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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 11, 1998
SPRINGFIELD Hospital Center is more than a facility providing mental health services -- it is an active and vital member of the southern Carroll County community.During the summer months, Springfield employs many students in various departments including dietary, groundskeeping, housekeeping, maintenance, nursing, rehabilitation, social work and the museum.From 2: 30 p.m. to 4: 20 p.m. Friday, Springfield will recognize 77 summer student employees at a reception in their honor in the facility's Administration Building.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
Tidy rows of more than 900 small gravestones, each with a number but no name, line a steep hillside at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, a state facility for the mentally ill. For decades the hospital buried patients who died indigent, without family or friends, in Sunny Side Cemetery. Expediency made the grassy knoll surrounded by trees the patients' graveyard. In 1899, it was the closest ground to the complex that housed the most aged or critically ill. For patients whose bodies went unclaimed, there were no last prayers, no gathering of mourners and no chiseled names and dates noting their years on earth.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jackie Powder contributed to this article | November 1, 1998
Salvatore Gugilizza, the oldest patient at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville whose gentle ways and many kindnesses touched staff and patients, died there Monday of pneumonia. He was 102.Mr. Gugilizza, who was also the oldest patient in the state's entire psychiatric health system, was admitted to Springfield in 1929, then a 32-year-old Italian immigrant who had been diagnosed with dementia praecox -- the former term for schizophrenia.His life there spanned the eras from the days when mental hospitals seemed little more than "snake pits" or "lunatic asylums" to a time of anti-psychotic drugs to manage mental illness and programs bringing the mentally ill back into their communities and productive lives.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
A state legislative audit of Springfield Hospital Center found that the state psychiatric hospital in Sykesville was not keeping good records or controls of its $2.4 million stable of pharmaceuticals. The audit, from Oct. 1, 2008, to July 28, 2011, showed that the hospital had the same pharmacists in charge of keeping records on the inventory and overseeing the drugs. And they were not removing expired drugs from the records, nor were they logging in drugs returned unused. Auditors said the lack of control "could allow them to be misappropriated without detection.
NEWS
September 21, 1997
Superintendent defends SpringfieldAn Aug. 21 article in The Sun in Carroll, "Patient acquitted of rape charge," left an incorrect perception of treatment methods at Springfield Hospital Center. Additionally, the quotes attributed to the security force who testified at the hearing were taken out of context.Springfield Hospital Center takes great pride in its mission to provide competent and clinically appropriate treatment to the citizens of Maryland with mental illness.The treatment methods used at Springfield Hospital Center are based on current and state-of-the-art standards consistent with the American Psychiatric Association.
NEWS
June 14, 2009
On Monday, June 15, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. the State Anatomy Board of Maryland will hold its annual memorial service at the dedicated gravesite across from the Patterson House on the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville, MD. The service commemorates the use of donated and decedent bodies to further medical study. Families, friends and the public are invited. For information call Volunteer Services at Springfield Hospital Center, 410-970-7250 or the State Anatomy Board 800-879-27280
NEWS
August 5, 1993
Hospital holds volunteer event, honors nurseSpringfield Hospital Center recently held its annual volunteer luncheon in the center's employee cafeteria. Lunch was served by the hospital's dietary department staff.The annual Nursing Award was given to licensed professional nurse Barbara Johnson for her care of patients.Incoming officers for the 1993-1995 term for the Auxiliary of Springfield Hospital Center were installed. They are: Margaret Guynn, president; Kathleen Colley, vice president; Kathryne Corbin, corresponding secretary; Martha Forthman, recording secretary; Dona Byron, treasurer; and Hilda Horton, assistant treasurer.
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | June 13, 1993
Volunteers from the Auxiliary of Springfield Hospital Cente Inc. and other civic and church groups that work with the mentally ill at the center in Sykesville were honored at a lunch sponsored by the hospital.James Macdonald, coordinator of volunteer projects for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told the audience of volunteers and staff Wednesday that volunteers have made a tremendous difference to his own father, who lives in a veterans hospital."I want to thank you personally, for me," he said.
NEWS
October 7, 2002
Myrtle Marie Farver Haines, who received state honors for her volunteer service, died Friday of complications from an aneurysm at Golden Age Guest Home in Sykesville. She was 90. Mrs. Haines was born near Berrett, Carroll County. She attended school until the seventh grade at Highland View, a one-room schoolhouse about three miles from her home. At age 15, she married James Alton Haines, a farmer from Woodbine. They lived on a small plot on her parents' farm in Dorsey Crossroads. Mr. Haines died in 1962.
NEWS
July 21, 1991
Name: Bruce HershfieldHonored by The Carroll County Sun for: Becoming president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society; he is superintendent of the Springfield Hospital Center in SykesvilleAge: 45Residence; hometown: Sparks, Baltimore County; New York CityEducation: Bachelor of science degree from City College of New York, graduate of the Medical College of the State University of New York in Syracuse, degree in psychiatry from the University of North Carolina,...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 18, 2009
Thelma C. Wimmer, whose tireless efforts and inspiration resulted in the preservation of both Sykesville's past and the historic character of its Main Street, died in her sleep Oct. 11 at the Fairhaven retirement community. She was 100. Thelma Crumbacker was born in Roanoke, Va., and later moved with her family to Union Bridge. She was a 1926 graduate of the old Elmer Wolfe High School. During the Depression, she worked as a bookkeeper, said a son, Lewis W. Wimmer of Westminster. In the early 1930s, she was married to Wilbur S. Wimmer, a plumbing and heating contractor, and settled in Sykesville in 1936.
NEWS
June 14, 2009
On Monday, June 15, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. the State Anatomy Board of Maryland will hold its annual memorial service at the dedicated gravesite across from the Patterson House on the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville, MD. The service commemorates the use of donated and decedent bodies to further medical study. Families, friends and the public are invited. For information call Volunteer Services at Springfield Hospital Center, 410-970-7250 or the State Anatomy Board 800-879-27280
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
Sykesville residents voiced concerns last night that Maryland health officials will soon house mentally challenged people who have been deemed unfit to stand trial at the Springfield Hospital Center, a state mental facility that is within a mile of an elementary school and park frequented by children. The residents spoke at a forum at the center's campus last night led by Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers. The forum was held to inform the community about the transfer of residents from the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills to the Springfield Center's Muncie Building, which would be converted into a 22-patient facility for people in the newly formed Sykesville Secure Evaluation and Therapeutic program.
NEWS
August 12, 2007
Compassionate Friends of Carroll County, a group for parents suffering the loss of a child, will meet at 8 p.m. Friday in the parlor of Westminster Church of the Brethren, Bond Street and Park Place. Parents who have lost a child at any age for any reason are welcome. Information: 410-795-7683 or 410-876-2256. Group to help connect families, resources The Get Connected Family Resource of Carroll County is expected to open later this month in the Nonprofit Center in Westminster. The center will help provide information to families with children who have developmental disabilities, mental health issues, substance abuse history, interpersonal violence issues as well as other family concerns.
NEWS
July 27, 2005
BALTIMORE 3 hurt in bus accident improve to fair condition Three of the people most seriously injured in Monday's early-morning Greyhound bus accident on Interstate 95 were upgraded to fair condition yesterday afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two others who were admitted there were discharged. Maryland Transportation Authority Police said they were continuing to investigate the cause of the single-vehicle accident, which occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on the rain-slick highway in East Baltimore.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2004
Sykesville will celebrate its 100th birthday tomorrow with the dedication of a downtown park and centerpiece fountain, a parade led by bagpipers and its first outdoor movie screening. Town restaurants will cook alfresco on Main Street. The Little Sykes Railway will carry children around its circular track, and model railroaders will display their elaborate layouts in restored train cars. Visitors can take a history walk with guides pointing out local landmarks. "It's nice to have a reason to celebrate, and 100 years is certainly a good reason," said Jonathan S. Herman, serving his third term as mayor in the town of about 4,500.
NEWS
By From Staff Reports | March 24, 1994
The time and place of the April 7 citizen forum to discuss the possible closing of Springfield Hospital Center have been changed.The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Carroll Community College in rooms M-157 and M-159.The forum originally was scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carroll County Office Building.Tori Leonard, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the change was made because many South Carroll residents complained to state officials that they couldn't attend the afternoon meeting.
NEWS
By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
Sykesville residents voiced concerns last night that Maryland health officials will soon house mentally challenged people who have been deemed unfit to stand trial at the Springfield Hospital Center, a state mental facility that is within a mile of an elementary school and park frequented by children. The residents spoke at a forum at the center's campus last night led by Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers. The forum was held to inform the community about the transfer of residents from the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills to the Springfield Center's Muncie Building, which would be converted into a 22-patient facility for people in the newly formed Sykesville Secure Evaluation and Therapeutic program.
NEWS
January 4, 2004
Holt to be missed on school board I read, with much regret, that Susan Holt would not continue on the Carroll County Board of Education beyond her current term ("School board hopefuls are few," Dec. 23). As a parent of school-age children, I follow the board activity closely, attending board meetings as frequently as possible. I have witnessed first hand her commitment and dedication to the parents and children of Carroll County. Susan has consistently represented the citizens of Carroll County with a passion, an intensity and integrity that goes well beyond what we expect of elected officials.
NEWS
July 13, 2003
Agency offers help to consumers with insurance concerns The Maryland Insurance Administration wants to help consumers with insurance concerns. A representative from the administration will be at the state comptroller's office in Westminster, 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 306, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. People with questions about their insurance coverage or who need help filing a complaint against an insurance company can get help. Appointments are not required. Information: 800-492-6116.
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