Health Notes


October 15, 2002

Kaiser Permanente to open new center in Annapolis in Jan.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States announced that it will open a new 16,000-square-foot medical center at 888 Bestgate Road next to Westfield Shoppingtown (Annapolis Mall). Doctors will begin serving Kaiser Permanente members at this location Jan. 2.

Physicians who specialize in pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, dermatology, allergy, and general surgery will have practices at the medical center. Pharmacy and laboratory services will be available on site. Kaiser Permanente cares for more than 12,000 members in Anne Arundel County.

Women's wellness event planned for Nov. 15-17

YMCA Camp Letts will present "Women's Wellness Weekend VI" from Nov. 15 to 17. Sponsors for this year's event include Anne Arundel Community College, First Union Bank and Whole Foods market.

Speakers will include Mary Foley, author of Bodacious; Linda Roebuck of Anne Arundel Community College, who will discuss "Balancing and Developing Peace of Mind"; and John Collings, also of AACC, who will speak on "Living Purposefully."

Other topics will include intergenerational relationships, self-defense, one-day interior makeovers, cooking with soy products, mammograms, Chinese medicine for women, and exercise and craft sessions.

Registration is $185 and includes lodging, food, educational and exercise session, workshops, entertainment and camp activities. Early registration, due today, is $155. Information: 410-919-1418.

Hearing, vision screenings to be conducted for pupils

Anne Arundel County Health Department's vision and auditory technicians and school nurses conduct required vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, third grade and eighth grade, and for pupils new to Anne Arundel County schools.

Special-education pupils receiving speech therapy also may be recommended for screening. Department technicians also administer vision and hearing screenings at private schools, nurseries and day care programs.

Children who wear glasses should take them to school the day of the screening. Pupils in the following schools will be screened this month:

Today and tomorrow: Jacobsville Elementary, Shady Side Elementary.

Thursday: Aleph-Bet Jewish Day School, Kneseth Israel Nursery School, Severn School.

Friday: Kneseth Israel Nursery School.

Monday-Oct. 22: Marley Elementary, Solley Elementary.

Oct. 23-24: Meade Heights Elementary, Pasadena Elementary.

Oct. 25: Creative Gardens Learning Center of Annapolis.

Oct. 28-29: Bodkin Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary.

Oct. 30-31: Corkran Middle, Crofton Middle.

Children are screened for vision or hearing problems that could impair their performance in school. If a potential deficiency is detected, a letter is sent to the child's parents, alerting them to the results. The parents are advised to contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice. Information: Anna M. Edwards, 410-222-0071; or Kathy Haskell, 410-222-6838.

N. Arundel doctor joins aquarium expedition

Dr. Richard Kelton recently found a way to combine his professional expertise with his love for the sea. A hyperbaric oxygen specialist at the Wound Healing Center at North Arundel Hospital, Kelton serves as a medical consultant for the diving team of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He became certified in scuba diving seven years ago and has volunteered for the National Aquarium for the past five years.

He recently participated in the aquarium's 11-day specimen collecting trip to Bimini, Berry Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. He was part of an 11-member team, which included a curator, several aquarists, a diving safety officer, a veterinarian and many volunteers.

As the medical consultant for the group, Kelton attended to various medical issues onboard, including ear and sinus problems. He also helped collect various types and sizes of salt-water fish were retrieved for exhibit. The fish will remain in quarantine for three months and will then be put on display at the aquarium.

Hospital names Cary director of radiology

Jim Cary has been appointed director of radiology at North Arundel Hospital. Cary has worked at North Arundel for 27 years, serving as a staff technologist in the radiology department, supervisor of CT scan and, most recently, managing supervisor of the department of radiology. As director, he supervises a staff of more than 60 employees.

Cary earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in 1992 and an associate of arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus, in 1975. He is licensed in radiologic technology and is also a member of the American Association of Radiologic Technicians.

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