Thursday, February 1st, 2001
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.

Assisted Living discussion
Assisted Living... What is it? Who needs it? How much does it cost? When is the right time to move? All of these questions plus more can be answered at the Nanticoke Senior Center on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. until noon. A representative from heritage at Milford, an Assisted Living Community, will be present at the center to explain and discuss Assisted Living. Assisted Living is the perfect option for seniors who wish to maintain their independence as much as possible for as long as possible. We all know someone who may benefit from a little extra assistance, so visit the Nanticoke Senior Center on Feb. 6 and receive information about assisted living. Call 629-4939 for more information.

Alzheimers Support Group
An Alzheimers Support Group meeting will be held at Harrison House of Georgetown, 110 West North Street, Georgetown, on Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information or if you have questions please call 856-4574 and ask for Tonya Zitvogel, Sherry Hearn or Bonnie Dempsey. Cholesterol screening Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2-6 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Community Room of the hospital. A non-fasting blood test is required and the screening will read the total cholesterol level. Cost of the cholesterol screening is $5. In addition to the cholesterol screening Free blood pressure checks will be offered. Employees representing laboratory services, Corporate Education and Cardiac Rehabilitation will assist with the screenings. Results form the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 ext. 2404.

Patient's Bill of Rights
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, State Sen. Patricia Blevins, State Rep. Pamela Maier, Lt. Gov. John Carney and Secretary of Health and Social Services Vincent Meconi have asked for more stringent protections for the rights of patients. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Blevins and Rep. Maier, builds on the patient protections. The major provisions of the proposal include:
* The right of patients to see a doctor who isn't their primary care physician in those cases where their primary care physician can't give them the specialized treatment they need.
* The right of patients to return for a follow-up visit to a specialist without their primary care physician having to re-refer them.
* The right for Delawareans with health insurance to be covered for emergency care, even if it is not provided by a pre-approved physician.
* The right to access to prescription drugs not on an HMO's pre-approved list, provided a doctor thinks it's necessary.