Health care meeting will be held tonight...


Health care meeting will be held tonight at AACC campus

A "Health Care For All" town meeting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County, the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative and the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County, will be held at 7 p.m. today in Cade Building Room 210 on Anne Arundel Community College's Arnold campus.

Vincent DeMarco, executive director of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative - described as a grassroots coalition of numerous Maryland organizations working toward affordable health care for the state - will give a description of a project called "Health Care for All" and the process of developing quality health care coverage.

The coalition will use information from the meeting to develop a health care proposal, which will be presented to the General Assembly next year. Information: Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, 410-235-9000 or

Annapolis cardiologist receives recognition

Dr. Louis Kofi Essandoh, an Annapolis cardiologist and leader in local and regional affiliates of the American Heart Association, was honored Saturday at the annual Anne Arundel County Heart Ball - an affair at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel that raised more than $50,000.

Essandoh, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been director of the Cardiac Consultants medical practice in Annapolis since 1999 and is a co-founder of Genesis Research Group, which provides medical opinions to corporate and industrial clients.

A Crownsville resident, he is a former president of the Maryland affiliate of the heart association and has served on the board of the mid-Atlantic affiliate.

Health Department offers sun safety kits to residents

As part of its annual sun safety education program observed each May, the county Department of Health is offering a free sun-safety kit to county residents.

The kit includes safety tips for children and adults, a laminated bookmark, a pamphlet on melanoma and advice on sunscreen products.

The kit and other cancer-prevention material may be requested by calling the department's Learn To Live line at 410-222-7979. Information:

Severna Park woman honored for volunteering

Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary member Barbara Ray of Severna Park was honored recently for volunteer efforts totaling more than 16,500 hours.

Under Ray's leadership as president in 1999, the auxiliary raised nearly $1 million for the capital campaign for the new acute-care hospital.

Volunteers with more than 12,000 volunteer hours also include Annapolis area residents Irma Myers (16,000); Bea Hiltabidle and Ree Childers (13,500 each); Mina and Emma Audesirk (13,000 hours); Ida Marshall (12,500 hours); and Glenna Long of Edgewater (15,500 hours).


Certification: North Arundel Hospital has announced that registered nurse Pat Meidenbauer of Millersville has been certified as a diabetes educator. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees from the University of Maryland, where she has taught in the School of Nursing. She also has taught at Anne Arundel Community College. She is coordinator of the hospital's diabetes self-management program.

Certification: Rebecca Kutsor, hyperbaric technician at North Arundel Hospital, has earned certification by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. A resident of Owings Mills, Kutsor has been a respiratory therapist for eight years. She has a master of science degree in infectious disease and immune function from the University of Maryland.

Advisory post: Dr. David Krimins, a specialist in pulmonary and internal medicine and medical director of pulmonary services at Anne Arundel Medical Center, is an advisory physician to Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living in Annapolis.

Appointment: North Arundel Hospital recently named Dr. Barry Ominsky as chief of otolaryngology/ head and neck surgery. The Pasadena resident has been a member of the hospital's medical staff since 1973.


Food class: Registered dietitian Kay Patterson will conduct a class, "Cooking for Cancer Prevention," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Donner Pavilion. Learn techniques of food preparation and meal planning strategies that promote health. The fee is $25. Registration: 410-573-5490, 800-MD-NURSE or www.aahs. org.

Screenings: North Arundel Hospital will offer free stroke-risk assessment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and anxiety screening from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its Arundel Mills storefront. Information: 800-886-3065.

Anxiety screening: Laurel Regional Hospital will hold free screening for anxiety disorders from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 800-435-5550.

Healing class: Attitudinal healing will be the focus of a class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Donner Pavilion. The instructor will discuss the health benefits of a positive mental outlook. The fee for the class is $25. Information: 410-573-5490, 800-MD-NURSE, or

Meditation: A meditation class will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at AAMC's Donner Pavilion. Fee is $35 fee. Information: 410-573-5490, 800-MD-NURSE, or

Support groups

Parent loss: Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center will hold a six-week support group for those who are grieving the death of a parent from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning tonight, at the hospice offices, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville. Information: 410-987-2129.

Depression: The nonprofit Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association is sponsoring several free self-help groups in Anne Arundel County for people with depression and their family members. Information: 410-955- 4647, or e-mail

Fibromyalgia: Arthritis Foundation Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon today at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park. Information: 410- 544-5433.

Suicide: Survivors of Suicide monthly drop-in support group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Information: 410-987-2129.

Weight loss: North Arundel Hospital's free weight loss support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in its Padussis Conference Center. The topic is "Dining Out Guilt-Free." Registration: 410-787-4367.

Ostomy: Anne Arundel County Ostomy Association Inc. will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the third floor conference room at North Arundel Hospital, Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. The speaker will be Dr. David Stroebel. The meeting is free and open to the public. Information: 410-766-0532.

Joint replacement: A support group for joint replacement patients meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in North Arundel Hospital's subacute unit. Information: 410-787- 4367.

Overeaters: An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Information: 301-497-7914.

Epilepsy: Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region will hold a support group meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. Information: 410-266- 7941.

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