Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

April 16, 2006

Medical van to visit hospital April 25

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink's medical mobile van will be in the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 25.

Free blood pressure screenings and body fat analysis will be offered. Cholesterol screenings will be available for $10 and osteoporosis screenings for $15 (cash or check only).

Information: 800-515-0044.

Cecil family gets van from company

Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp., a provider of modified vehicles for people with disabilities, has donated a vehicle to the Humes family of Cecil County.

Through a shared commitment with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Ride-Away donated its fifth vehicle to Karen Humes, a single mother of two. The wheelchair-accessible van accommodates her youngest daughter, Sophia.

Hospital honored for anti-infection work

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center was named a mentor hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for its efforts in reducing hospital infections.

As a mentor hospital, UCMC assists hospitals across the country in implementing best practices relating to reduction in infections, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-related bloodstream infections.

As part of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a national initiative by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to eliminate hospital infections, UCMC was named among the 14 pioneering hospitals that have had no ventilator-associated pneumonia cases for one year.

Participating hospitals commit to implementing quality improvement changes targeted at patients admitted with congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke, pneumonia, and any patients admitted to the intensive care unit on a ventilator.

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