Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

July 23, 2006

UC's mobile van to offer screenings

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink's New Medical Mobile Van will be in the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Free blood pressure, sleep disorder and body fat analysis screenings will be offered.

Cholesterol screenings also will be available for $10 and osteoporosis screenings for $15 (cash or check only).

Information: 800-515-0044.

Support groups aid sex-abuse victims

Family and Children's Services of Harford County and Harford County Child Advocacy Center are holding weekly support groups for victims of child sexual abuse.

Groups are held in a supportive, nonthreatening atmosphere for adult survivors, teens, children and parents. An adult survivors group meets on Mondays and the parent/child victims group on Thursdays.

Groups are grant-funded and free of charge. All are welcome.

Information: Paula Scheye, Family and Children's Services, 410-838-9000, ext. 224.

Wound care center opens at hospital

The Upper Chesapeake Wound Care Center has opened at Harford Memorial Hospital, offering the only hospital-based, comprehensive wound management services in Harford and Cecil counties.

The center is headed by Dr. Sherif H. Osman, medical director, and Dr. Mark H. Gonze, surgical director.

The outpatient program has a multidisciplinary team of health professionals working together to ensure that patients receive personalized care for complex, nonhealing wounds, as well as hospital-based support.

The center's physician specialists and nurses collaborate with the patient's primary care physician to evaluate the wound, address underlying medical conditions and review the patient's history. After a diagnosis has been made, treatment options are discussed with the patient, and the wound and treatment are closely monitored.

The center offers scientifically proven treatment protocols, advanced wound care technologies, physician specialty support, and hospital-based rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, nutrition, education, and home health care services.

Information: 443-843-6600.

Free support groups, classes available

Upper Chesapeake Health offers various support groups and classes free to the public.

Many support groups for specific diseases and medical problems meet at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, while others meet at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

The Upper Chesapeake Family Birthplace also offers classes and support groups for expectant parents, new parents and pregnant teens at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink also provides free blood pressure screenings throughout Harford County.

For schedules and details about programs, call 800-515-0044.

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