Cancer caregivers support group set

HEALTH NOTES

April 27, 2008

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a support group for people caring for loved ones who have cancer.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Dinner, lecture on osteoporosis

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold a dinner, lecture and discussion at 5:30 p.m. May 7 in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's Chesapeake Conference Center.

Dr. John Prodoehl, orthopedic surgeon, will discuss osteoporosis. Participants can learn about the disease and who is at risk.

The cost is $5 (cash only). Reservations are required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Group for patients of prostate cancer

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center will hold a prostate cancer support group at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Fallston Room.

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families are welcome.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Arthritis Walk set on May 17

The Arthritis Foundation will hold the annual Harford County Arthritis Walk on May 17 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

The walk is a noncompetitive event with varying distance options for participants, who obtain pledges from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to raise money for arthritis research.

Information: 410-654-6570.

Cardiac unit to open at Harford Memorial

Upper Chesapeake Health is planning to open a new cardiac unit at Harford Memorial Hospital in the fall to help ease chronic bed shortages from increasing inpatient admissions.

The hospital will convert its existing Transitional Care Unit into a cardiac telemetry unit.

The continued expansions at Harford Memorial are necessary to keep up with the ever-increasing patient admissions.

Admissions increased by 16.7 percent in 2007, and are up almost 16 percent in the first quarter of 2008 over the same period last year.

Upper Chesapeake Health has several short-term strategies to deal with bed shortages, including converting some former patient rooms back into service and redesignating some general medical/surgical patient beds as cardiac beds.

Pediatric emergency department opens

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center has opened a new pediatric emergency department that incorporates state-of-the-art facilities with a child-friendly atmosphere.

The new center is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. for children up to age 18. A hospital pediatrician is on staff 24 hours a day, along with nurses trained in pediatric care.

Designed with the needs of families and children in mind, the center has 10 private patient treatment areas; is furnished with kid-sized equipment, instruments and supplies; and features a dedicated family waiting and play area, with animal themes in each room.

Information: 443-643-4200.

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