Health Notes

January 09, 2008

Free flu shots planned this month

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free flu immunizations at Westfield Annapolis mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31.

Department nurses will give the vaccinations in the new West Atrium between Macy's and Lord & Taylor department stores.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Medicare Part B will cover the donation; individuals must bring their Medicare cards.

Information: www.aahealth.org or 410-222-7343.

Fitness Challenge offered families

Individuals or entire families can become healthier in 2008 with the Family Fitness Challenge, an interactive program sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program.

The program aims to increase physical activity to 30 minutes per day for adults and at least 60 minutes per day for children most days of the week. The healthy eating goal for children and adults is to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Participants record their physical activities and meals for six weeks. After submitting their log to the Department of Health, participants are rewarded for their healthy habits with a prize. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in Anne Arundel County may participate. Businesses and community groups are also eligible.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

AAMC expands hospitalist program

Anne Arundel Medical Center has expanded its hospitalist program to include obstetricians.

Hospitalists are employed, hospital-based physicians who care for patients when hospitalized and also serve as consultants to the Emergency Department. They work in cooperation with a patient's primary care physician and may provide patient care in emergency situations when the private physician is not immediately available. Hospitalists can admit patients into the hospital, consult on patients in need of surgery or other acute care and answer medical questions from family members.

AAMC ranks second in Maryland in births, with more than 5,500 babies delivered annually at the Women's and Children's Center.

Information: www.aahs.org.

Nurses to partner in magnet workshop

Anne Arundel Medical Center nurses will partner with several regional hospitals and the American Nurses Credentialing Center to conduct the first jointly held magnet workshop in Baltimore on Monday and Tuesday.

The workshop will mark the first time the ANCC has worked with a group of local magnet coordinators to hold an event aimed at educating nurses and clinical directors on how to become a magnet facility. Of the 5,747 registered U.S. hospitals, only 275 are recognized by the ANCC as nurse magnets. One of Maryland's 68 hospitals is a certified magnet facility.

"The noncompetitive, regional magnet coordinator network that AAMC is involved in is the only such arrangement in the country that I am aware of," said Cathaleen Ley, director of nursing quality and research at AAMC and the hospital's magnet director.

Hospital activities include screening

Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie is offering the following activities this week:

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

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

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