Health Notes

Health Notes

April 29, 2003

Hospice receives grant to assist victims of crime

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center has received a grant of $39,600 from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to work with community agencies to better serve victims of violent crime in the county.

The hospice center will establish partnerships with the county Police Department, the county state's attorney's office's Center for Victim/Witness Assistance and the county's mental health authority.

The grant also will enable the center to educate county public safety personnel about counseling for those who have lost a loved one to a violent or unexpected death.

Hospital unit achieves high satisfaction rating

North Arundel Hospital's fourth floor has received its highest score ever for inpatient satisfaction in a health care survey by the Jackson Organization for the final three months of last year.

The unit achieved a score of 4.512 (the highest possible score is 5). The floor ranked in the 90th percentile nationwide and the organization gave the staff a certificate of achievement for its accomplishments. The Jackson Organization is a health care survey research and development firm based in Columbia.

The fourth floor is the general medicine and surgical floor for the hospital, which specializes in gastroenterology and pulmonary cases. It admits about 250 patients a month and has a staff of 95.

Mammography unit installs new technology

North Arundel Hospital's mammography department has installed the Mammotome ST system. The system is a minimally invasive vacuum-assisted biopsy device that performs stereotactic and sonographic breast biopsies and reduces procedure time.

The department conducts nearly 1,000 mammographies a year. A free self-examination guide may be requested by calling 410-787-4657.

Medical center honors efforts of volunteers

Anne Arundel Medical Center recently acknowledged the work of its 550 active volunteers. Receiving particular recognition were 190 volunteers who have served between 200 and 18,500 hours.

Recognized for 10,000 or more hours of service were: Barbara Ray of Annapolis (18,500 hours), Glenna Long of Edgewater (17,500 hours), Irma Meyers of Annapolis (17,500 hours), Ida Marsha of Annapolis (15,000 hours), May Velenovsky of Annapolis (12,500 hours), Mary Cummings of Annapolis (11,500 hours), Sara Ostrusky of Annapolis (11,000 hours), Patricia Rutemiller of Annapolis (11,000 hours), Genevieve Shaw of Annapolis (11,000 hours) and Blanche Taylor of Annapolis (10,000 hours).

Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit the Auxiliary Office between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Information: 443-481-5050.

Red Cross schedules CPR, first aid classes

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled at several sites in Anne Arundel County by the Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

"Community CPR," teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for victims of all ages. The class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road; May 17 at Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; and May 31 at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park. The cost is $40.

"Adult CPR," teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for adult victims. The class will be offered Saturday and May 17. The cost is $35.

"Infant and Child CPR" teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for children to age 8. The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Stanton, and May 17 and 24 at Edgewater. The cost is $35.

"Infant and Child CPR and First Aid" teaching rescue breathing, clearing an airway, one-rescuer CPR, first aid for choking victims, controlling bleeding and treating injuries common to children younger than age 8. The class will be taught from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10 at Stanton, and May 17 and 24 at Edgewater. The cost is $40.

"Standard First Aid" teaching rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, and one-rescuer CPR. The course also includes basic first-aid skills including treatment of severe bleeding, burns, musculoskeletal injuries, shock and sudden illness. The class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stanton and May 31 in Edgewater. The cost is $40.

"CPR for the Professional Rescuer" teaching response to breathing and cardiac emergencies in victims of all ages, one- and two-rescuer CPR and use of a resuscitation mask and bag-valve mask. The cost is $45.

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