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Cancer society holds flower fundraiser

The American Cancer Society is selling daffodil bouquets for its annual Daffodil Days fundraiser that kicked off this week.

Volunteers throughout Anne Arundel County are distributing thousands of daffodils to area homes, offices, hospitals, churches and synagogues to spread hope for a future where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

A bunch of 10 daffodils or a pot of bulbs is available for a $10 donation, and a Bea R. Hope Boyd's Collectors' Bear is available for $25.

Donations can be made at a dozen locations throughout Anne Arundel County this week:

Tomorrow: Anne Arundel Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Baltimore Washington Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday: The county Department of Public Works Lobby at 2664 Riva Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boscov's at Marley Station mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, the Crofton Giant, Starbucks and the Amish Market at the Annapolis Harbour Center, the Waugh Chapel Safeway and the Edgewater Safeway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: 410-721-4304.

Medical center adds kids' speech therapy

Anne Arundel Medical Center has added outpatient pediatric speech-language therapy to its outpatient speech rehabilitation services.

The new program is for children up to 5 years old who have developmental delays, phonological disorders, or require fluency and voice services. These children may have speech-language delays due to recurrent ear infections, extended hospitalization, prematurity or adverse socioeconomic conditions.

The new outpatient pediatric speech therapy center is on the lower floor of the Wayson Pavilion and includes a dedicated treatment room and a pediatric gym for patients who require physical and/or occupational therapy in addition to speech therapy.

Patients will need a prescription or referral from their physician based on their insurance.

Information: 443-481-4080.

Arundel lab wins accreditation

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Laboratory was recently awarded an accreditation by the College of American Pathologists' Commission on Laboratory Accreditation.

Recognized by the United States federal government, the accreditation recognizes the AAMC laboratory as providing the highest possible level of care.

During the accreditation process, inspectors examined AAMC's laboratory records and quality assurance protocols for the past two years. Staff competency was reviewed and laboratory facilities were inspected. Laboratory management was also interviewed to ensure that patient safety programs were effective in limiting laboratory errors and providing the highest quality results.

Volunteer wins award for service

Leadership Anne Arundel recently recognized Suzanne Herr, an Anne Arundel Medical Center volunteer, with a 2008 Community Trustee Award for her outstanding service to the community.

Herr is a constant at AAMC's Annapolis Outreach Center Dental Clinic, the AAMC Emergency Department and the AAMC Volunteer Services Department.

She will be honored by Leadership Anne Arundel during a reception Tuesday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Screenings offered at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month at its Outreach Center, Arundel Mills mall, between Dave and Buster's and Entrance 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

March 17, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., information session on county Department of Aging services.

March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

March 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Medical center lists planned activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this week:

Today, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group meets in first-floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8129.

March 19, 4 p.m., Joint School, a session on preparation and recovery and benefits from hip and knee replacement surgery. Reservations. 410-553-8282.

March 19, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, meets in the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

March 26, 8:30 p.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

March 26, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness will offer a free weight loss education seminar. Registration required, call 410-328-8940.

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