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BWMC in nation's top 100 hospitals

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Solucient, an organization that provides information to health care workers.

BWMC was the only hospital in the Baltimore region to receive this award, which recognizes hospitals for progress in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance, efficiency and growth in patient volume.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is part of the University of Maryland Medical System. It has 286 beds and more than 2,400 employees. In the past year, the medical center cared for more than 172,000 patients.

The 2006 Solucient's 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in Monday's edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.


Tuberculosis Day is March 24

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will recognize World Tuberculosis Day on March 24 with a display in the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

The display features informational posters and a map demonstrating tuberculosis incidence rates around the world. Free pamphlets will be available.

Visitors can view the display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through March 23, and March 26.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and is usually transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Since 2001, there have been more than 60 confirmed cases among county residents.

The Department of Health offers free tuberculosis testing to county residents who have lived in countries with a high incidence of the disease. The department offers free treatment to people diagnosed with the disease. Information: 410-222-7256 or

AAMC holds fundraising event

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Foundation is holding the "There's No Place Like AAMC" gala, its signature fundraising event, March 31 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, to finance the purchase of equipment for its health care system, including a newly developed CT machine.

Using specialized equipment, radiologists can more quickly diagnose problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, infectious disease and trauma.

Last year's gala raised more than $500,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which opened in November.

AAMC has a few gala sponsorship opportunities remaining. The event will host approximately 1,000 guests.

Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities: 443-481-4747 or

Group offers support for grieving

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center announces two six-week bereavement support groups that begin next week.

An adult bereavement group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from March 20 through April 24. The registration deadline is today.

For adults grieving the death of one or both parents, a parent loss support group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays from March 26 through April 30. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

The registration fee is $60, except for families whose loved one were cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake. All groups will be held at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Courses to focus on mental illness

The Anne Arundel County Affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will sponsor a free 12-week course, beginning April 3, for families of people with serious psychiatric disabilities.

The class will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 221 at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. The course is free but is limited to 20 participants.

The Family to Family course is appropriate for relatives of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disease (manic depression), major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Course components include: coping skills, handling crises and relapse, basic information on the latest psychiatric medications, connecting with appropriate community services, getting better services and dealing with stigma. Registration is required.

Information: 410-626-0143.

Nutrition help at area stores

The county Department of Health's Learn to Live Program will offer "Good Food for Good Health" weekends at local supermarkets this month at the following locations: Lauer's Supermarket, 8479 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena.

Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Graul's, 1388 Cape St. Claire Road, Annapolis.

March 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Graul's, 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.

March 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979 or

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