Health Notes

December 21, 2007

AAMC to add 600 parking spaces

Anne Arundel Medical Center will add more than 200 spaces at the Sajak Garage early next month and a new 400-space garage at the Wayson Pavilion in March.

Also, the Sajak surface parking lot -- primarily employee parking -- is closing this month for construction on a parking garage with more than 930 parking spaces.

The new garage will accompany the hospital's new Ambulatory Services Pavilion, a building housing physician offices, a Health Sciences Institute and other health services.

The $210 million expansion at the AAMC Medical Park campus will feature an expanded emergency room, nearly 5,000 covered parking spaces, a new patient tower with 50 private patient rooms, eight new operating rooms and additional services and physician offices.

Hospital to become smoke-free Jan. 1

Anne Arundel Medical Center will become a smoke-free campus Jan. 1, and the hospital is providing smoking-cessation classes.

The hospital's Become Smoke-Free Program is designed to help adults quit smoking through seven classes. Taught by nurses who specialize in smoking cessation and the dangers of tobacco, it begins March 3. It is free and open to the public. A second course will begin April 24.

AAMC's teen tobacco-cessation classes are held in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County school system. They focus on the health risks that surround adolescent smoking, dangers of peer pressure toward tobacco use and how breaking the habit contributes to a healthier lifestyle later in life. The classes will begin on March 5 in Sajak Pavilion.

Health center scores well in state survey

Ginger Cove's health center near Annapolis has received survey marks of 91 percent and better in the 2007 Maryland Nursing Facility Family Survey conducted by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

The survey, which measures the experience and satisfaction of family members whose relatives receive care in nursing facilities in Maryland, reported that Ginger Cove's licensed, 55-bed skilled nursing facility received several scores exceeding 90 percent, including 91 percent for overall satisfaction and 93 percent for overall care.

The survey asked family members to comment on areas including staff and administration; care provided to residents; assistance during mealtime; quality and variety of food; activities available to residents; autonomy and resident rights; and physical aspects of the nursing home.

This year, the health center achieved a "deficiency-free" survey conducted by the Office of Health Care Quality, a division of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Program provides health ideas for men

The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers free resources for men who want to get healthy.

HIM (Health Ideas for Men) is a publication for men who want to improve their health. Stories include: "Your Personal Best Body," "Fast Food: How to Take Out and Trim Down," and "Quit and Win: Ten Ways to Stop Smoking."

Men also can find tips for boosting their health and fitness on the Men's Health Web page of www.aahealth.org. Topics include exercise, healthy eating, preventing cancer and quitting smoking.

Hospice issues holiday wish list

Hospice of the Chesapeake has this holiday wish list for its patients, clients and families in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties:

New appliances for the soon-to-reopen Tate Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum.

New household items from the gift registry at www.bed bathandbeyond.com for the restocking efforts at the Tate Chesapeake Hospice House.

Gently used clothing and goods to sell at Chesapeake Treasures in Severna Park.

In-kind donations of services, such as printing, catering and event support.

Gifts of time -- become a Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer.

Monetary contributions of any amount.

Hospice of the Chesapeake will provide donors with the tax-deduction receipts required for charitable donations.

Information: 800-745-6132 or www.hospicechesapeake.org.

Hospital activities include screening

Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie is offering these activities:

Jan. 7, 8 and 9, Beginning and Intermediate Yoga, Polates and Beginning and Intermediate Yoa/Piklates combination classes offered. Cost is $40 for the eight-week session and preregistration is required. 410-787-4367.

Jan. 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stroke Support Group meets in Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center to discuss stroke recovery and prevention. 410-787-4732.

Jan. 9, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Free blood pressure screenings sat Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Jan. 9, 10 a.m. 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group meets in first-floor conference room of Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. 410-553-8129.

Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meets to discuss prostate cancer prevention and recovery in the first-floor conference room of Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. 410-553-8129.

Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Surviving Breast, a cancer education and support group, meets to discuss the experiences and problems for a patient with newly discovered breast cancer in the first-floor conference room of Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. 410-553-8129.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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