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A Family Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Leonardtown, Maryland — Children expect to share many memories with parents as they grow older. What they never plan to share? Diagnoses of cancer — or pre-cancer, in Janet Langley’s case. Janet, 46, began experiencing stomach pains last summer. She saw multiple doctors to puzzle out what was causing them before arriving at the office of U.K. Shah, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist at MedStar Shah Medical Group. Dr. Shah ran multiple tests to ascertain the source of her discomfort. “At the same time I was experiencing this, my father had similar symptoms,” said Janet, of Solomons. “He went in for a…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Week Set for Feb. 10-16

Leonardtown, Maryland  – Cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. During the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation’s (AACVPR) National Cardiac Rehabilitation week, Feb. 10-16, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center (GADC) would like patients who suffer a cardiac event to know there is help available.  “Cardiac rehabilitation can help reduce the potentially devastating effects of heart disease,” said Pam Laigle, MSN, RN, PCCN, of MedStar St. Mary’s GADC. “Programs such as ours can greatly improve the quality of…

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Considering a Career in Health Care? Deadline for Annual Scholarship is March 13

Leonardtown, Maryland –With the goal of recruiting specially-trained associates, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital awards annual scholarships to candidates pursuing degrees in health care that are essential to the care of our patients. Of these career options, just a small sampling includes registered nurses, imaging technologists, respiratory therapists, lab technologists, and pharmacists. In return for a pre-determined length of employment with the hospital after graduation, students may receive up to $3,000 per semester for four years toward tuition, required books, lab fees, and school-appointed uniforms. Preference is given to students in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. Both recent high school graduates…

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St. Inigoes Couple Welcomes First Baby of 2019

Leonardtown, Maryland – New Year’s Day brought one more reason for Rachel and John “Jay” Howson IV to celebrate: their second child, John “Jack” Yates Howson V, was born at 7:55 a.m. Jan. 1 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Rachel wasn’t due until Jan. 3, but woke up around 5 a.m. feeling uncomfortable, and shortly thereafter her water broke. The couple had been out late at a New Year’s Eve party and Jay admits he had only had a few hours of sleep when Rachel's labor started. Since labor with their first child – 2-year-old sister Zelena – had lasted for…

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