ELEVEN YEARS ago, an angiogram revealed that my husband had a blocked artery to his heart, and his doctor ordered angioplasty.
Because no hospital in Anne Arundel County could perform the so-called "balloon" procedure, we traveled to Washington Hospital Center, one of the country's leading facilities for progressive cardiac treatment.
Everything went well, and soon after, North Arundel Hospital opened its own cardiac catheterization laboratory.
North Arundel has been chosen by Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System to be part of the C-PORT (Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team) study.
The purpose of the two-year study is to determine whether lives can be saved with an emergency angioplasty immediately after a heart attack.
For the study, 50 percent of emergency department patients suffering from heart attacks will undergo angioplasty within one hour of arriving at the hospital. The remaining 50 percent will receive standard clot-dissolving medication.
The results remain to be seen.
But it's comforting to know that this quality of care is nearby.
Another agency that specializes in the care of our friends and neighbors is Hospice of the Chesapeake.
The Millersville organization has been successful in meeting the needs of the community and currently serves 110 clients.
A typical hospice client has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and has been given six months or less to live. The primary goal of hospice care is to make the patient comfortable.
Since May, Hospice of the Chesapeake has offered Bridges, a program that combines the same comfort measures while the patient continues to receive aggressive curative treatment.
Hospice expected 50 clients in this new program by year's end, but already it has served 40.
Work continues on the new Hospice House on Camp Meade Road in Linthicum.
The county's only hospice residence will accommodate six live-in clients and be staffed by certified nursing assistants. Clients will receive the same visits by hospice professionals that they would receive at home.
Because of the severity of last winter and because Hospice House is being constructed with donations and volunteer work, no exact date for completion can be set.
But hopes are high for this fall.
Volunteers are needed for interior molding work, exterior painting and tile installation.
Supplies and financial contributions are also appreciated.
For more information, phone 987-2003.
FTC A free trip to London will be raffled at the first Hospice Harvest, a yard sale planned for Oct. 19 at hospice headquarters. The hospice requests donations of yard sale items.
To volunteer or to obtain more information about hospice programs, phone 987-2003.
Severn School trustees
Severn School has announced the retirement of three members of the board of trustees and the election of five new trustees.
James R. Eyler, David L. Wright, class of 1969, and John D. Ryder are retiring from the Severna Park school's board.
The new trustees are N. Scott Gardiner, past president of the Gardiner Group Inc.; Robert G. Graw Jr., a pediatrician; J. Stephen Levkoff, president of the Levkoff Group Inc.; James McIntyre, co-owner and vice president of MIL Corp., and Timothy F. Price, president and chief operating officer of MCI Telecommunications Corp.
Pub Date: 8/15/96