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Water-quality hot line offers regular updates of...


Water-quality hot line offers regular updates of county waterways

The county Department of Health has opened a water-quality results Web site and phone line, offering weekly updates on fecal coliform counts in county waterways.

The service will provide averaged weekly readings at 78 sites sampled by the health department, information on emergency closings of creeks to recreational use, and phone numbers to call to report water-quality problems.

Fecal coliform is a disease-causing intestinal bacteria coming from all warm-blooded animals. It is used as an indicator of water quality because it is easily detected.

Information will be available through the service on bacteria counts from Rock Creek, Stoney Creek, Bodkin Creek, Magothy River, Severn River, the Annapolis area, South River, Rhode River and Herring Bay.

Weekly results will be available until Labor Day at 410-222-7999and

Names in the news

Joyce Myers of Pasadena has been appointed director of perioperative nursing at North Arundel Hospital. Her responsibilities include administrative duties, such as budgeting and planning for the department, and providing guidance to the department's four nurse managers.

Catherine "Cass" Cavanaugh of Pasadena has been promoted to nurse manager of North Arundel Hospital's operating room.

Dr. Daniel Laughlin of Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C., has been named chief of surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was formerly associate chief of surgery.

Dr. Jerrilyn M. Jutton of Linhardt Surgical Associates has been named associate chief of surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center, replacing Laughlin.

Support groups

Ostomy: Anne Arundel Ostomy Association will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in the third-floor main conference room at North Arundel Hospital. The meeting is free and open to family and friends. Information: 410- 766-0532.

Lupus support group: The Anne Arundel County Lupus Support Group will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Road in Arnold. The group is free and open to patients and their families. Information: 800-777-0934.

Joint replacement: The Baltimore-Washington Hip and Knee Center at North Arundel Hospital sponsors a joint-replacement support group at 6:30 p.m. June 8 in the hospital's Subacute Unit. The program is free, but reservations are required. Information: 410-787-4367.

Crohn's/colitis: A support group for people with Crohn's disease and colitis will meet at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Donner Community Health Pavilion on Anne Arundel Medical Center's Medical Park. The meetings are free and open to the public. Information: 410-267-1271.

Oncology: Harbor Hospital Center sponsors an oncology support group from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays in the North Main conference room. Information: 410-350-3487.

Fibromyalgia: A fibromyalgia support group meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday each month at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd. Information: 410-544-5433.

Suicide: A monthly drop-in support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville. Information: 410-987-2003.

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