Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis, received the highest rating in patient satisfaction for inpatient care among large hospitals nationwide from the Jackson Organization, a Columbia-based survey research firm. The organization polled patients in hospitals across the country, then compared statistics among small (fewer than 100 beds), medium (100 to 200 beds) and large (200 to 400 beds) hospitals. With 260 beds, Anne Arundel Medical Center was one of 40 large hospitals surveyed.

Anne Arundel County rock band Xanthematic (pronounced zan-tha-MA-tic) won $1,000 during the first annual tri-state Hagerstown Battle of the Bands. The group competed against 10 bands from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Members Stephan Kaplan (guitar) of Mayo, Bryan Percivall (bass) of Crofton, Nick Bender (vocals) of Davidsonville and Matt Hammond (drums) of Edgewater have released several CDs and have performed throughout the area. Kaplan is a South River High School junior, Percivall and Bender are seniors there and Hammond graduated from the school last year. Xanthematic recently performed on "Damien's Diner," a show on Annapolis's WRNR radio station.

Anne Arundel Community College's student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers received the group's fundraiser of the year award for designing and decorating Arundel Habitat for Humanity's Sensible Showhouse, used to show new homeowners how to decorate on a budget. For two years students collected furniture and held fundraisers. Students used the donated money and items to decorate the home.

Also, the college's chapter president, Lisa M. Ybarra of Pasadena, received an honorable mention in the category "outstanding work as a university or college chapter president."

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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