Childbirth classes offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers maternity education classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class meets each Thursday for a total of five weeks Ð four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week focused on breastfeeding. Classes are offered: Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2; and Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, and 12 (Tuesdays) The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticokes Mother & Baby Care Center. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Pre-registration is required for either class. To register or for more information, contact Nanticokes Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator at 629-6611, ext. 2540. To learn more about womens health services provided by Nanticoke, visit www.nanticoke.org/womens-health.
Free HIV testing, counseling CAMP Rehoboth and Macedonia AME Church in Seaford are offering free HIV testing and counseling about prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), as part of a initiative to bring HIV testing to communities impacted by HIV The HIV Rapid test, a simple finger prick, should be taken every three to four months as part of a regular wellness routine. Results are available in 10-15 minutes. Testing is available at Macedonia AME Church, 431 North St., Seaford, every first and third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620.
Dr. White joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Keenon White, MD to its active medical staff. He is board certified in family medicine and is accepting new patients age newborn and up at Nanticoke Primary Care Bridgeville. Dr. White received his doctor of medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare in Utica, N.Y. His professional affiliations include the American Medical Student Association and the Ross University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Team. For more information about Nanticoke Primary Care Bridgeville or to schedule an appointment with Dr. White, call 337-9320.
New support groups The Alzheimers Association Delaware Valley Chapter is pleased to announce that Methodist Manor House at 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, will host a Caregiver Support Group that meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, 231 S. Washington St., Millsboro, will host a Caregiver Support Group that meets the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 21. The groups offer support to anyone caring for someone with Alzheimers disease or a related disorder. All meetings are open to the public and interested parties are invited to attend.
PHC ranks in top 20 percent Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke (PHCN) has received the Superior Performer Award through the annual SHPBestª program. Award recipients were determined by the review and ranking of the overall satisfaction score of more than 2,200 home health providers. As a superior performer, PHCN ranks in the top 20 percent of the 2,200 providers. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS¨) Home Health Care Survey, is sent to patients with questions designed to measure the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health agencies.
Hurley joins Nanticoke Nanticoke Health Services is pleased to announce the addition of Alfred C. Hurley, MD to its active medical staff. Dr. Hurley is board eligible in cardiology and will be board eligible in internal medicine in September. He is accepting new patients age 18+ at Nanticoke Cardiology in Seaford. Dr. Hurley received his doctor of medicine from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Ky. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wis. Battle on the Turf is Sept. 13 As Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. will welcome runners and walkers to the first annual Battle on the Turf 5K Run/Walk and 1.5 Mile Fun Walk at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
This is the first-ever 5K to be held at DE Turf, central Delawares state-of-the-art, all-turf sports destination venue. The 5K will benefit DBCCs local programs services for those with breast cancer. This family friendly race is open to women, men, and children of all ages. On-site race registration will open at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 and the 5K race and fun walk will begin at 6:30. Immediately following the race there will refreshments, music, and team and individual awards. Online registration is available at www.races2run.com and costs $25 per person until Sept. 11 at noon. Day of registration is $30 per person. Participants can register as individuals or as part of a team. Awards will be presented to top males and females in various age groups along with teams. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit www.races2run.com.
Vendors sought for Wings of Hope The Seventh Annual Wings of HopeA Butterfly Release to benefit Cancer Support Community Delaware will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Medical Arts Building, Rt. 24, Rehoboth.
Affordable health screenings Residents living in and around Seaford can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, will host this community event on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Screenings can check for plaque buildup in the arteries related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health, cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density in relation to osteoporosis, kidney and thyroid function and more. Screenings are convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is available. Packages start at $149 but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Pre-registration is required. Call 877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.
DBDCC to offer health screenings The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) will hold a ÁVIDA!ª Multicultural Screening and Health Fair at the Georgetown Fire Company on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ÁVIDA!ª is a multicultural health fair targeted on breast cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship for women, men, and children of all ages. Forums typically feature screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI and bone density in addition to giveaways, childrens activities and translation services in Spanish and Haitian Creole. This free trilingual program will offer health screenings, information about healthy living, community programs, prizes, giveaways and additional resources to the public. The second ÁVIDA!ª will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover. This trilingual program is in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, which will also provide passport, consular identification card and birth certificate services. For more information, contact Midline Estimable at 302-212-2947.
Bariatric support groups Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups three times a month at the Nanticoke Training Center located within the Miller Building at 121 S. Front St., Seaford. These groups provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and are open to the public. Support group meetings consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.
Lymphedema support group Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This months meeting will be held this Thursday. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion amongparticipants. Registration is required.For more information or to register, contact Robert Donati, PT, CLT at 629-6224.