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Wellness Matters Spring 2009
Heart Attack 911
When time is muscle
Lyme Disease
in Howard County
and Your
The first months of 2009 have been marked largely by news of budget cuts
and the scope and depth of our country’s financial woes, and many in our
community are feeling the pinch. While these difficult times are filled
with change and turmoil, Howard County General Hospital is not only
continuing to provide high-quality health care, but, with the cooperation
and collaboration of the members of our medical staff, nurses, and other
caregivers, we are taking steps to improve the programs and services
we provide.
These improvements, both large and small, contribute to HCGH’s ongoing
commitment to clinical excellence. The construction of our new Pavilion,
which should open this summer, is part of our Campus Development Plan,
and will enhance our facilities to better serve you and your family.
Our efforts to enhance HCGH’s services and programs have not gone
unnoticed. In December, The American College of Surgeons Commission
on Cancer named HCGH’s Cancer Program a “Community Hospital
Comprehensive Cancer Program,” and we received a full, three-year
accreditation with commendation. I invite you to read more about this
high level of accreditation on page 18. Just recently we were notified that
HCGH received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical
. HealthGrades, a leading national independent health care
rating company, identified Howard County General as within the top five
percent of hospitals in the country with the lowest mortality and complication
rates over a range of many of the most common procedures and diagnoses.
HCGH also is pleased to announce the receipt of two grants benefiting
Healthy Families Howard County (HFHC), our outreach program that
provides first-time parents with educational and emotional support to ease
their transition through pregnancy and into the first five years of parenthood.
The Freddie Mac Foundation awarded HFHC another $50,000 grant to
assist with operational cost, and our other major partner; the Horizon
Foundation, provided a $12,100 grant to support strategic planning,
evaluation, and marketing.
This financial support, coupled with our recent accolades, bolster ongoing
efforts to expand our services and programs. Over the coming year, we will
continue to highlight the efforts of these caregivers
at HCGH, as we strive to make HCGH the center
of clinical excellence for you and your family.
Victor A. Broccolino, President and CEO
Howard County General Hospital
Wellness Matters is published quarterly
by Howard County General Hospital, a
private, not-for-profit, health care provider,
and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Your physician should be consulted in
regard to matters concerning the medical
condition, treatment and needs of
your family.
Public Relations
Mary Patton, director
Bonnie Heneson Communications
Custom Photography
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Jill Myers
Volume 13, No. 1 SPRING 2009
Dear Friends,
Heart Attack
Timely action makes
all the difference for
heart attack patients
HCGH Honored
Wellness Classes
Giving Matters
HealthGrades presents HCGH with 2009
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM
Thank You for a Year of Giving
Health Matters
Lyme Disease's Year-round Threat
Obesity and Your Heart
How Your Waist Line Impacts Your Heart Health
Hospital News
Mark Your Calendars
Board of Trustees
W. Brian McGowan, chair
Harry L. Lundy, vice chair*
Ann B. Mech, J.D., R.N., secretary
Marc B. Applestein, M.D.*
Vivian C. Bailey**
Evelyn T. Bolduc
Victor A. Broccolino*
Marvin P. Davis, M.D.
Adinarayana Divakaruni, M.D.
George L. Doetsch, Jr.
Miriam F. Dubin
Jonathan S. Fish, M.D.
H. Elizabeth Horowitz
Robert T. Manfuso
Ronald R. Peterson*
Peter J. Rogers, Jr.
Alton J. Scavo
Henry M. Seidel, M.D.
G. Daniel Shealer, Jr., Esq.
Sue Song, APRN-PMH, Ph.D.
Beverly J. White-Seals, Esq.
W. Gill Wylie
*Ex-Officio Trustee
**Trustee Emeritus
Howard County
General Hospital, Inc.
Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO
Howard Hospital Foundation
Evelyn T. Bolduc, chair
Howard County
General Hospital
Professional Staff
Marc B. Applestein, M.D., president
Volunteer Auxiliary
Alicia Slahetka, president
Please direct questions, suggestions and comments regarding Wellness Matters to the Public Relations Department at 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044-2912
Telephone Number: 410 -740 -7810, Hospital Information: 410 -740 -7890, TDD: 410 -740 -7990, Web site: www.hcgh.org.
Hospital Receives
National Quality Award
On January 28, Howard County General Hospital was
notified that it was a recipient of the HealthGrades’ 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The award
is bestowed upon the top five percent of hospitals in the nation
to recognize superior clinical quality across a range of the most
common conditions for which patients enter the hospital.
HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company, reviewed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization
records to determine mortality and complication rates at nearly
5,000 hospitals across the United States in the study leading to
this award.
“Howard County General Hospital has put into place many
innovative programs and processes to improve the care our
patients receive,” said Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO.
“This award is recognition of the collaboration among our
highly qualified physicians, nurses, technologists, and support
personnel who put our patients first.”
“It is this combination of technology, streamlined processes,
and superb caregivers that has led to lower mortality rates,
lower complication rates, and better clinical outcomes,” said
Other quality designations
received by Howard
County General include:
“Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer
Program” by the Commission on Cancer of the
American College of Surgeons, the highest level
commendation available to a community hospital.
“Primary Stroke Center” (2008) by the Maryland
Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
(MIEMSS). When a person is suffering a stroke,
Maryland law requires that EMS ambulances bring
their patient to the closest designated Primary
Stroke Center. For this Primary Stroke Center
designation, MIEMSS standards require hospitals
to provide excellent patient care, including rapid
assessment by a multi-disciplinary team and
the most advanced treatment with clot-busting
“Accreditation with Commendation” by the
last Joint Commission survey (2007). The Joint
Commission is an independent body that conducts
regular on-site hospital surveys and establishes
national standards for hospital quality.
This award is recognition of the
collaboration among our highly
qualified physicians, nurses,
technologists, and support personnel
who put our patients first.
Judy Brown, vice president of Patient Safety and Performance
Improvement, cited a number of the quality initiatives that led to
the national Clinical Excellence award. “Howard County
General Hospital’s use of the Mobi-Lab system to ensure correct
labeling of laboratory specimens, the Rapid Response Teams to
bring aid quickly to patients who are failing rapidly, and the use
of Provider Order Management to allow clinicians to enter
orders electronically into the patient record have all helped to
improve processes that lead to better outcomes for our patients.”
For more information on the HealthGrades’ award,
visit www.hcgh.org.
SPRING 2009 Wellness Matters
Retired Howard County Public School
teacher Roma Slyter was substituting
at Hammond High School on
December 3, 2008. The fourth-period
bell rang, and, as the children exited
the classroom, Roma started to feel
what she describes as “a little pressure”
in her chest. She sat down in her chair,
completely unaware that she was
experiencing a heart attack.
What to do if You Think You are Having a Heart Attack
What is a Heart Attack?
What Do I Do?
“A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a section of your
heart muscle becomes greatly reduced or blocked,” says
Dr. William Herzog, an interventional cardiologist on staff at
Howard County General Hospital. “If blood flow isn’t restored
quickly to that section of your heart muscle, it becomes damaged from lack of oxygen and begins to die.”
According to Dr. Walter Atha, medical director of the Emergency
Department at HCGH, the following may be heart attack symptoms:
• Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center
of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes
away and comes back
• Discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort,
Is it the Real Thing?
According to the American Heart Association, while some
heart attacks are sudden and intense, most heart attacks start
slowly with mild pain or discomfort. “The most common mistake that you can make is to attribute your symptoms to something else such as indigestion,” says Dr. Herzog. “I often see
patients who aren’t sure they are having a heart attack wait too
long before seeking help.”
particularly while exercising or walking
• Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness, or fainting
• Indigestion
“Women, diabetics, and the elderly often experience unusual
symptoms other than chest discomfort, such as shortness of breath,
nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain,” notes Dr. Atha. “It is
important to note that many patients having a heart attack experience
chest ‘discomfort’ that they may not describe as ‘pain.’ ”
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Looking back, Roma realized that for a couple of weeks
preceeding her heart attack she had been
overly winded walking to her car after work.
I was so out of breath when I reached my car,
I would have to sit for five minutes just to catch
my breath. That is the only thing that gave me
a clue there was a problem, says Roma.
I only wish I would have realized the hint
my body was giving me at the time.
Dr. Walter Atha,
medical director of
the HCGH Emergency
Department, is board
certified in emergency
SPRING 2009 Wellness Matters
Time is muscle; for every minute you lose,
you may lose heart muscle you can’t get back...
with that in mind, you should call 911 immediately
if you think you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.
Help is on the Way
“Time is muscle; for every minute you lose, you may lose heart
muscle you can’t get back,” says James Brothers, a Howard
County Fire and Rescue paramedic. “With that in mind, you
should call 911 immediately if you think you are experiencing
heart attack symptoms. An Advanced Life Support (ALS) crew
that includes a paramedic will be sent to respond.”
According to Brothers, within minutes of arriving paramedics
will start an EKG lead to monitor your heart’s function, run an IV,
and, if necessary, administer medications. While under the care of
Howard County Fire and Rescue, paramedics are in direct
communication with the HCGH Emergency Department and the
cardiologists on staff at the hospital, providing EKG results and
reports on your condition. This allows the hospital time to
assemble the cardiac treatment team any hour of the day, as well
as to have insight into your
condition before you arrive.
“If you attempt to drive
yourself or have someone
drive you to the Emergency
Department, you will not
have the benefit of this vital
initial care and could lose
precious time and muscle,”
Dr. William Herzog
warns Brothers.
is a cardiologist with
HPV Heart in Columbia.
The American Heart AssoHe specializes in interventional cardiology and
and the American
is on also on staff at
Johns Hopkins Hospital.
College of Cardiology have
set 90 minutes or less as the
6 ] Wellness Matters
Understand Your Risks and
Ways to Improve Your Health
Cardiovascular Clinic
February 21/ 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Free.
Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia.
Walk-in. Registration not required.
Visit our booths and speak with our physician experts.
Participate in screenings including carotid, total cholesterol,
glucose, blood pressure, bone density, and body mass index.
ideal ‘door to balloon’ time. “This phrase refers to the amount
of time between a heart attack patient’s arrival at the hospital to
the time when the blocked artery is opened by angioplasty,”
explains Dr. Herzog. “The sooner you have a cardiac catheterization, the quicker we can identify and correct blockages,
enabling us to save more heart muscle.” With HCGH’s state-ofthe-art catheterization lab, cardiologists can provide potentially
life-saving balloon angioplasty treatment for many patients
experiencing a heart attack. According to Dr. Herzog, providing
this level of treatment can greatly increase a patient’s chance
for recovery.
“The Howard County paramedics got there almost immediately, and they whisked me to Howard County General
Hospital,” notes Roma. “Once I got there, I had a cardiac
catheterization. They determined I had several arteries that were
blocked.” Roma had balloon angioplasty and stents inserted to
open her arteries. Today, she is recovering at home in Columbia
and looking forward to returning to the classroom soon.
Joint Lecture
February 19/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free.
Moving from place to place may seem
easy, but when you have pain in your
joints you notice every motion. Learn
about the newest treatment options
that are aimed at increasing your
comfort and mobility. Presented by
Richard Kinnard, M.D., medical
director of The Joint Academy.
Cardiovascular Clinic
February 21/ 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. Free.
Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall
in Columbia. Walk-in. Registration
not required. Visit our booths and
speak with our physician experts.
Participate in screenings including
carotid, total cholesterol, glucose,
blood pressure, bone density, and
body mass index.
Heart Matters
February 24/ 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
$25. Activities include cholesterol
test with specific information
regarding HDL, LDL, and triglyceride
levels; blood pressure screening;
and height and weight measurements.
Registration is required.
Transitioning Through
March 19/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free.
Women may experience a variety of
changes during this time in their lives.
Learn more about these changes and
ways to promote a healthy transition.
Come with questions to ask during
our question-and-answer session
with Rona Eisen, M.D. A highlighted
discussion on the prevention of
osteoporosis (with exercise
demonstration) will be included.
Topic of Cancer
April 21 and 23/ 5 –7 p.m.
Central Maryland Rehabilitation.
Prostate cancer screening including
PSA blood test. $15 for screening.
Colorectal kits will be available during
screening as well as April 20– 24 from
noon– 5 p.m. in the Wellness Center.
Kits are $7.
Advance Directives
March 12 and May 14/ 6– 7 p.m.
Free. Learn about Advance Directives:
What are they? How do I benefit
from having them? How can I easily
complete the form? At the completion
of this seminar, presented by Leslie
Rogers, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C,
you will be able to leave with a
completed Advance Directives
document. Additional components
include how to appoint or be
appointed a health care agent.
This program is beneficial to anyone.
To register, call 410-740-5858.
CPR Across
Howard County
May 2/ 9 a.m.– noon. Free.
Hammond High School. American
Heart Association Family & Friends
CPR for the adult or child victim.
This course is for the community
and is not a certification course.
Fitness and Sports
Medicine Clinic
May 16/ 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Free.
Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in
Columbia. Talk with our physician
experts, participate in our screenings including feet, ankles/knees,
spine and shoulders, pain, and
osteoporosis. Visit our many booths
and learn fitness tips and ways
to incorporate more movement
into your life.
Visit our personal touch Mammography
department and have your “Soft Pad”
mammogram. HCGH will provide $50
screening mammograms in May and
October for women without symptoms
of breast disease. Availability is limited;
call 410-740-7900 to schedule an
appointment. In addition, HCGH
works in conjunction with the Howard
County Health Department to provide
free mammograms to qualifying
women. To determine eligibility and
schedule an appointment, call
Bring a Sack,
Get Answers Back
June 9/ 2– 4 p.m. Free.
Bring your medications and learn
more about the prescription drugs
you are taking.
Through Massage
3 Keys to
Mastering Stress
A certified massage therapist will
show you how to use massage to
promote a healthier life and a sense of
well-being. Techniques for upper body:
February 13 and May 8, 7–9 p.m.
Techniques for lower body: March 13
and May 22, 7–9 p.m. $50 per couple
for one class or $90 per couple for
both classes.
Using interactive theory, games,
personality tests, and fun, you will
gain a greater understanding of your
perception of stress and ways you
can take positive control; build
support systems; and incorporate
physical activity, time management,
and relaxation techniques to
re-energize your daily life and
enhance well-being. March 17,
7–9 p.m. Free.
Women’s Self Defense
Women age 16 and up will learn and
practice highly effective and easy-tolearn techniques designed for adult
situations. April 4, 9 a.m.–noon. $45.
Adult/Child/Infant CPR
Earn a two-year Heartsaver
certification card upon completion
of this class. This is not a health
care provider course. February 23,
March 10, March 26, April 8, April 23,
or May 6, 5:30–9:30 p.m. $48.
First Aid: Adult Basic
Through lecture and hands-on training,
learn to effectively assess and treat a
wide range of ailments in emergencies.
Treatments covered are for adult
victims and children over 8 years old.
Earn a three-year National Safety
Council Certification. June 20,
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $60 (includes book).
Moving Through Anger
Controlling your anger can be hard,
but you don't have to let anger control
you. This three-week interactive
class will teach you to channel your
anger into a positive force, help to
identify what triggers your anger,
and provide you with techniques
to manage those triggers. March 19,
26, and April 2, 6–7:30 p.m.
$40 per person.
Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs
SPRING 2009 Wellness Matters
Living Well...Take
Charge of Your Health
In this chronic disease management
program, learn techniques to cope
with feelings of frustration, fatigue,
pain, and isolation; exercises for
maintaining and improving strength,
flexibility, and endurance; and skills
to communicate more effectively
with family, friends, and health
professionals. This class is for
people living with chronic conditions
as well as caregivers of those with
chronic conditions. Wednesdays,
February 25–April 1, 1–3:30 p.m.,
and Thursdays, April 16–May 21,
6:30–9 p.m. To register, call Maryland
Access Point, 410-313-5980. $25.
The Mall Milers
Walking for health program at The Mall
in Columbia. Cosponsored by HCGH,
area agencies, and local businesses.
Blood pressure screenings available
the second Tuesday of each month.
Call 410-730-3300 for details. Free.
Nutrition and Cancer
Individualized, three-session counseling program with a registered dietitian
for those who wish to lower their risks
of certain cancers and those who
are undergoing treatment for cancer.
Call for dates and times. $90.
Blood Pressure
Screening & Monitoring
HCGH Wellness Center: Wednesdays,
3–6 p.m. Ellicott City Senior Center:
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center:
first Wednesday and third Friday of
each month, 9:15–10:45 a.m. The
Mall in Columbia: second Tuesday
of each month, 8–10 a.m. Western
Howard County Senior Center:
second and fourth Tuesday of each
month, 9–11 a.m. Glenwood Library:
first and third Monday of the month,
3:30–5:30 p.m. The Bain Center:
first and third Thursday of each
month, 10 a.m.–noon. Savage
Library: second Monday of each
month, noon–3 p.m. Free.
Therapy and
Fitness Programs
Exercise with knowledgeable exercise
physiologists who can provide personal
training. Take advantage of one-on-one
sessions with our golf physical therapists making your game powerful,
efficient, and consistent. Eliminate
injuries with our “wHole-In-One”
Golf Body Enhancement Program.
Enjoy benefits of massage therapy
and acupuncture. Contact Central
Maryland Rehabilitation Center at
Weight-Loss and
Dietary Counseling
Nutritional counseling with a registered
dietitian to discuss your dietary
concerns and goals including dietary
requirements for weight loss, healthier
bones, high blood pressure, elevated
cholesterol, or for those wanting to
Podiatry Screening
Skin Cancer Screening
March 26, 5–7 p.m.
May 12 & 14, 5–7 p.m. Central MD
Rehabilitation Center. Dermatologist will
examine one or two areas of concern.
Diabetes Screening
March 31, 5–7 p.m.
Family Vision and
Hearing Screening
April 28, 9–11 a.m.
Osteoporosis Screening
Stroke Screening
May 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Screening
includes carotid screening, blood
pressure measurement, and a
stroke risk questionnaire.
May 12, 5–7 p.m.
maintain a vegetarian diet. For adults
and children. Appointments are
scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays
between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. as
well as Wednesdays and Thursdays
between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$35 for a half-hour visit. Call for
an appointment.
Weight Loss through
Bariatric Surgery
Learn about weight loss surgery for
the morbidly obese patient presented
by the Johns Hopkins Center for
Bariatric Surgery, a Bariatric Center
of Excellence as certified by the
American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Our multi-disciplinary team approach,
pre-operative and post-operative
support and education are several
keys to the long-term successes of
our former patients. To register, call
410-550-0409 or register online at
March 11 or May 13, 5–6:30 p.m. Free.
Phase II Cardiac
Rehabilitation Program
A four- to 12-week program to assist
cardiac patients in the early recovery
phase following a heart attack, angioplasty, or cardiac surgery. Provides
exercise, education, and emotional
support. HCGH Rehabilitation
Services Dept. Call 410-740-7970
for information and an appointment.
External Enhanced
A non-invasive alternative treatment
for patients with stage III or IV angina.
For information, call 410-740-7970.
HCGH Cardiac
Maintenance Program
An exercise maintenance program is
offered to give cardiac rehab program
graduates the opportunity to continue
exercising in a medically supervised
setting. Tuesday and Thursday mornings,
8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. $ 60 per month.
For information, call 410-740-7970.
What Is It and What
Can You Do About It?
If you have been told you have
pre-diabetes or abnormal blood
sugar, you are at risk for developing
diabetes. Understand what
pre-diabetes is and how to make
changes to prevent or delay actual
diabetes. March 4, 7–9 p.m.
Ambulatory Care Center. $15.
Diabetes Management
Learn from a certified diabetes
nurse educator how to manage
your diabetes. For information or
an appointment, call 410-740-7695.
Dietary Counseling for
People with Diabetes
Presented by a registered dietitian,
this individualized counseling
program focuses on the dietary
requirements of diabetes.
Call 410-740-7695 for information.
Living with Diabetes
Johns Hopkins education at HCGH.
A two-day program recognized by
the American Diabetes Association
and designed for people of all ages
with diabetes. Learn how you can
be an expert at managing your own
diabetes from presentations by
an endocrinologist, podiatrist,
psychologist, diabetes nurse
educator, and dietitian. May be
covered by your medical insurance.
March 13 & 14, April 3 & 4,
April 17 & 18, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ambulatory Care Center.
For information, call 410-740-7695.
A program lasting up to 10 weeks
that is designed to decrease the
debilitating symptoms of Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease through
exercise therapy, education, and
emotional support. HCGH Rehabilitation
Services Dept. Call 410-740-7970
for information and an appointment.
Registration is required. Call 410-740-7601 or register online at www.hcgh.org.
Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs
8 ] Wellness Matters
Maybe Baby? Health
Issues to Consider
Before Pregnancy
Starting a family involves preparation
and planning. Our program, presented
by OB/GYN Margot Watson, M.D.,
assists you in learning about your
important choices to consider. Topics
include lifestyle, parent wellness, and
health care matters. February 26,
7–8:30 p.m. Free.
Prenatal Class for
Early Pregnancy
For parents-to-be in the first three
months of pregnancy. Learn about
the early stages of pregnancy and
understand the physical changes,
your baby’s growth, and easy ways
to support your pregnancy.
May 6, 7–9 p.m. Free.
Prepared Childbirth
Five-part program to prepare
for the birth of your baby. Go to
www.hcgh.org for more information.
Refresher Childbirth
For couples who have attended a
previous childbirth program. Breathing and relaxation exercises are
practiced. Go to www.hcgh.org for
more information.
Maternal Child
Class information and
registration forms are available
by calling 410-740-7601
or online at www.hcgh.org.
Childbirth Weekend
Expectant couples will learn about
childbirth preparation in this weekend class. Go to www.hcgh.org
for more information.
Birthing Center Tour
A preview of maternal-child services
available for expectant couples.
Call at least eight weeks prior to
due date to schedule a tour. Free.
Learn advantages, preparation
techniques, and ways to prevent
and manage feeding problems.
A nurse lactation consultant
will teach practical tips for
successfully combining career
and breastfeeding. Go to
www.hcgh.org for more information.
Infant Care
Lecture, group discussion, and
hands-on practice are used to
enhance learning about the care of
an infant. Topics include newborn
appearance, feeding, sleeping,
crying, signs of illness, care of
the newborn, and parenting roles.
Go to www.hcgh.org for more
Infant Massage
A certified infant massage instructor
will teach techniques to parents
and caregivers. Babies age 1 to 12
months are welcome. March 7,
10–11 a.m. $20.
CPR for Teens
Home Sweet Home
This American Heart Association
course prepares teens, ages 11 to 17,
to perform CPR on an adult, child, and
infant. Other topics include choking;
how to call 911 and answer dispatcher
questions; and brief overview of an AED.
Cosponsored by Health Quest, Inc.
March 28, 1:30–4:30 p.m. $30.
Children ages 9 to 12 and their parents will
learn safe and fun ways for children to stay
at home alone. May 2, 9–11 a.m. $10/family.
Essentials in Babysitting
Learn how to effectively manage
children, create a safe environment,
and apply emergency techniques.
Cosponsored by Health Quest, Inc.
February 28, March 28, or April 25,
9 a.m.–1 p.m. $46 (includes lunch
and certificate of attendance).
Baby Signing
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers
of babies up to 12 months old
will learn 100 basic signs to
help your baby communicate.
March 21 or May 2, 9 a.m.– noon.
$40 per person or $75 per couple
(includes review DVD).
Happiest Baby
on the Block
Endorsed by the American Academy
of Pediatrics, this class will teach
parents-to-be and parents of babies
up to 3 months old successful techniques that can quickly soothe your
crying newborn baby and promote
a more restful sleep for your infant
and you! March 11, 7–9 p.m. $50
per couple (includes parent kits).
Program Registration
Register online for HCGH’s
Wellness Classes
Unless otherwise noted, classes will
be held at HCGH Wellness Center.
Advance registration is required for all
classes and programs. MasterCard and
VISA are accepted. Make checks payable
to HCGH. If a refund is requested, a $25
processing fee will be charged. There is a
$25 charge for all returned checks. Classes
may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
410-740-7601 – information & registration
410-740-7990 – (TDD)
800-850-3137 – long distance only,
www.hcgh.org – online registration &
to find a physician
410-740-7750 – physician referral
Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs
SPRING 2009 Wellness Matters
Knitting and
Crocheting Group
Instruction, fellowship, and good times
assured for the beginner or the advanced
needler. Knit or crochet your own
projects or create chemo caps, lap
blankets, or preemie hats to donate.
First and third Wednesdays of each
month, 10:30 a.m.– noon. Free.
Hand-Stitching and
Quilting Group
Learn new methods of hand piecing,
including Dresden plate and yo-yo
in upcoming months. Second and
fourth Wednesdays of each month,
10:30 a.m.–noon. Free.
Yoga and Acupuncture
Free yoga classes and acupuncture
treatment designed for cancer
patients to revive, relax, and
rebuild body, mind, and spirit are
available and offered in partnership
with the Tai Sophia Institute.
Call 410-740-5858 for class times
and to register.
Photo Organizing Class
In this two-part series, learn how to
use your pictures to create meaningful, archival-safe albums. Materials
are available for purchase or bring
your own. Call 410-740-5858 for
details and dates.
Adult Type 1 Diabetes
Support Group
CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAMS are held at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource
Center unless otherwise noted. Call 410-740-5858 or visit www.hcgh.org
for details. Registration required.
Cosponsored by HCGH
Breast Cancer Support Group
I Can Cope
Third Monday of the month, 7 p.m.
301-490-0029 or 410-788-8720.
Third Wednesday of each month,
7–9 p.m. Central MD Oncology
Center. 410-884-4650.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Caregiver’s Support Group
Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For families and friends of alcoholics.
Sundays, 7 p.m. 410-832-7094.
Provides a chance for caregivers
to connect with each other, share
coping strategies, and build a
network of people going through a
similar experience. To register for
the group, call 410-740-5858.
An educational series for people
facing cancer sponsored by the
Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource
Center and the ACS. Upcoming
classes include Managing Cancer
Related Fatigue on March 7
and Managing the Effects of
Illness and Treatment on April 4.
Registration required. 410-740-5858.
Chronic Pain Support Group
For teenagers with an alcoholic friend
or family member. Sundays, 7 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Support Groups
Caregivers: first Friday of each month,
11 a.m. Spouse caregivers: second
Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.
Aneurysm Support Group
First Monday of the month, 7 p.m.
Bereavement Support Group
For families and friends who
have lost loved ones at HCGH.
Thursdays, 7– 8:30 p.m.
To register, call Pastoral Care office
at 410-740-7898.
Better Breathing Club
In conjunction with the American
Lung Association. Meets monthly.
Third Monday of each month,
1–2:30 p.m. 301-873-3959.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
of America Support Group
Fourth Tuesday of each month,
7–8:30 p.m. 1-800-618-5583.
Depression and Bipolar Support
Alliance of Howard County
Second and fourth Fridays of the
month, 7–9 p.m. 301-575-6766.
Hospice Services
of Howard County
Look Good Feel Better
Licensed cosmetologists teach women
undergoing cancer treatment how to
manage appearance-related side
effects of treatment. February 16 at
7 p.m., March 16 at 3:30 p.m., or
April 20 at 7 p.m. 1-888-535-4555.
Lupus Mid-Atlantic
First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.
Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer
Support Group
Third Thursday of each month,
7–9:30 p.m. 410-379-2896.
Maryland Sickle Cell Disease
Overeaters Anonymous
Fridays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Rising Hope Support Group
For parents who have lost a
baby to miscarriage, stillbirth,
or newborn death. First Monday
of each month, 7:30 p.m.
Stroke Support Group
Select Wednesdays of the month,
6:30–8 p.m. Ambulatory Care
Center. Call 410-740-7601.
Fourth Wednesday of the month,
7 p.m. 410-465-4822.
Howard County Diabetes
Education and Support Group
the National Coalition
of Women with
Heart Disease
Narcotics Anonymous
First Tuesday of each month,
7:30–9 p.m. The Bain Center.
Nicotine Anonymous
Support for the terminally ill,
their families, and the bereaved.
Support group information is subject
to change. Before attending a meeting,
verify information and location by
calling the contact number listed.
Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs
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Foundation News GivingMatters
Dear Friends,
In this issue of Wellness Matters, the
Howard Hospital Foundation (HHF)
salutes the individuals, companies,
and foundations that have made
contributions in support of Howard
County General Hospital (HCGH)
during the 2008 calendar year. This
philanthropic support is critical for
HCGH to remain a state-of-the-art
health care facility serving all in
our community.
Your contributions have provided
support for equipment, services, and
capital expenses at the hospital.
For example, in 2008 the Foundation
purchased VersaCare® Beds for the
Short Stay unit, a Fetal Telemetry
System for Labor and Delivery, and
Defibrillators for the Emergency
Department. Nursing scholarships
were awarded, and HHF was able
to underwrite some of the wellness
programs offered by the hospital.
Most importantly, your support for the
major expansion at HCGH enabled
the Foundation to make a $2 million
payment toward our pledge of $30
million to the hospital in support of
the Campus Development Campaign.
It is very rewarding to experience the
extreme generosity of so many in our
community. Our challenge is still
ongoing in 2009.
I am confident you
will continue to be
as generous in the
future as you have
been in 2008.
Evelyn Bolduc
Howard Hospital Foundation
Howard Hospital Foundation recognizes the generous support
of individuals, organizations, and corporations who have given to
the hospital between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008.
Howard County General Hospital is grateful for each and every
contribution; however, due to space restrictions, only the names
of those who have given $250 or more are published here.
Donor lists are checked carefully each year; in the unfortunate
event of an error, please notify us at 410-740-7840.
The Horizon Foundation of
Howard County, Inc.*
Evelyn and J.P. Bolduc*
The Lundy Family*
$500,000 – $999,999
F. Jean Warthen
$250,000 – $499,999
Johns Hopkins Emergency
Medical Services*
The Rouse Company
Foundation** *
$100,000 – $249,999
Norma and Tom Hoff*
Howard County Anesthesia
Associates, P.A.** *
Cynthia and E. Wayne Jackson*
M&T Bank*
Charles H. Miller*
U.S. Foodservice*
$50,000 – $99,999
Howard County General Hospital
Volunteer Auxiliary*
Maryland Surgeons, P.A.*
Leslie and Alan Rifkin/
Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan &
Silver, L.L.C.*
Dawn and Bradley Smith*
The Bolducs, one of Howard County’s most generous families, issued a
$1 million matching gift challenge for the Campus Development Plan (CDP)
Capital Campaign, which was met by their good friends the Lundys, also
dedicated, long-time supporters of many local non-profits. (left to right)
Cathy Lundy, Harry L. “Chip” Lundy, Evelyn Bolduc, J.P. Bolduc.
Howard Bank/The Scully Family*
Bach-Tuyet Jeffrey, D.D.S. and
Robert Jeffrey*
Johns Hopkins Medical
Sung Kil Lee, Sang Ja Lee,
Christine Eunsook Lee,
Sung Tae Kim*
Moira Mattingly and Jeff Leco*
Grace and John C. Payne, M.D.*
Rotary Club of Clarksville
at Maple Lawn*
Samantha and Steven Sachs*
Wilmot Sanz Architects*
$15,000 – $24,999
Patty and Tom Buescher** *
Ann Gallager
Harkins Builders, Inc.*
JJAM Enterprises, Inc.*
Judy and Jon Kolker*
Maryland Endocrine, P.A.*
Dorothy E. and
W. Brian McGowan*
Judy and Bill Munn Family Fund
at the Mid-Shore Community
Foundation, Inc.*
Eileen and David Powell*
Julie and Jim Young*
$25,000 – $49,999
Lynn and David Abramson*
Bank of America
The Columbia Bank*
Mim and Steve Dubin*
H. Elizabeth and Peter Horowitz** *
The Rotary Club of Clarksville at Maple Lawn provided much-appreciated help to
the community with a pledge to the CDP. (left to right) Back row: Niles Morton,
Leo Emond, John Moseman, Pastor David Newman, Jeffery Stauffer, David Bird;
Middle Row: Karen Kreh, HCGH President & CEO Victor Broccolino, Robert
Pelletier, Scott Wyler; Front Row: Phyllis Newman, Theresa Fodel, Rotary Club
President Nancy Szlasa, Stephanie Gumm, May-Ellen Colon; Rotary Club members
not pictured: Blair Hill, Prasad Karunakaran, Bill Molton, Nnneoma Obineche,
Folarin Shitta-Bay, Dr. Aaron Twigg.
*Includes Campus Development Plan pledge or payment on prior year pledge.
**Includes Master Facility Plan pledge payment.
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$10,000 – $14,999
$2,500 – $4,999
Mary and L. Earl Armiger
Anne and George Barker*
Blossoms of Hope,
The Howard County
Cherry Tree Project
Betty Anne and Fred Frederick
Dessie and James Moxley**
PNC Bank*
Beverly White-Seals, Esq. and
Jerry Seals, M.D.*
Diana and Glenn Wilson
Shirley Yang, M.D.
Michelle and James Zalucki, M.D.*
AXA Foundation
Audrey Benford
Judy and Terry Brown*
Jane and Larry Droppa/
Thomas J. Watson Foundation
Suzanne and Paul Gleichauf*
Rebecca and David Gruber
Gregory Hamm
Howard County General Hospital
Professional Staff
Maryland Spine & Sports
Medicine/Clark Brill, M.D.,
John Collins, D.O.,
Aaron Twigg, M.D.*
Peggy and John Maynes
Ann Baldwin Mech, J.D., R.N.*
Elizabeth and Ronald Peterson*
Margaret and Charles Reese
River Hill Garden Center
Carl Segal, M.D.*
Emmy and William Volenick
$5,000 – $9,999
ALLCARE of Maryland, L.L.C./
Margaret and Victor Kim, M.D.*
American Cancer Society
American Radiology Services
Vivian C. "Millie" Bailey
Biegel & Waller, L.L.C.
Lucille and Jay Blackman*
Mary Lynn and Fred Festa
Mohammed R. Gheba, M.D.*
Leonore Hess
Joseph K. Jamaris, M.D.*
Bruce Pfeufer**
Donna and Lowell Pidel*
Hari and Bharti Razdan, M.D.*
Sandy Spring Bank
Speizman Horowitz Family Fund
at the Columbia Foundation
Sue Song*
Susan Swiatek and
Stanley Podlasek, M.D.*
Diane and Ed Tortolani, M.D.*
Waverly Woods Development
Bev and Lee Wilhide*
Eugene Willis, M.D.** *
$1,500 – $2,499
Dorothy and John Brillantes*
Sreedevi and Siddhartha Murthy*
Mary and Bart Peitz
Anne and Peter Rogers*
Barbara and Lawrence Rowe
Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Silverman*
April and David Tayman, D.V.M.**
United Methodist Women of
Queens Chapel Church
$1,000 – $1,499
Appletree Family Fund at the
Columbia Foundation*
Felicia Bennett
Lynn and Bill Benton
Dianne Braun*
Margaret Bridwell
Suzanne and John Brinkley
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
CCA Softball
CCN, Inc.
Catherine and Edward Cochran
Patricia and David Condron
Peggy and Charles Ecker
Electrico, Inc.
Susan and Robert Fischell
Kari and Jeffrey George
David B. Glasser, M.D.*
Kristin and Jeffrey Goldscher
Cheryl and William Grau
Dorothy and H. Thomas Grimes
CDP Capital Campaign supporters
Jena and Sean Peay, President of
Dynanet Corporation.
*Includes Campus Development Plan pledge or payment on prior year pledge.
**Includes Master Facility Plan pledge payment.
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HCGH supporters Kelly and George L.
“Chip” Doetsch III, President of Apple
Ford, Inc., pose with their 1929 Ford
Model A Coupe, which they loaned to
the hospital to display during a CDP
rooftop celebration in September 2008.
Fern and J. Edward Hamel
Elizabeth and Peter Hibbard
Linda Lee and Brian Hickerson
Merrillyn and Lawrence Hill*
Jewish Federation of
Howard County
Stacey J. Keen, M.D., and
Andrew J. Alpert, Ph.D.*
Phyllis and Lawrence Kroger
Jennifer and Stephen Lee
Melissa Leffler
Michelle and Jerry Levine, M.D.
Richard Lombardo
Beverly and James Mann
Marilyn Mattes
Deidre and Christopher McCabe
Linda Krichten and Donald Miller
Oakland Mills High School
Padraic and Ellen Kennedy Fund
at the Columbia Foundation
Richard Van Lunen Charitable
James Riggs
Jerome Ross, M.D.*
Rotary Club of Columbia
Karen and Robert Rynarzewski
Marcia and John Schveibinz
Bela and Sanjay Shah, M.D.*
Holly and George Stone, M.D.
Judith and David Tripp
Brian Winter
Nancy and Henry Yee
$500 – $999
Shaye and Keith Baraka
Barbara Lawson Fund
at the Columbia Foundation
Lynda Ann Bell*
Bra-La-La, L.L.C.
Zipporah and Tuvia Blechman, M.D.**
Shawn Brast*
Jody and Glen Davis*
Heather Dull
Rick Edwards*
Elan Jewelry LTD/
Brighton Collections by Alli
Kelly Fadrowski*
Allison Finkernagel*
Paula and David Forman
Barbara Grisso
Family of Nancy Hancock
Deborah Harris*
Kathy Ann Harris*
Jan Hines*
Howard County Extension
Homemakers Council
Lisa and David Johnson
Kokopelli, Ltd.
L.L. Bean
Georgia Lovette
Stephen Mann*
Barbara and Roderick Matheson
Patricia McAllister*
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation, Inc.
Patricia Miller*
Vannesia Morgan-Smith*
Mary Patton*
Delphine and Charles Peck
Quality Associates, Inc.
Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent
Alicia Rowe*
Silvia Salamanca*
Gail and Ronald Schimel
Melissa and Walter Shown
Lisa and David Wagner
Susan and Melvyn Wahlberg
$250 – $499
Alden Aggabao*
Julia Baylor*
Theresa Beck*
Gary Becker*
Joan Becker*
Susan Berger*
Martha and Leo Black
Barbara Byron*
Michael Carter*
CCure Couture, L.L.C.
Chesapeake Oncology-Hematology
Associates, P.A.
Columbia Horse Center, Inc.
Andrea del Rosario*
Karen and Douglas Douglas
John Dunn*
Linda Eitel*
Diane and Robert Emrich*
Lily and Nicholas Gold
Rebecca and David Gruber
Hager Sharp, Inc.
Eileen and David Harrity*
Kimberly Humphrey*
Hyatt and Company
Kathleen and Steven Joss
Roslyn Katz*
Julie and Kenneth Katz
Susan Kinsley*
Carla Leach*
Carol and Charles Long
Katherine and Richard Loughlin
Donna and Scott Maher
Blanka McClammer*
Mt. Hebron High School
Cheryl Murphy*
Neurology Physicians, L.L.C.
Beth Nicholson*
Toby and Harold Orenstein
Michelle Panjwani
Douglas Paul
Shane Pendergrass
Robin Poirier*
Marianne and Stephan Pulio*
Helen Pushwal
Jean Randall*
Pamela and Randy Roberts
Deborah Robinson*
Linda Sayre*
Lisa and John Selby
Simply Divine, L.L.C.
Susan Shermock*
Sharon Sopp*
Laura and Lawrence Sorkin
Mary Stitak
William Taylor*
Ten Acres Medical Center, L.L.C.
Diane Tollick*
Norma and George Walgrove
Eileen and Edward Wilson
Ireatha Woods
Gifts/Pledges to the Campus Development Plan Capital Campaign
(2004 - 2008)
Howard County Government
The Horizon Foundation of
Howard County, Inc.
The Rouse Company Foundation
Cynthia and E. Wayne Jackson
JJAM Enterprises, Inc.
Mary Agnes and Fred Lewis, D.V.M.
Dorothy E. and W. Brian McGowan
Charles H. Miller
M&T Bank
Judy and Bill Munn and the
Munn Family Foundation
Grace and John C. Payne, M.D.
Eileen and David Powell
Evelyn and J.P. Bolduc
The Lundy Family
$500,000 – $999,999
Chanceland Farm
W. R. Grace Foundation, Inc.
$250,000 – $499,999
Mary and Kingdon Gould, Jr.
Howard County General Hospital
“Pitch In To Win”
Employee Campaign
Howard County General Hospital
Volunteer Auxiliary
Johns Hopkins Emergency
Medical Services
Painted Veil Movie Premiere
U.S. Foodservice
$100,000 – $249,999
Norma and Tom Hoff
Howard County Anesthesia
Associates, P.A.
HCGH Benefit Golf Classic 2007
HCGH Benefit Golf Classic 2008
The CDP has benefited from charitable funding from Howard County Anesthesia Associates,
P.A., several of whom are shown above. (left to right) Cheryl M. Johnson-Bracey, M.D.;
Cheryl R. Burruss, M.D.; James D. Nowakowski, M.D.; HCGH President and CEO Victor
Broccolino; Howard Hospital Foundation Vice President of Development Christopher J.
McCabe; John E. Preston, M.D.; Clarita G. Frazier, M.D.; Bernard Marquis, M.D.
$50,000 – $99,999
Patty and Tom Buescher
Harkins Builders, Inc.
HPV Heart, P.A.
Judy and Jon Kolker
Martek Biosciences Corporation
Maryland Surgeons, P.A.
PNC Bank
Leslie and Alan Rifkin/
Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan &
Silver, L.L.C.
Dawn and Bradley Smith
$25,000 – $49,999
Lynn and David Abramson
ALLCARE of Maryland, L.L.C./
Margaret and Victor Kim, M.D.
Lucille and Jay Blackman
The Columbia Bank
Mim and Steve Dubin
H. Elizabeth Horowitz
Howard Bank/The Scully Family
Howard County General Hospital
Professional Staff
Bach-Tuyet Jeffrey, D.D.S. and
Robert Jeffrey
Johns Hopkins Medical Laboratories
Sung Kil Lee, Sang Ja Lee,
Christine Eunsook Lee,
Sung Tae Kim
Moira Mattingly and Jeff Leco
Richard Lombardo
Donna and Lowell Pidel
Rotary Club of Clarksville
at Maple Lawn
Samantha and Steven Sachs
Trails, Inc.
Bev and Lee Wilhide
Eugene Willis, M.D.
Wilmot Sanz Architects
Julie and Jim Young
$10,000 – $24,999
Anonymous (2)
Mary and L. Earl Armiger
Vivian C. "Millie" Bailey
Dorothy and John Brillantes
Judy and Terry Brown
Betty Anne and Fred Frederick
Suzanne and Paul Gleichauf
Koren Family Foundation
at the Columbia Foundation
Mary and E. Randolph Marriner
Maryland Endocrine, P.A.
Maryland Primary Care Physicians,
L.L.C./Drs. Flowers, Levine,
Prada, Diener, Jackson, Conger,
Poblete, Price
Maryland Spine & Sports Medicine/
Clark Brill, M.D., John Collins, D.O.,
Aaron Twigg, M.D.
Ann Baldwin Mech, J.D., R.N.
Margaret and Paul Norris
Elizabeth and Ronald Peterson
Anne and Peter Rogers
Beverly White-Seals, Esq. and
Jerry Seals, M.D.
Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Silverman
Diana and Glenn Wilson
Shirley Yang, M.D.
Michelle and James Zalucki, M.D.
$5,000 – $9,999
American Radiology Services
Audrey Benford
Biegel & Waller, L.L.C.
Dianne Braun
Suzanne and John Brinkley
Broken N. Stable
Mary Lynn and Fred Festa
Mohammed R. Gheba, M.D.
Merrillyn and Lawrence Hill
Peter and Beth Horowitz Fund
at the Columbia Foundation
Joseph K. Jamaris, M.D.
Bharti and Hari Razdan, M.D.
River Hill Garden Center
Karen and Robert Rynarzewski
Sandy Spring Bank
Nancy and Michael Smith
Sue Song
Speizman Horowitz Family Fund
at the Columbia Foundation
Susan Swiatek and
Stanley Podlasek, M.D.
Diane and Ed Tortolani, M.D.
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$2,500 – $4,999
Axios, Inc.
Lynda Ann Bell
Shawn Brast
Jody Davis
Rick Edwards
Kelly Fadrowski
Deborah Harris
Kathy Ann Harris
Leonore Hess
Jan Hines
Angela Jenkins
Stephen Mann
Patricia McAllister
Sreedevi Murthy
Mary Patton
Carl Segal, M.D.
Emmy and William Volenick
Peggy Yaskovich
Members of the LEADERSHIP
COUNCIL have contributed
$100,000 and above to the
Howard Hospital Foundation.
We are proud to recognize:
Apple Ford
Bank of America
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery
Evelyn and J.P. Bolduc
Shirley Bossom††
Chanceland Farm
The Columbia Bank†
Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
Esmond Saturday Soiree†
Fretz Event to benefit the Claudia
Mayer Cancer Resource Center
Mary and Kingdon Gould, Jr.
Harkins Builders, Inc.
HCGH Annual Benefit Golf Classic
HCGH Professional Staff
HCGH Symphony of Lights
HCGH Volunteer Auxiliary
Margaret and Wilson Hoerichs
Norma and Tom Hoff†
The Horizon Foundation of
Howard County, Inc.
H. Elizabeth and Peter Horowitz
Howard County Anesthesia
Associates, P.A.†
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HPV Heart, P.A.
Cynthia and E. Wayne Jackson†
JJAM Enterprises, Inc.
Johns Hopkins Emergency
Medical Services†
Kicks Against Breast Cancer
Mary Agnes and Fred Lewis, D.V.M.
The Lundy Family
Dorothy E. and W. Brian McGowan
Charles H. Miller
Dessie and James Moxley
M&T Bank†
Judy and Bill Munn and the
Munn Family Foundation
David Paul, M.D.
Grace and John C. Payne, M.D.
Christina and Don Pistorio
PNC Bank
Eileen and David Powell
Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
The Rouse Company Foundation
The Ryland Group, Inc.
Hillery and Alton J. Scavo
U.S. Foodservice
Wells Fargo Bank
John and Karen Whiteside††
W.R. Grace Foundation, Inc.
† Denotes new member 2008
†† Includes bequest
offer additional opportunities
for the community to support
our hospital. We are
proud to recognize the
following events:
F. Jean Warthen
RAISED OVER $800,000 to
benefit Howard County General
Hospital and the Claudia Mayer
Cancer Resource Center
The 10th Anniversary Celebration
of the Claudia Mayer Cancer
Resource Center (Fretz Event)
Cuts Against Cancer
HCGH Annual Benefit Golf Classic
Kicks Against Breast Cancer
Esmond Saturday Soiree
Symphony of Lights
were received by the Howard
Hospital Foundation to
remember the following people:
Anna Abromaitis
Ricky Barnes
Lily Bauer
Gerry Bischoff
Karen Brown
Cui-Yue Cao
Hong Cheong
Ginger Clark
Leona Bell Corbett
Rosa Drummond
Amoura Edinbugh
Caroline Eng
Walter Eng
Kathy Farley
Linda Fuji
Wilmer K. Gallager
Susan Garrett
Marilyn Gilson
James W. Hagen, Jr.
George Hicks
Margaret Hicks
James William Hines
HCGH friend and supporter Jean Warthen
was an energetic volunteer and generous
donor to the hospital. Through the years,
she gave countless hours of service to
HCGH and made many donations through
the Howard Hospital Foundation. Sadly,
Jean passed away in December of 2007.
Her support of our community’s health
care lives on thanks to her forethought
and planning. Jean arranged to continue
her giving to the hospital through a
bequest. We honor Jean for her deep
commitment to HCGH and to the health
and well being of her community.
Faith Kubiak
Hope Kubiak
Lenora Lankford
Sanghe Lyu
Margaret MacLean
Michael Macut
Catherine Marsh
Barbara Michels
Tina Monteferrante
Jessica Phillips
Arya Rafei
Mrs. Rowan
Mary Ellen Sadowski
Cecil Selders
Gloria J. Webster
Harold Wilson, Sr.
Special Thanks
Antwerpen Toyota
Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
Maryland’s Year-round Threat:
Lyme Disease
Maryland’s Lyme disease cases reported to the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention have increased by more than 650 percent
• When outdoors, wear light-colored long pants
since 1993 according to the Lyme Disease Research Foundation of
and long sleeves.
Maryland. Between 2007 and 2008, the number of reported cases
• Avoid wooded or bushy areas with tall grass
and leaves.
of Lyme disease in Howard County tripled. While ticks are most
active during late spring/early fall, Maryland’s fairly moderate
• Talk to your veterinarian about tick control
products for your pets.
• Check yourself, your kids, and pets for ticks
winters make Lyme disease a year-round threat.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted by the bite of
an infected black-legged tick carried by deer. The tick must be
after being outdoors.
attached to your skin for at least 24 hours.
fever, headache, fatigue,
may have
or joint pain... If you have any
of these symptoms, contact
your physician immediately;
most Lyme disease
cases can be cured
with antibiotics if
diagnosed and
treated early.
According to the Maryland Community Health Administration,
three to 30 days after a tick bite, 70 to 80 percent of infected
people will see a gradually expanding rash at the bite site that may
resemble a bull’s eye. “Infected people may have a fever, headache,
fatigue, or joint pains. It also can cause facial muscle paralysis and
meningitis,” says Dr. Mateen Awan, an internist on staff at Howard
County General Hospital. “If untreated, you may experience a loss
of muscle tone, severe headaches, neck stiffness, shooting
pains, heart palpitations and dizziness, severe joint pain,
memory loss and difficulty concentrating. If you have
any of these symptoms, contact your physician
immediately; most Lyme disease cases can be cured
with antibiotics if diagnosed and treated early.”
Dr. Mateen Awan
is an internist in private
practice in Columbia.
He specializes in
internal medicine.
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Steps to Take Now for a Healthier Tomorrow
Following the food-laden holiday season, you may have
What Can I Do?
noticed that your clothes are fitting a little tighter. While
While losing weight and maintaining an active and healthy
lifestyle can be very challenging, there are steps that you can take
and support you can receive right in your community to help
you get the weight off and keep
it off.
“I remind my patients that
the human body is not designed
for the way we live now,”
explains Dr. Albert. “After many
thousands of years of adaptation
to periods of famine and physical
labor, humans have suddenly
become sedentary and food has
become readily available. We
have to realize our bodies are
trying to help us store food as a survival mechanism. But living
in the U.S. in the 21st century does not require us to do that. We
need to fight the innate urge to overeat, both in terms of portion
size and in terms of the calorie-rich foods we crave.”
weight gain seems almost inevitable after all the turkey, stuffing, and holiday cookies, keeping an eye on your weight
and staying vigilant against an
expanding waistline is about
more than just looking good; as
the scale goes up so does your
risk for heart disease and other
serious medical conditions.
How Much Fat
is Too Much Fat?
“The best way to determine if
you have too much fat is to
measure your waist circumference and body mass index (BMI),” says Dr. Michael Albert, an
internist on staff at Howard County General Hospital. “A highrisk waistline is 35 inches or greater for women and 40 inches
or more for men. A recent study showed that people whose
waist size is more than 50 percent of their height also are at
increased risk.” Another important factor for those concerned
about their weight gain to consider is their BMI.
What is My BMI?
“BMI is calculated based on your body weight relative to
your height,” says Dr. Albert. “To determine your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 703, divide that number by your
height in inches, and then divide again by your height in
inches.” The American Heart Association lists a BMI of less than
18.5 as underweight, values from 18.5 to 24.9 as normal, BMI’s
of 25 to 30 as overweight, and values greater than 30 are
considered obese.
If I am Considered Obese,
Does that Impact My Heart Disease Risk?
“Obesity is emerging as the number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” explains Dr. Albert. “Obesity contributes to
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Because of
this and other factors, it greatly increases one’s chances of heart
attack or stroke. The good news is that obesity is a completely
controllable risk factor.”
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Losing weight will also
strengthen you physically,
enhance your mental health,
improve your sleep,
reduce stress, and
give you more energy.
Dr. Albert stresses that obese patients should consult their
physician when determining what diet changes to make. “Most
people think exercise alone can compensate for poor eating
habits, but the opposite is true. While exercise helps promote
cardiovascular health, it takes dramatic changes in people’s eating habits to truly lose weight.” While eliminating processed
foods, refined sugars and desserts, and fast food is important,
Dr. Albert also recommends a reduction in portion size.
“Losing weight also will strengthen you physically, enhance your
mental health, improve your sleep, reduce stress, and give you
more energy.”
Heart Disease Risk
What Resources Are Available to Help Me?
Howard County General Hospital offers ongoing nutritional counseling. Half-hour appointments
with a registered dietitian at HCGH to discuss dietary concerns and goals are scheduled on
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays
between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call 410-740-7601 to make an appointment.
Dr. Michael Albert
is an internist with
Charter Internal Medicine
in Columbia. He practices
primary care with an
emphasis on preventive
In addition, you can get support through the overeaters anonymous ongoing support group that is cosponsored by HCGH.
Held Fridays from 10:30–11:30 a.m., this group is free. For more details, call 410-963-2102.
As part of its commitment to help people live healthier lives, HCGH’s Wellness Center is participating in Get Active Howard County,
a 10-week program that encourages participants to be more physically active on a regular basis. Participants are able to set their
own goals based on how active they are currently and how active they would like to be. You get credit for each minute you are
active daily, and you can track your progress by recording the number of minutes you earn toward your total point goals weekly.
Throughout the 10 weeks, free activities are held throughout the community. For more information, contact Carol Wasser at
[email protected] or 410-715-5523.
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Cancer Program
Recognized by Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has accredited
HCGH’s Cancer Program as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer
Program.” Previously recognized as a “Community Hospital Cancer Program,”
this new designation reflects the program’s enhanced range of diagnostic and treatment
services available on site or by referral. This new accreditation level also is due in part
to the inclusion of a pain management specialist as part of the hospital’s cancer
committee, weekly cancer conferences held at the hospital that are reviewing more
patient cases than ever before, and additional services offered including a variety
of cancer studies and extensive community outreach.
This recognition is validation that
HCGH patients do, in fact, receive high
quality cancer care close to home,” said
Nicholas W. Koutrelakos, M.D., chair,
HCGH Cancer Committee and a member
of Maryland Oncology/Hematology, P.A.
“Such an accreditation reflects the enhanced
range of diagnostic and treatment services
that are available on site or by referral.
Psychiatrist Elected
The American Psychiatric Association has elected Stephanie S.
Durruthy, M.D., a board-certified
psychiatrist on staff at HCGH
with an expertise in women
and their mental health, to the
status of Distinguished Fellow.
This designation is awarded to
outstanding psychiatrists who
have demonstrated significant
contributions to psychiatry in
the areas of teaching, writing,
community involvement, volunteering, and clinical excellence.
Construction Update
As part of HCGH’s Campus Development Plan, the new
patient pavilion is on target to open in August 2009. Opened
in mid-December, the new entry plaza boasts a large patient
drop-off/pick-up area, handicapped and 30-minute parking
spaces for patients and visitors, a new entryway, and a bright
waiting area. Telecommunications, Information Technology,
the Outpatient Center, and Pharmacy will relocate to the
pavilion, followed by patient care areas.
In addition to new construction, renovations to the existing
hospital are underway, including expanding the laboratory,
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improving all areas of surgical services, adding three additional
operating rooms, enlarging the inpatient/outpatient surgical
waiting room, opening a new medical library, overhauling
the cafeteria, creating space for other support departments,
and relocating the medical staff services office. The lobby,
also undergoing transformation, will continue to serve as
the building’s main entrance for staff and visitors.
We appreciate your patience, and we will continue to update
you on the progress as we work toward the anticipated
completion of the campus by early 2011.
...... serving you
These HCGH physicians have recently
relocated or established new offices
in Howard County.
Kristin M. Clark, M.D.
5018 Dorsey Hall Drive #104
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Alkesh D. Patel, M.D.
10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 111
Columbia, MD 21044
New Technology Adds to Patient Safety
In the hospital’s continuing efforts to address patient safety, a new Provider Order
Management (POM) program – an online ordering system through which physicians
order tests, procedures, or medications – has been instituted. Now, when a physician
enters orders personally via POM, the orders are submitted electronically directly to the
appropriate department, such as the laboratory or pharmacy. The orders can be read easily
and, by electronic signature, it is clear which physician submitted them. Additionally,
because they are sent directly to the department, the orders can be executed much
quicker. The system certainly has many other benefits as well, including an error-checking
mechanism that instantly alerts the physician to interactive medication errors, remote
access that enables physicians to submit orders or check on a patient’s condition while
outside of the hospital, and a record-keeping system that stores the medical information
for any future hospital stays the patient may have.
Yuanjue Louann Zhang, M.D.
Central Maryland Oncology
11065 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
Margaret W. Perrin, M.D.
Maryland Neurological Center
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy. #212
Columbia, MD 21044
Andrea Kwong, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
at Howard County
6350 Stevens Forest Drive #105
Columbia, MD 21046
Uday B. Nanavaty, M.D.
3449 Wilkens Avenue #207
Baltimore, MD 21229
Kathleen F. Sarmiento, M.D.
Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Assoc.
10724 Little Patuxent Pkwy. # 200
Columbia, MD 21044
New Address:
Chesapeake Oncology-Hematology
5450 Knoll North Drive #300
Columbia, MD 21045
Healthy Families
Howard County
Receives Grant
In November 2008, the
Healthy Families Howard County (HFHC)
program at Howard County General Hospital
received a $50,000 grant from the Freddie Mac
Foundation to assist with operational costs
as well as a $12,100 grant from the Horizon
Foundation to support strategic planning,
evaluation, and marketing. The program, which
is administered by HCGH in partnership with
Family and Children’s Services of Central
Maryland (FCS), receives additional funding
from the Columbia Foundation and the Community Services Partnerships Program as well as
through in-kind services from HCGH and FCS.
HFHC, which began in 2001 with a grant
from the Howard County Children’s Board,
provides first-time parents with educational
and emotional support to ease their transition
through pregnancy and into the first five years
of parenthood. This free program gives parents
access to community resources and allows
qualifying participants to receive home
visitation and referrals from FCS.
New Professional
Staff Officers Named
for 2009
The HCGH Professional Staff has
elected Marc Applestein, M.D.,
as president of the professional
staff for 2009. A member of the
professional staff since 1988,
Dr. Applestein is certified by
the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Applestein, who is with
Central Maryland Urology
Associates, P.A., received his
doctorate in medicine from the
University of Maryland. Serving
with Dr. Applestein will be
internist Jonathan S. Fish, M.D.,
as vice-president and pulmonologist Francis S. Chuidian, M.D.,
as secretary/treasurer.
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........... of Events:
Cardiovascular Clinic
Saturday, February 21/ 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.
The Mall in Columbia
Free. Walk-in. Registration not required. Visit our booths and speak with
our physician experts. Participate in free screenings including carotid, total
cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, bone density, and body mass index.
HC DrugFree Teen Job &
Volunteer Fair
Saturday, March 7/ 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Long Reach High School
Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, this event provides teens
the opportunity to look for jobs and volunteer internships with more
than 100 businesses and organizations as well as attend workshops.
This year's fair will also include a Teen Health and Wellness focus.
For more information, call 443-325-0040 or visit www.hcdrugfree.org.
Pink Plates: Think Pink!
Help us raise awareness about breast cancer, look for the “Pink Plate
Specials” on the menus of some of our finest restaurants throughout
Howard County during the month of April. All proceeds raised support
Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.
CPR Across Howard County:
Designing a Difference with Vern Yip
Monday, March 9
For more information, visit www.ulmanfund.org/11theevent
or call 410-964-0202.
Saturday, May 2/ 9 a.m.– noon
Hammond High School
This FREE American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR course
is a hands-on experience for people age 11 and up who want to learn
the techniques of adult and child CPR and choking prevention but do
not require a CPR certification. Refreshments and a CPR book will
be provided. Registration is required by calling 410-740-7601 or
visiting www.hcgh.org.
Latino Fair
Fitness and Sports Medicine Clinic
Saturday, March 14/ noon– 4 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
HCGH, the Howard County Health Department, St. John the Evangelist
Catholic Church, and Alianza de la Comunidad will hold the fifth annual
Latino Health Fair for Latino community members. Attendees will be able
to receive health information as well as health screenings including blood
pressure, total cholesterol, glucose, clinical breast exams, and more.
For more information, call 410-740-7696.
Saturday, May 16/ 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia
Talk with our physician experts, participate in our screenings
including feet, ankles/knees, spine and shoulders, pain, and
osteoporosis. Visit our many booths and learn fitness tips
and ways to incorporate more movement into your life.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults presents
Eleven - THE EVENT
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
Living Well Fair
Saturday, April 18/ 9 a.m.– noon
The Bain Center
The Howard County Muslim Foundation, in partnership with HCGH and the
Howard County Health Department, is sponsoring the fifth Community
Health Fair. For more information, call 410-465-7400.
Thirteenth Annual KICKS Against Breast Cancer:
Saturday, April 18
Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown, Md.
Some of the best athletes in women’s soccer face off in this annual event.
Teams include Villanova, George Mason University, University of Virginia,
U.S. Naval Academy, Ohio State, and Loyola. All proceeds benefit the Claudia
Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Visit www.kicksagainstbreastcancer.org or
call 410-740-5858 for more information.
Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon at the Howard Life Festival
Sunday, April 26
Support Blossoms of Hope, the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, and
the Ulman Fund by choosing to run or bike. Events, sponsored by the Columbia
Triathlon Association, include the ½ marathon, the ½ marathon relay, the
5K run and the Metric Century, 65K or 30K rides. For more information and
to register, visit www.tricolumbia.org/HowardLifeFestival or call 410-313-1900.
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