Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

September 22, 2006

Chase Brexton opens third site in Md.

Chase Brexton Health Services Inc. opened its third Maryland site Monday at 5500 Knoll North Drive in Oakland Mills village.

The Columbia center received funding from the Horizon Foundation to assess the community's need for affordable health care and determined, through a study conducted by Maryland Community Health System (of which Chase Brexton is a founding member) that a need existed. With help from Horizon, Chase Brexton has extended its services into Howard County.

The new center will provide insured, uninsured and under-insured children and adults with primary and preventive care, as well as mental health and case management services. Eventually, it will be the first Chase Brexton location to offer consultations in integrative medicine, combining conventional and complementary therapies. Dental care, substance-abuse services and an on-site pharmacy are also planned.

Fees are on a sliding scale, and help is available with state and federal assistance programs. Medicare and Medicaid patients are served.

The nonprofit organization also has offices in Baltimore and in Randallstown, a center that opened this year.

Information: 410-884-7831, or www.chasebrexton.org.

Mall schedules lung-heath exhibit

The Breathing Room, an interactive educational exhibit on lung health, will be available at the Lord & Taylor court at The Mall in Columbia from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

The exhibit includes a video program on lung health, live demonstrations of lung capacity measurement tests, physicians onsite to answer questions and a giant three-dimensional display of the differences between healthy and diseased lungs.

The exhibition is sponsored by the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Foundation and other organizations and companies.

Classes, services

Aquatic fitness -- Aquatic fitness classes are offered by the Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at the Howard Community College pool. Sessions are held Monday and Friday afternoons. The cost is $5 a class. 410-312-9000.

Losing weight -- Individualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered by Howard County General Hospital 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. 410-740-7601.

Healing arts -- The Columbia Center for the Healing Arts, 10450 Shaker Drive, Suite 110, Columbia, will offer two free introductory workshops, "Create a Life That Matters," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7. The workshop, which will be led by Kathryn Yarborough, owner of the center and an alternative practitioner and movement therapist, will include discussion, journaling and guided imagery. 410-428-6660.

Baby-sitting -- Howard County General Hospital will offer an "Essentials in Babysitting" class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway. The cost is $46. Lunch will be provided. 410- 740-7601.

Support

Terminally ill -- Howard County General Hospital has started a Compassionate Companion Program to help terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers, who receive extensive training, stay with the patient when members of the family are not present. Volunteers must commit to a specified on-call time and come in to be at a work station each week. Barbra Swann, 410- 884-4580.

Caregiver support -- Winter Growth, a private nonprofit organization that offers assisted living, medical adult day care and a wellness program for senior citizens, offers a free caregiver support group for anyone in the community from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required. Winter Growth is at 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-964-9616.

NAMI -- NAMI Howard County is offering three free support groups.

A group for family and friends of adults with mental illness meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

A peer-based CARE group for people living with mental illness who work, go to school or regularly interact with the community meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. The group will meet next week.

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

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