National Caregivers Month— Preparing for the Worst While Being Grateful to the Best

When you are ill and can’t speak, who will speak for you?

You may become incapacitated due to illness at any time. That’s where caregivers come in. These family members and other people in your life, often unsung heroes, take care of you when you can’t look after yourself.

According to the Caregiver Action Network, “Two out of every five adults are caregivers. 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or disabled.” If you have or are currently caring for a loved one, in honor of National Caregivers Month and your sacrifice, we want to say thank you. November is filled with thankfulness; take the opportunity to extend that goodwill to celebrate National Caregivers Month. While this is an excellent chance to acknowledge individuals in your life who are taking care of your loved ones, it can also be a reminder to be proactive about making plans for your future.

Make your caregiver’s job easier if you are ever incapacitated. Designate someone to be your voice and make decisions when you are unable to. Making a living will can be scary— it might just be something you don’t want to think about. But like it or not, someone is going to be responsible for you and by clearly outlining your wishes, you can give yourself, and others peace of mind as to your preferred care and treatment. Illness is a stressful and hard enough time as it is, make it easier by learning more about creating a living will here.

If you want to find out more information about how you can support National Caregivers Month, or if you are a caregiver looking for support, read more here.

Raise Awareness About COPD Month So We Can All Breathe Easier

You can breathe easier tomorrow by taking action today.

November marks National COPD Month, and in two days, it will be World COPD Day. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), specifically refers to, “two other respiratory diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These two diseases often, though not always, appear together in the same patient.”


Chronic bronchitis is basically an inflamed lining of the bronchial tube, which connects your windpipe and your lungs. This causes a restriction of airflow, which causes phlegm to be coughed up. If you have ever experienced a bad cold, you probably understand the feeling of acute bronchitis. The difference, however is that in chronic bronchitis, the cough and mucus do not go away. Emphysema is a lung disease that put simply, just makes it hard to breathe. Most people suffering from COPD will experience both emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The good news is that you can take action against COPD in these five steps.

  1. Stop smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD according to the Mayo Clinic.
  2. Avoid second-hand smoke.
  3. Avoid occupational hazards.
  4. Know your family history.
  5. Avoid air pollution.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about COPD. Take preventative measures now so that you can breathe easier in your future.

Learn How You Can Thrive with Diabetes

It’s American Diabetes Month and according to the American Diabetes Association, their mission is, “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” In order to further their mission, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will be hosting a Diabetes Education Fair. Be informed about diabetes and join us for our FREE Diabetes Education Fair taking place on November 15th, starting at 9am at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing.

12013_CRMC_FB_13Nov14 This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this serious but manageable disease—affecting over 9% of the U.S. population. Space is limited, so please register online or by calling 888-332-4847. This Health Fair will provide:

  • Diabetes education
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Diabetic Foot Check/Neuropathy Screening
  • FREE HbA1c Screening
  • Nutrition Information & Healthy Eating tips for people with diabetes


If you can’t make it to the Diabetes Education Fair, celebrate American Diabetes Month on your own by checking out our diabetes friendly foods on our Pinterest page! After all, you can have your cake and eat it too when a baked pear dessert is the perfect alternative to a warm apple pie. We have an entire board of ideas for foods that are healthy for the people with diabetes in your life—even the ones with a sweet tooth!

Don’t forget, if you do plan on coming to the Diabetes Education Fair to visit our website to learn more and complete your FREE online registration today.


A Light in Their Honor. A Light for Our Future.

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UM Charles Regional Medical Center and the CRMC Foundation invite you to celebrate the special people, both living and deceased, that have touched your life and many others at the annual lighting of our Christmas Tree Of Life on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

The ceremony will take place on the grounds of UM CRMC. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a dessert reception and holiday music performed by the LaPlata High School Choir. Join us as we celebrate this beautiful annual event and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the hospital with some very special guests.

Every gift made this year will help children get a healthy start in life at the UM CRMC Birthing Center, and will support our plans of upgrading to a Level II Specialty Newborn Nursery. Lights may commemorate anyone special that the donor chooses, living or deceased.

All names will appear in the program. You can make your donation at our website, For more information, contact us at 301-609-4132.

If you haven’t yet made your donation, there’s still time. Contributions must be received by November 26, 2014 to be included in the commemorative program. The donation per Light is  $15. A Healing Garden Luminary is $50. An Angel Perpetual Light is $100, a one time gift.


Take Your Best ‘Shot’ at Preventing Influenza

As the cold weather rolls in, so does flu season, and sharing is not always caring when it comes to the flu. Nip it in the bud before you have to suffer through the symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat. Take preventative action by getting your flu shot at a community Flu Clinic Wednesday, November 12th from 4-7 pm at Smallwood Middle School or Thursday November 13th, from 3pm–7pm at Piccowaxen Middle School. This vaccination is completely free. To learn more, or to see additional dates, times and locations click here. Here is a quick list of clinic dates, times and locations to help you get started:

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Tuesday, November 18th, 3pm-7pm
Thomas Stone High School
3785 Leonardtown Road
Waldorf, MD 20601

Thursday, November 20th, 3pm-7pm
La Plata High School
6035 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646

 Friday, December 12th, 9am-4pm
Charles County Department of Health
4545 Crain Highway
White Plains, MD 20695

Thursday, December 18th, 3pm-7pm
Charles County Department of Health
4545 Crain Highway
White Plains, MD 20695







Influenza is a respiratory illness. This contagious virus typically infects the lungs, nose and throat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

“People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.


Stop the flu before it starts. Be preventative and stay healthy by getting immunized today.


UM CRMC to Host ‘Your Will Your Way’ Seminar

The Charles Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation will be hosting “Your Will Your Way, How and Why” a seminar about wills, bequests, trusts, estate and gift taxes on Thursday, November 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Nagula Conference Center at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM Charles Regional), located at 5 Garrett Avenue in La Plata.

Charles Capute, Esquire

Guest presenter at the seminar will be Charles Capute, Esquire of Charles T. Capute, LLC.  Mr. Capute is an attorney practicing principally in the area of trusts and estates. In 2002, he became the founding member and partner of Charles T. Capute LLC. Prior to founding Charles T. Capute LLC, Mr. Capute was a partner at Armistead & Capute from 1996 to 2002 and a partner in the Easton, Maryland office of Miles & Stockbridge from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Capute is a 1972 graduate of Kenyon College where he graduated with a B.A. in English. He received his J.D. degree from Capital University in 1976.  In addition to being a lecturer for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Capute has served in many leadership capacities in his community, including the Academy Art Museum, Gunston Day School, the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Salisbury University Foundation, YMCA of the Chesapeake Capital Campaign and Washington College.

In his presentation, Mr. Capute will be providing participants with an overview of the current income, gift, estate and generation skipping transfer tax rates.  He will discuss common estate plans which are designed to save estate taxes and also will outline the pros and cons of providing for outright distributions to heirs versus leaving an inheritance in the form of a trust.  Techniques for Estate planning and wealth transfer will also be shared.

Mr. Capute will share with seminar participants the importance of having tools such as a will, Durable Power of Attorney and Living Trusts to avoid probate.  He will also discuss the various options available to individuals in creating an estate plan and share some common misconceptions of the estate planning process.

For more information about “Your Will Your Way, How and Why” or to register for the seminar, please contact Kay Simpson at the CRMC Foundation (301) 609-4132, or by email at  This event is free to all attendees; seating is limited and preregistration is required.

The CRMC Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of the UM Charles Regional.   Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Charles Regional’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the community by supporting the programs and services of the Medical Center.



UM Charles Regional Conducts Ebola Virus Drill

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) is conducting organization wide readiness assessments for the Ebola virus from October 16 through October 24. This exercise is part of a review of protocols that has been ongoing for several weeks. UM CRMC’s Emergency Preparedness Team is coordinating the exercise with assistance from Charles County Department of Health, Government, Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Office and the Town of La Plata.

The health and safety of every single patient and visitor to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is of utmost importance. UM CRMC is committed to maintaining the highest standards and most current protocols and training, to minimize the risk of anyone contracting an infectious disease like Ebola.

“In order for us to ensure an effective response during an emergency, it is important that we practice our plans ahead of time. By testing our abilities to respond appropriately to this type of health crisis, we will be able to respond more effectively to all situations where the public’s safety could be compromised,” said Mark Dumais, MD, Chief Medical Officer at UM CRMC. “Although currently there are no reported cases of Ebola virus in Maryland, it is critical that we are well-prepared should a patient present at our hospital.”

With this effort, we hope to be able to assess and evaluate a number of factors including: hospital readiness, protocols, procedures, equipment use, communications, isolation and quarantine, and coordinated/collaborated local agency response.

Now, more than ever, collaboration among all those involved in caring for the people in our communities — nurses, doctors, EMS providers, hospital support staff, firefighters, police, sanitation workers, health officials, and others — is critical.

While the readiness assessment is underway UM CRMC will continue to provide all of our normal healthcare services.

Benefits of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network

We all know that accidents happen.

Rehabilitation therapy begins when the unexpected parts of life come calling and leave you unable to do everyday activities—like walking after a sports injury or talking after a stroke. At the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network (UMRN), there is a coordinated system of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation providers that make it easy for you to get back on your feet.

This team of talented and caring professionals work together throughout the state of Maryland to help people recover from the effects of illness or injury, such as stroke, joint replacement or sports- and accident- related trauma. They offer a range of therapies, from speech to physical, and everything in between. The network brings together expert teams of committed care providers from facilities across the state, from community hospitals to academic medical centers and all network members are part of the University of Maryland Medical System.

The benefits of working with UMRN are endless for patients and their families. Multiple locations makes your treatment more convenient, provides stability and promotes a common vision among our rehabilitation providers—leading to focused determination and proven results.

Please watch this brief video for more information about UMRN:

20th Annual CRMC Crab Feast on October 16 at Captain Billy’s

In Southern Maryland, there is at least one thing we do better than any other state. Come down to Captain Billy’s and experience what Maryland is famous for at the 20th annual University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Crab Feast on Thursday, October 16, from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Have your crabs and eat it, too, because if you buy your tickets today—Friday, October 10—you’ll save $5 on the prices listed below!

All money raised will help the hospital upgrade to a Level II Specialty Newborn Nursery and renovate our Birthing Center for new mothers and their babies.

Captain Billy’s Crab House, on the Potomac River in Popes Creek, is one of the oldest and best loved crab houses in Southern Maryland. They’ve generously allowed the CRMC Foundation the exclusive use of the venue for the charity crab feast.

Enjoy beautiful waterfront views and delicious Southern Maryland seafood, all while supporting healthy starts at UM Charles Regional. Can’t wait to see you there.

What’s On the Menu?

  • All-You-Can-Eat Crabs with Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw – $60.00
    Seniors – $57.00
  • Mini Feast Platters (1/2 dozen crabs and ½ lb. shrimp plus two sides) – $50.00
    Seniors – $47.00
  • Stuffed Chicken Breast Platter with Two Sides – $40.00
    Seniors – $37.00
  • Broiled Crab Cake and Tilapia Platter with Two Sides – $40.00
    Seniors – $37.00
  • Kids Meals (5-12 yrs) – $8.00


Breast Cancer Awareness Month is About Taking Action

One in eight. That’s how many American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than so many pink ribbons, it’s an opportunity to learn about this deadly disease. It’s a reminder to educate yourself about the risks and to remember to get early screenings.

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is proud to offer screening and diagnostic digital mammography to the women of Southern Maryland.  Schedule your mammogram today by calling 301-609-4413.

Among the many benefits of digital mammography:

  • Approximately 22 percent less radiation than traditional mammography
  • More precise, clear image
  • Digital images are quickly and easily sent to your physician or specialist


Another great way to stay informed is attending our 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon on Thursday, October 23, at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata. The catered event begins at 11 a.m. and will be led by guest speakers Dr. Eleanor Faherty, a breast surgeon with UM Charles Regional Surgical Care, and Dr. Erica Contreras of UM Charles Regional OB/GYN.

They’ll discuss breast and ovarian cancer screenings, while sharing information about the BRCA gene, genetic testing and knowing your cancer risk. Registration is required by October 16. Reserve your spot by calling 301-934-5423.


Eleanor Faherty, MD, FACS

Eleanor Faherty, MD, FACS

Erica Contreras, MD

Erica Contreras, MD


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