No hospital in Maryland earned a top score under a new, simplified ranking system from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that adds to the collection of sometimes conflicting assessments of the nation's health care facilities.
The Stella Maris Hospice Prayer Shawl Ministry is one of many in the Towson area which knit or crochet shawls to give to patients, fellow church members, elderly and sick persons. So meaningful are the shawls that it is not unusual for people to be buried in them or have them laid over their casket.They become family heirlooms, a last treasured reminder of mom or dad. They are even ascribed with healing power, as one cancer patient who went into remission did.
Dr. Samuel McC. M. Lumpkin, a retired otolaryngologist who was a partner Ear, Nose and Throat Associates at greater Baltimore Medical Center, died March 10 at his White Hall farm of complications from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. He was 83.
Babies contract infant botulism by ingesting bacterium spores, which then harbor in the large intestine where toxins breed. The toxins damage nerves that send the signals to make muscles contract. In turn, the body slowly loses its ability to move.
When we as the region's doctors speak to the public about vaccines, it's about more than individual health. It's about the health of our community. It's about our mutual obligation to one other. It's about the value of vaccines to safeguard the future of Baltimore.
Little Joe, or "LJ" as he is called by owners Kathryne and Essam Shomali of Rodgers Forge fulfulled No. 15 on his "bucket list": Meet his new baby "brother." The beagle is terminally ill with cancer and the Shomalis created a bucket list for him.
For the past several years, workers at Gilchrist Hospice Care have raised about $5,000 for some counterparts in Tanzania to give their overwhelmed center a boost. But when U.S. government aid ran out in 2009 for many African hospices, the Baltimore area caregivers made a decision.
Dr. Esther Edery Dibos, a retired Towson pediatrician who was a founder of the Hispanic Apostolate, a Fells Point clinic, died Dec. 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 78.
Beverly Mason, a founder of Greater Baltimore Medical Center who was also a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, died Nov. 14 at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville of respiratory failure. She was 93.
Dorothy LeF. Cadigan, the former owner of a Rodgers Forge consignment shop who was a longtime volunteer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Sunda at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications of pulmonary hypertension. She was 82.
Bruce D. Gerwig, a professional golfer and instructor who was the teaching pro at the Hereford Golf Center in Hereford, died Nov. 15 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65.
After 150 years, the aim of University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center is still compassionate care. Just ask Sister Evelyn Grudza, one of five Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who have worked at the hospital for decades and who believe, their job is to continue the mission of the three Franciscan sisters who opened St. Joseph's German Catholic Hospital in three donated rowhouses in East Baltimore in 1864.
Ellen S. Dierkes, who taught fifth-grade at Garrison Forest School and was a talented flower arranger, died Frida at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of melanoma and uterine cancer. The North Baltimore resident was 58.
For house concert impresarios like Daniel Weiser and Wendy Shuford, there's no place like home. Weiser, an accomplished pianist, is trying to build a network of house concerts in north Baltimore, including at his own house in Guilford. And Shuford, who doesn't pay a musical instrument, regularly invites people to her small apartment in Cross Keys for concerts by musicians, such as one Nov. 7 by a couple from Maine who play Celtic folk music.
American Cancer Society sponsors Look Good Feel Better classes for women who are cancer patients, like Ellen Briggs of Towson. Organizers say the classes are more than tips for makeup and wigs but a "makeover for the spirit."