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					Hospital                Fall 2009
             A magazine for the community
                 of Carroll Hospital Center

                                              On the Road
                                              to Recovery
                                               Winning the Fight
                                               Against Vascular Disease
Also in this issue:
• Take Your Best Shot
  Against the Flu
• De-stress for Success
                                             President’s Letter | John M. Sernulka
                                             Dear Friends,
                                             It’s hard to believe, but summer has come and gone, and fall
                                             is settling in. The kids are back to school, seasonal plans are underway and
                                             the holidays are just around the corner.

                                             Autumn, a time of excitement and new beginnings, provides a great opportunity

                                    “        to take stock of your health. During this period, try to commit to a healthier

                                             lifestyle by learning how to manage stress, getting a flu shot or scheduling your
                                             annual mammogram.

     At Carroll Hospital                     One of the best ways to prevent any illness or disease is through early detection.
                                             When caught during the infancy stages, diseases like breast cancer have a very
  Center, we are committed                   high cure rate. Preliminary screenings and prompt intervention also can help
    to putting you on the                    if you present risk factors for life-threatening conditions, like vascular disease.
                                             Preventive measures and knowing the tell-tale signs of a particular ailment are
    road to good health.                     another line of defense against certain illnesses like the flu and depression.

                                             Learning to balance work and family commitments, especially around the holidays,
                                             also is key for ensuring good health. It’s important to manage stress for a more
                                             relaxed, productive and happy life with colleagues, friends and loved ones.
Carroll Hospital Center Board of Directors
Charles O. Fisher, Jr., Chairman             At Carroll Hospital Center, we are committed to putting you on the road to
Ethan A. Seidel, Ph.D., Vice Chairman        good health. As the seasons change, we wish you a host of new beginnings, and
K. Wayne Lockard, Secretary/Treasurer        a happy, healthy holiday season.
Miriam Beck
Charles O. Fisher, Sr.
Stephan Hochuli, M.D.
Kimberly Johnston, M.D.
Paula Langmead
Mokhtar Nasir, M.D.
                                             John M. Sernulka
Stanley H. Tevis, III
John M. Sernulka                             President and CEO
Harold W. Walsh                              Carroll Hospital Center
Helen W. Whitehead
Jeffrey Wothers
Carroll Hospital Center:                     Hospital and Carroll Hospice
John M. Sernulka
President and CEO                            raise close to $3.2 million in Fiscal Year 09
Marketing:                                   Mark Blacksten (left), chair of Carroll Hospice’s Board
David Horn                                   of Directors, and Jack Tevis (right), chair of the
Vice President of Marketing and              Foundation’s Board of Trustees, accepted a check for
Business Development                         $3.2 million from Ellen Finnerty Myers, C.F.R.E. (center),
                                             vice president of development, during the Foundation’s
Teresa Fletcher
                                             last board meeting of fiscal year 2009. The donation
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
                                             consists of monies raised through major and planned
Production:                                  giving programs as well as annual fund activities and
Tracey Brown                                 events. The funds will be used to advance a range of
Photography                                  programs at the hospital including cardiovascular
Devaney & Associates, Inc.                   and emergency services, as well as the expansion of
Design and Production                        the Special Care Nursery and surgical services. Funds
                                             also will be used to support Carroll Hospice’s bereave-
                                             ment program, nursing and patient services.
                                                                    Contents | Fall 2009


                                                                2                                          10
Features                                                              In Brief
      2    Take Your Best Shot against the Flu                        On the Board                                  8
           Learn how to protect yourself and your family
           from what promises to be a very active flu season.         Silvery Moon Ball                             9

      6    Winning the Fight Against                                  Calendar & Support Groups                 15
           Vascular Disease
           The Vascular Center brings specialized expertise and       A Season to Remember                      18
           the latest therapies to identify vascular disease and
           help prevent its complications.                            On the COveR:
                                                                      Paul Frye, a truck driver from Hampstead,
                                                                      was back on the road within a month after
      10   De-stress for Success                                      undergoing surgery for vascular disease.
           Everyone has stress; understanding how to                  He credits his quick comeback to the exper-
           minimize it can help you live a happier, more              tise, treatment and care he received at the
           relaxed and productive life.                               Vascular Center at Carroll Hospital Center.

      12   Beating Breast Cancer
           Thanks to a routine mammogram at the Dixon
           Imaging Center, Julie Wright, R.N. beat breast
           cancer and has a new appreciation for our nationally
           accredited Cancer Program.

    Take Your
                 Best Shot
                      Against the Flu and Other
                         Seasonal Illnesses

     It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again—time for those
     who are religious about getting flu shots and other vaccines
     to do so. That’s good news! But ushering in the fall season also means
     it’s time to hear from the many naysayers who never get the flu, never get
     the flu shot, or if they did get the flu shot, are positive that it caused their
     bout with the flu.

     No matter what stance you’ve taken on the debate in the past, one thing is certain.
     This year, more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from
     what promises to be a very active flu season. That’s why we offer the following infor-
     mation to help you stay healthy by preventing the flu and other seasonal illnesses.

     taking a Bite Out of the Flu Bug
     According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between five“
     and 20 percent of the U.S. population succumb to the flu every year. On average,
     more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, and more than
     35,000 die from the disease annually.

               Medical experts agree that the single best way
                to guard against the flu is to get vaccinated.

     Despite reports you may have heard to the contrary, medical experts agree that
     the single best way to guard against the flu is to get vaccinated. “If you’ve been lucky
     in the past, and haven’t gotten a flu shot or the flu, that’s great,” says Ernesto
     Mendoza, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician. “But if your luck runs
     out, you’ll be sidelined for at least a week in the best case scenario. For those who are
     older, younger or have compromised immune systems, contracting the flu can be life

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    threatening. It’s a serious and highly contagious condition.    The CDC recommends that the following people be
    We should all take precautions to prevent the illness in our-   vaccinated for the flu each year:
    selves and loved ones.”                                         • Children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday
                                                                    • Pregnant women
    One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the flu is that
                                                                    • People 50 years of age and older
    you can get the illness from the vaccine. Although both types
                                                                    • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
    of the flu vaccine—the shot and nasal spray—contain viruses,
                                                                    • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term
    the viruses are inactivated or dead and do not cause the flu.
                                                                      care facilities
    The viruses in the vaccines change each year based on inter-
                                                                    • People who live with or care for those at high risk for
    national surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which
                                                                      complications from flu, including health care workers
    types and strains of viruses are likely to be most common.
                                                                    Preventing Pneumonia
                                                                    Typically administered once every 10 years, the pneumonia
                                                                    vaccine is becoming a popular weapon for preventing the
                                                                    most common form of bacterial pneumonia. It is a safe and
                                                                    effective way to prevent this serious illness, which affects the
                                                                    lungs and takes the lives of thousands of individuals every year,
                                                                    mostly the elderly.
                                                                    People who should talk to their doctors about the
                                                                    pneumonia vaccine include those who:
                                                                    • Are ages 65 and older
                                                                    • Have chronic illnesses, such as heart disease,
                                                                      lung disease or diabetes
                                                                    • Have weakened immune systems

                                                                    Fighting the h1n1 virus
                                                                    Since H1N1, previously known as Swine Flu, first appeared
         Common Flu Symptoms                                        this past spring, the federal government, health care workers
         Getting a flu shot can save you the distress of hav-       and other Maryland officials have been working hard to
         ing to cope with these common symptoms, which              determine the best way to prevent and combat the disease.
         could sideline you for a week or more, or result in        Much like the seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus is contagious and
         a hospital stay:                                           believed to be spread from person to person through cough-
                                                                    ing, sneezing, or by coming in direct contact with an object
         • Fever
                                                                    or surface containing the flu virus and then touching your
         • Headache
                                                                    mouth or nose. To date, according to the CDC, 353 deaths in
         • Sneezing
                                                                    the U.S. have been attributed to the H1N1 virus.
         • Cough, often becoming severe
         • Fatigue                                                  Working together with scientists in the public and private
         • Severe muscle aches and pains                            sector, the CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus. The FDA
         • Sore throat                                              recently approved the H1N1 vaccine that is currently in pro-
         • Extreme exhaustion                                       duction. The vaccine is expected to be available sometime
                                                                    this fall, however, no specific date has been set.

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                                                                   Flu Prevention is in
                                                                   Your Hands
                                                                   In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can help pre-
                                                                   vent the flu and other infections through proper hand
                                                                   hygiene. Libby Fuss, R.N., M.S., C.I.C., infection control/
It is important to note that the seasonal flu vaccine (previ-      associate health manager at Carroll Hospital Center,
ously mentioned) is not expected to protect against the 2009       recommends the following tips to keep you healthy
H1N1 virus. Experts at the CDC and the Maryland Depart-            during flu season.
ment of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are currently              • Wash your hands often, especially when dirty and
recommending that individuals get the H1N1 vaccine after              before eating.
the seasonal flu vaccine.
                                                                   • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands, but into
The CDC recommends that certain groups receive the                   a tissue or your elbow (sleeve).
2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available:
                                                                   • If using a tissue, discard it immediately and wash
• Pregnant women
                                                                     your hands.
• People who live with or care for children younger than
  6 months of age                                                  • Do not place your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Health care and emergency medical services personnel             • Carry small bottles of alcohol-based hand rubs to use
• People between the ages of six months and 24 years old             before eating, after
• People who are 25 through 64 years of age who have chronic         contact with others,
  health disorders or compromised immune systems                     and after being in pub-
Because information about the H1N1 virus is constantly               lic areas, like the mall,
changing, we encourage you to watch DHMH’s Web site,                 grocery store, restau- or visit          rants, or hospitals.
for the latest information.

                                                                 Ernesto Mendoza, M.D.,
                                                     board-certified family medicine physician

  On the Road
        to Recovery
                                 Winning the Fight Against Vascular Disease
                                                      When Kristian Hochberg graduated from Francis
                                 Left untreated,      Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, MD., who would
                                                      have thought that 16 years later he would be back in his home-
                            vascular disease can
                                                      town saving lives? But fate worked its magic and, this past year,
                               have devastating       Dr. Hochberg came back to his roots as a vascular surgeon and the medical
                                  consequences.       director of the Vascular Center at Carroll Hospital Center. His expertise
                                                      is bringing the latest therapies to the rising population of community
                                                      members who are suffering from this deadly, but often silent, disease.

                                                      the impact of vascular disease
                                                      Imagine having a life-threatening condition and not even knowing it. That’s
                                                      how vascular disease strikes—impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands
                                                      of Americans with little or no warning. For most, the condition shows no
                                                      symptoms and may go undetected until a life-changing event occurs.

                                                      Not only is it a leading cause of death, vascular disease contributes to the
                                                      incidence of chronic disability, stroke and amputation. That’s why vascu-
                                                      lar surgeons at Carroll Hospital Center, like Dr. Hochberg, are dedicated
                                                      to offering the best possible diagnosis and care.

                                                      The body’s vascular system is a network of blood vessels—including all of
                                                      your arteries and veins—that circulate blood to and from the heart and
                                                      lungs. Vascular disease occurs when these blood vessels become smaller

    Carroll Hospital Center patient, Paul Frye.

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and slow down the normal flow of blood. As a result, the
                                                                    Are You at Risk?
body does not get the oxygen or nutrients it needs, causing         You may be if you:
serious damage to the skin, muscles and organs.                     • Are age 60 or older (especially men)
Some of the most common vascular diseases include periph-           • Have high blood pressure
eral artery disease (PAD), known as hardening of the arteries;      • Have high blood cholesterol
aortic aneurysm, dangerous weakening and enlargement of             • Are a smoker
the aorta; and carotid artery disease, a precursor to stroke        • Have diabetes
caused by the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels that          • Have a family history of vascular disease, previous
lead to the brain. Vascular surgeons also treat other circula-
                                                                      heart or leg treatments, or prior stroke
tory disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous
disease and varicose veins.

At Carroll Hospital Center, patients benefit from skilled vas-      Schedule your simple
cular specialists, a state-of-the-art vascular lab for accurate     ultrasound screening today.
diagnosis, an interventional lab for advanced therapies and
minimally invasive procedures, and some of the best operat-         Cost is $99 and includes screenings for:
ing rooms in the region for more complex surgeries.                 • Aneurysm • Stroke • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

“Left untreated, vascular disease can have devastating conse-       Call 410-871-7000 to schedule your screening.
quences,” Dr. Hochberg says. “We provide a multidisciplinary        Pre-registration is required.
approach to vascular care that allows patients to see various
specialists, receive non-invasive diagnostic tests and, in most
                                                                  Frye had the procedure in early August and was back on the
cases, get immediate treatment in one location.”
                                                                  road before the end of the month. “I’m glad the hospital is so
                                                                  close and that they have the people there who could diagnose
Making a difference
                                                                  my situation and correct it,” he says. “I consider myself a very
Dr. Hochberg’s return to Carroll County in July has already
                                                                  lucky man.”
changed the lives of many patients with vascular disease—
patients like Paul Frye, a truck driver from Hampstead.           Dr. Hochberg specializes in other advanced procedures,
While driving his 18-wheeler, Frye was experiencing serious,      including ultrasound-guided thrombin injection, in which a
persistent pain in the middle of his back. When the pain con-     surgeon is able to stop abnormal bleeding in the arteries of
tinued for a week, he went to see his doctor, who referred him    the leg without blocking blood flow within the artery itself.
to Dr. Hochberg.                                                  Dr. Hochberg is one of the only vascular surgeons in the area
                                                                  currently performing this minimally invasive surgery,
After advanced diagnostic testing, Frye was diagnosed with
                                                                  designed to be a safe, effective and durable treatment for
a thoracic aortic aneurysm, an enlarging of the aorta that, if
                                                                  catheter-related complications.
ruptured, would likely be fatal. Dr. Hochberg performed a
repair using a minimally invasive procedure called a thoracic     Dr. Hochberg explains, “All of these advances in treatment
endovascular stent graft. During the procedure, surgeons          allow us to significantly reduce
insert a small covered stent into the artery to prevent the       recovery time, help more patients
rupture of the artery.                                            and extend their lives.”

Kristian hochberg, M.D.
Dr. Hochberg completed a general surgery residency at the University of Rochester Medical
Center and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He
specializes in stroke prevention, the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), complex open
surgery and the latest minimally invasive endovascular procedures. He also performs the VNUS
Closure® procedure for the treatment of varicose veins.

   On the Board                                     A Special Thanks
                                                    to our Outgoing Board Members
                                                    We would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to 12 long-term board
                                                    and committee members who together provided over 150 years of volunteer
                                                    service to the hospital and its affiliates. On September 15 at the Carroll County
                                                    Health Services annual board meeting, the following outgoing board members
                                                    were recognized for their years of outstanding service, leadership and dedication.
                                                    Their many contributions have helped to advance health care in the region.
                                                    R. Wayne Barnes                             Greg Lewis, D.C.
                                                    Finance and Treasury Committee              Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees
                                                    Member 2002 to 2009                         Member 1996 to 2009;
                                                    William Bartley                             Chairman 1999 to 2002
                                                    Carroll County Health Services Board        K. Wayne Lockard
                                                    and Medical Committee of the Board          Carroll County Med-Services, Inc.
                                                    Member 2005 to 2008                         Board of Directors
    Jeffrey Wothers                                 C. Todd Brown                               and Real Estate Committee

    appointed to the                                Carroll County Health Services Board
                                                    and Carroll County Health Services
                                                                                                Member 1986 to 2008
                                                                                                Michael L. Oster
    Board of Directors                              Nominating Committee
                                                    Member 1993 to 2009
                                                                                                Carroll Hospital Center
                                                                                                Board of Directors
    Attorney Jeffrey Wothers of Niles,              William Gavin                               Member 1999 to 2009
    Barton & Wilmer, LLP, was recently              Carroll County Health Services Board        Marcus Lee Primm
    appointed to the Carroll Hospital               Member 1986-2009                            Carroll Hospital Center
    Center Board of Directors. A lawyer                                                         Board of Directors
                                                    Neal Hoffman
    for approximately 20 years, Wothers                                                         Member 1998 to 2009;
                                                    Carroll Hospital Center Foundation
    specializes in property insurance                                                           Chairman 2003 to 2007
                                                    Board of Trustees
    law, related fraud investigations
                                                    Member 1999 to 2009;                        Kari D. Saragusa
    and commercial litigation. His legal
                                                    Secretary 2002 to 2006                      Medical Committee of the Board
    expertise and critical thinking skills                                                      Member 2006 to 2009
    will help the board in assessing the            Bob Kirkner
    hospital’s ongoing performance and              Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees           Edwin Shauck
    strategic direction.                            Member 2003 to 2009                         Carroll County Health Services Board
                                                                                                Member 1986 to 2009

     Your Will, Your Way
     Intimidated by the prospect of creating a will? Don’t be. The most difficult part
     of writing a will is taking the first step, and your attorney can walk you through the process.
     Once completed, your will can benefit family, friends and charitable causes important to you.
     If you would like to include Carroll Hospital Center, Carroll Hospice or both organizations in
     your will, just add one of the following statements:
     “I bequeath (specific dollar amount) to Carroll Hospital Center and/or Carroll Hospice.”
     “I bequeath (__% of the residual of my estate) to Carroll Hospital Center and/or Carroll Hospice.”
     For more information or to discuss how to establish an endowed fund through your estate,
     please call Jenny Gambino, director of major and planned gifts, at 410-871-6200, or log on to

A Hospital News Winter 2009
8 Hospital News Fall 2009
                                                                                    Silvery Moon Ball Marks
                                                                                    50th Anniversary
                                                                                    with The Golden Gala
                                                                                    The Silvery Moon Ball takes on added

Rise and Shine                                                                      luster in celebration of the 50th anni-
                                                                                    versary of this fundraiser benefitting
New Sleep Clinic helps patients rest easy                                           cardiovascular services. Slated for Saturday,
                                                                                    November 7 at Martin’s Westminster, The Golden
If you’re losing sleep worrying that you might have a                               Gala will feature a 50-item silent auction,
sleep disorder, Carroll Hospital Center now offers a convenient way                 including a week-long vacation in Hawaii com-
to receive accurate diagnosis of your condition and get the latest treat-           plete with airfare and spending money, a Deep
ments from an experienced team of specialists. Through its new Sleep                Creek Lake house for a week and exquisite
Clinic, you can schedule a 45-minute assessment that includes time with one         jewelry, of course.
of our board-certified physicians who is fellowship trained in sleep disorders, a   The medical staff of Carroll Hospital Center
registered sleep technologist, and respiratory therapist and lab coordinator. A     has generously committed to serve as the lead
physician referral is not required for this initial assessment.                     sponsor of the event, and other sponsorship
During the assessment, our expert team will review your medical history, dis-       opportunities remain available. In recent years,
cuss your sleep issues and explain testing and treatment options. If necessary,     the medical staff has donated over $80,000 to
the team can schedule you for an overnight study in our advanced sleep center.      benefit programs and services at the hospital
                                                                                    through their support of the Silvery Moon Ball.
The clinic is offered through the hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center, which has
been providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders for        “When our founders started this event to fuel
more than 15 years. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine,           their dream of a hospital for Carroll County,
the center is dedicated to treating and improving the quality of a patient’s        they could never have imagined that their phil-
sleeping and waking hours.                                                          anthropic spirit would be sustained for half a
                                                                                    century. They would be both humbled and
For more information or to schedule an assessment at the Sleep Clinic, call         uplifted by all that has been accomplished,” says
410-871-7170.                                                                       Kelly Hill, event chair and Auxiliary vice president.

                                                                                    Tickets for The Golden Gala are $150 per
Do You have A Sleep Disorder?                                                       person. For more information, please contact
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may want to              Volunteer Services at 410-871-7280, or visit
schedule an assessment at the Sleep Clinic.                               
• Do you snore loudly?
• Have you or others observed interrupted breathing or gasping for breath?
• Do you feel sleepy or doze off while watching television, reading, driving
  or engaging in daily activities?
• Do you have trouble falling asleep, wake frequently during the night,
  wake too early, or wake still feeling tired?
• Do you feel unpleasant, tingling, creeping feelings or nervousness in your
  legs when trying to sleep?
• Is your sleep easily interrupted by heartburn, bad dreams, discomfort
  or noise?
                               for Success
                                    Simple self-care
                                 strategies can ease
                                      your mind and
                                improve your health

10 Hospital News Fall 2009
Dealing with financial challenges. Coping                        Building and maintaining social networks also can be a great
with health concerns. Studying for school.                       stress reliever. That’s why Carroll Hospital Center offers a
Balancing work and family. Caring for loved ones.                variety of classes, programs and support groups to help you
                                                                 connect with other community members who may be deal-
Today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world hands us
                                                                 ing with similar issues.

all these pressures—and more. And while it’s normal
to feel stressed trying to juggle our responsibilities, it
isn’t always healthy.                                                     Many complementary health
“Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that everyone           therapies like massage, acupuncture,
experiences as they encounter changes in life,” explains
Dennis Kutzer, M.D., board-certified psychiatrist and                    yoga and reflexology...can help
medical director of behavioral health services at Carroll             to decrease stress, manage pain and
Hospital Center. “But if it’s not properly managed, long-
term or chronic stress can increase the risk of diseases                  relieve symptoms of illness.
like depression, heart disease and a variety of other prob-
lems, including drug and alcohol abuse. The good news
is that managing stress is simply a matter of making and
                                                                 But sometimes, even with these strategies, life circum-
taking time for yourself—whether it’s just kicking back
                                                                 stances can make it difficult to cope. “If you are experienc-
and unwinding, exercising or spending time with family
                                                                 ing chronic stress, the best way to address it is to take care of
and friends.”
                                                                 the underlying problem,” Dr. Kutzer advises. “Counseling can
One of the keys to managing stress is relaxation. Nobody         help you find ways to relax and calm down. Certain medica-
knows that better than Belinda Finn, a licensed massage          tions may also relieve symptoms. It’s important to have the
therapist and member of the complementary health services        courage to seek help from your physician and understand
team at Carroll Hospital Center. “Many complementary             that there are many therapies that can successfully support
health therapies like massage, acupuncture, yoga and reflex-     you in your quest to de-stress.”
ology have been practiced around the world for thousands
                                                                 To schedule a massage, or for more information on comple-
of years and can help to decrease stress, manage pain and
                                                                 mentary health services, educational programs, support
relieve symptoms of illness,” she says. “In fact, many of the
                                                                 groups or behavioral health services, call 410-871-7000.
participants in our programs keep coming back for more
because of the positive ways these practices have enriched
their lives.”
                                                                     Dennis Kutzer, M.D.,
                                                          medical director of behavioral health
                                                            services at Carroll Hospital Center

Are you at risk for stress-induced depression?
If you or a loved one has been experiencing any of these symptoms for more
than a few weeks, consult a medical professional for help.
• Insomnia or difficulty sleeping          • Loss of interest
• Feeling helpless, hopeless and worthless • Problems concentrating
• Frequent headaches, heartburn or fatigue • Overeating or not eating at all

                                     Breast Cancer
                                     Early diagnosis and expert care are the keys to a cure

                                     In June 2008, Julie Wright visited the Dixon Imaging Center for a rou-
                                     tine mammogram. As a nurse, she was regularly screened and that day
                                     she would be just one of the many women getting an annual breast
                                     checkup. Little did she know that, after a follow-up exam and biopsy, she would be a
                                     woman with breast cancer.
                                     A Westminster resident who is married with two children, Wright has worked at Carroll Hospital
                                     Center as a registered nurse and nursing shift coordinator for the past seven years. Fortunately, her
                                     biopsy showed that she had the earliest form of breast cancer, which promised the greatest likeli-
                                     hood for a cure.

                                     “I have no history or risk factors, so how did I get breast cancer?”
                                     Contrary to popular belief, every woman has some risk of breast cancer. In fact, Wright is one of
                                     the 80 percent of women who get breast cancer even with no known family history of the disease.
         Bertan Ozgun, M.D.,         The primary risk factor that all women share is that they have breasts. That’s why regular screen-
medical director of Dixon Imaging
                                     ing is a must.
Center at Carroll Hospital Center.

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Mammograms—the gold standard for breast cancer detec-
tion—are especially important in Maryland, where the
mortality rate from the disease is higher than the national
average. What’s more, breast cancer is the number one diag-
nosed cancer among women in Carroll County. But armed
with the latest therapies, the outlook for these patients is better
than ever before.

“Breast cancer is definitely curable, with the five-year survival
rate up to 96 percent if caught during its earliest stages,” says
Bertan Ozgun, M.D., board-certified radiologist and medical
director of Dixon Imaging Center at Carroll Hospital Center.
                                                                      Julie Wright, R.N., nursing shift coordinator at Carroll Hospital Center
“This underscores the vital need for women to receive annual
                                                                      and breast cancer survivor.
mammograms. I cannot emphasize enough the importance
of this simple procedure in the overall detection and treat-          A continuum of cancer services from diagnosis
ment of the disease.”                                                 through recovery
                                                                      After her diagnosis, Wright had successful lumpectomy
Patients who receive their mammograms at the Dixon
                                                                      surgery, then received seven weeks of radiation therapy at
Imaging Center, a joint venture between Carroll Hospital
                                                                      the Carroll Cancer Center.
Center and Advanced Radiology, are in good hands.
Recently, the center was named a “Breast Imaging Center of            In addition to medical and radiation oncology and leading
Excellence” by the American College of Radiology. The center          edge clinical trials, the Carroll Cancer Center, located on the
is one of only three Advanced Radiology imaging centers in            hospital campus, now offers brachytherapy for breast cancer.
Maryland to receive this prestigious recognition, which rec-          Also known as internal radiation, brachytherapy (also
ognizes its ability to provide patients with comprehensive            available for prostate and lung cancers) provides targeted
breast imaging services, timely and accurate results, and             treatment to the tumor site, as well as external radiation to
exceptional care.                                                     the whole breast.

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    For assistance through her treatment and recovery, Wright        Wright credits the expertise of those who treated her, and
    was pointed in the direction of The Women’s Place, where she     the comprehensive nature of the Carroll Hospital Center
    took advantage of cancer navigation services, post-operative     program, with her successful recovery. Dr. Ozgun agrees,
    massage and a range of educational materials at the Resource     “We bring a true team effort to the detection and treat-
    Center Library.                                                  ment of breast and other forms of cancer, working together
                                                                     to make the patient as comfortable as possible during this
    “I was so fortunate to have all of these advanced breast can-
                                                                     trying time. All of our services are the most sophisticated
    cer services at my disposal,” she says. “Every woman in our
                                                                     and advanced available—and can be found under one roof.
    community should feel blessed and strengthened by the fact
                                                                     Having a full range of services in one setting makes the expe-
    that all of these incredible diagnostic, treatment and support
                                                                     rience that much easier for our patients.”
    resources are available right here in our community.”

                                                                     To schedule a mammogram, call Dixon Imaging Center
                                                                     at 410-876-9898.

                                                                     To find out more about Carroll Hospital Center’s free
            Every woman in our community
                                                                     cancer navigation services, call 410-871-6161.
         should feel blessed and strengthened
         by the fact that all of these incredible
                                                                       the American Cancer Society’s
           resources are available right here
                                                                       Updated Screening Guidelines
                   in our community.
                                                                       for Breast Cancer
                                                                       • Beginning in their 20s, women should talk to their
    With a clean bill of health and a new lease on life, Wright
                                                                         doctors about the benefits and limitations of breast
    isn’t skipping a beat. She’s back at work and feeling bet-
                                                                         self-exams (BSE).
    ter than ever. Best of all, her latest mammogram showed no
    sign of cancer. Wright continues with her treatment and has        • Beginning at age 20, women should get a clinical
    regularly scheduled visits with her oncologist. Through her
                                                                         breast exam as part of their regular physical check-
    work, she also is able to share her story with other patients.
                                                                         up (about every three years for women 20-39, and
    “My experience allows me to be a sounding board and source
                                                                         yearly for women 40 and older). Women also are
    of comfort for my patients with cancer,” she explains.
                                                                         encouraged to use these exams as an opportunity to
                                                                         talk with their doctors about breast health.

                                                                       • Beginning at age 40, women should have an annual
                                                                         mammogram. Those with a family history or other
                                                                         risk factors should talk to their doctors to see if ear-
                                                                         lier screening is recommended.

                                                                       • Women at very high risk (greater than 20 percent
                                                                         lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram
                                                                         every year. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended
                                                                         for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is
                                                                         less than 15 percent.

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                                                             Calendar & Support Groups
                            Registration is required for all classes and programs with the exception of support groups unless otherwise indicated.
         To register or for more information please call Health Access at 410-871-7000, or register online at

Support Groups                                                                                       Special Services
All support groups are provided free of charge.                                                      To schedule an appointment for any of our
A.W.A.K.e.                                        Multiple Sclerosis                                 services, call Health Access at 410-871-7000.
For individuals affected with sleep apnea.        Second Monday of each month                        Acupuncture
Wednesdays, November 4, January 6                 (except Dec.), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                Initial treatment $125, follow-up visits $70
7 – 9 p.m., The Learning Center                   The Women’s Place
Registration required.                                                                               the Boutique at the Women’s Place
                                                  Ostomy                                             A specialized boutique offering breast prostheses,
Adult Diabetes                                    Second Wednesday of each month                     mastectomy bras, wigs, hats and scarves for
Mondays, November 2, December 7                   (except August), 7 – 8 p.m.                        women with cancer.
7 – 8 p.m., The Women’s Place                     The Outpatient Center                              Call 410-871-6161 for more information.
Registration required.
                                                  Parkinson’s Disease                                the Breast Center
Bereavement Luncheon/Carroll Hospice              Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau          A comprehensive resource for women pending
Open to any adult who has experienced the         of Aging and the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s       a diagnosis or in any stage of breast cancer.
death of a loved one.                             Disease Research Center of Excellence at           Call 410-871-6161 for more information.
Last Tuesday of each month, Noon                  Johns Hopkins University.
Baugher’s Restaurant                              Fourth Tuesday of every month                      Cancer navigation Services
Call 410-871-7231. No registration required.      (except January & August), 2 – 3 p.m.              Call 410-871-6161 for more information.
                                                  Westminster Senior Activities Center
Breast Cancer                                                                                        hot Stone Body Massage
Second Tuesday of each month (except July)        Pathways Bereavement/Carroll Hospice               One-hour session, $75
7 – 8:30 p.m.                                     Open to adults who have experienced the death
                                                  of a loved one.
                                                                                                     Infant Massage
The Women’s Place
                                                                                                     For babies ages 3 weeks to 6 months and
                                                  Third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Breastfeeding Support                                                                                their parents.
                                                  Carroll Hospice
Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                                                                         First session, $65 (includes instruction,
                                                  Call 410-871-7231 for more information.
The Women’s Place                                                                                    massage oil and book). Additional sessions, $50
                                                  No registration required.
Caregivers: to Whom it Matters                    Pet Loss                                           IPL & Laser Services
Second Tuesday of each month                                                                         Hair removal, treatment of Rosacea, spider
                                                  Saturday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. – noon
(except January & July) 4 – 5 p.m.                                                                   veins on the face and skin pigmentations.
                                                  Carroll Hospice
The Women’s Place                                                                                    Call 410-871-6161 for more information.
                                                  Call 410-871-7231 for more information.
                                                  Registration is required.                          Japanese hot Stone Facial Massage
Crohn’s and Colitis
                                                                                                     30 minutes, $45
Co-sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis             Prostate Cancer: Man to Man
Foundation of America.                            Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society.       Lymphedema Treatment Services
Tuesday, November 10, 7 – 8 p.m.                  Second Wednesday of every other month              For information and appointments,
The Learning Center                               November 11, January 13, 6 – 8 p.m.                call 410-871-6161.
                                                  The Learning Center
Fibromyalgia & Arthritis                                                                             Massage
Wednesdays, November 11, January 13               Womenheart                                         General, pregnancy, cancer and mastectomy
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.                                 Co-sponsored by WomenHeart–The National            massage.
Wednesday, February 10                            Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.            One-hour session, $65
7 – 9 p.m.                                        Fourth Wednesday of each month                     30-minute session, $40
The Women’s Place                                 (except November)                                  15-minute session, $15
                                                  6:30 – 8 p.m.
Gluten Free & You                                 The Women’s Place                                  Reflexology
Tuesday, March 9, June 1
                                                                                                     Foot or auricular (ear) treatment.
6:30 – 8 p.m., The Women’s Place                  Widowers                                           30-minute session, $40
                                                  Open to men of all ages who have lost a spouse.
Lymphedema                                        First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.         Reiki
Third Wednesday of every other month              Carroll Hospice                                    One-hour session, $65
November 18, January 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.         Registration required. Call 410-871-7231
The Women’s Place                                 for more information.                              the Resource Center
                                                                                                     A comprehensive health library.
Lupus                                             Young Widows                                       Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Third Monday of each month                        Open to young women who have lost a spouse.        Call 410-871-6161 for more information.
(except Aug. & Dec.), 6:30 – 8 p.m.               First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.         Located at The Women’s Place
The Women’s Place                                 Carroll Hospice
                                                  Registration required. Call 410-871-7231
                                                  for more information.                                    15
  Calendar & Support Groups
  Registration is required for all classes and programs with the exception of support groups unless otherwise indicated.
  To register or for more information please call Health Access at 410-871-7000, or register online at

Planning for                                          Just for Kids
Parenthood                                            Babysitting & CPR
                                                      In this two-part course, participants will learn
new! Safe Starts                                      how to create a safe environment for children,      Start your
For new and expectant parents, grandparents
and caregivers. Learn about infant safety
                                                      plus appropriate ways to keep children occupied.    holiday shopping at
                                                      Instruction on how to handle emergencies, as
including child-proofing, poison prevention,
car seat safety, SIDS, CPR and choking rescue
                                                      well as training in CPR for all ages is included.
                                                      Participants must be at least 12 years old.
                                                                                                          The Women’s Place.
for infants less than one year of age. Not a certi-   Tuesday, December 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.               Treat that special person in your life
fication class.                                       & Wednesday, December 30, 9 a.m. – noon
Thursdays, January 21, February 18                                                                        to a gift certificate for one of the many
                                                      Monday, January 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.                 complementary health services offered.
6:30 – 9 p.m.                                         & Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m. – noon
$45 per couple, includes Infant CPR anytime kit                                                           For more information, call The Women’s
                                                      Tuesday, February 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                                                      & Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. – noon              Place at 410-871-6161.
Breastfeeding                                         $60 per person
Prepare for a positive breastfeeding experience,
including benefits and techniques, handling           I Am Special
common breastfeeding concerns, breast pumps
and more.
                                                      (Sibling Preparation Program)
                                                      Offers children ages 3 to 7 an opportunity to
                                                                                                          Mind and Body
October 20, November 17, December 15,                 prepare for the arrival of a new baby in your       All Mind and Body classes and programs are
January 19                                            family and to feel special about becoming a big     held at The Women’s Place.
7 – 9:30 p.m.                                         brother or sister.
$30 per couple                                                                                            Reiki Level I
                                                      Sundays, November 8, December 13,                   Saturday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                                                      January 10, February 21                             $70 per person
Family Birthplace tours                               1:30 – 3 p.m.
Tours of The Family Birthplace are offered twice      $15 per child
a month and are offered as part of the Prepared                                                           Reiki Level II
Childbirth and Sibling Preparation programs.                                                              Saturday, October 17
To register for a tour not affiliated with a par-     CPR                                                 Saturday, February 27
ticular class, call Health Access at 410-871-7000                                                         9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
for dates and times.                                  Family & Friends CPR                                $85 per person
                                                      This American Heart Association (AHA) course
Prepared Childbirth Class                             targets all laypersons who want to learn rescue     Reiki Level III
Offers preparation for a meaningful, knowledge-       skills for friends and loved ones.                  Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
able childbirth experience taught by a certified      Wednesdays, December 2, January 6                   $275 per person, includes light lunch
instructor. Relaxation and breathing techniques       6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
are an integral part of the program.                  $35 per person                                      Continuing Yoga Practice & review
Four-night program, 6:30 – 9 p.m.                                                                         (4 weeks)
November, 19, 23, 24 & 30                             healthcare Provider CPR – Initial                   Thursdays, November 5 – December 3
December 8, 10, 17 & 22                               This class is for health care professionals and     (skip 11/26)
January 5, 7, 12 & 14                                 professional rescuers. A two-year card from the     6 – 7:15 p.m.
February 2, 4, 9 & 10                                 AHA will be issued after successful completion      $45 per person
$70 per couple                                        of the course.
                                                      Fridays, November 6, January 22                     Introduction to Yoga
Prepared Childbirth Weekend                           8 a.m. – 1 p.m.                                     Thursday, January 7
Expectant parents with busy schedules may want        $78 per person                                      6 – 7 p.m., Free
to attend a weekend of childbirth preparation.
Friday, 6 – 9:30 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.       healthcare Provider CPR – Renewal                   Yoga Session I (8 weeks)
(Includes lunch voucher on Saturday.)                 This class is for health care professionals and     Thursdays, January 14 – March 4
October 23 & 24; November 13 & 14;                    professional rescuers who have a current AHA        Prenatal Yoga*: 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.
December 11 & 12; January 22 & 23;                    Healthcare Provider Card. A two-year card from      *Physician consent required
February 12 & 13                                      the AHA will be issued after successful comple-     Beginning Yoga: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
The Learning Center                                   tion of the course.                                 Continuing Yoga: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
$100 per couple                                       Monday, October 19, November 16, December 21        $89 per person
                                                      8 – 11:30 a.m., Noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 7:30 p.m.
                                                      Monday, January 18, 8 – 11:30 a.m.,
                                                      noon – 3:30 p.m.
                                                      Monday, February 22, Noon – 3:30 p.m.,
                                                      4 – 7:30 p.m.
16 Hospital News Fall 2009                            $62 per person
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                                                                                          click on education and events.

Healthy Living                                                                                             Special Events
Look Good…Feel Better                                   Date night: Cardiac Imaging                        Annual Bingo Dinner
Program to help women cope with the appearance-         Presented by Valeriano Fugoso, M.D.,               To benefit The Breast Center.
related side effects of chemotherapy.                   diagnostic imaging                                 Sponsored by Carroll Collectors Club.
Mondays, October 19, November 16,                       Tuesday, February 23, 6-7:30 p.m.                  Saturday, October 17, 5 p.m.
December 21, January 25, February 22                    The Learning Center, Free                          Gamber Fire Company
1 – 3 p.m., Free                                                                                           $30 (includes dinner and bingo card)
Call the American Cancer Society                        I Can Cope                                         For information and tickets call 410-356-7872.
at 1-888-535-4555 to register.                          Co-sponsored by The American Cancer Society.
                                                        Series of educational programs for people fac-     50th Annual Auxiliary Silvery Moon Ball
the Real Skinny U                                       ing cancer. Offered during the regular cancer      Saturday, November 7
The Psychology of Weight Management                     support group and presented by experts in          Martin’s Westminster
Wednesday, November 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.                    cancer care.                                       Call 410-871-7280 for information, sponsorships
$10 per person                                          Call 410-871-7120 for dates and times.             or tickets for this black tie event, which ben-
                                                        Registration required, Free                        efits the expansion of cardiovascular services.
Diabetes Workshop
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.                  Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program               A Season to Remember
Presentation by Dr. James Dicke, M.D.,                  Co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation.          To benefit Carroll Hospice & expansion of
endocrinologist                                         3:15 – 4:15 p.m., CHANGE, Inc.                     cardiovascular services at Carroll Hospital Center.
Free, includes lunch. Registration required.            $84 for 12-week session (one class per week);      Monday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 7
                                                        Call for available session dates.                  Festivities include Tree of Lights, Festival
Coping with the holidays                                                                                   of Trees & Memory Tree.
Learn skills to help cope with grief during
the holidays.
                                                        Screenings                                         For more information, call the Foundation
                                                                                                           at 410-871-6200.
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.                        Blood Pressure Screenings
Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster           Carroll Hospital Center Main Lobby                 vendor Fair
Call 410-871-7231 to register.                          Mondays, November 2, December 7,                   Friday, April 9, 2010
                                                        January 4, February 1                              10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
heart of the Matter education Series                    3 – 4 p.m.                                         Hospital Main Lobby
An Overview of Anticoagulation Therapy                                                                     Cost: $375 includes booth space and one lunch
Presented by Maria Goldman, C.R.N.P., C.A.C.P.          New Windsor Post Office                            For more information, call the Foundation at
Tuesday, December 8, 7 – 8 p.m.                         Tuesdays, November 3, December 1,                  410-871-6200.
Free                                                    January 5, February 2
                                                        9 – 10:30 a.m.
High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know
Presented by Scott Jerome, D.O., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.N.C.
                                                        Sykesville Post Office                             Tobacco Cessation
                                                        Mondays, October 26, November 30,
Tuesday, February 9, 7 – 8 p.m.                         December 28, January 25, February 22               Stop Using Tobacco for Life (5 weeks)
The Learning Center, Free                               11 – Noon                                          Learn strategies for quitting and developing
                                                                                                           healthy new habits. Co-sponsored by the Carroll
Label Reading for Health                                TownMall of Westminster                            County Health Department.
Presented by Lisa Coleman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.           Wednesdays, October 28, November 18,               Thursdays, November 5 – December 10
Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                   December 16, January 27, February 24               (skip 11/26);
Martin’s Food Market, Eldersburg, Free                  8:30 – 10 a.m.                                     January 7 – February 4, 7 – 9 p.m.
                                                                                                           The Learning Center, Free
                                                        Westminster Post Office
Lymphedema: What You Need to Know                       Mondays, November 2, December 7,
Presented by Belinda Finn, L.M.T., C.L.T.;                                                                 the next Step
                                                        January 4, February 1
Karen Hunter-Dixon, L.M.T., C.L.T.                                                                         Support for the new lifestyle of a non-tobacco
                                                        1 – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                                                                    user. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County
Free                                                                                                       Health Department.
                                                        Osteoporosis Screening for Women
                                                                                                           Monthly, November 3, December 1,
                                                        Conducted by Advanced Radiology
Weight Loss Strategies: Eat Less, Move More             Friday, January 22
                                                                                                           January 21, February 18
Presented by Lisa Coleman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.                                                              7 – 8 p.m.
                                                        By appointment only. Free
Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                                                                     The Learning Center
Martin’s Food Market, Eldersburg, Free                                                                     Free
                                                        Skin Cancer Screening
                                                        Conducted by Juris Germanas, M.D., dermatologist
                                                        Thursday, February 18
                                                        By appointment only. Free

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    Kick Off the Holiday Season at Carroll Hospital Center
    A Season to Remember                                               In support of Carroll Hospice, you may honor a lost loved one
    Monday, november 30 – Monday, December 7, 2009                     by purchasing an ornament which will be inscribed with his
                                                                       or her name and placed on the Memorial Tree. Special orna-
    Benefiting Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Hospice
                                                                       ments for our Pet Tree may be purchased as well.
    This year, the lighting of the 18th annual Auxiliary Tree of
    Lights on Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main     As part of A Season to Remember, holiday trees that have
    lobby will kick off a new tradition: A Season to Remember.         been creatively decorated and generously donated to our
    Combining the existing Tree of Lights with Carroll Hospice’s       Festival of Trees silent auction will be on display and up for
    Festival of Trees and Memorial Tree, A Season to Remember,         bid all week in the lobby of the hospital and the first floor of
    a week-long event, provides opportunities to honor or memo-        Dove House at Carroll Hospice. Come by to bid on a tree, get
    rialize special people or cherished loved ones while raising       into the holiday spirit and enjoy the festivities. Trees will be
    funds for the hospital and hospice.                                available for pick up after December 7, 2009.

    To benefit the Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary, you may          For more information on A Season to Remember or for
    purchase a light or ornamental angel for the Tree of Lights.       sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Web site at
    Your honored individuals, or their families, will be notified of or
    your donation and invited to the tree lighting ceremony.           or call us today at 410-871-6200 or 410-871-7220.

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