Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

May 02, 2007

Program helps black smokers quit

African-Americans who want help quitting smoking can sign up for free classes starting May 10 at Restoration Community Development Corp., 914 Bay Ridge Road, Suite 230, in Annapolis.

The class will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays for seven weeks. The classes are part of a grant from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

Information: 410-267-6350 or www.aahealth.org and www.smo kingstinks-aaco.org.

Lifeline Program in its 25th year

In 1982, Anne Arundel General Hospital linked up with Lifeline, a telephone response system that allows people living alone to signal for help by pushing a personal emergency button. Since then, Anne Arundel Medical Center's Lifeline service has touched nearly 20,000 lives in the area, allowing residents to maintain their independence.

The AAMC Lifeline Program serves more than 560 people in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties and Bowie. Subscribers wear a waterproof personal help button, either as a wristband or neck pendant, and activate it if help is needed. In addition to the button, subscribers have a small base unit attached to an electrical outlet and telephone jack. That speaker unit allows the subscriber to talk to an operator and request assistance.

Hospice names new vice president

Hospice of the Chesapeake recently promoted Sherrill Ross-Wieneke to vice president of clinical operations for the organization. She was previously the team leader for northern Anne Arundel County.

Ross-Wieneke oversees all clinical operations and manages more than 100 employees including nurses, social workers, home health aides, and clinical administrative staff. She is also responsible for the development of policies and procedures for end-of-life care. Ross-Wieneke is also certified in hospice and palliative care. She lives in Annapolis.

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