Maryland Area Health Education Center West, also known as "AHEC West," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.


Gerontological nusing assistant award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 1 for the Caring Hands Award, given each year to gerontologcial nursing assistants who show dedication and compassion for their elderly patients. Established by the Maryland/DC Chapter of the National Gerontological Nurses Association in memory of Cynthia Steele, a registered nurse and assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, the award – which includes a cash gift for winners -- is open to Nursing Assistants, Geriatric Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Certified Medication Aides and Patient Care Technicians who work with older adults. The nursing assistant must be nominated by a nurse who works directly with or supervises the nominee. For more information on making a nomination, contact Terri Socha at AHEC West, 301-777-9150 x-107, or email her at tsocha@ahecwest.org.

Allegany/Garrett Social Work Caucus Meeting and CE Oct. 12

The Allegany/Garrett Social Work Caucus will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12 beginning at noon in the Physician’s Conference Room, 2nd floor, Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The meeting will be followed by a Continuing Education session from 12:30-2:00 p.m. RSVP your attendance to Jackie Booth at jbooth@ahecwest.org or 301-777-9150, ext. 101
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