Group offers support for grieving parents

HEALTH NOTES

August 12, 2007

Compassionate Friends of Carroll County, a group for parents suffering the loss of a child, will meet at 8 p.m. Friday in the parlor of Westminster Church of the Brethren, Bond Street and Park Place.

Parents who have lost a child at any age for any reason are welcome.

Information: 410-795-7683 or 410-876-2256.

Group to help connect families, resources

The Get Connected Family Resource of Carroll County is expected to open later this month in the Nonprofit Center in Westminster.

The center will help provide information to families with children who have developmental disabilities, mental health issues, substance abuse history, interpersonal violence issues as well as other family concerns.

A team of family navigators who have had personal experience in searching for services for their own children will be available to help those in need.

Navigators will help parents identify their needs and strengths, find services, and empower them to become their own advocate.

All services will be provided free to Carroll residents.

Information: 410-871-0008.

Sponsors needed for child fundraiser

The Carroll Children's Fund is seeking sponsors for its second Taste of Culinary Arts fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $250. Tickets to the event are $40 or two for $75.

For tickets, call 410-848-2244. Potential sponsors should call Michael Shank at 443-340-9237, and silent auction donors should contact Lisa Monthley at 410-751-3861.

Gala to provide funds for breast cancer

The Stacey Davis Breast Cancer Fund was established in 2005 in honor of Stacey Lynn Woods Davis, who died of breast cancer in December 2002 at the age of 38, leaving behind a husband and three young boys.

The fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Carroll County, has been established to perpetuate Stacey's character, ideals and goals by providing financial resources to breast cancer patients in Carroll County who are in need of financial assistance.

Since the fund's inception, the committee has raised more than $100,000.

The fund's major event, the third annual gala (black tie optional) will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20 at Martin's Westminster.

Tickets are $100, with $35 being tax deductible. The evening will consist of dinner, open bar, dancing and a silent auction.

Tickets are available from committee members or the Spa at Roop's Mill at 410-871-0023.

Springfield Center to be tobacco-free

Paula Langmead, chief executive officer of Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, recently announced that the hospital will become tobacco-free on Jan. 7.

Although Springfield Hospital Center buildings have been smoke-free for many years, the use of tobacco products will no longer be allowed on any part of the hospital's campus.

"We are committed to creating a healthy environment for our patients, staff, volunteers, visitors and tenants," Langmead said. "Becoming tobacco-free is a concrete way that we can demonstrate our commitment to recovery and wellness."

Dr. Jonathan Book, clinical director, said that the addictive nature of nicotine may make it difficult for some patients and staff to make the change to a tobacco-free environment. Efforts are underway to make the transition as smooth as possible.

According to Book, smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapies have been offered to patients who have smoked for several years.

"These efforts will continue and increase as we near the start of the tobacco-free initiative," he said. "Staff members are being trained to be smoking cessation facilitators. They will be a resource for patients and other staff."

In addition, Springfield Hospital Center is working closely with Carroll County Health Department and the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County to offer a wide range of support for staff.

A "Tobacco Free SHC" Comment Line has been established at 410-970-7000, ext. 3500 to help answer questions about the coming change.

In addition, 800-QUIT-NOW is a national number that directs callers to the appropriate state resources for help to quit smoking.

Information: 410-970-7006.

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