Don’t Miss Our 22nd Annual Crab Feast on October 20

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With another successful Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction in the books, it’s time to look forward to our next highly anticipated event, our 22nd Annual Crab Feast on Thursday, October 20.

Roll out the brown paper, grab your mallet and join us at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg from 2:00-8:30pm. You’ll enjoy a full range of menu options, including all-you-can-eat crabs, as well as your choice of platters featuring shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, crab cakes, tilapia and more.

Tickets are on sale now. All-you-can-eat crab feast tickets are $55 per person and platter tickets start at $25 per person (children’s tickets are $8 each).

Sponsorships are also available! Sponsoring the Crab Feast is a great way to promote your business and support UM Charles Regional Medical Center. Don’t forget, ticket and sponsorship proceeds from this year’s Crab Feast will support initiatives to expand health services throughout our entire community.

For details about the Crab Feast, including purchasing tickets or securing a sponsorship, please visit the event page or call us at (301) 609-4132 today. We look forward to seeing you on October 20!

UM Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education Earns National Accreditation as a Diabetes Education Program


A diabetes diagnosis comes with a lot of questions. Our recently opened Center for Diabetes Education is the place for patients to find the answers and get the knowledge they need to make the most of life with diabetes.

Don’t just take it from us. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a Nationally Accredited Organization certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has accredited our Center for Diabetes Education as a Medicare Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

To achieve this accreditation, a diabetes program must meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs. Programs that meet this criteria are considered to be of the highest quality and have been shown to improve the health status of those who embrace the education provided.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009,” said Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Program Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA.

The Center for Diabetes Education, located in La Plata, offers a variety of services, including individual evaluations, group education, insulin instruction, blood sugar meter training, nutrition instruction and injectable training. Through these comprehensive services, led by an extensively trained diabetes educator, people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills necessary to modify behavior and successfully manage the disease and its related conditions.

“Our new Center for Diabetes Education works to arm patients with the answers they need to make the most of life with diabetes,” said Certified Diabetes Educator, Cindy Adams, RN, BSN, CDE. “It’s a big step forward for diabetes education in Charles County and southern Maryland as a whole.”

To learn more about our Center for Diabetes Education, visit our website or call (301) 609-4413 to schedule an appointment today.

Fight Childhood Obesity Throughout September


You’ve probably heard about it on the news, from your doctor or just from people who you talk to — obesity is a major public health issue in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly one out of every five children in the United States are considered obese, and the obesity rate in American children has tripled over the past 30 years.

Children with obesity are more likely to remain so later in life, and obesity at any age is associated with serious medical issues, including high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma and mental health problems. September is both Childhood Obesity Month and Fruits and Veggies — More Matters Month, so it’s a great time to assess your child’s health and nutrition habits.

Here are just a few ways you can help support healthy growth in your children:

  • Ensure they get adequate sleep and eat the right amount of calories every day
  • Substitute high-nutrient, low-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables for high-calorie foods that have added sugars and solid fats
  • Provide them with water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Encourage them to participate in age-appropriate, enjoyable physical activities that promote aerobic, muscle and bone strength

Healthy habits start when children are young, so it’s important for you to lead by example. And making healthy eating and exercise a family priority provides an opportunity for family bonding. Cooking dinner as a family, starting a home garden or planning a family bike ride are all great ways to get every family member involved in healthy living.

Need help adding fruits and veggies to your meals? Here are some great ways to “get more” throughout your day. And if you’re still not convinced that you and your family need to eat more fruits and vegetables, be sure to check out this list.

The Final Countdown to the Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Sept. 17th


The 19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is right around the corner on September 17th from 6-10pm, and time is running out for you to get your tickets for this area-favorite event.

There’s something for everyone at our Autumn Wine Tasting, and there are so many reasons why you’ll want to be there. If you’re a wine aficionado, you’ll get to sample more than 30 selections from selected vineyards. If it’s food you’re after, the many flavors of Charles County won’t disappoint, as you’ll enjoy a wide variety from some of the area’s favorite restaurants.

Above the wine, food, live entertainment and extensive silent auction, however, the memories you’ll make with your closest friends and neighbors on the grounds of historic Port Tobacco Courthouse are what you’ll cherish most.

Only a small amount of general admission tickets to this popular fundraiser are available online now. And if you’re looking for a great way to increase exposure for your business, there’s still time to secure a sponsorship opportunity for the event. Don’t forget, while you’re enjoying everything the Autumn Wine Tasting has to offer, you’ll also be supporting initiatives to expand health services for our entire community.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UM Charles Regional Medical Center to Offer Health Screenings and Much More at Charles County Fair


The 93rd Annual Charles County Fair is a Southern Maryland tradition that’s been around since 1924, and it’s returning to the fairgrounds south of La Plata on September 15-18. In addition to all the farm animal exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food and, yes, even lawnmower racing, the fair will provide great opportunities to learn more about how you can live a healthier life on Kids Day, Friday, September 16. Here’s what you can expect from UM Charles Regional at the fair on that day:

Blood Pressure ScreeningsNearly one in three adults has hypertension or high blood pressure. If left untreated, these chronic conditions can damage internal organs. Get a free blood pressure screening from our team at the fair to see if you’re at risk and learn about risk factors as well as ways you can manage your blood pressure.

Car Seat Safety Education — If it’s not used properly, a car seat may not be able to protect your child in the event of an accident. We’ll tell you how to find the right car seat for your child and give you tips on how to install it properly to ensure that they’re as safe as possible.

Stroke Education — UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke patients, and we’ll transform you into a “Stroke Hero” by showing you how to spot the warning signs of stroke and how to react in the event that you see someone suffering from stroke. We’ll also help you understand your individual risk for stroke by sharing information about potential contributing factors for this health problem.

Diabetes Education — Whether you have diabetes or you’re at risk of developing it, we’re here to help you better understand this disease. Learn about our new diabetes center. Now taking new patients!

Healthy Treats on Kids Day — School-age kids get in free on Friday, September 16, and we’ll have some tasty, nutritious treats to share with them to celebrate the start of a fun weekend ahead and to promote healthy eating habits.

Information on Services Offered by UM Charles Regional — We offer a wide variety of services to patients across our community, and you’ll be able to learn more about our new Center for Wound Healing, comprehensive rehabilitation programs and our recently opened urgent care practice.

Baby Show — Think you have the most adorable baby? Enter your child in the Baby Fair on Saturday, September 17. This annual event is sponsored by our Birthing Center. Entrants will be divided into six different groups by age, and judging will be based on health, personality and appearance.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Charles County Fair, and we hope you’ll stop by our booths to learn more about how we’re working to make Charles County a healthier place to live. For more information about the Charles County Fair, visit the official website today.



Autumn Wine Tasting Set For September 17 In Port Tobacco

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center’s 19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting is in full planning mode as the committee and numerous community partners prepare for the September 17th fundraiser held at the Port Tobacco Courthouse.  

“It’s called a Wine Tasting event but it’s really so much more than that,” says Executive Director Susan Vogel. “Guests are amazed when they arrive, sponsors feel terrific knowing their business is receiving exposure while supporting a good cause, and we could not be more excited about coordinating this fundraiser for our community.”

A leadership team of Ingrid Anderson, Becky Hoffman and Carole Lewis, along with a talented committee are pulling out all the stops for this event. “We’re most excited about incorporating Maryland history into our theme for this year,” says Hoffman who has been a co-chair for six years and leads the tremendous efforts on the food tents. Hoffman shares that restaurants and food purveyors now come to her asking to be part of this, when in earlier years securing food sponsors was a challenge. “It shows how far we’ve come,” said Hoffman who represents Heavenly Catering and Events by Grace and will be serving shrimp dumplings, meatballs and chicken satay with dipping sauces.

The talent of Ingrid Anderson and her visionary committee will be showcased in the thoroughbred steeplechase décor blended with Maryland colors to reflect the hospital’s name. Floral and other design elements will help transform the venue for the evening. The famed silent auction, anchored by Carole Lewis and her talented crew is already brimming with items that “are sure to bring bidding wars” according to long time auction chair and current Foundation Board Chairman Lewis. A sneak peek of the auction item listing revealed Disney hopper passes, a two day stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin, trips and excursions throughout the mid-Atlantic region, jewelry, artwork and even a Maryland themed corn hole set. With some items set with “buy it now” features and others packaged creatively for bidders, the auction tables are something not to be missed.

According to organizers, when the event first started, it was held in people’s homes and over the years the event grew and so did the interest of businesses to participate. This year’s food vendors include Charles Street Bakery, Cool Beanz Coffee, County Manners, DJ’S Delectables and Exquisite Catering, Freethinkers Brewing Company, Heavenly Catering and Events by Grace, Michelle’s Cakes, Port Tobacco Restaurant, Red Oak Bistro, Spoons, Swan Point and US Foods.

The exclusive VIP reception is being hosted in the VIP tent this year by Bobby Rucci’s Italian Deli and Doughboys. The menu for this sold-out portion of the event includes Bobby’s Sweet Shrimp, Lasagna, Mama Rucci’s Meatballs, a Prosciutto and Olive Bar complete with aged cheeses, antipasto trays and famous cannoli which will be hand-made on site.  


Bobby, along with his wife Dianna and restaurant manager Joanne were hosts of the August 16 preview and sampling event for sponsors and committee members. The Rucci’s favorite part of the event is truly giving back and helping the hospital. “It feels great,” said Dianna Rucci. “Without the hospital, what would we have? I think what the Foundation does for the hospital is amazing.”

Now in their fourth year of participation, Port Tobacco Marina will be showcasing their famous Maryland wings as well as crab cakes with jalapeno aioli. Maura Dalsey and Chris Lawrence shared that the restaurant enjoys giving back to the community and getting exposure. The event “is so much fun to be a part of,” said Chef Lawrence, as he handed us a sample of his shrimp and grits dish which was a crowd favorite.


Michelle’s Cakes hails from Indian Head and is returning to the event for the third time. From lemon blueberry cupcakes and cannoli to their famed maple bacon minis and red velvet cupcakes, this bakery, owned by Michelle Koos, is bringing out all the stops for the September 17 fundraiser. “My favorite part of the night,” shared Michelle’s daughter Nikki, “is at the end of the night when people are more willing to try everything and take more samples.”


Is your restaurant  open to the public? Yes. That question is among the most frequent one answered by Joan Curley, a veteran of the Swan Point management team. “Most people don’t know that we are open to the public,” Joan explained, “so it is great for us to get that word out at this event. We have a beautiful venue and wonderful food tucked away in Swan Point.” Chef Sean Beeler was at her side inviting guests to sample his crab salad and tender beef brisket sliders with Old Bay BBQ sauce, and event guests will be thrilled with their offerings as the Club returns for their sixth year.

Among the crowd favorites is DJ’s Delectables and Exquisite Cuisine prepared by caterer Daniel Jefferson. Returning with his pasta station, Jefferson is proud to offer guests a chance to select their pasta, add their choice of chicken or shrimp, and toss in their choice of sauce which is all then gently “tossed to order”. Jefferson has been supporting the Wine Tasting since the early years in his role as Director of Nutritional Services at the medical center and also through his own catering business.

Rounding out the food stations will be 30+ wines to sample as guests stroll through the courtyard and take in the auction, live music, additional beverage stations, a wine boutique and cigar lounge. “Colonial Liquors has been a major partner of this event for years,” shared Susan Vogel. “We are grateful to Larry Edwards, Shelley Culhane and Mike Lyon for their efforts in making this event so reputable. We couldn’t do this event without them.”   

As the region’s provider of quality health care, we rely on philanthropy to help us advance our mission. That’s why this year proceeds from fundraising are helping to fund important initiatives that will help improve health and well-being of our entire community. Funds raised from events like the Wine Tasting will help ensure that your loved one or neighbor can count on expanded care and resources as we commit to improving the health of our community.

For additional information about the event or to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorshipvisit the official event page or call 301-609-4132.

Back-to-School Tips for a Happy, Healthy School Year Ahead


It won’t be long before school is back in session We have some tips to help ensure that your child’s school year is as fun, safe and productive as possible.

Better Days Start at Breakfast

Because their bodies have just gone 8 to 12 hours without food during sleep, kids need to refuel for the day ahead. Skipping breakfast has been shown to make kids feel tired, restless or irritable throughout the school day. Give them the start they need by providing a breakfast that’s rich in whole grains, fiber and protein and low in added sugar — it’ll boost their attention span, concentration and memory!

Healthier Lunches Start at Home

Packing your kids’ lunches gives you some control over how healthfully they’re eating at school. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to pack a healthy lunch every day, and you can even have your kids help with preparing their packed lunches. In doing so, they’ll learn healthy eating habits, and they’ll be much more likely to eat and enjoy their nutritious lunches.

Promote Backpack Safety

Backpacks that are too heavy can quietly cause serious medical issues for your kids, including shoulder pain and poor posture. As you’re looking for your child’s next backpack, ensure that it’s the correct size, has padded back and shoulder straps, multiple compartments to better distribute weight and compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize contents.

Ensure They Get Enough Sleep

The amount of sleep your child needs varies greatly by age, but it’s no secret that kids perform better in school when they’re well rested. If your children are having trouble sleeping, you can follow a few tips to help them get a better night’s sleep, such as turning off the TV before bedtime and keeping their room cool and quiet.

Lighten Their Workload

If your child consistently appears tired, anxious or depressed, or they fall behind on their schoolwork, they may be overscheduled and overworked. Especially full schedules may result in excessive stress for your child, leading to stomach issues or headaches. Keeping a calendar, setting priorities to create family time, understanding when it’s okay to say “no” and remembering the importance of downtime are some key ways to reduce stress in your child’s life.

For more information and back-to-school tips, visit

Do You Have Your Tickets for the Autumn Wine Tasting Event?


Our 19th annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction event is just a little bit over a month away, and tickets are going fast for this highly anticipated event.

VIP Wine Tasting tickets are already sold out, but there’s still time to reserve your general admission tickets or register as a sponsor. General admission tickets are still just $90 each, but Early Bird Pricing only lasts until September 1.

As a sponsor, you’ll receive increased exposure for your business before, during and after the event. Take a look at the remaining sponsorship opportunities available and sign up your business today. Current Autumn Wine Tasting sponsors at the $5,000 level or greater include:

  • Boris Nadich, MD, Kathleen Settle, MD, and Simul Parikh, MD
  • University of Maryland Medical System
  • UM Charles Regional Medical Center — Medical Staff
  • Emergency Medicine Associates, P.A., P.C.
  • Heart Center of Southern Maryland

Proceeds from this year’s event will support Restoring Good Health in our community by funding initiatives to improve the health and well being of our entire community.  For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the 19th annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, visit the official event page.

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

When was the last time you met someone who had polio, mumps or measles? Thanks to increased immunizations over time, these debilitating diseases have all but disappeared from our everyday lives. We’ve done such a good job of getting rid of or decreasing the number of cases of vaccine-preventable illnesses, people don’t understand how deadly and debilitating these diseases can be. But it’s just as important as ever that children and adults get immunized as instructed by their pediatrician or doctor.

That’s why we’re proud to support National Immunization Awareness Month throughout August.


“[Vaccines] have saved so many lives — and we’re at risk of going backwards because people don’t understand that,” said Dianna E. Abney, MD, Charles County’s top public health official.

The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely we are to pass around preventable diseases. Many people cannot receive vaccinations, like young babies or those who are immuno-compromised from cancer treatments or other diseases. When healthy people are not vaccinated, the health and safety of those who are unable to be vaccinated is put at risk.

Vaccines aren’t just for kids however. There are many vaccines, such as the flu vaccine, that adults should receive as well. But as with all individuals, determining which vaccination you should receive is based on your age and medical history, and your primary health care provider will be able to tell you if any vaccinations should be administered.

“The optimal place to get your vaccines is through your primary health care provider,” said Abney. “They know you best, and they can keep all of your vaccine records in one place.”

Need a doctor for you or your child? Visit our website to find a pediatrician or family doctor near you. To learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month and to see how you can help spread the word, visit the official awareness pages from and the Centers for Disease Control.

Mission of Mercy Offers Dental Services to Those in Need on July 29-30


More than 100 million people in the United States are without dental insurance. This means that thousands of adults in the Southern Maryland area don’t receive adequate dental care, resulting in a silent epidemic of dental and oral disease. The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy is working to address those needs by providing professional and caring dental service free of charge.

If you’ve gone without regular cleanings or a dental procedure due to a lack of dental insurance, come to North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, on July 29 and 30, to receive necessary care at no cost to you. Doors open at 6:00am on both days and will close when the clinic is full for the day, so you should plan to arrive early.

The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy performs dental services for adult patients (ages 19 and up only; unfortunately, children cannot be accommodated), including preventative dentistry and cleaning, nutritional counseling, restorative fillings and extractions. All of these services are performed by licensed dentists and hygienists, most of whom are from Maryland. Click here to see a full list of services offered at this event as well as other patient information.

Want to help Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy accomplish its mission? Events like these don’t work without the help of generous, dedicated volunteers to help us with a variety of different needs. Learn more and register to become a volunteer today.

Dental health has a great influence on overall general health, and we encourage anyone who’s in need of dental care to consider attending this event. To learn more about the two-day clinic, visit the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy website.

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