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HCGH and Others Conduct Health Behaviors Survey

For Immediate Release    
Contact: Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,
July 18, 2012

Columbia, Md. – In an effort to better understand the health needs of Howard Countians and plan for future health services, Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH), in collaboration with the Howard County Health Department, The Horizon Foundation and Columbia Association, is undertaking a significant market research project.

“With your help, we are about to learn more about the health of Howard Countians than ever before,” explained Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO, Howard County General Hospital. “The Health Behaviors Survey will give us information that will help us learn more about the lifestyles of those living in Howard County and how we can best meet the needs of those residents, both now and in the future.”

The random telephone survey will be conducted in Howard County in July and August. How can you help? If you receive a call on your landline or cell phone from 410-280-3400 with the caller ID name, “Howard Health Survey,” please answer the call and take the survey and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

You can expect a friendly, live person on the other end of the line who will interview you in either English or Spanish (your choice); you won’t be called late at night or too early in the morning. The call will last about 15 minutes, on average, and you will have done your part to improve the health of our county.

No personal identifying information will be collected by the callers. Only residents 18 and older will be asked to participate. Thank you in advance for your support.

About Howard County General Hospital

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and pediatrics to oncology, orthopedics and geriatric services.  Programs include a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.

The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and nearly 500 volunteers.