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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1996
Joseph M. Forni, the president and chief professional officer of the Combined Health Agencies of Maryland, was described by those who knew him as a man who worked tirelessly both in his profession and as a volunteer in the community."
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By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The state's Mental Hygiene Administration didn't have adequate procedures to ensure consumers given care were eligible, according to audit by the Department of Legislative Services during fiscal 2013. The state funds in question totaled $16.4 million. The total budget that year was $788 million when federal funds were counted. The audit also found reviews weren't done in a timely manner by an accounting firm hired to monitor some of the agency's fiscal functions, with some reviews taking up to an extra 21 months.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 27, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators say they have found widespread fraud, overcharges and substandard care in the medical services provided under Medicare to frail homebound elderly people.The General Accounting Office, an auditing arm of Congress, said that almost any business could be certified as a home health agency, with little or no experience, and that hardly any were expelled from the booming, highly profitable field. The amount of federal money available for inspections and enforcements has lagged far behind the demand for home health care services, which are immensely popular with Medicare beneficiaries.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The Maryland health agency responsible for overseeing medical facilities, including the group home where a disabled foster child died this month, is moving to reduce the number of facilities it inspects across the state - even as it acknowledges that thousands of complaints and inspections have not been properly handled. The Office of Health Care Quality says the policy change stems in part from a long-standing, and growing, problem: a shortage of inspectors. The agency proposes to cede some oversight to accrediting organizations while focusing its inspections on facilities with a history of serious problems.
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By LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | July 16, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Flu vaccine will be late this fall and possibly in short supply because of production problems at four pharmaceutical companies, federal health officials said Friday. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending that the most vulnerable get flu shots first and that public health agencies delay drives for others to get shots. The CDC also advised health agencies to create contingency plans for vaccine shortages. "If it's primarily a matter of delay, and if people are able to follow recommendations, things should go well," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, chief of the influenza branch of the CDC's epidemiology section.
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By Karin Remesch | December 12, 1999
Mission: To increase awareness and raise funds for member health charities and to promote wellness and improve the quality of life of people affected by disease. Community Health Charities of Maryland, the largest federation of health-focused charities in the state, was launched July 1 as a result of a merger between Combined Health Agencies of Maryland and the National Voluntary Health Agencies of Maryland. The federation raises money for 69 nonprofit health agencies in private and public workplace campaigns.
NEWS
August 24, 1997
County policy on United Way is disturbingIn reference to the August 19 article in The Sun, "Carroll Workers to Give On Own," it is disturbing that two county commissioners find it an "intrusion" to offer employees a payroll deduction campaign.Employees want choice and to deny them the option of charitable giving is forcing decisions on many who would value the expansion of services and programs which benefit county citizens.As a member of the volunteer marketing committee of Combined Health Agencies of Maryland (CHA)
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2000
Though supplies of flu vaccine have begun to trickle into the region, many people who are at high risk for the disease have not been able to find a doctor or clinic with any vaccine to offer. Seven of the state's 23 counties have received vaccine for public clinics, leaving the rest to ask patience of an increasingly anxious public. "We are getting at least 300 calls a day, and people are walking into our agency asking for vaccine," said Debbie Middleton, supervisor of Carroll County's communicable disease program.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | September 3, 1997
Linda L. Cotton, former president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, yesterday became president of Combined Health Agencies Inc., a fund-raising federation of 24 statewide service organizations.Cotton, 46, of Towson, who also was named chief professional officer, replaces Joseph M. Forni, 42, who was killed in a car accident in Baltimore County Nov. 12.Several officers have run the agency since Forni's death. For the past month, William A. Zimmer, president of 21st Century Management Inc., a consulting business, had been temporarily in charge as CHA began its 1997 fund drive in partnership with the United Way.Noting that CHA is not as widely known as it could be, Cotton said her goal was to increase funds and public awareness of the agencies served by CHA, which had a $2 million budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1996.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1996
The American Red Cross is getting $2.8 million. Hearth Inc., a small nonprofit organization that backs affordable housing in southwest Baltimore County, receives $12,000.Encompassing these two extremes, 69 member agencies of United Way of Central Maryland are being given almost $24 million from the 1995 fund drive, United Way said.The total distribution of $32,770,799 includes almost $9 million that donors earmarked for more than 2,000 charities that aren't members and $1.2 million for United Way's direct services such as an around-the-clock help line.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | June 21, 2013
It's summer, time to hit the beaches in Maryland and elsewhere. But are they safe for swimming?  Local health departments, with help and oversight from the state Department of the Environment , are responsible for checking the water for contamination by human or animal waste.  Health agencies typically post alerts to the public if bacteria levels are found high enough to pose a threat that bathers could become sick from splashing around....
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May 7, 2013
I initially loved The Sun's story about the baby fox rescue, although it's ironic the firefighters were the ones who ended up helping, being unable to get hold of people and agencies who are supposed to be there. But I was horrified by how it all ended ("Rescued fox pup put down for fear of rabies," May 5). What on earth is a health agency doing taking over an animal matter? Worse yet, the Harford County agency decided to put the animal to sleep, claiming they needed to test for rabies - even while admitting the fox hadn't bitten or scratched anybody.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2011
Two East Baltimore pizzerias were closed last week by city health officials who found they repeatedly violated a ban on distributing fliers to residences and failed to pay their fines. The food permits of the two carryout restaurants, both named Nephew's Pizza, were suspended for five days, a period that ended Friday. "It's a good first start. It sends a message," said City Councilman Jim Kraft, who introduced the 2006 bill that banned distribution of commercial fliers to homes.
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By Jacques Kelly | August 6, 2009
Juliana Schamp, who had evaluated mental health treatment facilities for the state, died in her sleep Monday at the Edenwald retirement community. The former Ten Hills resident was 86. Born Juliana Reese in Massillon, Ohio, she earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio, where she met her future husband, Homer W. Schamp Jr., a physicist. She earned a master's degree from Ohio State University. They married in 1948 and lived in the Netherlands from 1952 until 1954, when her husband became director of the Institute of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com | January 6, 2009
Maryland's budget secretary has proposed about $66 million in additional cuts in funds for local jurisdictions, including reductions in state aid to public schools, community colleges, health departments and local police, according to an internal document obtained yesterday by The Baltimore Sun. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who must close a roughly $415 million gap in the budget year ending June 30, has not made final decisions on the options contained in...
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February 16, 2008
Agnes W. Jones, a retired secretary who enjoyed Maryland history and collecting four-leaf clovers, died of heart failure Feb. 7 at the Pickersgill retirement community in Towson. She was 87. Agnes Weems Woollen was born in Lothian and raised on Meadow Brook Farm, her family's Anne Arundel County farm. She was a 1938 graduate of the old Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown. Mrs. Jones worked for 17 years as a secretary for the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Earlier, she had been a secretary at the Bendix radio division in Towson and at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1996
The staff of Combined Health Agencies of Maryland will run the agency for several months while a committee conducts a nationwide search for a successor to its president, who died Nov. 12 in a car accident.The trio of Amy Helfrich, director of operations; Stephanie Weingrad, director of development; and Janis Fink, director of marketing and communications, will direct the agency without an interim head, Fink said. Three other staff members will assist them.Joseph M. Forni, 42, who had headed the agency since 1993, was killed in a two-car crash in Oella in Baltimore County.
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Tim Wheeler | June 21, 2013
It's summer, time to hit the beaches in Maryland and elsewhere. But are they safe for swimming?  Local health departments, with help and oversight from the state Department of the Environment , are responsible for checking the water for contamination by human or animal waste.  Health agencies typically post alerts to the public if bacteria levels are found high enough to pose a threat that bathers could become sick from splashing around....
NEWS
By CYNTHIA TUCKER | June 4, 2007
ATLANTA -- Public health authorities were confronted with one patient - just one - with a deadly infectious disease, but they failed to control his movements. They weren't dealing with a plague affecting thousands of patients. They weren't confronted with the chaos of a pandemic. Yet they dithered over court orders and rules and regulations, unable to make a quick decision that would have kept the patient, 31-year-old Andrew Speaker, from leaving the country. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was left desperately trying to track down passengers who sat near him on two trans-Atlantic flights last month.
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By Joe Palazzolo and Joe Palazzolo,Special to The Sun | January 3, 2007
Anne Arundel County's school system will take over occupational and physical therapy services for disabled students from the Health Department, amid a shortage of therapists that has left dozens without care required by federal law, County Executive John R. Leopold announced yesterday. "I firmly believe that quality programs for children are most effective when educational systems are responsible for delivering education services," he said. Leopold said he decided to transfer the $4 million program based on the success of a similar transition -- the Infants and Toddlers Program from the Office for Children, Youth, and Families to the Maryland State Department of Education -- he sponsored while in the State House.
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