Health Briefs

July 26, 2009

Breast cancer survivors sought for support program

The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital is offering a support program for women with breast cancer, matching volunteer breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed women for insight and support through the time of the patient's treatment and recovery. Called "Survivors Offering Support," the program was introduced at Howard County General in 2006.

The hospital is recruiting breast cancer survivors to serve as SOS mentors. Volunteers are required to complete an application and attend an initial training session that includes information on therapeutic listening and communications, breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, patient advocacy and support resources for those diagnosed with the disease.

Each year, mentors must also attend two of four training sessions on the latest developments in breast cancer research and treatment. Mentors must obtain a release from two doctors indicating that they are emotionally ready to act as a mentor.

The program is funded in part by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

More information: Tina Beerman, 410-884-8450, or Joan Montanari, 410-884-4574, or e-mail jmontanari@hcgh.org.

Spiritual care volunteer training offered

Training to provide multi-denominational spiritual care for patients and their families will be offered at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The 16-week training program will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 15. Registration deadline is Aug. 17. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of two hours a week, attend monthly support and training meetings and provide services for one year. For more information, call Chaplain Jack Dunlavey at 410-740-7898.

Calendar

Senior yoga : Classes will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or just drop in. Classes are slower-paced, emphasizing yogic breathing and stress reduction. Limited space; pre-registration recommended. This program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail wlevents@columbiavillages.org.

Blood donations : The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors are asked to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

ALS support group: ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) resource support group will meet 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in conference room 116B of the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. For additional information call 301-978-9855 or go to ALSinfo.org.

Health clinics : Howard County General Hospital will host a healthy pregnancy, healthy kids clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at The Mall in Columbia in the Lord and Taylor Court. The events features asthma, scoliosis, bone density and blood pressure screenings. Also height, weight, growth and development for children including BMI (body mass index) for adults.

Other services and programs include enhancing children's nutrition, an opportunity to ask a pediatrician or obstetrician questions, health and safety tips for kids, physical fitness information for the whole family and health insurance information for the uninsured.

* Noon: Kangaroo Kids precision jump rope team will give a demonstration.

* 2 p.m.: Dr. Rachel Plotnick will give a presentation about prevention and treatment of head lice.

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