Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 20, 2006

Screenings offered at medical van

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

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

Also available are: cholesterol screenings for $10; and osteoporosis screenings for $15 (cash or check only).

Information: 800-515-0044.

Biggest Baby Shower to be held Sept. 9

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold Harford County's Biggest Baby Shower from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Center Court of Harford Mall.

Vendors will fill the center court area with information about products from prepared food services and baby support group information to specialty clothing and new baby toys.

Upper Chesapeake Health and the Family Birthplace will present a baby fashion show with children ages 3 months to 3 years modeling the latest in fall kids' wear.

Upper Chesapeake Health and Family Birthplace educators and nurses will hand out information on prenatal health and wellness, post-delivery care for mother and baby, breast-feeding advice and child-safety suggestions.

Those attending can win gifts and services for newborns and mothers.

Vendors are welcome. All nonprofit groups will receive free exhibit space. For-profit groups will be charged a fee. In lieu of the fee, vendors may choose to provide a drawing for those attending to win a gift or service.

All vendors will receive exhibit space, including a table and covering and chairs. Vendors are not permitted to sell merchandise.

Information: 443-643-4200.

Training offered for medical careers

Cecil Community College has developed certificate programs for people interested in a medical career.

Registration is being taken for the medical assistant program and medical coding/billing program, which begins Sept. 18.

Medical assistants work in physicians' offices or clinics and perform administrative and clinical duties. Completing this program will prepare the student to meet the requirements needed to take the certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

The medical coder/biller program provides students with basic medical knowledge, as well as information about the medical coding procedures used to bill insurance companies and track health conditions and diseases.

Information: 410-287-1000.

Program offered on diabetes care

Upper Chesapeake Health offers a diabetes self-management outpatient education program.

This program includes meetings with a diabetes educator to help patients understand diabetes, and a session with a registered dietitian to develop an individualized healthy meal plan.

Clients need a written prescription or referral from their physician to participate in the diabetes program.

For appointments, call 443-843-7000 or 800-301-4799.

Diet assessment available to clients

Upper Chesapeake Health offers an outpatient nutrition services program.

A registered dietitian will evaluate a client's eating habits, assess nutritional needs, and discuss a meal plan to fit the individual's lifestyle. A written order or referral from a physician is required.

To register, call 443-843-7000 or 800-301-4799.

Hospital names two to board

Upper Chesapeake Health has named M. Scot Kaufman and John H. Cain to its board of directors.

Kaufman served as chief financial officer of MBNA Corp. He also served as auditor, treasurer and controller at Maryland National Corp. before his 20 years at MBNA.

His wife, Pat, also serves on the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation board of directors. He is foundation treasurer and co-chairman of the "We're Here for Life Campaign."

Cain is senior vice president and area executive of BB&T. In 1989, he joined Commercial Bank in Bel Air, a subsidiary of First Virginia Bank, which later became Farmers Bank.

Cain serves on the boards of a number of civic organizations.

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