Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

December 10, 2006

Class is offered on bariatric surgery

Upper Chesapeake Health offers a free informational class titled "Bariatric Surgery: New Course For Life" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Havre de Grace Room at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Participants can learn whether this surgery is right for them. Staff of Upper Chesapeake present the classes.

Information: 410-800-515-0044.

Flu vaccine clinic scheduled Friday

The Harford County Health Department will hold a flu vaccine clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Level Fire Hall, 3633 Level Village Road.

The cost of the vaccine is $20. Medicare may be billed with proof of card.

Information: 24-hour flu hot line, 410-420-3433; or for answers to specific medical questions, 410-638-8459.

Free session focuses on eating

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step program for those suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia, will present a free community information meeting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13.

The meeting will be held at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in the Chesapeake Conference Center. There will be no dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Everyone is welcome, including those who think they might have a food problem or are concerned about someone who does.

Information: 877-805-2823 or www.foodaddicts.org.

Health programs gain certification

Three medical office programs offered by Harford Community College have been approved for national certification by the National Health Career Association's advisory board.

Programs for billing and coding specialist, medical transcriptionist, and medical administrative assistant programs have received certification approval.

Students completing these programs will be eligible to take the NHA national certification examination.

Information: 410-836-4172.

Foundation gets $100,000 donation

Upper Chesapeake Health has received a $100,000 donation to the organization's capital campaign from Jim and Anna Lambdin.

Jim Lambdin has been a member of Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation's board for seven years. He was board secretary from 1995 to 2005.

Since 1987, Lambdin has been president and chief executive officer of Lambdin Development Co.

Anna Lambdin is events coordinator at the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, where she participates in fundraising events to support the Arc's mission of assisting people with developmental disabilities.

Casey named to CareFirst position

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has appointed William F. Casey of Forest Hill as the company's new vice president of government affairs.

He will represent the company's interests with elected and appointed officials and manage all of the organization's government relations efforts.

Casey has been with CareFirst since 1990, serving as interim government affairs vice president since July. He has filled a number of senior legal positions within the organization, including assistant general counsel.

Before joining CareFirst, Casey had a private law practice. He is a member of the Maryland and Virginia bar associations and a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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