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September 07, 2009

Public forum on health care changes slated

Community members are invited to attend a free public forum to hear about changes in local health care services and about progress on the new regional medical center.

James P. Hamill, president and CEO of Washington County Hospital, and other hospital representatives will answer attendees' questions. The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, suite 142, east of Hagerstown. Use the blue or silver entrance.

Other topics at the forum include Heart Center services such as pediatric echocardiograms, the state-wide nursing shortage and its impact here, and local views on national health care issues.


For more information about the forum, call 301-790-8692.

HCC offers class to earn insurance license

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a 60-hour class designed toward providing students with the knowledge to take and pass the Maryland State Insurance Exam to obtain a life and health insurance license.

The course is divided into 40 hours of class time and 20 hours of self-study and will discuss the basics of life and health insurance.

A life and health insurance license is required by law to sell any kind of health or life insurance.

The course is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., Fridays, from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, at HCC's Valley Mall Center. For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to .

12-week nutrition challenge offered

Local resident Annette Varndell launches a 12-week nonprofit course that will offer tips on nutrition and exercise, along with competition and fun.

The challenge will take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 10, at Varndell's home office, 13448 John Martin Drive, Williamsport, across from Yogi Bear Camp Ground.

There is a $39 entrance fee to join the challenge; $10 is donated to a children's charity; $29 will be paid in cash and prizes to the Top 3 "Biggest Losers" who lose the biggest percentage of weight.

There is no specific weight-loss program required to join the challenge.

All participants will weight in and be measured each week, and the three with the highest percentage of weight loss at the end of the program will split the money collected.

Seating is limited. For more information or to register, call Varndell at 800-549-9554.

Ethics conferenceset for this week

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Clinical and Organizational Ethics Conference: Finding Commonalities in Organizational and Clinical Ethics will be Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, in Erma Ora Byrd Hall at Shepherd University.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. David Ozar from Loyola University; Dr. Jim Sabin from Harvard University; and Dr. Patricia Werhane from DePaul University and University of Virginia. The primary objectives for the conference are medical errors, ethical solutions, and patient outcomes; organizational ethics and population outcomes; and emerging ethics education and patient/population outcomes.

The conference costs $194. Special rates for Shepherd faculty and students are $135; $60 without credit for faculty; and $40 without credit for students.

For more information, contact Robin Murphy, administrative secretary of Shepherd's Division of Graduate Studies, at 304-876-5313 or

Nutrition basics seminar begins Sept. 22

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A nutrition basics seminar will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Chambersburg YMCA, 570 E. McKinley St., Chambersburg. Topics will include carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

The cost is $10 for nonmembers; free for YMCA members. Register at the front desk. For more information, call Barb Houpt at 717-263-8508.

Free yoga classes focus on health, wellbeing

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Shepherdstown-based Harmony Healing Arts Center will offer free yoga classes and lectures this fall.

Back-care yoga will be from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wed., Sept. 23.

The Center will offer "Healing Yoga," from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 24.

Each of the two classes will be offered in a five-week session after the free-class offering.

No-excuse yoga, is a five-week course of classes from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 30.

In October, the free schedule includes yoga for a good night's sleep. The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

On Friday, Oct. 16, the studio breaks into rhythm with "Sybio-Yoga" from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, a presentation on energy medicine will discuss ways for people to tune into the body's storehouse of energy with simple and effective techniques to move the energy to bring about optimal health, vitality and joy.

"Exporing the roots of yoga" will offer a journey into Raja yoga from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13.

The center is at 207 E. New St., around the corner from the Full Circle Theater Company. No registration is necessary for the classes, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

A listing of all free events is available at . Click on "Free Events." For more information, call at JiJi 304-283-6188 or Judy at 304-876-6918.

HCC offers health care providers support class

Hagerstown Community College will offer a basic life support class for health care providers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Career Programs Building at Hagerstown Community College, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown.

The class is limited to 16 students. Offered through the American Heart Association, health care providers will earn 4.75 contact hours.

The cost is $55, plus a $5 registration fee. To register or learn more, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

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