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North Arundel Hospital honors respiratory therapist

North Arundel Hospital has presented the Beverly Kuethe Ambassador of the Year Award to respiratory therapist Rich Ullery of Glen Burnie.

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Ullery, who has been a respiratory therapist at the hospital since 1995, represents North Arundel at health fairs, senior centers and the hospital's Arundel Mills storefront.

He is working toward certification as an asthma education coordinator.

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Health information offered in Spanish

Spanish-speaking residents of Anne Arundel County can get information on health services in their language by calling 410-222-4479, Learn To Live's Spanish Language Line at the Department of Health.

A Spanish-speaking representative will answer calls from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Messages can be left on the answer service at other times. The line also offers free Spanish-language kits on smoking cessation, nutrition, and breast and cervical cancer.

The kits include information on free health services for county residents. Callers can be connected to an interpreter for information on other department programs.

The Learn To Live program combines community resources in an effort to reduce health risks by encouraging residents to lead more healthful lives. Information: www.aahealth.org.

Coordinating Center offers new services

The Coordinating Center, an Anne Arundel-based nonprofit, is offering consultation, technical assistance and training on the community care of people with the most challenging health care needs.

The new services are offered through the recently formed ACCESS Group, which coordinates community care for children and adults with complex medical needs, children with severe autism and adults with physical disabilities.

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The center has its headquarters in Millersville.

Hospice of the Chesapeake offers speakers bureau

Hospice of Chesapeake provides speakers to inform the community about the hospice. Topics range from a general overview of hospice to a more in-depth look at palliative care. The presentations are free. To schedule a speaker: 410-987-2003 or 800-745-6132.

North Arundel Hospital offers retooled Web site

North Arundel Hospital has redesigned its Web site (www.northarundel.org), which contains notifications of events, office locations and hours, medical education backgounds, and maps and directions to locations. Visitors to the site can search for a physician by specialty, location, accepted insurance coverage, gender or languages spoken. Information: 410-787-4367.

Lupus support group to meet Saturday

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The Lupus Support Group, sponsored by Lupus Mid-Atlantic, will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Severna Park library at 45 McKinsey Road. Information: Lupus Mid-Atlantic, 800-777-0934.

AAMC to hold seminar on sports-related injuries

Anne Arundel Medical Center, in collaboration with three area doctors' offices, will be host of a seminar July 15 for athletic directors, coaches and support staff on protecting players from sports-related injuries.

The speakers and their topics are:

Dr. Brian Sullivan of Maryland Brain and Spine, "Head Injuries and Return to Play Guidelines."

Dr. Alan Sokoloff of the Yalich Clinic, "Prevention of Heat-Related Injuries and Dehydration."

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Dr. Edward McDevitt of Bay Area Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, "Performance-Enhancing Drugs."

Dr. Larry Plotkin of the Yalich Clinic, "Pre- and Post-Game Nutrition."

The seminar will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 250 on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion.

Free seminar tomorrow on coping with arthritis

Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center will sponsor a free seminar tomorrow on "The Top Ten Things to Do For Arthritis."

The seminar will be conducted by Julie Van Hassent, a physician's assistant who has 17 years' experience helping patients with arthritis.

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The seminar will focus on what causes arthritis and what can be done to alleviate the pain and live more comfortably. The latest treatments for arthritis will be discussed, including diet, exercise, injections, medications and surgery.

The seminar will be held in Room 250 of the Sajak Pavilion from 11 a.m. to noon.

North Arundel offers screenings, exhibits at mall

North Arundel Hospital will offer screenings and educational exhibits at its Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and entrance 4:

today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, back screenings.

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Monday, 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 13, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

July 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., colon screenings; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., diabetes and diet information; and 9 a.m. to noon, cholesterol screenings.

July 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., information on county Department of Aging services.

July 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

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July 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4366.

Red Cross plans classes on CPR, first aid

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at several sites in Anne Arundel County by the Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims 8 years and older. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; July 10, Edgewater; July 24, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park; July 31, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

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Adult, Infant and Child CPR, comprehensive course trains for CPR on adult, infant and child victims, including rescue breathing, clearing obstructed airway and one-rescuer CPR. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Annapolis; and July 24, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, learn rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims 8 and older. Course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and July 31 at Edgewater. Fee: $42.

Infant and Child CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children to age 8. The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17 at Annapolis. Cost: $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, including infant and child CPR certification, emphasizing first aid for those who work in child care settings. Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 17 at Annapolis. Cost: $42.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer, an advanced-level course designed for those with a job-related duty - law enforcement officers, lifeguards, health care professionals - to act in an emergency situation. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 24 at Edgewater. Cost: $45.

"Crime Avoidance Training," interactive training that focuses on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class, organized around a typical day, covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an automated teller machine and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will come to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc. org.

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All courses are on a first-come basis, and preregistration with payment is required. Information: 410-764-4609.

Medical center expands blood donation schedule

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Blood Donor Center has announced an expanded appointment schedule.

The blood bank will now be open for appointments:

Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

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Wednesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

Thursdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on Level 1 of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. To make an appointment: 443-481-4215 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Red Cross seeks volunteers for summer blood drives

The Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services region is seeking youths to work as volunteers at blood drives this summer. Teenagers 14 or older can earn service learning credits and develop job skills by helping the blood collections staff. Training is provided.

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Volunteers will welcome donors to the reception area and help care for them in the refreshment area after blood is donated.

A commitment of 40 hours over the summer is required. Blood drives last four to six hours and are held daily around the state. Training is being held this month.

Volunteers will help with blood drives in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Registration for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1; or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.


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