Thursday, November 11, 2010
Respiratory Care Week celebrated In honor of national Respiratory Care Week, the respiratory care students at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus celebrated with an open house on Oct. 27. In this fast-growing field of cardiopulmonary science, respiratory therapists help people manage a wide variety of breathing problems and the prevention of chronic lung disease. A respiratory therapist cares for a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn to the elderly, working in a variety of health care environments, including hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, emergency rooms and home care. The open house featured the various types of equipment used by the students in the instructional lab every week. Students also demonstrated their skill with and knowledge of the equipment and answered questions. For information about the fully accredited respiratory care program at Delaware Tech, call Jay Little, dept. chair, at 855-5935.

Research center receives grant The Center for Pediatric Research (CPR) at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was recently awarded an additional 5-year, $9.5-million Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). This competitive award will allow Nemours to continue to expand the CPR and support the recruitment of additional faculty to this diverse pediatric clinical and research facility. The Center for Pediatric Research was established to not only sustain translational research programs by clinicians and scientists, but also to build independent, cutting-edge programs at Nemours. This funding has assisted Nemours Biomedical Research in the development of eight such Center programs, including Applied Clinical Genomics, Cardiac, Orthopedic, Childhood Cancer, Clinical Diagnostics, Clinical Pharmacology, Pediatric Auditory and Speech, and Pediatric Lung Research. "Grant applications and renewals are intensely competitive," said Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer, director and principal investigator of the CPR. "Grants like this from the NIH help fulfill a main goal of the Center for Pediatric Research–to attract some of the best and brightest translational researchers to Delaware, while building state-of-the-art pediatric research programs and expanding our existing programs on pediatric disorders."

'Coping with the Holidays' A special workshop on "Coping with the Holidays," offered by Delaware Hospice will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Cancer Care Building, Seaford. The grief journey can be difficult to navigate, especially during the holiday season. Participants will find help in coping through the discussion and ideas presented at this workshop, and each will receive a free copy of James Miller's book, "How will I get through the Holidays." There is no fee for this workshop which is offered as a community service by Delaware Hospice. However, registration is required. Register by calling Paul Ganster, LCSW, at 357-7147 or email

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. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist - with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth.

Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. 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.

Cancer Support Group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master's degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Competition to improve school meals Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods.There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. The top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families. To learn more about the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, visit The deadline for recipe submissions is Dec. 30. For more information, visit

Bereavement luncheons Delaware Hospice's "New Beginnings" bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences. Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program.The location rotates each week of the month according to the following schedule:
  • 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rte. 26, Bethany Beach;
  • 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel;
  • 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro;
  • 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton;
  • 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro.
"New Beginnings" luncheons are open to the public. Registration is not required. There is no fee except the cost of your lunch. For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 856-7717.