Maureen Parisi of Arnold was named Anne Arundel Medical Center's November Employee of the Month during a Nov. 15 ceremony at the hospital.

Parisi is administrative assistant for surgical services and has been employed by AAMC since January 1991.

Parisi, nominated by her peers for her outstanding performance, has been instrumental in organizing and helping implement efficiencies in surgical services, the hospital said.

In addition to her day job, Parisi occasionally works evenings at the main desk as a patient advocate.

U. Rao Sunkara of Ellicott City received North Arundel Hospital's first Physician of the Year award during a North Arundel Hospital Hall of Fame ceremony held Nov. 19. Sunkara, a vascular surgeon, has been a member of the hospital's medical staff since 1978. He has served as secretary and treasurer of the medical staff and as chairman of the general surgery department. He currently is a member of the hospital's bylaws committee, perioperative services committee and medical executive committee. He also serves as liaison between the hospital's cancer committee and the American College of Surgeons.

Allison Sheubrooks, a fourth-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, won first place in a countywide "Dangers of Smoking" art contest, sponsored by North Arundel Hospital. The 9-year-old student won $100 for her poster entitled "Smoking Equals Death." The contest's second- and third-place winners, Danielle White and Caitlyn Pumphrey, both of Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, will receive $75 and $50, respectively.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers