Health Notes


July 09, 2006

`Happy Baby' classes at Learning Center

The Learning Center at Carroll Hospital Center is offering a class to help parents and other caregivers learn methods for keeping babies content.

"The Happiest Baby on the Block" class is based on the approach pioneered by child development specialist and pediatrician Harvey Karp, and presented in his book and DVD, The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Parents learn proven ways to quickly calm a crying baby, such as the "Calming Reflex," the "5 S's" and the "Cuddle Cur."

Registration is $70 per couple (either expecting or with their baby up to 3 months old) and includes a copy of The Happiest Baby on the Block on DVD or VHS and a Soothing Sounds CD.

The class will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 16 in the Learning Center at the hospital in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2244.

Nursing center certifies first class

Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently recognized its first certified nursing assistant/geriatric nursing assistant class.

The graduates are: Joanna Behrens, Faith Bozzell, Darlene Porter, Stacy Schmidt, Kristina Strohl, Christina Waters and Amber Williams.

The center also recognized the following employees for their length of service: Marie Rhoten, 30 years; Brenda Stansbury, 10 years; Rebecca Phillips and Joe Lafferty, 5 years.

Carroll Hospital receives donation

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation recently donated more than $1.9 million to Carroll Hospital Center.

Mark G. Pohlhaus, chair of the foundation's board of trustees, presented the check to John M. Sernulka, president and chief executive officer of Carroll Hospital Center.

The money will be used as follows:

More than $835,000 will fund the hospice inpatient facility under construction at Washington Road and Stoner Avenue.

An additional $500,000 will go toward campus expansion and construction projects, including completion of 24 private inpatient beds and the expansion of the sleep lab.

More than $230,000 will be invested in the Foundation Endowment Fund for special projects and urgent unanticipated future needs.

$330,000 will support the Picture Archival and Communication System, an electronic method of acquiring, storing and retrieving digital diagnostic images.

Other funds will support the Women's Place, Family Birthplace and the hospital's Multi-Faith Chapel and Meditation Garden.

Rape Crisis service president to leave

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County has announced the departure of its executive director, Cheri C. Sanzi. Sanzi had years of experience within the nonprofit and human services arena when she joined Rape Crisis in June of 2005. She is leaving to relocate to Tampa, Fla.

Board President Lisa Monthley said daily functions of the organization would continue normally while a search for a new director is under way.

Hospital dedicates chapel, garden

Carroll Hospital Center recently dedicated a new Multi-Faith Chapel and Meditation Garden.

Westminster Union Bank was recognized for providing funding for the Meditation Garden.

Hospital Chaplain Judy Strayer said the chapel and garden is a "place, where persons can come to contemplate, meditate, think and pray in their own traditions."

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