Health Notes


December 14, 2003

Residents needed to develop programs to stop drug abuse

The Carroll County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee welcomes interested Carroll residents who want to help develop substance abuse prevention programs.

The meetings address quality of life issues that put children, families and neighborhoods at risk for substance abuse.

The next meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the public hearing room of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-6100.

Flu shots for children to be offered Friday

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a clinic for children to receive flu shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Health Department officials said they expect an emergency shipment of flu vaccine this week for the children's clinic, but urge parents to call before coming in. Shots for children younger than age 18 are free.

Parents or guardians wanting a flu shot for their child must have a doctor's order stating that the child is at high risk for the flu. Those at high risk include:

Children age 6 months to 23 months.

Children suffering from a chronic disease of the lungs (including asthma) or cardiovascular system.

Children who have undergone regular medical checkups or hospitalization in the past year because of metabolic diseases such as diabetes or kidney dysfunction, or disorders of the blood or immunosuppression system.

Children age 6 months to 18 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

Information: 410-876-4938.

Advocacy and outreach to be focus of workshop

The Carroll County Health Department will offer a community workshop in "Advocacy and Community Outreach" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will learn how to communicate their appeals and programs to the community.

The workshop is free. The Health Department is at 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-8701.

Workouts on Wednesdays for people with arthritis

Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg has started a seated exercise program for people with arthritis that meets at 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays.

People With Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) is taught by Bob McDowell, who is certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach the program.

Participants go through a series of movements designed by the Arthritis Foundation to increase range of motion. Most of the exercises can be done from a chair.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-549-8855.

Carroll Hospital Center announces two promotions

Carroll Hospital Center recently named Lisa Burmeister, R.N., clinical manager of surgical services, and Leslie Sanders-Wright, R.N., clinical manager of the Richard N. Dixon Ambulatory Care Center.

A member of the hospital's surgical team for more than two years, Burmeister has been responsible for the preoperative center and recovery room for the past year. She will oversee the operating room's nursing care and patient care services. She has a nursing degree from Frederick Community College.

Sanders-Wright, who has 15 years of operating room experience, is in charge of the daily clinical functions and personnel of the hospital's outpatient surgery center. She previously served as team leader of the center's operating room and was a staff nurse in the hospital's operating room. She has a nursing degree from Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Del.

Training for lifeguard, pool operator scheduled

Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg will hold lifeguard and pool operator certification courses this winter.

Red Cross Lifeguard certification will be held Jan. 6 to Feb. 12. Instruction includes first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Pool operator certification, including chemical management of pool water, will be held Jan. 20 and 27.

Registration for the classes is open to the public.

Information: 410-549-2894.

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