Health Notes


November 11, 2003

Health department offers inspections of child safety seats

The county health department offers year-round child car-safety seat inspections at three locations:

Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-6620.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month. No appointment required. 410-222-6660.

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 9 a.m. to noon, the first and third Tuesday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-7249.

In recent inspections, 85 percent of child seats were found to be improperly installed.

Information: 410-222-4223.

Hospital expands hours for blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is seeking donors to help ease a blood shortage.

The medical center's Blood Donor Center has expanded its hours for donor appointments to:

Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on Level One of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. Information: 443-481-4215.

N. Arundel Hospital offers blood pressure screenings

North Arundel will offer blood pressure screenings at its Arundel Mills storefront, between entrance No. 4 and Jillian's:

Today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Information: 443-755-8773.

Crime avoidance training available from Red Cross

The Red Cross of Central Maryland offers "Crime Avoidance Training," a class that focuses on security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an automated teller machine safely and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will go to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The cost is $9.95 per person.

Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc. org.

AAMC offers yoga classes for beginners and experts

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers yoga instruction. Classes, unless noted, meet on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion:

"Beginning Yoga," 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

"Continuing Yoga" (experience required), 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Class meets at 25 Shaw St., Annapolis.

"Yoga for Beginning and Advanced Students," 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Yoga Mid-Day" (beginning and advanced), 11 a.m. and noon Tuesdays and noon Wednesdays.

"Weekend Stretch" (beginning and advanced), 5 p.m. Fridays.

"Gentle Yoga," 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

"Yoga for the Young at Heart," for age 40 and older, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

"Yoga for Stress Management," 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays.

"Yoga for Weight Loss," 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays. The class meets at 25 Shaw St.

"Ashtanga, or Power Yoga" (yoga coupled with breathing exercises). Call for date and time.

"The Mix" (a combination of yoga and Pilates), 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Saturdays.

Information: 443-481-4000.


Pharmacy assistant director:

Cyrus Samet has been appointed the new assistant director of the pharmacy at North Arundel Hospital, according to an announcement by the facility. Samet received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Howard University and a graduate degree from the University of Maryland. Before his move to North Arundel he was pharmacy clinical manager at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Hip surgeon:

North Arundel Hospital has announced that Dr. Leo Courtney, medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at the hospital, has been certified by Zimmer Minimally Invasive Solutions to perform two-incision hip replacements.

This type of surgery requires only two 1 1/2 - to 2-inch incisions, as opposed to one 10- to 12-inch incision. The result is less blood loss, less tissue trauma, less post-operative pain and shorter hospital stays. 410-768-5555.

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