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April 21, 2008

Hospital volunteers honored

Members of the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary will be honored at a reception at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Robinwood Medical Center, suite 142, in celebration of National Volunteer Week.

Keynote speaker, Becki Weir, community health outreach coordinator at Jack and Anna Hershey Education Center at Washington County Hospital, will lead a discussion entitled, "The Volunteer Adventure," based on her travels with Habitat for Humanity.

For information, call Nicole Jovel at 301-790-8692.

Stress management workshops

FREDERICK, Md. - "Wellness & Stress Management: Six Weeks Toward a Healthy, Happy Life" will be held on Tuesdays, April 22, through May 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Families Plus!, 35 E. Church St. Christina Negrete will lead the group. Activities will include yoga and other practices that promote relaxation and resiliency, as well as the latest information on stress management. For information call 301-694-9002.

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Depression in the aging seminar

A seminar entitled "Depression in the Aging Population" will be held on Friday, April 25, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the seminar is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Topics include: the difference between situational depression and clinical depression; the signs and symptoms of depression; risk factors for depression; substance abuse in the aging population; medical interventions for treating depression; nonmedical interventions treating depression; behavioral management plans to treat depression, and environmental strategies to combat depression.

To register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236. The cost is $59 and includes continental breakfast, continuing education credits, certificate of participation and handout materials. The nonprofessional family member fee is $25 and includes continental breakfast and handout materials.

Lupus fundraising walk

PARKVILLE, Md. - Lupus Mid-Atlantic will hold a fundraising walk on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cromwell Valley Park. T-shirts, refreshments and prizes will be available for participants who are asked to secure pledges to support lupus programs in the community. Registration and pledge forms are available at www.lupusmd.org, or by calling 800-777-0934.

Health-care professionals seminar

Hagerstown Community College, in collaboration with Washington County Hospital, is offering a full-day seminar entitled "Power Day," for health-care professionals. The seminar will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Robinwood Medical Center, Suite 142, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown.

Guest speaker Clint Maun will discuss a three-part practical approach for effectively handling leadership issues facing health-care professionals today. His topics include "The Power of Focus," "Power-Based Teaming and Productivity," and "Power Performance."

Continuing education credits will be provided. For a complete listing, go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned/seminars. The seminar costs $115 for individuals and $105 each when three or more register together by Wednesday, April 23. To register or for more information, call HCC at 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Pediatric health fair

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy students will host the second annual pediatric health fair on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Activities Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

There will be more than twenty stations that focus on children's health and safety, childhood allergy prevention, childhood obesity prevention, car seat safety, fire safety, poison prevention, sports injury prevention, dental health, gun safety and more.

Penn State's Life Lion helicopter will land on campus at 1 p.m. for children to tour. In addition, The Hershey Medical Center will bring its intensive care Baby Buggy Unit, used to transport sick or injured children to specialty medical and surgical treatment. The Mont Alto Fire and Rescue Service will distribute smoke detectors.

Children's entertainment includes Crackers the Clown, the Nittany Lion, a teddy bear clinic (children can bring their teddy bear for a check-up) and therapeutic horseback riding demonstrations. In addition, there will be door prizes and free raffles including a bike and helmet and safety gear, free T-shirts and more.

For more information, call Linda Carl at 717-749-6164.

Blood pressure checks

The American Red Cross will conduct free blood pressure checks every first and third Tuesday of each month at the Washington County Chapter, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, from 10 a.m. to noon. The next clinics will be on Tuesday, May 6, and on Tuesday, May 20.

Call 301-739-0717.

Study for people with lung cancer

BETHESDA, Md. -Research is under way at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Bethesda to evaluate the effectiveness of a selective oral agent that inhibits blood vessel growth in combination with chemotherapy for patients with advanced, non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer. The study is open to individuals 18 years or older who have not previously been treated with chemotherapy.

Individuals interested in exploring study participation can contact Natalie Bongiorno, at 301-571-2016. The enrollment deadline is June 30.

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