Howard Magazine - Page 51 - Health (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 51
Health (2)

residents, has invested nearly $50 million in community programs since 1998, recently awarding almost $2 million.


Howard County General


Howard County General Hospital (HCGH), a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers an array of health-related classes, programs and services.


The Breast Center at HCGH: The only hospital-based program for breast cancer treatment in Howard County, this facility offers comprehensive breast services, including diagnostics, biopsies and a full range of treatment options provided by Johns Hopkins and HCGH specialists. 410-884-4744.


Cardiovascular services: The hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (410- 740-7900) offer services including electrophysiology, minimally invasive vascular procedures, pain management and primary angioplasty treatment, in which patients experiencing certain types of heart attacks can receive a life-saving angioplasty procedure to open their clogged arteries shortly after arriving in the emergency department. The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (443-718-3000) helps patients recover from cardiac events and improve their overall health.


The Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine: Johns Hopkins board-certified maternal fetal specialists offer consultative services for medical complications of pregnancy, a comprehensive diabetes-in-pregnancy program, genetic counselors, a first-trimester screening program, a fetal assessment center and 4-D imaging to study fetal development and growth. 410-997-0400.


Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center: The center connects cancer patients, families and caregivers with resources including counseling, stress and symptom management care planning, system navigation, educational materials and aesthetic services. 410-740-5858.


The Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep: The sleep center, run by Johns Hopkins physicians, provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of sleep disorders. 800-937-5337.


Orthopedic surgery: The hospital has a range of orthopedic specialists who care for everything from routine injuries to total joint replacement surgery. Physical therapists in the Bolduc Family Outpatient Center help patients get back on their feet quickly. 443- 997-2663.


Call 410-740-7890 or visit for more information on hospital services.


Health Department


The Howard County Health Department, which delivers state-funded and federally funded services, conducts clinics for immunization, child health, prenatal care and family planning in Columbia. Nutrition education through the Women, Infants and Children program is offered at Columbia and North Laurel health centers.


Some services, such as venereal disease screening and treatment programs, are free and available to any local resident. For other services, preference is given to low-income residents in need of medical assistance. Fees are based on the ability to pay.


The health department also participates in a program to screen for breast and cervical cancer in women 40 and older with no medical insurance, or whose insurance fails to cover yearly mammograms.


Additional services for older residents include counseling and home visits through the Office on Aging.


For more information on services, call 410-313-6300 or visit




A number of health and wellness businesses and organizations call Howard County home:


Maryland University of Integrative Health (410-888-9048 or in North Laurel is a private nonprofit graduate school of Eastern and integrative medicine. The school offers outpatient care along with programs including acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga therapy and health coaching.


Athelas Institute (410-964-1241 or in Columbia provides vocational training, along with educational, rehabilitative and residential support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


Humanim (410-381-7171 or is a not-for-profit organization with two locations in Columbia, serving people with disabilities through human services, including mental health services, vocational services, neuro-rehabilitation and services for the deaf.


Central Maryland Radiation Oncology (443-576-9868 or is a partnership of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland offering radiation oncology services to patients in the Medical Pavilion adjacent to Howard County General.


Gilchrist Hospice Care (888-823-8880 or is a nonprofit providing hospice care and services throughout Central Maryland in private homes, retirement communities, assisted living or nursing facilities, and an inpatient hospice unit in Columbia.


Kennedy Krieger Institute (443-923-9400 or ) offers pediatric behavioral psychology services in two outpatient clinics in Columbia for children ages 2 to 18. The clinic helps with sleep difficulties, tantrums and parent-child interaction for typically developing children as well as for those with developmental delays and disabilities.


Linwood School (410-465-1352 or in Ellicott City offers day care, education and therapy for children with