Medical texts, records ready for transport to new GBMC library

STATE DIGEST

December 15, 2006

Six moving crews will transport 10,000-plus volumes of medical and nursing texts, journals and historical records to a new medical library building at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson today.

The professional movers will follow a color-coded map in moving historical and reference materials from the first floor of the main hospital to a new, 3,000-square-foot building located outside the hospital's main lobby, in the 6700 block of N. Charles St., officials said.

The move, to start about 8:30 a.m., is expected to last all day. The old medical library became outdated because of its size and location in what was once a parking garage, hospital authorities said.

When the new Middendorf Consumer Health Library and John E. Savage Medical Library opens early next year, physicians and health care consumers will have a new state-of-the-art resource for medical information, news and research, hospital officials said.

"This new facility will cater both to the advanced research needs of health care professionals and offer a place for today's health care consumer to find authoritative and up-to-date medical information," said Deborah Thomas, GBMC's director of library and consumer information.

The Middendorf Foundation, a Baltimore-based foundation, contributed $500,000 to the project. Verizon Communications donated $75,000 to be used toward technology equipment. Additional funds are being provided by GBMC Healthcare.

The library will include 12 computers, a reading room and a group study room for the medical staff. Three computers, collections of health and wellness books, brochures, videos and a room for support groups will be available for the public.

The library's historical reports and records date to the 1800s from Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital and The Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City - the two hospitals that merged to form GBMC in 1965.

There also are medical artifacts such as a microscope from the 1930s and obstetrical instruments from the 1940s.

Timonium

Grant aids mental health facility

The Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation has awarded a $59,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve a building that houses 16 people with mental health disabilities, officials said.

The grant will allow Mosaic Community Services to renovate the house, providing the residents with new bathrooms and flooring, new commercial appliances, improved ceilings and an upgraded wheelchair ramp in the front of the building, said Morag Muirhead, a spokeswoman for the Timonium-based organization.

Community Development Block Grant programs help low- and moderate-income households with issues including housing rehabilitation, drug and alcohol counseling, fair housing and programs that benefit the disabled.

Mosaic Community Services provides therapy, housing and psychiatric rehabilitation to people from the Baltimore metropolitan area who have mental disabilities.

Public schools

Finalists chosen in arts event

Ten Baltimore County public school students recently were named finalists in a national arts competition.

The high school students were among 142 chosen by the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts for excellence in nine artistic fields: dance, film and video, classical, pop and jazz music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.

Of the 30 finalists honored for visual arts, photography, and film and video, seven are from Baltimore County - five from Carver School for the Arts and Technology and one each from Franklin High School and Towson High School. The other three local finalists are two students from Towson and Carver selected in the writing category and one from Carver chosen for theater.

Finalists - who are eligible to receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 - are the only students who may be considered for the distinction as U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Visual arts finalists: Maura Dwyer, Carver Center for Arts and Technology; Vera Fomenkov, Carver Center for Arts and Technology; Scott Giblin, Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Justin Sklar, Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Photography finalists: Taylor DeYoung, Towson High School, and Paige Mazurek, Franklin High School.

Film and video finalist: Colin Levy, Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Theater finalist: Ben Gansky, Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Writing finalists: Jenna Brager, Towson High School, and Lily Herman, Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Nine additional students were selected as honorable mention winners, and 17 were chosen as merit winners.

Winners were picked in a blind judging process from a pool of more than 7,000 applicants from all 50 states and Washington, as well as all U.S. territories.

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