34 Graduate From AACC Physician Assistant Program
On July 26, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) honored 34 students who graduated from its Physician Assistant (PA) certificate program with a recognition and awards ceremony.
The faculty selected three students for awards. The recipient of the Dean’s Award for having the highest cumulative grade-point average was Alissa Anne Parmelee of Bethesda. The President’s Award was given to C. Michael Surendra of Columbia in recognition of his leadership and contributions to his class and profession. The Faculty Award went to Lauren Elizabeth Teter of Annapolis, who was recognized as the student who best exemplified the code of ethics of the PA profession.
The students selected Jeffrey Tayag Marucut of Owing Mills to receive the Clinician’s Clinician Award for professional integrity and clinical excellence.
HCGH Receives High Ranking, Will Participate in Breastfeeding Promotion Program
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH), in Columbia, was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in “Best Hospitals 2012–13,” the publication’s annual rankings for the top hospitals in America as well as its Metro Area Rankings.
HCGH was ranked as a high-performing hospital in the Baltimore metro area for eight clinical areas: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. To be included in the Metro Area Rankings, a hospital had to score in the top 25% among its peers in at least one medical specialty.
Additionally, it is one of 90 hospitals nationwide, and one of only two in Maryland, selected for a national effort to increase breastfeeding rates in U.S. hospitals through a collaborative program called Best Fed Beginnings, recently launched by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ). The initiative is aimed at promoting exclusive breastfeeding among new mothers in the 29 states with the lowest breastfeeding rates, and highest rates of supplementation, during the hospital stay.
HCGH will work with the other hospitals in the learning collaborative over the next 22 months to achieve “Baby Friendly” designation. NICHQ’s aim is to help all 90 participating hospitals achieve Baby-Friendly designation by September 2014. This Baby-Friendly designation confirms that a hospital has successfully implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Healthy Kids in Healthy Families Clinic
As part of its ongoing partnership with The Mall in Columbia, Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is hosting the Healthy Kids in Healthy Families Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Center Court.
The event features numerous screenings, including asthma; height, weight, growth and development for children; height, weight and BMI for adults; bone density; and blood pressure.
Other programs include: enhancing children’s nutrition; ask the pediatrician; health and safety tips for kids; physical fitness information for the whole family; and health insurance information for the uninsured.
The Maryland Child Identification Program will be present; this gives parents a disc with pictures, child information, fingerprints, a laminated ID card and a DNA sample. All information is sent home with the parent and no information is saved in any data bank.
For more information, contact Howard County General Hospital at 410-740-7601 or visit www.hcgh.org.
BWMC Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to offer “Man-to-Man,” a monthly education and support group for men and their significant others to learn about the topics related to prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and management.
The program is offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at BWMC in the conference room located on the first floor of the Tate Center. The next date will be Aug. 20.
Directed by Urologist Ed Zagula, M.D., the program provides a comfortable and confidential setting among peers to discuss and share common experiences and problems related to prostate cancer. Specialists in various fields related to prostate cancer will share information on medical topics and quality of life issues through interactive presentations and materials.
The program is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are not requested. For more information, contact BWMC at 410-787-4367 or the American Cancer Society at 410-421-4304.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center is located at 301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie.