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Published in News on April 20, 2004 2:00 PM

Captain receives nursing award

Capt. Sheila Davis with the 4th Medical Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base received the Excellence in Clinical Ambulatory Nursing Practice award from the American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing Practice.

She is the group's health care integrator and earned the award for her work in patient care, education, administration and research.

Nominees are required to have at least three years in ambulatory nursing and currently practicing in an ambulatory setting. She delivers preventive health assessments to active-duty troops, is credited with saving the life of a 6-month-old in respiratory distress and is currently developing a plan to create three nurse-run clinics to increase the efficiency and medical care for the group.


to discuss Alzheimer's disease

The public is invited to a free teleconference on "Living with Grief: Alzheimer's Disease" at Wayne Community College next week.

The Hospice Foundation of America's 11th annual national bereavement teleconference will be broadcast live via satellite on Wednesday, April 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in room 137 of Wayne Learning Center. It is sponsored locally by Home Health and Hospice Care Inc.

An expert panel will discuss what is known medically about the diagnosis, progression and treatment of Alzheimer's disease; explore innovative programs for patients and caregivers; focus on grief issues that patients and families face during the course of this illness; and examine the challenges and opportunities that the disease presents to clinicians, caregivers, hospice workers and policy advocates.

Dementias other than Alzheimer's will also be discussed. Moderator Cokie Roberts of ABC News will lead the panel of authorities.

For more information on this program, contact Brent Anderson at 252-758-8212 or 800-274-8212.

Seminar set for helping children

There will be a conference on "Asset-Building: Assuring Optimal Child Outcomes" Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Paula Duncan, professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont and youth health director at Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, will speak.

The purpose of the conference will be to help people learn about the "asset-based philosophy" of child rearing.

A cost of $10 will cover the luncheon that starts at noon. To register for the conference, contact Jennifer Radford at 734-1178.

Military invited to Tryon Palace

NEW BERN -- Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens will open its doors free to active military personnel and their immediate families throughout the month of April. Complimentary tickets may be obtained by showing official identification at the Palace Visitor Center.

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Buildings open to the public are the reconstructed Tryon Palace, the John Wright Stanly House, the George W. Dixon House, the Robert Hay House and the New Bern Academy Museum.

Directions and more information can be obtained by calling 1-800-767-1560 or 1-252-514-4900 or checking the Web site at www.tryonpalace.org.