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Illness and Injury are Never Convenient. UM Charles Regional Urgent Care will be.

Flexible health care for your hectic schedule is a lot harder to find than it should be. Fortunately for Charles County, University of Maryland Charles Regional Urgent Care is ready to come through for you when your primary care doctor just can’t squeeze you in.

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With the new UM Charles Regional Urgent Care facility opening its doors this September, you’ll have a place to turn when you don’t need an emergency room, but you do need a doctor.

Located right across the street from the hospital, our new facility will be open early and open late to accommodate your busy schedule. Most importantly, when that schedule is disrupted by an illness or an injury, you can be sure that you will be provided with skilled and compassionate care from the moment you walk through the door.

Get ready for flexible, convenient health care in Charles County by visiting us online to learn about our staff, services, hours and more.

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Tickets and Sponsorships Available for the Autumn Wine Tasting on Sept. 19.

Help support restoring good health at our 18th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on Saturday, September 19, from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse.

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There’s still time to purchase tickets or sponsor one of Charles County’s most anticipated events. Help us raise funds to support physical, speech, occupational and respiratory therapy, as well as cardiac rehabilitation.

The event boasts an incredible selection of wine, food and silent auction items. Guests rave about our added features like craft ales, live music and hassle-free transportation courtesy of Keller Transportation.

Tickets prices increase on September 1. Reserve your ticket or sponsorship online, or, call 301.609.4132. Sponsorship details can be found here.

A current listing of our generous sponsors and food/wine vendors can by found by visiting CharlesRegional.org/SponsorWine. Contact Leigh Falkler at LFalkler@umm.edu for more information.

Food Vendors at a Glance:

  • Captain Billy’s Crab House
  • Casey Jones Restaurant
  • Charles Street Bakery
  • Cool Beanz Coffee
  • D Delectable’s & Exquisite Catering
  • Free Thinkers Brewing Co.
  • Grace Lutheran Catering
  • Jonny Boy’s Ribs & BBQ
  • Michelle’s Cakes
  • Port Tobacco Restaurant
  • Red Oak Bistro
  • Rucci’s Deli & Doughboys
  • Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
  • US. Foods
  • Zee Best Cafe
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Get Social Security Savvy at a Free Seminar for Women on Aug. 19

Give yourself the tools to navigate the complex Social Security benefits process and set yourself up for a comfortable retirement.

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Our August 19 seminar, “Savvy Social Security Planning for Women: What You Need to Know About Claiming Your Benefits,” will teach you to maximize your lifetime benefits and boost your financial security. Christine Parker, a Certified Financial Planner® and founder of Parker Financial Services, will help you plan well now so you can live well later.

Sessions will be available on Wednesday, August 19, from 5:00pm-6:30pm and 7:00pm-8:30pm in Nagula Conference Center #2 at UM Charles Regional Medical Center.

Limited seating is available, so reserve your seat today by registering online or by calling 301.609.4132.

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Tickets are Available Now for the Autumn Wine Tasting on September 19

Our most anticipated event of the fall is fast approaching.

Tickets are available now for UM Charles Regional’s 18th annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 19. This year’s event will once again be held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse.

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The Wine Tasting always brings a wonderful crowd and an opportunity to mingle, while sampling some of the best food and drink from all over the area. Proceeds benefit our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program, helping restore good health for patients in physical, occupational, speech or respiratory therapy, as well as cardiac rehab.

The money we raise will help provide additional equipment and bring resources for our skilled staff to give our patients the all the resources they need to return to health.

Early Bird Pricing is available until September 1. VIP tickets are $150 and regular tickets are $80 and designated driver tickets are $40. Prices will increase $10 on September 2. You must be 21 years of age to purchase a ticket.

And remember, great sponsorship opportunities are still available. It’s a perfect opportunity to support our community and promote your business at the same time.

So have a glass and fill your heart at the 18th annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction.

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Avoid Heat Stroke This Summer by Knowing the Risk Factors and Symptoms

Summer in Southern Maryland often means oppressive humidity and temperatures approaching triple digits. While we might enjoy spending our time outdoors, it’s important to recognize the perils of the heat.

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The Centers for Disease Control reports that more people die each year from extreme heat exposure than from lightning, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and floods combined. Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are among those most at risk. So are those who work or exercise outdoors, those who live with inadequate cooling or ventilation, and those with breathing or circulation problems.

Our Online Health Library is full of detailed information about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including proper precautions, symptoms and how to react when you begin experiencing them.

Heat stroke often begins to manifest itself with muscle cramps, but several other symptoms can be an early warning, including moist pale skin, headache, dizziness, nausea and more.

If you experience heat stroke symptoms, cease activity immediately and find shade or air conditioning. A cool shower can help, as well.

Be safe this summer and be smart when working or exercising outdoors. Take frequent breaks, drink fluids often and, most importantly, listen to what your body is telling you.

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Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Rays

As much as we love a beautiful, sunny summer day, the best way to enjoy it to the fullest is to take the proper precautions when it comes to your skin.

July is UV Safety Awareness Month and it’s the best time to remember that too much sun can be a dangerous thing. From sunburn to skin cancer, any number of problems arise from excess sun exposure.

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Fortunately, there are some very simple steps you can take to preserve your health and still have a good time under the sun. The Department of Health and Human Services is a great resource for the best UV protection strategies. A few key points:

Wear the Proper Clothing

Think long sleeves, long pants, hats and sunglasses.

Find Some Shade

Stay out of the direct sun, especially during peak burning hours between 10am and 4pm.

Beware of Reflective Surfaces

Water, sand and even snow can reflect UV rays, increasing your exposure.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all exposed skin. Then do it again, repeatedly, throughout the day.

So have fun in the sun this summer, but be smart and take care of your skin.

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Paint the Park Pink and Support Breast Cancer Awareness on July 18

It’s time to hit a home run for the fight against breast cancer.

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Join UM Charles Regional and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for Paint the Park Pink on July 18 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. Support breast cancer education and awareness and enjoy a great baseball game.

The Blue Crabs host the Camden Riversharks at 6:35 pm. Wear your pink, because the players will be wearing it, too. Then stick around to enjoy the post-game fireworks display and bid on the pink game-worn jerseys. All proceeds go to UM Charles Regional’s Pink Ribbon Fund to support breast cancer awareness and education in Charles County.

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Come help us Paint the Park Pink and let’s win this fight.

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4 Great Ideas for Healthy Family Fun This Summer

It’s easy to be healthy when you’re having fun. Keep that in mind as you’re planning things to do with your family this summer.

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Southern Maryland is full of opportunities for healthy, family fun. Here are four of our favorites:

Go for a Walk as a Family

It could be as simple as a stroll around the neighborhood after dinner or it could be something more ambitious. Going for a walk with your family is great exercise and a great chance to catch up with your loved ones after a busy day. Want to really stretch your legs? Head out for a walk on the Indian Head Rail Trail.

Enjoy a Pool Day

Nothing says summer like a day at the pool. But don’t just lay around and catch rays. Swimming is phenomenal exercise and you’re having so much fun, you’ll get a great workout without ever thinking about it. We’ve got plenty of outstanding public pools right in Charles County. Find the one closest to you and jump in.

Grab Your Paddles and Hit the Water

We’re so fortunate in Southern Maryland to be surrounded by excellent waterways. Powerboats are great, but canoes and kayaks provide a chance to feel a little closer to nature and get some great exercise, too. Want to make your outing educational? Explore the sunken World War II ships in Mallow’s Bay in Nanjemoy.

Shop the Local Farmer’s Market

If you want to eat healthy, start by eating local. You don’t have to go far to find a farmer’s market in Southern Maryland. Bring the kids. It’s a great chance to teach them about local agriculture and remind them that food doesn’t always come from the store. Check out Zekiah Farms in Bryantown for delicious food and beautiful flowers. The kids will love the farm animals.

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Celebrate Men’s Health Month and Raise Awareness About Preventable Problems

As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we can’t help but think about all the things that the men in our lives have done for us. So many times, they’ve put the needs of their loved ones ahead of their own.

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Father’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you and to remind them that taking care of their own health is one way to give their families a priceless gift.

June is Men’s Health Month and an opportunity to shine a light on the issues that affect the male population, including prostate cancer, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s a great chance to encourage screenings, early detection and prompt treatment of the conditions that affect men and boys in our society.

Check out MensHealthMonth.org to learn more and find out about some great ways to raise awareness about men’s health. It’s the least we can do for the men who have done so much for us.

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11 Years and Counting: Charles Regional Honored for Workplace Excellence

We’re excited to announce that UM Charles Regional Medical Center has earned the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health & Wellness Seal of Approval from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.

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This year marks 11 consecutive years that we’ve received these awards. It’s an important affirmation of our focus on creating an environment where our team can thrive.

Winners of the Workplace Excellence award have shown “an outstanding commitment to overall workplace quality. They are evaluated on programs in communication, diversity, employee growth, life-work balance and more.”

Health & Wellness award winners “demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employee health and wellness—and have led the way by developing innovative programs.”

Creating a positive working environment for our staff is just one more way that we serve our patients. When our staff is well taken care of, they are able to provide the very best care for our patients and their loved ones.

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