Health
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Safe Sitter classes
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m., on Feb. 16 and 21 The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Cholesterol screening
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on Feb. 13, 18 and 21, from 7:30-10 a.m. in the Stevens Classroom of the hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to select from two types of blood tests. One option is a total cholesterol test, which is a non-fasting blood test that will read the total cholesterol level. The cost is $5. The second option is a lipid profile test, which requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL and LDL blood levels. Cost for the lipid profile is $15. In addition to the cholesterol screening free blood pressure checks will be offered Results from the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension. 2404.

Hospice fund-raiser
The Delaware office of Compassionate Care Hospice will be holding a fund-raiser to benefit the Compassionate Hospice Foundation on Feb. 20. Beginning at 7:30 pm, the first annual fund-raiser will be held at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View. Entertainment will be provided by John Santini and heavy hors d‚oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. A silent auction with prizes donated by area artists and businesses will round out the festivities. Join the staff and volunteers of Compassionate Care Hospice in bidding for weekend get aways, original works of art and many other prizes. All proceeds will go directly to benefit the Foundation which provides additional resources for the patients and families served by Compassionate Care Hospice. No funds are ever directed toward operation costs. For more information, call Jennifer Murray Reeves at 934-5900.
Healthy Baby Fair
Bayhealth’s 8th Annual Healthy Baby Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Delaware Technical & Community College’s Terry Campus in Dover. Participants can attend free lectures on Motherhood, Fatherhood and Babies. Jeanne Driscoll, MS, RN, CS, will present a keynote presentation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the normal emotional ups and downs of pregnancy and postpartum. This talk is sponsored by the Bayhealth Foundation. Baby-sitting, door prizes and activities for children will be available, and vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide health and product information. Eagle 97.7 FM will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is free to the public and pre-registration is not required. CEU’s are available for clinicians. Call Bayhealth Maternal-Child Educator Wendy Keefe RN, CPCE, at (302) 744-6229.

Clinical research nurse
Bayhealth’s Cancer Centers named Kim Brown, RN, of Felton the Care Coordinator/Clinical Research Nurse. In her first few months, Brown will focus on implementing Bayhealth’s cancer clinical trials program at the Milford Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. Bayhealth has partnered with the University of Maryland and is an affiliate member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), a national non-profit cancer research consortium. Brown will attend three weeks of training at the University of Maryland this month to address regulatory activities involved in cancer trials and learn procedures for getting trials through the Institutional Review Board before they are offered to the public. “We plan to begin offering clinical trials in late winter or early spring,” she said. Brown comes to Bayhealth with over six years of experience in caring for patients on clinical trials. Previously at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Willamsburg, Va., Brown worked for four years in the medical center’s Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center, where she was responsible for overseeing an average of 45 radiation oncology patients a day. Brown received her nursing diploma from Riverside Hospital Nursing School. A Sussex County native, she graduated from Woodbridge High School and recently moved back to the area with her husband, Tony.

Visually Impaired Group
The Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her caregiver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call Robert Gray at 629-6204.