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Groundbreaking held for Family Birthplace

Carroll County General Hospital had a groundbreaking June 28 for the Family Birthplace, a maternity center to be based on the single-room maternity concept.

The $2.4 million project will almost double the size of the existing unit. The hospital is one of the first in Maryland to adopt this approach to childbirth, which provides luxury birthing suites with the conveniences of home but also equipped with the essentials for the baby's safe delivery and follow-up care.

Plans call for 10 birthing suites with contemporary designs, comfortable chairs, a remote-controlled television, private bath and birthing bed. Suites will also contain fetal monitors and infant warmers.

Other features include a Baby Cafe, staffed by a lactation consultant, where nursing mothers can receive extra support to make breast feeding successful.

Two C-section rooms, a recovery room, a well-baby nursery and a special care nursery are also a part of the design. A suite will be reserved for expectant mothers who need to spend time in the hospital before the baby's arrival.

Completion is expected to take a year, although Phase I, which includes approximately five labor, deliver, recover and postpartum rooms, will be finished in February. Carroll Hospice will offer a Healing Hearts Grief Group for children ages 5 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays in August.

The group will meet at the Hospice office, 95 Carroll St., Westminster.

Registration is being accepted for the four-week therapy group. A $5 donation is asked to cover the cost of materials.

Information: 876-8044 or 857-1838.

4 awarded scholarships from Carroll hospital

For eight consecutive years, Carroll County General Hospital has awarded scholarships to outstanding graduates of area high schools who plan to pursue careers in health care.

Angela Shroyer of North Carroll High School, Carley Benham and Sarah McGinley from South Carroll High School and Angela Weaver from Westminster High School each received $1,000 toward college tuition in the fall. They were chosen for demonstrating superior academic achievement and for involvement in extra-curricular activities and community affairs.

Miss Shroyer, who will major in biochemistry at the University of Maryland, plans to become a medical researcher. While in high school, she was advertising manager of the student yearbook, played in the marching and concert bands and was a member of the Student Government Association. She was active in the drama club, the cheerleading squad and cross-country track team.

Miss McGinley, a straight-A student at South Carroll, is headed for Mount St. Mary's College to pursue a career in podiatry. President of South Carroll's Student Government Association and vice president of her class, she also was elected to the National Honor Society, was captain of the varsity soccer team, basketball and track teams and a member of the symphonic band.

She was also named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar, World Scholar Athlete, Distinguished Honor Roll Winner and a USAA Academy Merit Winner in Science and Foreign Languages.

Miss Benham will attend Towson State University and hopes to become a physician. While at South Carroll, she volunteered at Springfield Hospital Center, worked with physically handicapped children and helped to organize food and clothing drives for impoverished families.

Active in the Student Government Association, she also was elected to the National Honor Society and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar.

Miss Benham was a Distinguished Scholar at South Carroll for nine consecutive semesters. She also was captain of her school's field hockey team.

Miss Weaver will attend Loyola College in Baltimore this fall. She plans to attend medical school. A member of the National Honor Society and Biology Club at Westminster High School, she was on the honor roll all four years. She received honorable mention in the Maryland State Distinguished Scholar Program.

Teen essay contest focuses on abstinence

Seventh-graders can win gift certificates at Cranberry Mall worth up to $100 by participating in "Abstinence Is Worth It," a pregnancy prevention essay contest for teens.

Essays may include reasons to abstain from sex and ways to deal with peer pressure.

The essay contest is sponsored by the Carroll Coalition on Teen Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention. The entry deadline is Friday . Information: 876-4441.

Red Cross offers CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes in Carroll County at the Emergency Operations Center, 1345 Washington Road, Westminster.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses include:

* Community First Aid and Safety -- covers adult, infant and child CPR certification; first aid and safety; and CPR in community and family settings. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and cost $38.

The registration deadline is July 29 for the Aug. 19 class.

* Basic Aid Training -- covers the knowledge and skills necessary for children ages 8 to 12 to identify potentially harmful situations. Class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 and 26. The cost is $15.

The registration deadline is Saturday . Information: (800) 787-8002.

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