Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

February 17, 2006

Pediatric care facility to open in April

Del. Shane E. Pendergrass, Dr. Robert G. Graw, medical director of Nighttime Pediatrics, and Louis Grimmel, chief executive officer of Lorien Health Systems, have announced the scheduled opening of the fifth Nighttime Pediatrics urgent care facility on the campus of Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia.

Nighttime Pediatrics, a for-profit corporation, operates three facilities in Anne Arundel and one in Montgomery County. Additional sites are planned in the region.

The service is designed as an alternative to the emergency room for children and adults, offering nonemergency- level treatment when doctor's offices are closed or physicians not available. Patients are referred to their own physicians the next day.

"This is a little niche medical service business that fills the gap when physicians' offices are no longer open. It complements the emergency room, and it complements the primary-care practitioner," Graw said.

Services include x-rays, minor suturing and splinting, and on-site prescription and laboratory services. Same-day appointments are available, and walk-ins are accepted. The facility will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight weekdays; noon to midnight Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays and holidays.

The physician-based practice will accept all insurance coverage and will see every patient, regardless of the ability to pay. The Columbia facility is to open in April.

Pendergrass acted as a facilitator to attract the service to Howard County, Graw said.

Screenings

Mammograms -- Howard County Health Department offers free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements. 410-313-4255.

Heart health -- Howard County General Hospital will offer "Heart Matters," a cholesterol test and information about HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels, a blood pressure screening and height and weight measurements from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The cost is $25. 410-740-7601.

Body analysis -- A computerized body analysis that includes lean body mass-to-fat ratio, estimated basal metabolism, exercise guidelines, calories burned while exercising and suggested weight loss, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 at Howard County Hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The cost is $15 for the initial analysis; $10 for a repeat analysis within six months. 410-740-7601.

Safety

Tutorial -- The STTAR (Specialized Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. is offering private safety education for families. The presentations -- which cover topics such as "stranger-danger," good touch/bad touch/confusing touch; child abuse; Internet safety; sexual harassment; safe dating; and date-rape drugs -- are designed for parents seeking help in guiding their children in safe behavior. The cost is $45 a family for a 45-minute class. Larger groups pay $100 a hour. To schedule a class: Heidi Strominger, 410-290- 6432.

Hospital services

Pre-diabetes -- Howard County General Hospital's Community Health Education program will offer the following services:

Losing weightIndividualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital. Appointments, which cost $25 for a half-hour visit, must be scheduled in advance.

Please send health-related notices to fay.lande@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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