Upper Chesapeake Health discussion

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold a "Dining with Docs" dinner, lecture and discussion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's Chesapeake Conference Center.

Angela Scaglioli Kaitis will discuss "The Hidden Dangers of Over the Counter Drugs" and why you should think twice before taking these drugs.

Information will be provided on the possible effects that certain over-the-counter drugs can cause.

The cost is $5 (cash only). Reservations are required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Free support group for abuse victims

Family and Children's Services of Harford County and Harford County Child Advocacy Center are holding weekly support groups for victims of child sexual abuse.

Groups are held in a supportive, nonthreatening atmosphere for adult survivors, teens, children and parents. An adult survivors group meets Mondays, and the parent/child victims group meets Thursdays.

Groups are funded by grants and are free of charge. All are welcome.

Information: Paula Scheye, Family and Children's Services, 410-838-9000, ext. 224.

HealthLink offering student physicals

Upper Chesapeake HealthLink is offering student physicals required before starting college.

The cost of each physical is $25 (cash or check), and immunizations are available for an additional fee.

Students should take their immunization record and physical form provided by the college.

Physicals will be given from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 in the Medical Mobile Van at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's parking lot, Bel Air; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22 and 29 at the HealthLink Community Wellness Center, 626A Revolution St., Havre de Grace.

Appointments are required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Grant to increase bedside nurses

Harford Community College, in partnership with Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, has received a grant for $662,792 for a project to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland, titled "Accelerated Nursing Program and Student Success in Nursing."

The program will allow an additional 24 students to be admitted into a 15-month nursing program at the college through one of two pathways: a first-semester summer session for new nursing students, and a transitions program for qualified practical nurses.

Elements of the program include: academic and clinical skills assistance, NCLEX preparation, college survival skills workshops and online testing and tutoring for nursing students with emphasis on ESL and minority students.

Health system picks new board member

Upper Chesapeake Health has named Dr. Robert F. Hoofnagle Jr. to its board of directors.

In this capacity, he also will serve on the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation board of directors.

A board certified urologist, Hoofnagle has a private practice in Bel Air. He has been a member since 1997 of the Upper Chesapeake Health medical staff, and he is chief of surgery at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

He also holds privileges at UCH's Harford Memorial Hospital and serves on the Medical Staff Credentials Committee.

Hoofnagle is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Urological Association and is medical director for the Maryland Kidney Stone Center.

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