N. Arundel hospital names Tolner chief of neurosurgery...

HEALTH NOTES

July 30, 2002

N. Arundel hospital names Tolner chief of neurosurgery

North Arundel Hospital has announced the appointment of Dr. David Tolner as chief of the sub-department of neurosurgery. Tolner will be responsible for overseeing neurosurgery care in the operating room and on the patient floors, and overseeing equipment used by his department. He will also coordinate the call schedule for the hospital's four neurosurgeons.

Tolner is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984. In addition to his duties at North Arundel, Tolner is an instructor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an assistant clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland Medical System. He lives in Pasadena.

Program alerts children to hazards of cigarettes

Lydia Park of Pasadena, a senior at North East High School, and Kierstyn Francois of Landover, a senior at the University of Maryland, are using games and quizzes to teach children at local camp and playground sites about the dangers of cigarettes. Working with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live cancer-prevention campaign, they hope to reach more than 1,700 young people this summer.

The young women are presenting their "Smoking Stinks" program through the first week of next month to elementary and middle school children at more than 42 local camps and playgrounds sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Departments of Recreation and Parks, and at several private camps.

Children play trivia and wheel-of-fortune games by answering questions about the dangers of tobacco taken from the Department of Health's Smoking Stinks Web site, http://smokingstinks-aaco.org. The campaign promotes lifestyle choices that reduce cancer risk, including avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthful diet and practicing sun safety. Information: 410-222-7979.

Red Cross offers CPR, first aid classes

The Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross will offer courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid at several sites in the county. Classes will be taught at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd.; St. Philips Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis; Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road.

"Adult CPR" focuses on emergency action, rescue-breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for victims age 8 and older. The course is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow in Edgewater. The cost is $35.

"Standard First Aid" includes instruction for one-rescuer CPR for victims older than age 8, and basic first-aid skills such as treatment of severe bleeding and burns, injuries, shock and sudden illness. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in Edgewater. The cost is $40. Registration for courses is on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is required at registration. Information: 410-764-4609.

North Arundel Hospital plans parenthood classes

North Arundel Hospital is offering free classes on childbirth and early childcare:

"Motherhood Experience," 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 26, is for women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant. The classes include a tour of the birthing facility, tips for reducing risks during pregnancy and delivery and planning for childbirth.

"Maybe Baby Preconception Counseling," 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7, helps parents prepare for conception and discusses prenatal care.

"Baby Care Basics," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 13, provides answers to common questions asked by new parents.

Classes will be held at the Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Arnold. 410-686-8982.

Calendar

Disability workshop: A free Social Security disability workshop will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Annapolis branch library, 1410 West St. The workshop is for first-time applicants and those who are reapplying. Information: 410-266-7941.

Pulmonary function: North Arundel Hospital will offer pulmonary function screenings from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Marley Station mall. 410- 787-4367.

Hospital tour: Harbor Hospital's Women's and Infants' Program will offer a tour of the hospital's labor and delivery area at 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Aug. 7 Registration is required. 410- 350-8255.

Cancer support: North Arundel Hospital will hold a meeting for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the hospital's Radiology Conference Room, on the lower level. 410-721-4304.

Blood drive: A blood drive will be held by Laurel Regional Hospital and the American Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 in the hospital's J.R. Jones Conference Room, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be accepted. 410-792-2270, Ext. 77950.

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