Southern Maryland Health Calendar

Sunday, May 17, 2009; SM04


AUSTISM-ASPERGER ASSOCATION OF CALVERT COUNTY will host and Anne Arundel County team of special educators and parents who created "Building Bridges," an educational resource on autism education for educators, administrators and students. Coffee, tea and light fare. Courthouse Square Building, 205 Main St., lower-level conference room, Prince Frederick. Free. 301-855-8333 or

CAMP PHOENIX, offered by Calvert Hospice for youths 7 to 15 grieving the loss of a loved one. July 8-July 10, Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown; and Aug. 5-Aug. 7, East John Youth Center, Lusby. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

TEEN PHOENIX, an overnight retreat offered by Calvert Hospice for teens, 14 to 18, grieving the loss of a loved one. June 26 to June 27, Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

SLEEP STUDIES, offered by St. Mary's Hospital to diagnosis sleep disorders. Set up an appointment, pick up the equipment and sleep in your own bed. A specialist will read the results and send a report to your physician. 301-475-6068.

LOW-COST PRIMARY CARE IN ST. MARY'S, St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections has started Get Connected to Health, a low-cost primary-care service for uninsured county residents. It will be held 1-5 p.m. Mondays in the Health Connections Mobile Outreach Center at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. No appointment needed. $15 each visit. 301-475-6019.

FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC HOURS, St. Mary's Health Department (12) is expanding hours for its Family Planning and Reproductive Health Clinic to serve walk-in clients who need screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. First-come, first-served. 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 301-475-4419.

MALL WALKERS, supervised, all-weather walking with free blood pressure monitoring. 7:30-9:30 a.m. weekdays, St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf. Free. 301-877-5700.

WOMEN'S HEALTH RESOURCE LINE, offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) to answer questions about its women's services. 410-414-4569.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, Calvert County Mental Health Clinic is operated at the Twin Beaches Community Health Center, 8924 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. Diagnostic and medication evaluations, medication management and individual and family therapy services are available. Most commercial insurance programs and Medicaid are accepted. 410-535-5400, Ext. 475.

HEALTH SERVICES, for seniors who find it difficult to leave home, the Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, a nonprofit group serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties, will make home visits to draw blood for lab tests, organize prescription drugs or fill insulin syringes. Call the intake office at 800-656-4343, Ext. 121.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION, MedStar Health Visiting Nurse Association's office in Camp Springs offers home care in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and southern Prince George's counties. Services include wound care, infusion and rehabilitation. Specialty care in cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, ostomy, oncology, stroke and joint-replacement rehabilitation, diabetes, maternal-child health, pediatrics and respiratory therapy. 301-931-3100.

CIVISTA ON THE LINE, Civista Medical Center offers free referrals of medical staff members. Callers can also register for Civista-sponsored events and classes and receive information on health-related county resources. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 888-332-4847.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, Southern Maryland Hospital Center offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. 301-877-4357.

Blood Drives

Sponsored by Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Walk-ins welcome. 2 -7:30 p.m. Second District Volunteer Fire Department, Valley Lee. Free. 301-994-1038.


-- Powered wheelchairs are available, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to eligible non-ambulatory people 65 and older. 800-749-8778 or

-- Wishes on Wheels offers wheelchairs, usually at no out-of-pocket cost, to eligible people 65 and older. 800-823-5220 or

-- Medicare recipients who have arthritis, cardiovascular disease or respiratory disorders and difficulty walking or using a standard wheelchair might be eligible for an electric wheelchair. Call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

-- Wheels of Love helps seniors with respiratory disorders, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, mobility limitations or difficulty moving a standard wheelchair to receive a powered chair or scooter paid for by Medicare. For eligibility information, call 866-631-3028.


-- Joy Lane Healing Center offers massage, reflexology, yoga, Qigong and meditation classes. Joy Lane Healing Center, Hollywood. 301-373-2522.

-- Janina Wellness Center offers massage, reflexology and meditation. 12114-C Old Line Center, Waldorf. Call for times and dates. 410-353-8615.

-- Bay Healing Arts Center offers acupuncture, massage, reflexology, stress management and Reiki. Classes available. Relaxation room available for meditation and after-massage time. 9129 Bay Ave., North Beach. Call for times and dates. 410-286-9110.

-- Heaven to Earth Healing Arts offers energy work, noninvasive techniques to help access natural healing abilities. 50-minute session, $65. Call for times, dates and locations. 410-257-0147.



Offered by Mid-Atlantic Skin SurgeryInstitute for adults. By appointments only. 1-6 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon, Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Mid-Atlantic Skin Surgery Institute, 173 St. Patrick's Dr., Suite 201, Waldorf. Free. 301-396-3401.


-- Calvert Memorial Hospital (3), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. third Tuesdays. No appointment needed. 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

-- Civista Medical Center (5), 1-3 p.m. first and third Mondays in La Plata.

-- Calvert Pines Senior Center (2), 11 a.m.-noon first and third Thursdays.

-- North Beach Senior Center (10), 10-11 a.m. first Fridays.

-- St. Mary's County Health Connections Van, Leonardtown Square, noon-3 p.m. second Wednesdays.

-- St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center at Charlotte Hall, 37767 Market Dr., 9 a.m.-noon first Fridays. 301-290-1499.

-- St. Mary's Hospital (13), 9 a.m.-noon second Fridays, in the lobby.

-- Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15), noon-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. Fridays in the hospital solarium.

Education Programs

PARENTING WORKSHOP, offered by the Pinnacle Center for Mental Health and Human Relations. Four sessions to support and help parents address concerns during childhood and adolescence. May 20 and 27. The Pinnacle Center, 603 Post Office Rd., Waldorf. $250 for one parent; $300 for two. 301-705-7593, 301-843-1573 or

LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL, class offered by Civista Women's Health. Learn how to incorporate plant sterols and stanols, fiber, monosaturated fats, fish and soy into your diet. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday. $30.

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS, offered by the Pinnacle Center for Mental Health and Human Relations for adults who have trouble with temper or underlying anger. 603 Post Office Rd., Suite 210, Waldorf. 301-705-7563 or 301-843-1573.

JOY LANE HEALING CENTER, a nature-based spiritual and educational retreat center, offers workshops and classes for a variety of holistic health modalities. Retreats for people living with cancer, smoking cessation programs and nutritional counseling. Joy Lane Healing Center, Joy Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2522 or


-- Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) to help female cancer patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Free. Call the hospital for dates and times.

-- Offered by Southern Maryland Hospital (15) to help female patients cope with hair and skin changes during treatment. Free.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASS, offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Support, education and tools to help smokers quit. Call for times and dates. Free.

HEART TALKS, by St. Mary's County Health Department, addressing hypertension and the symptoms and signs of stroke and heart attack. To schedule a 45-minute presentation, call Betsy Tyer at 301-475-4079.

CPR COURSES, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers courses in CPR techniques for use on adults, infants and children. Certification available for health-care providers. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233, for dates and times.

HEALTH SPEAKERS, health professionals are available to speak with businesses or community groups. Subjects include diet and nutrition, heart disease prevention, cancer prevention, breast cancer, skin care, sleep disorders, diabetes, hearing loss, osteoporosis, alternative medicine, children's health and safety, and women's health issues. Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). 410-414-4523 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4523.

Diabetes Self-Management

-- Charles County Department of Health and Nanjemoy Health Services offer ways to manage stress to cope with diabetes. Lunch provided. 11 a.m.-noon, third Thursdays. Nanjemoy Health Services, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-609-6933.

-- Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers a program on learning how to balance lifestyle and diabetes, covered by most health insurance plans. For an appointment, call 410-414-4809.

-- At St. Mary's Hospital (13), professionals can help with diabetic meal planning, monitoring, treatment options and daily coping. Day and evening self-management classes. 301-475-6019.

-- Civista Women's Health Center (6) offers a program of two group classes and two individual sessions. Call 301-609-5200 to discuss insurance coverage and registration.

-- Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare offers two-hour classes at a variety of times and locations in Charles and St. Mary's counties. $5 each session. To register, call Carol Wright at 301-645-0001, option 5.

-- Support group meets 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. third Thursdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital. For meeting topics and speakers, call the Diabetes Support Group hotline at 410-414-4783.


-- Calvert Memorial Hospital's Healthy Alternatives program (9) offers yoga for all ages and fitness levels. For class dates and times, call 410-394-2816 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 2816.

-- "Yoga Body and Mind," offered by Civista Women's Health Center (6); 45 minutes of asana work, with cooling, breathing exercises and meditation in the last 15 minutes. Take a mat. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Eight classes, $60; walk-ins, $12.


MATERNITY TOURS, offered by St. Mary's Hospital (13). Tour the Women's Health and Family Birthing Center, 2-3 p.m., second and fourth Sundays. Free.


-- Offered by St. Mary's Hospital (13). Topics include basic care, breast-feeding, childbirth, infant safety, CPR and siblings. There is a group for breast-feeding mothers. All classes are free to expectant parents who plan to deliver at the hospital. Call the HealthConnections program for dates and times, 301-475-6019.

-- Calvert Memorial Hospital offers classes that cover labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, C-section delivery information and breast-feeding education. Weeknight and Saturday classes available. Call Nurturing Necessities (11) at 410-414-5414.


-- Nurturing Necessities (11). 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.

-- Breast-Feeding Moms, offered by the St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections programs. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Free.

PRENATAL YOGA, St. Mary's Hospital (13) offers a six-week course that teaches hatha yoga postures, breathing practices for relaxation and the use of sound to relieve stress. Join the class any time after the first trimester. Permission from a health-care provider is required. Fee charged. Call 301-475-6019 for dates and times and to register.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE, offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Provided by a trained therapist. Reduce tension and swelling, improve circulation, increase relaxation and relieve back pain. One-hour session, $60. Call for an appointment, 410-394-2816.

Support Groups

"TIME TO HEAL," for those grieving the death of a parent. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 25 to Oct. 13, Calvert Hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, offered by Calvert Hospice. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.


Group meets 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of each month, St. Mary's County Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-994-1858 or 301-862-5524.

OSTOMY, Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free. For dates and times of meetings, call Amber Fowler at 301-274-9000, Ext. 227.


-- National Alliance on Mental Health, Southern Maryland, will hold a family support group meeting. 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Alternatives for Youth and Families, 30049 Business Center Dr., Charlotte Hall. Free. 240-725-0062.

-- National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Maryland, holds a recovery support group meeting twice a month for adults with mental illness. 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Mondays, Pathways office, 29770 Three Notch Rd., Suite 202, Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-672-0429 or


-- Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. second Thursdays, Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Free.

-- Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency. 7-8 p.m. fourth Thursdays. CPHHA office, 7627 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. Free.

AMPUTEES, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) group meets 6-7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays in the transitional care unit's fourth-floor activity room. Free. Call Scarlett Schall, 410-535-8210 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8210. 410-414-4670.

BRAIN INJURY, meets 10:30 a.m.-noon first Thursdays and 6-7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Spring Dell Center, 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata. 301-932-6196.


-- Sisters at Heart offers friendship, encouragement and support to those 60 and older. 11:30 a.m. fourth Mondays, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423.

-- The Pink Ladies group provides support, encouragement and awareness, 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Southern Maryland Christian Academy, White Plains. Free. Call Anne, 301-932-2942, or Evelyn, 301-934-8513.

-- Friends Who Care meets at 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Calvert Medical Office Building, 110 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. Call social worker Joyce Gradle at 410-326-4262.

-- Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). 7:30-8:30 p.m. third Mondays and 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

CANCER, 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3), Classroom 1. Free. Call Cindy Bruce, 410-414-4730 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4730.

LUPUS, Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency. Meets every other month. 800-656-4343.

PROSTATE CANCER, sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15). 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.


-- For caregivers of older adults. Supervision for older adults available on site during the group meeting, 2 p.m. last Wednesdays, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-0128 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5128.

-- Offered by Calvert County Hospice. Available for county residents caring for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill. 12:30-2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, at the hospice office, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.


-- A group for survivors and caregivers. Clinical professionals will be available to answer questions and share ideas for improving physical, social and emotional health. 5:30-7 p.m. first Wednesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Free. 410-414-4800.

-- Southern Maryland Hospital Center group is open to family members. 5-6 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free, registration recommended. 301-877-4563.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP, meets 6-8 p.m. third Wednesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4648.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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