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Howard County hospital starts visitor restrictions

Because of the increase in the number of reported cases in the pediatric population of H1N1 flu, Howard County General Hospital announced immediate changes to visitation guidelines to provide a safe environment for patients. These are temporary measures until people have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

* Children younger than 16 are temporarily restricted from all patient care areas, including patient rooms, therapy areas and outpatient service areas. This also applies to the medical/surgical floors as well as labor and delivery. Once H1N1 vaccinations begin, children with proof of H1N1 vaccination two weeks or more prior to the visit will be allowed to visit.

* Patient visitors are restricted to immediate family members only.

* In the Intensive Care Unit, only two visitors will be allowed with the patient at one time.

* Individuals with influenza-like symptoms should not visit patients. Symptoms include fever and one or more of the following: cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

For more information, go to or call the Howard County Health Department Flu Information Line at 410-313-6503.

Health Service Awards

Chase Brexton Health Service and Michael W. Davis recently received the "Casey Willis Making a Difference" award at the Columbia Foundation's annual dinner.

The award was presented by Dave and Amy Willis, son and daughter of the late Dr. Eugene and Casey Willis, and John Willis, brother of Dr. Willis. Casey Willis was a longtime community activist in Howard County whose family established the award with the Columbia Foundation in her memory. Each year the family selects a nonprofit organization that has had a significant impact on the lives of county residents. Chase Brexton Health Services works in partnership with the Howard County Health Department and public school system to provide dental education, screenings, fluoride treatments and sealants to uninsured or under-insured pre-K to second graders in the county's Title 1 schools.

2010 Relay for Life Race : Mary McCormack will chair the race for the American Cancer Society. McCormack is a resident of Howard County, has served two years as team recruitment chairwoman and 10 years as a team member. The race will be held June 4 and 5 at Hammond High School in Columbia. If interested in serving on the planning committee or forming a team, call Jason Copley at 410-781-4316. e-mail or go to

Blood donations : The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Care for the Care Giver : Explore emotions and issues about grief and guilt and the joys and satisfactions connected with personal care giving at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville road, Marriottsville, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 5 and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. Call to register at 410-442-3120, or go to

Senior yoga : Classes will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or drop in. Limited space; preregistration recommended. This program is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail

Support groups

Parkinson's support group : Howard County General Hospital's Parkinson's disease support group will meet noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month Nov. 10 in the hospital's Bolduc Family Outpatient Center, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Designed for patients diagnosed with the disease and their families and caregivers, the group discusses speech and swallowing, voice therapy, nutrition and exercise. Information or to register: Call 443-718-3135 or e-mail


Podiatry examination, 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Dr. David Baek will examine one or two areas of concern on your feet. Free.

Diabetes screening, 10 to noon, Nov. 12, Free.

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