Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

January 21, 2007

Mobile van to offer screenings Tuesday

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink's new medical mobile van will be in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's parking lot M from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Cholesterol screenings will be offered for $10, osteoporosis screenings for $15 and cardiac risk assessments for $20 (cash or check only).

Information: 800-515-0044.

Groups help victims of child sex abuse

Family and Children's Services of Harford County and Harford County Child Advocacy Center are holding weekly support groups for victims of child sexual abuse.

Groups are held in a supportive, nonthreatening atmosphere for adult survivors, teens, children and parents. An adult survivors group meets Mondays and the parent-child victims group on Thursdays.

Groups are funded by grants and free. All are welcome.

Information: Paula Scheye, Family and Children's Services, 410-838-9000, ext. 224.

Support groups, classes are free

Upper Chesapeake Health offers free support groups and classes.

Many support groups for specific diseases and medical problems meet at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. Others meet at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

The Upper Chesapeake Family Birthplace offers classes and support groups for expectant parents, new parents and pregnant teens at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Bereavement support groups for parents who have lost a child and adults who have been widowed also are available.

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink also provides free blood pressure screenings throughout Harford County.

For schedules and details about programs, call 800-515-0044.

Program formed for cancer patients

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a new program of support and guidance for patients diagnosed with cancer.

The Upper Chesapeake Health Cancer LifeNet program matches patients with volunteers and professional nurses to help them work through their illness. Funded by the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, the program's services are offered free to cancer patients and their families.

The new program is designed to coordinate care for cancer patients, including hospital, emergency care, nursing home, home health and assisted living care. This integrated approach promotes regular communication between physicians and patients at times of transition or changing needs.

Volunteer and nurse navigators provide education, coordinate care and serve as a trusted resource for cancer patients, family members and caregivers. Navigators have access to an extensive network of oncology services to ease the burden for cancer patients and act as the patient's advocate throughout treatment.

Cancer LifeNet services include education, symptom management, community resource referrals, complementary medicine, health promotion for cancer survivors, end-of-life care and bereavement counseling.

Free services available through the program include classes and support groups, seminars, workshops, inpatient education and counseling, resource and lending libraries, and community and workplace presentations.

Information: 866-393-4355.

Surgery practice earns designation

Vascular Surgery Associates, a five-physician practice with offices on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Campus, has received the Aexcel designation from Aetna's Performance Network.

Aetna selected physicians who met thresholds for clinical performance and effective use of health care resources.

The surgeons in the Bel Air practice were compared with their peers nationwide in clinical performance standards and efficiency over a two-year period by the Aetna Performance Network.

With the Aexcel designation, patients in the Aetna Performance Network can receive care from the group's physicians without a referral from their primary care practitioners, regardless of the referral requirements of their medical plan.

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