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October 14, 2002

Learn to breastfeed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Hospital's free breastfeeding class is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the seventh floor. Taught by a certified lactation consultant, mothers learn the basics and benefits of breastfeeding their infants.

For information or to register, call

1-304-264-1362.




Birthing Center gives tours

Tours of Washington County Hospital's Family Birthing Center are offered every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Meet at the Family Birthing Center waiting room. Families can learn about programs designed to meet pre-natal, labor and deliver, and post-natal care needs. Call 301-790-8214.




Free clinics offered

Blood pressure screenings are offered by Washington County Home Health Care

First Tuesday of each month at Alexander House, 7 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Second Thursday of each month at Williamsport Senior Center, Otho Holland Drive, Williamsport, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Second Tuesday of each month at Hancock Senior Center, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Fourth Tuesday of each month at Greenside Apartments, 14036 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Target near Valley Mall. Call 301-790-8941 for information.

Breast Care Clinics offer women of all ages free breast health education, clinical exams, mammograms, and transportation. Clinics will be held in October at the following locations:

Thursday, Oct. 17, at Beverly Healthcare, 750 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24, at H.W. Murphy Center, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown, 8 a.m. to noon.

Call 301-665-4671 for information.

Sports injury clinics are open to high school athletes. Post-injury rehab is provided by Total Rehab Care at Robinwood Medical Center, Suite 201, each Saturday at 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Call 301-714-4025 for information.

The Wound Healing Center is open daily at Washington County Hospital. Call 301-790-8326 for information.




Seminar on pediatrics set for area

A seminar, "Current Pediatric Care Update," will be held for healthcare professionals Friday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Robinwood III Conference Center, Hagerstown.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Continuing Education at Hagerstown Community College, in cooperation with Washington County Health Systems Inc.

The program will include presentations on Recognizing a Child in Distress with Julia Oakley, M.D., from Washington County Health System; The Nurse's Role and Responsibility in Recognizing Child Abuse with Carole Brokos, R.N., from Mercy Medical Center; The Conservative Paradigm for Solid Organ Injuries with Anne Fischer, M.D., from The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Fear, Fact and Fiction: Talking to Parents about Vaccines with Susan Coffin, M.D., from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; RSV in 2002 with Kimberly Witzmann, M.D., from Children's National Medical Center; What's New in Pediatric Diabetes Management with Loretta Clark, R.N., from The Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Current Therapy Options in Asthma with Holly Chaney, M.D., from Children's National Medical Center.

Professional continuing education hours will be provided for nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors and occupational therapists. Determination of CME credit with the American Academy of Family Physicians is pending.

The fee is $35 for WCHS employees, $20 for EMS providers and $59 for other health professionals. The fee includes education credit, handouts, lunch and breaks. To register or for information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 454.




Help your heart

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Hospital offers the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The program helps people to reverse the effects of heart disease and avoid invasive treatments, such as bypass surgery and angioplasty, through diet, exercise, and support groups. The program is available to medically qualified individuals, and is covered by a number of insurance plans.

New 12-week program sessions begin quarterly. For the next available program date and for information, call 1-304-264-1000, ext. 1814.




Acupuncture classes held this fall

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Wellspring Acupuncture holds free classes on allergy elimination and care on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15 through Dec. 10, at 304 West Burke St. Each class focuses on a holistic approach to allergies with step-by-step information on self-testing and acupressure for symptom relief. Each class features different areas of interest. To attend any or all of the classes, call 1-304-268-3911 or 1-304-267-7702.

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