July 22, 2013
Living Well workshop The Washington County Living Well coalition is sponsoring a Living Well (Chronic Disease Self-Management) Workshop. The Living Well workshops help people with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. These workshops are designed for people who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease, heart disease and others. The next workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, July 26, at the Senior Center in Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., and will be held for six consecutive weeks. For more information, contact Lisa McCoy at 240-313-3304.
July 21, 2013
Area health professionals were honored for their contributions to the region's wellness at the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center's annual awards dinner June 11 at Cumberland Country Club. The nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers were honored for their outstanding leadership, service and commitment to patients, clients and the community. The center provides services in Washington County, including facilitating medical student rotations with practitioners in the county, offering interdisciplinary and continuing education in geriatrics and gerontology at Washington County facilities, and providing a summer health careers program in conjunction with the Board of Education.
July 16, 2013
Two nurses will be added for this school year to the health-services program Meritus Medical Center Inc. provides to Washington County Public Schools, a Meritus Health official said Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a one-year contract for Meritus Medical Center Inc. to continue to provide student health services beginning next month. The cost of the program is not to exceed $2,793,785, according to a copy of the agreement. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said there is every indication the program will come in under budget while providing more services during the coming school year.
July 14, 2013
Name of business: Shahid Mahmood, M.D., Family Practice Owner: Dr. Shahid Mahmood Address: 1124 Opal Court, Hagerstown Opening date: March 27, 2013 Products and services: Health care provider Target market: Ages 10 and older How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? I always wanted to work independently, and to have the opportunity to develop and grow in my field. Previous business experience: I was in solo practice for three years in North Carolina.
July 11, 2013
A man accused of killing his 70-year-old mother in Franklin County, Pa., is undergoing involuntary mental health treatment before the start of his capital murder trial. Jury selection began in the trial of Marcus Wallace last month, but it halted unexpectedly when his lawyers expressed concerns about his thought processes and perceptions. Senior Judge John C. Uhler then reviewed several professionals' reports and video-recorded psychiatric interviews. In a June 27 order, the York County, Pa., senior judge presiding in the matter concluded Wallace is incapable or unable to participate in his own defense by assisting his attorneys.
July 10, 2013
Maryland's new health insurance “marketplace” is expected to enroll 180,000 of the state's approximately 800,000 uninsured residents through private insurance and 100,000 more through Medicaid within the first year of enrollment, which begins this fall, officials said Wednesday. The state-based exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, is an online portal, where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance options, determine eligibility for tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, and enroll in private insurance or public programs, according to the connection's Danielle Davis, director of communications, outreach and training.
June 21, 2013
Chronic disease management workshop The Washington County Living Well coalition is sponsoring a Living Well (Chronic Disease Self-Management) Workshop. The Living Well workshops help people with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. These workshops are designed for people who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease, heart disease and others. The next workshop will begin on Tuesday, June 25, at Washington County Health Department.
June 21, 2013
Walnut Street Community Health Center will provide free dental sealants to Washington County children as part of a collaborative effort between the center and the Washington County Health Department, with funding support of nearly $10,000 from the Office of Oral Health of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dental sealants, which can cost up to $60 per tooth, are thin coatings that are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth.