“Diabetes & Neuropathy” Presentation Sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center

 “Diabetes and Neuropathy” Presentation on April 16

Dr. Joan Parambi to Discuss New and Emerging Treatments

The Peninsula Regional Endocrinology and Diabetes Center and its Diabetes Education Program invite anyone interested in learning more about diabetes to attend a free education event, “Diabetes and Neuropathy-New and Emerging Treatments” on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  Joan Parambi, MD, an endocrinologist with the Peninsula Regional Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Salisbury, will keynote the session.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with exhibits from companies involved in diabetes care and services until 6:15 p.m. Dr. Parambi’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  The program will be held in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional Medical Center campus. Free parking will be provided at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center, located at the corner of Waverly Drive and Vine Street, in the parking lot directly across Vine Street or in the adjacent Garage B.  An RSVP is required; please call Peninsula Regional Endocrinology and Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061. There is no cost to attend.

The Peninsula Regional Endocrinology and Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association.  To learn more about the program or available diabetes and endocrinology services at PRMC, call 410-543-7061.

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Worcester County Health Department Offers Free Diabetes Support Group in Pocomoke

Worcester County Health Department Free Diabetes Support Group in Pocomoke

3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m.A team of educators from the Worcester County Health Department, consisting of a Registered Nurse/Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian, facilitate the monthly diabetes support group. Presentations also provided by area experts. The group setting allows participants to learn from each other while forming new friendships and support systems.If you are interested or would like more information, please call the Worcester County Health Department, Prevention Services at 410-632-0056.

When Monthly from 1pm to 2pm on the third Thursday Eastern Time
Where Pocomoke Library, 301 Market Street, Pocomoke, Md
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Worcester Senior Centers Seeking National Accreditation

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

START DATE: MARCH 20, 2015

END DATE: APRIL 10, 2015

CONTACT: ROB HART, (443) 523-0573, ROBH@WORCOA.ORG

ALL FOUR SENIOR CENTERS IN WORCESTER COUNTY HAVE SET THEIR SIGHTS ON NATIONAL ACCREDITATION RECOGNITION. THERE IS CURRENTLY ONLY ONE SENIOR CENTER IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND ACCREDITED BY THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON AGING (NCOA). AT PRESENT WORCESTER COUNTY HAS SENIOR CENTERS IN BERLIN, OCEAN CITY, POCOMOKE, AND SNOW HILL.

DURING THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS EACH SENIOR CENTER IS EVALUATED ON NINE STANDARDS THAT COVER A RANGE OF TOPICS INCLUDING PROGRAM PLANNING, REVIEWING AND WRITING POLICIES, AND PUBLISHING AN ANNUAL BUDGET. THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF SENIOR CENTER ACCREDITATION EMPOWERS STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS AND GIVES PRIDE TO THE COMMUNITY, FUNDERS, AND — MOST IMPORTANTLY — PARTICIPANTS. GOING THROUGH THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROVES QUALITY OF SERVICES.

THE WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING IS CURRENTLY DOING THE SELF-EVALUATION PROCESS AND WILL BE HOLDING FOCUS GROUPS WITHIN THE LOCAL SENIOR CENTER COMMUNITY DURING MAY 2015. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING ON ONE OF THE FOCUS GROUPS OR NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS, PLEASE CONTACT RACHEL ZELKIND AT (410) 632- 1277 X114.

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Atlantic General Announces Education Calendar for April 2015

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rite Aid, Berlin, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Rite Aid, Ocean Pines, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ocean Pines Library, Ocean Pines, Md.

Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital.

The support group is open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of every month.
For more information, contact the AGH Diabetes Outpatient Education program at 410-641-9703.

 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Indian River Senior Center, Millsboro, De.

This free workshop is designed to help those affected by diabetes better manage their disease. It helps participants cope with challenges and lifestyle changes imposed by diabetes. Some of the activities covered in this workshop will be – healthy eating, ways to prevent low blood sugar/hypoglycemia, preventing or delaying complications, physical activity and exercise, reading nutrition labels, foot care and more. For more information and to pre-register, call Laura Small at 410-629-6820.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Overeaters Anonymous 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Our group is a 12 step program, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. We help anyone struggling with a compulsive eating problem, whether it is weight gain, bulimia, anorexia, or if you are a parent of a child with one of these problems. We will be meeting each Sunday in Conference Room 1 at Atlantic General Hospital. There is no initial meeting charge. Meeting contribution is $1.00 weekly. If you have any questions, contact Bett at 410-202-9078.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Apple Drug, Berlin, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. Contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Walgreens, Ocean Pines, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. Contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

CPAP Mask Fitting – appointment necessary

Atlantic General Hospital Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center

Atlantic General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center hosts a monthly mask fitting clinic for patients who are having trouble adjusting to their CPAP equipment. This is a completely FREE service, but requires the patient to call ahead to set up an appointment. To make an appointment, contact Robin Rohlfing at 410-641-9726.

 

Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Support Group 6:00 PM -7:00 PM

St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital. The support group is open to the public and meets the

first Monday of every month.   For more information contact Darlene Jameson at 410-629-6877

or the AGH Diabetes Outpatient Education program at 410-641-9703.

 

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rite Aid, Selbyville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Walgreens, Clarksville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn

Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks, Snow Hill, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to

maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a

barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The

Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (March 10 –

April 21).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

NAMI Family Support Group 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center, Berlin, Md.

NAMI Maryland Lower Shore, offers this support group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. The support group meets weekly on Tuesdays. For more information call 443-229-2744 ornamimdls@gmail.com.

 

Worcester Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Ocean Pines Library

Helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. No reservation, no fee. Just drop by and join us!  Additional information is available on www.DelmarvaParkinsonsAlliance.org or call Ron and Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

 

Celiac Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Support and information for those affected by celiac disease. For more information, contact Betty Bellarin at 410-603-0210.

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

 

Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Indian River Senior Center, Millsboro, De.

This free workshop is designed to help those affected by diabetes better manage their disease. It helps participants cope with challenges and lifestyle changes imposed by diabetes. Some of the activities covered in this workshop will be – healthy eating, ways to prevent low blood sugar/hypoglycemia, preventing or delaying complications, physical activity and exercise, reading nutrition labels, foot care and more. For more information and to pre-register, call Laura Small at 410-629-6820.

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

 

Living Well – Cancer Thriving and Surviving 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ocean Pines Community Center

An evidence-based, once a week workshop for those in treatment of cancer, individuals in recovery, and caregivers to attend together. The Cancer Thriving and Surviving workshop is FREE and meets for two and a half hours a week for six weeks (April 13 – May 18).

To register contact Gail Mansell at 410-641-9725 or gmansell@atlanticgeneral.org.

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks, Snow Hill, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to

maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a

barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The

Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (March 10 –

April 21).

 

NAMI Family Support Group 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center, Berlin, Md.

NAMI Maryland Lower Shore, offers this support group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. The support group meets weekly on Tuesdays. For more information call 443-229-2744 ornamimdls@gmail.com.

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Walgreens, Bethany Beach, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Walgreens, Selbyville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton 410-641-9268

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

Friday, April 17, 2015

 

Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Indian River Senior Center, Millsboro, De.

This free workshop is designed to help those affected by diabetes better manage their disease. It helps participants cope with challenges and lifestyle changes imposed by diabetes. Some of the activities covered in this workshop will be – healthy eating, ways to prevent low blood sugar/hypoglycemia, preventing or delaying complications, physical activity and exercise, reading nutrition labels, foot care and more. For more information and to pre-register, call Laura Small at 410-629-6820.

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

Living Well – Cancer Thriving and Surviving 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ocean Pines Community Center

An evidence-based, once a week workshop for those in treatment of cancer, individuals in recovery, and caregivers to attend together. The Cancer Thriving and Surviving workshop is FREE and meets for two and a half hours a week for six weeks (April 13 – May 18).

To register contact Gail Mansell at 410-641-9725 or gmansell@atlanticgeneral.org.

 

Living Healthy with Hypertension Workshop 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 1

This is a one-time 2 ½ hour interactive program that teaches people with high blood pressure how to better manage the condition. It includes a blood pressure check, information about monitoring along with dietary and lifestyle suggestions. For more information or to register call 410-641-9268 – pre-registration is not necessary.

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

CPAP Mask Fitting – appointment necessary

Atlantic General Hospital Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center

Atlantic General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center hosts a monthly mask fitting clinic for patients who are having trouble adjusting to their CPAP equipment. This is a completely FREE service, but requires the patient to call ahead to set up an appointment. To make an appointment, contact Robin Rohlfing at 410-641-9726.

 

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks, Snow Hill, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to

maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a

barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The

Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (March 10 –

April 21).

 

NAMI Family Support Group 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center, Berlin, Md.

NAMI Maryland Lower Shore, offers this support group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. The support group meets weekly on Tuesdays. For more information call 443-229-2744 ornamimdls@gmail.com.

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

 

Living Well – Cancer Thriving and Surviving 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ocean Pines Community Center

An evidence-based, once a week workshop for those in treatment of cancer, individuals in recovery, and caregivers to attend together. The Cancer Thriving and Surviving workshop is FREE and meets for two and a half hours a week for six weeks (April 13 – May 18). To register contact Gail Mansell at 410-641-9725 orgmansell@atlanticgeneral.org.

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

 

NAMI Family Support Group 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center, Berlin, Md.

NAMI Maryland Lower Shore, offers this support group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. The support group meets weekly on Tuesdays. For more information call 443-229-2744 ornamimdls@gmail.com.

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

Bereavement Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

We gather the fourth Wednesday of every month. Pre-registration is not necessary. For further information, please contact Pastoral Care Services at 410-641-9725 or emailgmansell@atlanticgeneral.org.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Worcester Youth & Family Center

These 12 classes held Mondays and Thursdays (twice a week) for 6 weeks, are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers.

Registration is required. Call 443-229-2744 or email namimdls@gmail.com.

 

Stroke Support Group 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center

A stroke support group that provides a community based environment for stroke victims/survivors and caregivers on a monthly basis. We will provide physical and emotional support in a social setting for survivors and caregivers to share their personal experiences and challenges. Coping strategies will also be discussed during these interactions.  We encourage utilization of resources available in our surrounding area to facilitate the greatest quality of life possible for our survivors. We will have key speakers who have expert knowledge concerning areas of concern for those affected by a stroke.

 

 

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993.  Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md., combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region.  For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

 

 

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s LiveWell HealthFest

PRMC’S LIVE WELL HEALTHFEST HEALTH FAIR RETURNS TO JAMES M. BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL ON APRIL 11

             Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Wicomico County Board of Education invite everyone on the Delmarva Peninsula to join them for LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

            This year’s event, a showcase of healthy exhibits and health screenings, is free and open to the public at James M.Bennett High School on College Avenue in Salisbury.  LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

            Over 35 free health screenings will be available the day of the event and without pre-registration.  The health screenings, performed by Peninsula Regional Medical Center healthcare specialists and other area healthcare providers, will be available to anyone looking to find out how healthy they actually are, and to learn what they can do to lead an even healthier and more productive lifestyle.

At this year’s LiveWell HealthFest, PRMC will offer attendees an opportunity to participate in a paper Diabetes screening conducted by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes and Endocrinology Center team.  If determined to be at high risk, individuals will be provided education and offered a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) blood draw.  The HbA1c test is preferred because it can actually detect Diabetes, and is a much more accurate measure of a person’s health risk. The glucose and cholesterol screenings previously provided at LiveWell HealthFest will no longer be offered.

             At various times during the event, LiveWell HealthFest participants may enjoy a therapy dog demonstration, dance and yoga performances, fitness demonstrations for people of all ages, a rock climbing wall, moon bounce, fire engine and ambulance tours, a fly in and helicopter tours by the Maryland State Police, a health corner for kids presented by PRMC Child Care, a healthy smoothie cooking demonstration and a free photo booth.

            The da Vinci Surgical System Robot will again be on exhibit, giving anyone interested a “hands on” opportunity to test drive the robot and see, up close, how the technology is used at PRMC during revolutionary cutting edge surgeries.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with about 50 exhibitors and vendors who are also joining LiveWell HealthFest with valuable information on their services.

For more information on LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, a map and a complete list of screenings and demonstrations, please visit PRMC’s website at www.peninsula.org/specialevents.

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Atlantic General Hospital Recognizes National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

AGH RECOGNIZES NATIONAL COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Berlin, Md. – March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Atlantic General Endoscopy Center reminds the community the best form of prevention is getting a routine colonoscopy.

Nine out of 10 colon cancers could be prevented or successfully treated with regular screenings. Colon cancer strikes nearly equal numbers of men and women. The American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women get screened for colon cancer at age 50 and African-Americans should begin their screening at age 45. You may need to be tested earlier or more often than other people if you have had colon cancer, colon polyps, ovarian, breast or uterine cancer, if you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or you have a genetic syndrome, such as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is the gold standard when it comes to colon cancer screening.

A few lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cutting out fatty foods and adding more cruciferous vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains to your plate is a great start. Additionally, adding in calcium and vitamin D, participating in moderate exercise, limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking are all helpful ways to protect against colon and other cancers.

For more information on the Atlantic General Endoscopy Center please visit www.atlanticgeneral.org/endo.

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties since May 1993.  Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md. combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and visitors throughout the region.  For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

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Atlantic General Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation

Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.Accreditation by the IAC means that Atlantic General Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.

Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by a number of private insurers; accreditation is not required in the state of Maryland.

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Maryland Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report 2/5/15

Gov. Hogan Proposes Small Business Tax Relief in State of the State
Governor Larry Hogan delivered his first State of the State yesterday, Wednesday February 4, and outlined a number of initiatives he will champion during this year’s General Assembly Session, most notably for the business community, an exemption from the Business Personal Property Tax for businesses with under $10,000 of valued property. This will mean tax relief for over 70,000 businesses in the State who will no longer have to file the business personal property tax forms or pay the county tax levied on those amounts.  The Governor also proposed legislation to exempt retirement pensions for first-responders and retired military from the income tax.  Also outlined were other initiatives which have received support from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, such as removing the CPI indexing from the motor fuel tax and restoring highway user revenues to the Counties.The Governor spoke about his proposed budget for FY 2016 and stated his commitment to eliminate the structural deficit in one year and to continue to make the tough choices needed to bring State spending in line with State revenues without raising taxes.

The Chamber will be examining these proposals as they are filed with the General Assembly through our policy committees and ultimately through our Legislative Committee.

Chamber President Brien Poffenberger attended the State of the State at the invitation of Governor Hogan and met with a number of the administration staff and Secretary-designates.

Maryland Chamber Brings Elected Officials and Business Community Together
The Chamber hosted its annual Maryland Business Reception on January 29 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. Once again hundreds of business leaders from across Maryland gathered as the state’s top legislative leaders including: House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke and Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, shared their vision for Maryland’s economy.  The Q&A session included topics such as:

  • What state government can do to make Maryland more competitive
  • Maryland’s AAA bond
  • Workforce readiness.

This was a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with those who work on issues that have great impact on Maryland’s business climate. Thank you to all those who attended and made this year’s Business Reception a success.  Special thanks to our event sponsors.

Leadership Briefing Sponsors:

  • Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
  • MedStar Health
  • Washington Gas

Reception Sponsors:

  • The Law Offices of Alexander & Cleaver
  • Giant Food LLC
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Maryland Association of Relators, Inc.
  • Maryland Petroleum Council
  • Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
Bills Introduced Last Week:
To view more detailed information regarding a Bill and the Maryland Chamber’s position click on the bill number.SB0153 - Corporations – Political Expenditures – Stockholder Approval - Oppose


SB0093 / HB0102 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - Oppose


SB0127 - Health Care Malpractice – Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert – Objection - Oppose


HB0113 - Local Government Tort Claims Act – Limits on Liability - Oppose


HB0164 - Judgments – Appeals – Supersedeas Bond - Support

Bills Scheduled to be Heard:SB0153 - Corporations – Political Expenditures – Stockholder Approval - 2/19 @ 1:00 p.m.


SB0093 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - 2/10 @ 1:00 p.m.


HB0102 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - 2/11 @ 2:00 p.m.


SB0127 - Health Care Malpractice – Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert – Objection - 2/10 @ 1:00 p.m.


HB0113 - Local Government Tort Claims Act – Limits on Liability - 2/18 @ 1:00 p.m.


HB0164 - Judgments – Appeals – Supersedeas Bond - 2/18 @ 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Chamber Events:March 9: Maryland Congressional Delegation Dinner - Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to discuss pressing business issues – at the federal level – like economic competitiveness, transportation, cybersecurity, business and environmental regulation.  It’s also an occasion for conversation, visibility and camaraderie as a business community committed to supporting and improving Maryland’s business climate.

Save the Dates:
May 5, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Hall of Fame Awards
June 22, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
October 13 and 14, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference

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