital garage to use new entrance during construction

The entrance and exit to the parking garage at North Arundel Hospital has been moved to the east side of the garage, near the hospital's west lobby and flag poles, because of construction at the hospital's new cancer center.

The driveway to the garage has been marked with signs to aid patients and visitors. Flagmen will direct traffic. Visitors are asked to use caution when entering and exiting the parking garage.

Although construction has reduced visitor parking in front of the hospital, free parking is available in the garage. Construction is expected to be completed by January.

Nurse educator joins diabetes center staff

Diabetes nurse educator Laurie Pasieka has been named to the staff of Joslin Diabetes Center at North Arundel Hospital, where she will teach diabetes self-management.

Pasieka, who lives in Arnold, received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Towson University. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators. She comes to the hospital from the Diabetes Interactive Network of the Eli Lilly Co., where she served as a nurse educator.

Five medical specialists join North Arundel staff

North Arundel Hospital has announced the appointment of five specialists to the hospital's staff.

Dr. Teoman R. Demir, a general surgeon; Dr. Parabh K. Gill, an obstetrician and gynecologist; Dr. Robert L. Lavine, an endocrinologist; Dr. Giora A. Praff, an internist; and Dr. Mark W. Preslan, an ophthalmologist, have joined the staff.

North Arundel sees rise in number of patients

North Arundel Hospital is treating more patients than it did last year, hospital officials said.

In March, 1,448 patients were discharged, a 3 percent increase over March last year. For the year to date, hospital discharges are up 11 percent, and patient days were up by 14 percent.

Increases also were reported for emergency room visits and operating room patients.

Calendar

Reiki: Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a lecture on the ancient art of reiki from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight in Room 250 of the Sajak Pavilion, off Jennifer Road. The lecture will cover such topics as stress and pain management, treating disease and the use of reiki in hospitals. The cost is $25. 443-481-4000.

Stroke screening: North Arundel Hospital will observe Stroke Awareness Day by offering stroke screenings from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the hospital's Arundel Mills storefront, between mall entrance No. 4 and Jillian's. Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and undergo a blood pressure screening and pulse check. 410-787-4367.

Cholesterol screening: North Arundel Hospital will offer free cholesterol screenings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at its Arundel Mills storefront. A finger-stick blood test will be performed. Screenings are offered the second Wednesday of every month. Appointments are not necessary. 410-787-4367.

Stroke awareness: Harbor Hospital will offer stroke risk assessment, blood pressure screenings and give-aways from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the hospital's LifeResource Center. No appointment is necessary. 410-350-8255.

Back strength: Harbor Hospital will offer an interactive class led by Dr. Veronica Antico on proper techniques to increase back strength from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Life- Resource Center. Information: 410-350-8255.

Back and posture screening: North Arundel Hospital will offer free back and posture screenings on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at its Arundel Mills storefront. Screenings are offered the second Thursday of every month. Appointments are not necessary. 410-787-4367.

Diabetes discussion: North Arundel Hospital will offer a free diabetes discussion from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the hospital's Arundel Mill's storefront. The discussion will focus on questions about diabetes, and educational material will be available. 443-755-8773.

Arthritis pain: Anne Arundel Medical Center will hold a free seminar, "Arthritis and Knee and Hip Pain," at 11 a.m. May 14 in Room 250A, Sajak Pavilion, off Jennifer Road, near Westfield Shoppingtown (Annapolis Mall). The seminar will focus on alleviating arthritis pain. 443- 481-4000.

Skin cancer: Harbor Hospital will offer skin cancer screenings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 at the LifeResource Center. Appointments are required. 410- 350-8255.

Dental implants: Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a free discussion on dental implants from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 14 in Room 250 of the Sajak Pavilion. The discussion will cover the use of implants to replace teeth, create anchors for bridge work and to provide support for slipping dentures. 443- 481-4000.

Arthritis discussion Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Barry will discuss osteoarthritis at 6:30 p.m. May 15 in North Arundel Hospital's Padussis Conference Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. He will explain symptoms of the disease and treatment options. 410-787-4367.

Golf tournament: North Arundel Hospital Foundation will hold a golf tournament May 15 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links on the Eastern Shore. 410- 553-8559.

Health lecture: North Arundel Health System and Morningside House of Friendship assisted-living facility will sponsor a lecture, "Physical and Psychological Effects of Aging," at 7 p.m. May 16 at Morningside House of Friendship on Old Telegraph Road in Hanover. 410-787-4367.

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