Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

November 22, 2006

County helps finance hospital

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has presented Baltimore Washington Medical Center with $750,000 to go toward the cost of its new patient tower, obstetrics addition and emergency department expansion.

The $112 million project at the Glen Burnie hospital began in May and should be complete by 2008.

The new patient tower will include 111 private medical surgical patient beds. Of that total, 24 will be intensive care beds.

The 18-bed obstetrics program will span the third floor from the existing patient tower to the new patient tower. It will be part of the women's center, which will be named in memory of Robin Elizabeth Pascal, daughter of former county executive Robert Pascal. The 15,000-square-foot emergency department expansion will include 17 additional treatment rooms.

Medical Center sets month of activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities next month:

Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., free blood pressure screenings, main lobby of medical center, 301 Hospital Drive. 410-787-4367.

Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prostate cancer support group meets, Tate Center, first-floor conference room. 410-553-8129.

Dec. 12, 6 p.m., stroke support group meets. 410-787-4118.

Dec. 19, 11 a.m. to noon, Tate Cancer Center offers information on nutrition for cancer patients. Reservations. 410-553-8129.

Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle hosts diabetes support group, Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and A.

The blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

To donate, call 443-481-4215 to schedule an appointment.

Cancer survivors meet at Tate center

The Tate Cancer Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center has started a new bimonthly support group for cancer survivors looking to connect with other survivors.

"Journeys" will give participants an opportunity to learn about common cancer issues while sharing their experiences. Dates include Dec. 14 and 28.

Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Tate Center. 410-553-8129.

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