Thursday, December 31, 2009
Uniform and shoe sale The Look-In Glass Gift Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is holding a uniform and shoe sale. All of the latest in uniforms, scrubs and shoes for the medical professional will be available. The sale will be held in the lobby of Nanticoke Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 7, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 8, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payroll deductions for purchases are available for eligible Nanticoke Health Services employees. All proceeds from The Look-In Glass Shoppe benefit the hospital.

CASA seeks child advocates The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in the Delaware Family Court seeks concerned and qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers in Sussex County. CASAs are trained community volunteers appointed by Family Court judges to represent the best interests of abused/neglected or dependent children who are the subject of Court proceedings. Volunteers advocate for the best interests of the child by investigating, presenting facts and recommendations to the Court, and monitoring a case until the child is provided a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Training, supervision and attorney representation are provided. For more information and to apply to become a CASA volunteer, call the CASA office at 855-7410 or 855-7411. Applications are being accepted now for the upcoming 2010 training sessions. You must complete all required training before you can be assigned to a case.

New Delaware Hospice series Delaware Hospice is now partnering with businesses to provide employees with information through a new support program entitled, "It's How You LIVE√ČAt Work." Delaware Hospice's professional staff will share expertise and help listeners prepare for challenging situations such as dealing with a colleague's grief, supporting an employee who is struggling with a serious illness and coping with the loss of a friend or family member in an office setting. Presentations and informational brochures on several topics are offered free as a community outreach. To schedule a speaker or learn more, contact Diane Donohue at or call 478-5707, ext. 1121.

Delaware leads in preparedness A recent report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) gives high marks to the state of Delaware. According to the study, Delaware achieved nine out of 10 key indicators of public health emergency preparedness. Overall, the seventh annual "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism" report found that 20 states scored 6 or less out of 10 key indicators of public health emergency preparedness. Nearly two-thirds of states scored 7 or less. Helping Delaware achieve its score were the fact Delaware purchased 50 percent or more of its share of federally-subsidized antiviral medications to prepare for a potential pandemic flu outbreak, tracks diseases through an Internet system used by the CDC and increased or maintained level of funding for public health services from FY 2007-08 to FY 2008-09. Just 7 other states, Arkansas, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Vermont earned a similar score of 9 out of 10.

Pelot promoted at NMH Nanticoke Memorial Hospital announces Tres Pelot, BS, RRT has been promoted to the position of senior director of Therapy Services and Wellness. Pelot joined Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department in 2002 bringing with him extensive experience in Respiratory Therapy and certification in both Delaware and Maryland. As senior director of Therapy Services and Wellness, Pelot will provide direction and oversight of Respiratory Therapy, Neurology, Sleep Lab, Occupational Health, Employee Health, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. His background includes over 16 years practicing within Respiratory Therapy, and four years of experience in Neurology, Sleep Lab, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. Pelot has a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy from Salisbury University. Hospice offers 'Living Well' course "Living Well" with chronic conditions is a free self-management course that can help you get the most out of life. Anyone living with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other chronic diseases will benefit from this six-week course, offered by Delaware Hospice's Family Support Center. Classes begin Thursday, Jan. 7, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will be held every Thursday through Feb. 11 in the Community Conference Room of the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford. All classes are recommended. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 5. To register, contact Tucker at 463-1054 or

Hospice presents sibling lecture "Tears for a Sibling" will be the topic of January's Lunch Bunch Lecture by the Family Support Center at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, on Friday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Open to the community, Dr. Judy Pierson, licensed clinical psychologist, will discuss the unique circumstances surrounding the death of a sibling. A donation of $3 per person for the cost of lunch is suggested. To register, call Vicki Costa at 856-7717, ext. 1129, or email

Develop a healthier lifestyle A seven week tobacco cessation class is available at no charge to the public. The class provides group support, advice, and helpful information on diet, exercise, stress reduction, nicotine replacement and other strategies for kicking the habit. The next tobacco cessation class at Milford Memorial Hospital begins on Jan. 7 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and meets every Thursday for 7 weeks. To register for the tobacco cessation class, call 744-7135. To sign up nutritional and dietary consultations, call 744-6842.

Man to Man support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers a Man to Man support group meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Man to Man helps men cope with prostate cancer by receiving information and peer support. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Larry Skala (337-3678) or Grafton Adams (628-8311).

Depression Support Group There is a free bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who has signs and symptoms of depression and is under the care of a professional counselor/MD is welcome to attend. To register, call Life Matters Counseling and Consulting at 302-465-6612.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Monthly support group Compassionate Care Hospice, The Wellness Community-DE and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will collaborate to present a monthly bereavement group, The Next Step. The group focuses on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. Mary Van House, bereavement coordinator, will facilitate the group at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, second floor conference room. To register, call Lisa at 629-6611, ext. 2378.

Pharmacy tech information session Enter the rapidly expanding field of health care with the pharmacy technician certificate training program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, as well as payment collection and billing coordination. A free session on this program will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the college. The 189-hour classroom course will be held at Delaware Tech on Monday and Wednesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m., from Feb. 22 to Aug. 30. A 120-hour externship also is necessary to complete the program. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam to become a nationally certified pharmacy technician. Funding through the Department of Labor and a payment plan through Delaware Tech's Corporate and Community Programs are available for this course. For more information, contact Corporate & Community Programs at 854-6966.

DBCC receives $5,000 grant The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) is one of 21 organizations, nationally, to receive a $5,000 Advocacy in Action grant from the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC). NBCC member organizations were selected to receive the grants by a competitive application process to assist groups in forwarding advocacy locally. The grants are awarded to NBCC member organizations to help advance the goal of eradicating breast cancer by, not only, working to expand advocacy in local communities but also working for systemic change. DBCC is actively involved in national forums for advancing breast cancer research and changes to legislation and public policy, and supports research by navigating participants to local clinical trials. For more information, visit or call 866-312-DBCC.

Family caregiver training The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times a year in each of Delaware's three counties. Methodist Manor House in Seaford will host the training on Friday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program includes a medical overview, legal and financial issues, challenging symptoms, daily care issues and information on getting the help you need. Training is free and lunch will be provided by Methodist Manor House, therefore pre-registration is required by Jan. 22. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee at 854-9788.