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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Betsey R. Spragins, a member of the original Women's Hospital Foundation board at Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she volunteered for 40 years, died Monday of heart failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she had lived since 1995. The former longtime Lutherville resident was 91. The daughter of John Lathrop Rochester, who was an insurance executive, and Elizabeth White Rochester, a homemaker, the former Betsey Rochester was born and raised in Dunkirk, N.Y. She was a direct descendant of Nathaniel Rochester, a Revolutionary War soldier and land speculator, who founded the settlement that became Rochester, N.Y. After graduating in 1940 from Buffalo Seminary, a private girls school, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1944 from Smith College.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Robert W. Weinhold Sr., a decorated Army Airborne Ranger in the Vietnam War who later worked for several financial institutions, died Monday at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of kidney failure. He was 75. The son of Herman W. Weinhold, a textile millworker, and Mary Alice Weinhold, a homemaker, Robert Winway Weinhold was born and raised in Methuen, Mass., where he graduated in 1956 from Methuen High School. He enrolled at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., where he was captain and quarterback for the university's football team.
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By Andrea K. Walker | February 21, 2013
Maybe it's the influence of British royalty or a popular children's character. Whatever the reason, babies born at Greater Baltimore Medical Center last year were most likely to be named William or Olivia. The hospital released its annual report of popular baby names Thursday and found that 35 parents named their baby boys William and 35 others named their girls Olivia. Doctors at the hospital delivered 4,057 babies in 2012. Eight new baby names entered the top ten list for the first time.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
As kids spend time in the water, officials warn parents to keep a close watch to ensure children don't drown. But there is another condition parents should know about: secondary drowning. It afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And though it's uncommon, it can be fatal if left untreated, according to Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director for pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. What is secondary, or dry, drowning? Secondary drowning is a term that is used by the public, and less so by physicians.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Barbara A. Hall, a former secretary who was a longtime volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Sunday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 92. The daughter of a high school principal and a homemaker, the former Barbara Abbott was born in Fort Fair, Maine, and in 1926 moved with her family to Providence, R.I., where she graduated in 1937 from Hope Street High School. She was a 1941 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she earned a bachelor's degree in European history.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A former security guard at Greater Baltimore Medical Center was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for attempted rape after he burglarized a Towson apartment last year, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Ricky Bostic, 44, broke into a residence on York Road on May 24, 2012, and sexually assaulted two women in separate rooms of the home. Baltimore County police recovered fingerprints, DNA and a camera with pictures of one of the victims taken before she awoke. Investigators also recovered one victim's property at Bostic's Towsontown Court apartment, prosecutors said.
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Andrea K. Walker | January 6, 2012
Mason and Olivia were the top baby names at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson last year. The hospital delivered 4,254 babies in 2011 and 34 were named Mason and 33 Olivia. Other popular names were Jacob, Andrea, Ava and Madison. Many of the names on the GBMC list followed national trends. Here is what BabyCenter.com says are the most popular names around the country. Olivia has been among the top 10 at GBMC in each of the past five years, including ranking three times as the most popular.  It was the fourth-most popular girls name last year nationwide according to the BabyCenter.com list.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Mary B. "Wesi" Price, a social worker who helped establish the social work department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Saturday of dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Maples of Towson, an assisted-living facility. She was 88. She was born Mary Louise Baldwin into a prominent Baltimore County political family. Her father, H. Streett Baldwin, entered politics in 1928, "spurred by his disgust at the anti-Catholic venom directed against presidential candidate Al Smith," said Mrs. Price's daughter Barbara Percival of Washington.
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By Jennifer Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2011
It's not every day that a person makes a selfless and heartfelt donation to a hospital. It's even rarer when it comes from a teenager. Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Schirmer is the exception. She chose to complete her National Junior Honor Society service project by donating to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit. Schirmer got the idea from a family friend who works for the hospital. The Bel Air eighth-grader hosted a "virtual" baby shower online, raising $300 to purchase supplies.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
Dr. Everett Schnepfe Diggs, a retired gynecologist who later was chief of staff at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died from heart failure Friday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 96. Dr. Diggs, the son of a schoolteacher and the secretary and treasurer of the Stieff Piano Co., was born in Baltimore and reared on Erdman Avenue. After graduating from City College, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1933 from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Diggs was a 1937 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School and completed a residency in gynecology and female urology in 1941 at the University of Maryland Medical School.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Arthur E. Dase, a retired Chessie System supervisor and longtime Greater Baltimore Medical Center volunteer, died May 19 of heart failure at his winter home in Seminole, Fla. He was 91. "I always thought that Arthur was devoted to two things: his family and the railroad," said Robert W. "Bob" Breiner, who worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and later Chessie System. "He was also well-liked by the other railroaders. " The son of John Dase, a toolmaker, and Leona Dase, a homemaker, Arthur Earl Dase was born in Springfield, Ohio.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
The winter was cold and snowy and the spring has been wet and warm, and that combination has made it easier for trees to produce much more pollen than normal. And that means runny noses and red, watery eyes for many who suffer from allergies. But Dr. Gregory Small, board-certified in internal medicine and a primary care physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Texas Station, says that there are a number of ways to treat these allergies. What are the main spring allergens and symptoms?
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Towson gynecologist Dr. John Yacoub pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally dispensing narcotic painkillers to his girlfriend and two others, according to federal court documents. Under a plea agreement, the former OB/GYN and surgeon at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Saint Agnes Hospital avoids a trial and could receive a reduced sentence, according to the documents. The maximum penalty he faces under federal guidelines is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Federal authorities began investigating Yacoub last year based on a tip from a member of his staff who reported that he kept large bottles of drugs, considered controlled dangerous substances under federal law, in his office.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
The Baltimore region's likely first baby of the year is a girl born seven minutes after midnight Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The hospital said Brooklyn Jane Branton, daughter of Hanover residents David and Dolly Branton, weighs five pounds, 13 ounces. She arrived nearly a month early, but both she and her mother are doing well, GBMC said. "I'm so excited," Dolly Branton said in a statement. "I never thought that Brooklyn would be born on New Year's Day. God knows what he is doing.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Mary B. "Wesi" Price, a social worker who helped establish the social work department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Saturday of dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Maples of Towson, an assisted-living facility. She was 88. She was born Mary Louise Baldwin into a prominent Baltimore County political family. Her father, H. Streett Baldwin, entered politics in 1928, "spurred by his disgust at the anti-Catholic venom directed against presidential candidate Al Smith," said Mrs. Price's daughter Barbara Percival of Washington.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Betsey R. Spragins, a member of the original Women's Hospital Foundation board at Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she volunteered for 40 years, died Monday of heart failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she had lived since 1995. The former longtime Lutherville resident was 91. The daughter of John Lathrop Rochester, who was an insurance executive, and Elizabeth White Rochester, a homemaker, the former Betsey Rochester was born and raised in Dunkirk, N.Y. She was a direct descendant of Nathaniel Rochester, a Revolutionary War soldier and land speculator, who founded the settlement that became Rochester, N.Y. After graduating in 1940 from Buffalo Seminary, a private girls school, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1944 from Smith College.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Arthur E. Dase, a retired Chessie System supervisor and longtime Greater Baltimore Medical Center volunteer, died May 19 of heart failure at his winter home in Seminole, Fla. He was 91. "I always thought that Arthur was devoted to two things: his family and the railroad," said Robert W. "Bob" Breiner, who worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and later Chessie System. "He was also well-liked by the other railroaders. " The son of John Dase, a toolmaker, and Leona Dase, a homemaker, Arthur Earl Dase was born in Springfield, Ohio.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2010
The new chief executive of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, John B. Chessare, watched health care reform unfold in Massachusetts as a hospital executive, physician and consultant in that state. Now, as hospitals across the country work to figure out the impact of the coming reform on a national scale, he hopes to bring his experience to bear at GBMC. The 58-year-old former pediatrician was president of Caritas Norwood hospital outside Boston and later a hospital consultant, and he was practicing medicine as recently as five years ago. He thinks that will help him better understand both the financial and medical aspects of the business.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A former security guard at Greater Baltimore Medical Center was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for attempted rape after he burglarized a Towson apartment last year, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Ricky Bostic, 44, broke into a residence on York Road on May 24, 2012, and sexually assaulted two women in separate rooms of the home. Baltimore County police recovered fingerprints, DNA and a camera with pictures of one of the victims taken before she awoke. Investigators also recovered one victim's property at Bostic's Towsontown Court apartment, prosecutors said.
HEALTH
Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Informational articles on Blood clots and hernias were two of the most-sought baltimoresun.com health posts in the first half of 2013. The five "most popular story" slots for health were rounded out by three articles involving Johns Hopkins, according to metrics provider Adobe SiteCatalyst. Of those, two involved Dr. Benjamin Carson, who courted political attention this spring by criticizing Barack Obama's policies in a speech that the president viewed as an audience member. A collection of pictures related to Carson also made the list of the top photo galleries for the six-month period.
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