Health Notes

October 31, 2007

Harbor Hospital nurse honored

The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce recently named Donna Graham, director of nursing at Harbor Hospital, the 2007 Emergency Medical Person of the Year.

The award was presented Oct. 17 during the chamber's annual safety awards luncheon, at which it recognizes outstanding performances in search and rescue, law enforcement, correctional, emergency medicine and firefighting.

Graham was recognized for her leadership and dedication to Harbor Hospital's emergency department and its infection-control and cardiac-telemetry units.

Open house Nov. 10 at Breast Center

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center's Breast Center will hold an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the center, in the Sajak Pavilion. Visitors will be able to tour the Breast Center and meet breast surgeons, radiologists and members of the support staff.

The open house will highlight diagnostic trends and the tools the staff uses in diagnosing and treating breast disease.

Visitors can also get information on services such as the Survivors Offering Support group, the transition from treatment to wellness and the nurse navigator program, which helps patients through the stages of diagnosis and treatment.

To RSVP, call 443-481-4720.

Hospital names 4 new directors

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation has appointed to its board of directors:

JoAnn DeCesaris of Davidsonville, who serves on the spouse's forum of the Young President's Organization and has helped organize charity events in the community and through her church. AAMC'S cancer institute bears the names of her and her husband, Geaton, who died last year.

Henry N. Libby of Annapolis, an attorney who manages the investment management firm Church & Court Capital Management Ltd. He is president of the Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation, which makes grants to institutions involved in medicine, the visual arts, women's issues and education with the goal of benefiting the disadvantaged. The foundation recently made a three-year commitment to AAMC's Outreach Center.

Charles E. Moore Jr., of Davidsonville, co-founder of TelAtlantic Communications Inc., who recently retired as the company's president. He is chairman of fundraising for Community United Methodist Church and a team leader building numerous projects for a volunteer mission in Zimbabwe.

Nancy Merrill of Annapolis, an advocate for the environment, education and social service needs. Her experience with nonprofits includes the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va., the Merrill Family Foundation, Family Preservation Services, Friends of the Rappahannock, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Cafritz Foundation, Annapolis Sailing School and Toby Levine Communications.

Hospice offers grief seminars

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will offer two Hope Full Holidays seminars to help people with grief during the holidays.

Topics of discussion at the free seminars will be:

Increased stress during the holiday season.

Strategies for grieving during the holidays and the rest of the winter, and tools for reshaping traditions.

Information about grief and its physical, social, behavioral, psychological and spiritual effects.

A team of hospice bereavement counselors and specialists will present the Hope Full Holidays seminars at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Participants need to attend only one seminar. Adults and children are welcome. Registration is required.

Information: 410-987-2129 or

5K run Nov. 10 to benefit hospital

Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Annapolis Striders running club will hold a 5K run through "Lights on the Bay" at Sandy Point State Park at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 10.

Admission is $15. Proceeds will benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

The route will take participants through more than 60 animated and stationary displays. Photography is permitted. Hot chocolate and holiday treats will be served.

Nov. 10 will be the only night of "Lights On The Bay" when visitors will be permitted to leave their cars in the parking lot and follow the three-mile route at their own pace.

Information: 443-481-3161.

Volunteers are asked to contact Annapolis Striders Kathy Hanson at 410-693-4466 or

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