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The Carroll County Association of Realtors has selected cardiac careat Carroll County General Hospital to receive money from the Feb. 16benefit dance at the Westminster Moose Lodge.

Denise Hayes, president of the association, said the organization's Activities Committeedecided to support equipment and services for heart patients at CCGH.

Based on their research, committee members determined this was a community need, Hayes said.

"We wanted this event to benefit a worthwhile purpose, one which would help a lot of people," said Robin Mede, who heads the 10-member committee. "We felt cardiac care was a particularly good cause."

Mede also was able to tap into February's traditional heart theme for the hospital benefit.

Hayes and Mede are agents with Long & Foster Realtors.

Mede's committee has planned a festive occasion which includes a day of dancing, a variety of costume contests for those who come dressed in 1950s and '60s outfits, prizes (donated by local merchants) and a variety of food.

The Hubcaps, a popular '50s and '60s dance band, will play at the event, which runs 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets, which cost $20 per person, include dinner, beer and soda. (Minimum age for guests is 21.) The Westminster Moose Lodge is at 309 Buena Vista Drive.

Charles Graf, president of Carroll County Health Services Corp., CCGH's parent corporation, said providing care for heart attack patients is one of the hospital's topresponsibilities.

"The nursing units which offer telemetry and cardiac monitoring have been some of our busiest services during the past year," Graf said. "Because our community has a large middle-aged and aging population, we need to be aware that cardiac care will continue to be a priority at Carroll County General Hospital for manyyearsto come."

The hospital has an eight-bed Critical Care Unit and a 24-bed Telemetry Unit, which also provides intensive nursing care forseriously ill patients.

Last year, the hospital cared for nearly 300 heart attack patients. Graf said that number doesn't reflect the total number of patients with cardiac complications who were treated.

Graf said that many elderly patients are admitted for other illnesses, but because they have chronic heart conditions, they must be monitored for potential heart problems.

Tickets can be purchased in CCGH's Auxiliary Gift Shop through Friday, Jan. 31.

Information: 876-3530.

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