Mobile van to offer free screenings

HEALTH NOTES

August 26, 2007

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink's New Medical Mobile Van will be in the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's parking lot M, MacPhail and Tollgate roads, Bel Air, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Also available are: cholesterol screenings for $10; osteoporosis screenings for $15; and cardiac risk assessments for $20 (cash or check only).

Oteoporosis screenings require a bare foot scan.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Fundraising walk is Sat. at stadium

Dan and Heidi Wright are organizing a walk and wheel-a-thon, "Walk With Isaac," to benefit the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a brittle-bone disease that affects 20,000 to 50,000 people in the United States.

Heidi Wright has the disease, as does the couple's son, Isaac, who will lead the event.

Participants are requested to get pledges to support the foundation, or pay an entry fee of $25 for individuals 16 and older, $60 per family, or $10 per child ages 6 to 15.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the event begins. Other activities throughout the day will include food, auctions, music, crafts and children's activities.

Information: 443-794-9172.

Car seat safety topic of lecture

The Upper Chesapeake Family Birthplace will hold a car seat safety lecture from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Maryland Room.

Parents will learn how to install a child safety seat and what seat is right for their child.

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Prostate cancer screenings offered

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering free prostate cancer screenings by appointment.

Screening by Dr. Sankar Kausik, a board-certified urologist, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the Community Wellness Center, 626A Revolution St., Havre de Grace; and by Dr. Kenneth Woo, a board-certified urologist, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Medical Mobile Van, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center parking lot M, at MacPhail and Tollgate roads.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Support group to aid grieving parents

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold two eight-week support groups for parents and family caregivers of children who have died suddenly or traumatically.

A group for parents of deceased children ages 1 to 13 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 13 to Nov. 1; and for parents of deceased children ages 14 to 25 at 6:30 p.m. Mondays Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, both at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Nurse is appointed to examiners board

Registered nurse Patricia Ercolano of Upper Chesapeake Health has been appointed to the 2007 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

As an examiner, Ercolano, who is assistant vice president of Performance Improvement at UCH, will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award.

The board is made up of about 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and government.

All board members must participate in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

The Baldrige National Quality Awards are given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit.

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