Health
Thursday, January 18th, 2001
NMH to offer flu shots
It's not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza is a serious disease that affects many people, including the elderly and those with serious, long-term health problems. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering flu shots to the public on Friday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., located in the Community Room of the hospital. The cost of the vaccination will be $5. The vaccine is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. The influenza vaccine is recommended for elderly and high-risk individuals. Healthy working adults may also benefit from the flu shot. Large outbreaks of influenza usually do not occur before December in the U.S.A. and reach a peak between late December and early March and many continue into the spring. The duration of protection conferred by influenza vaccine generally begins one to two weeks after injection and may last six months or longer. For additional information contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, Ext. 2645. No appointment or pre-registration is required.

Winter Gala January 27
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will host its annual winter dance, "Golden Gala," Saturday, Jan. 27, in honor of the auxiliary's 50th anniversary. This year's event will be held at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. A cocktail hour and dinner will be provided along with music and dancing. Entertainment will be by Bruce Willey and Murphy's Law. Tickets are available in the Volunteer Services office at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital by calling Jean Baldwin at 629-6611 ext.2301, Dot Dixon, 629-7838, Barbara Hancock, 629-8288, or Judi Thoroughgood, 934-8215. Cost of tickets is $50 per person with $25 of that price tax deductible. The dance is a major fundraiser for the auxiliary. All proceeds will be included in the auxiliary's annual gift to Nanticoke Health Services.

Keep families safer
In January, the American Red Cross will be offering community courses designed to help keep families safer. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Red Cross office at 302-656-6620 or 1-800-777-6620. The following course will be held at St. John's Methodist Church. Monday, Jan. 29 - First Aid Basics, from 5-9 p.m., cost $25. St. John's United Methodist Church is located at 300 Pine St., Seaford.

Support Group anniversary
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will be observing its 5th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford at 5 p.m. with a pot-luck dinner followed by a program. Dr. Molly Burgoyne, Easton rheumatologist will be guest speaker. Everyone is asked to bring a vegetable or fruit dish, a casserole or dessert, along with their own place setting. Spouses or other family members are invited. RSVP is needed by Jan. 26, to 629-2173 or 628-0353. There will not be the regular monthly meeting on Feb. 13.

Employees of the Year
The following employees of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital have been recognized each month for the Year 2000: January: Janan McElroy, Resource Management, Nurse Case manager. February: Susan Godesky, Information Systems, System Analyst/Programmer. March: Amy Mitchell, Pharmacy, Pharmacy Tech. April: Lisa Kershaw, Progressive Care Unit, Registered Nurse. May: Pat Wheedleton, Operating Room, Registered Nurse. June: Marshall Warrington, Hospitality Division, Purchasing Processor. July: Piotr Kawalec, Outpatient Division, Echocardiographer. August: Phyllis Wheatley, Intensive Care Unit, Registered Nurse. September: Linda Todd, Alternative Care, Physical Therapy Aide. October: Anna Miller, Resource Management, Nurse Case Manager. November: Bill Goehner, Patient Care Division, Administrative Operations Specialist. December: Kathleen Wright, Patient Care Division, Clinical Leader, Enterostomal Therapy.