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


Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Because if you do, you will have to wait another 3 years to share YOUR opinions about Charles County’s health needs.

Help us, help you, help the community by taking a 10-minute anonymous survey about your health needs and those of your friends and family in Charles County. The deadline is October 1, 2014.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center cares about the community and wants to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the level of care in the county. This survey helps to clarify the details, focusing on the issues that concern you most. The data will help us compile a report that is used in the planning of the overarching goals of the hospital and community leaders.

This survey is commissioned every three years by UM CRMC, with the assistance from the Charles County Department of Health. This 2011 survey can be viewed here.

Whether you live in La Plata or Waldorf, Bryans Road or Hughesville, you can serve your community by transferring your firsthand knowledge through the Community Needs Health Survey. Act now to make an impact on health services in Southern Maryland.


UM Charles Regional Wine Tasting Gets Better With Age

Like a fine wine, some things get better with age.

After 17 years, the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Wine Tasting has transformed into something more robust and delicious than ever. Get your tickets while you can. Only a limited number remain! The forecast is calling for sunny skies with the temperature falling into the low 70’s, making it ideal wine-tasting weather.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 301-609-4132 or at Colonial Liquors on Route 301 in La Plata. No tickets will be sold at the event.

We want to say thanks to everyone who will be coming out on September 20th. Proceeds from the event will help fund renovations to the UM Charles Regional Birthing Center and to upgrade to a Level II Specialty Newborn Nursery.

And there are still opportunities for you to be involved as an individual or as a business with a wide range of sponsorship levels. Sponsorship levels range from the $250 Sparkling All Star Sponsor to the $2,500 Double Gold Sponsorships. Aside from supporting a fantastic community-centered not-for-profit hospital, you’ll also gain great exposure and perks for your company. Check out the full range of sponsorship levels here.

So, raise a glass as we celebrate at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, from 6:00pm – 10:00pm on September 20th, and raise funds to support healthy starts for new babies and their families.

Charles Regional Medical Center Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

According to The National Cancer Institute (NCI),. prostate cancer symptoms may not appear for several years. When symptoms do occur, it’s often too late for prevention; as the disease has usually progressed beyond your prostate, typically affecting your urinary system.

Dr. Boris Naydich, Radiation Oncologist and Dr. Vladimir Kakitelashvili, Urologist, discussed the prevention, treatment, and advancements in Prostate Cancer at the annual UM Charles Regional Medical Center prostate cancer forum, titled “Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait.” Dr. Naydich stated that taking preventative steps in prostate cancer “…is the way to go, to diagnose prostate cancer when it is not detectable…” through physical symptoms.

Prostate cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the United States. The National Cancer Institute states that one in six men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. In its Cancer Facts and Figures 2014, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 5,000 men in Maryland will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 550 will die from it in 2014. In the US, approximately 233,000 men will be diagnosed and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer in 2014. The absence of immediate symptoms is first reason why we strongly recommend scheduling a prostate screening to promote early detection. The American Cancer Society suggests all males discuss a regular screening schedule with their doctor.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month— Check out more information about Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Still Time to Sponsor the 17th Annual Wine Tasting

The event will be sold out. It’s a night of great wine, great food and great people who care about the community.

While tickets are starting to get scarce, plenty of opportunities remain for local businesses to join our growing list of sponsors at the 17th Annual Wine Tasting. Your support of the September 20 celebration at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse raises funds to renovate UM Charles Regional’s Birthing Center, improving the experience for new mothers, babies and their families.

While our Presenting Sponsorships are all reserved, a full range of sponsorship levels are available, with various options from the $250 Sparkling All Star Sponsor to the $2,500 Double Gold Sponsorships. All sponsors have their company name included on ads and promotions before, during and after the event. Each new level adds more exposure and more perks for your business.

Download our Wine Tasting sponsorship flyer for more information and to print out your sponsorship commitment form.

Thanks to all for your support.

UM CRMC Awarded the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award

LA PLATA, MD. — Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD.

The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.

“We are pleased to recognize University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center with this award,” said Dr. Columbus Giles, Delmarva Foundation’s Chief Medical Officer. “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend their achievements and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.”

“This award is an honor for the hospital on so many levels,” said Dr. Mark Dumais, Chief Medical Officer of UM Charles Regional. “Providing for patient safety and quality care is understandably the hospital’s number one priority and to be recognized for elevating our outcomes in both of these areas speaks to the excellent communication and collaboration of everyone on staff.”

From Left to Right: Maggie Eller, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Paula Hancock, Administrative Assistant, Mary Harman, Infection Control, Sara Middleton, Board Member, Dr. Columbus Giles, Chief Medical Officer, Delmarva Foundation, Louis Jenkins, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors, UM CRMC, David Hupp, Performance Improvement Data Technician, Doreen Wallace, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Dr. Dianna Abney, Health Officer Charles County, Michael Cady, Board Member, Florence Moran, Patient Safety Officer, Kofi Cash, Director, Performance Improvement, Dr. Mark Dumais, Chief Medical Officer, UM CRMC, Marillyn Zachariah, Performance Improvement



Cheers to Charles Regional Medical Center – The 17th Annual Wine Tasting

Get ready to swirl, sniff, sip and repeat because it’s almost time for one of Charles County’s
most sought-after and savory evenings — The 17th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit Charles
Regional Medical Center

This year’s tasting will be held the evening of Saturday, September 20th at the historic Port
Tobacco Courthouse. Guests will enjoy a highly diversified sampling of fine wines from local
vineyards, vintner’s and wineries, as well as gourmet foods from around the region and live

While sipping on some of their favorite vintages, guests may also partake in wine seminars, a
silent auction, cigar lounge and wine boutique. For those preferring wine-alternatives, a full bar
will be on hand, as well as a smattering of specialty ales.

Come enjoy this popular autumn event and support UM Charles Regional Medical Center –
your community hospital.

Tickets may be purchased online and VIP tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still

We look forward to toasting with you there!

17th Annual Wine Tasting
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Port Tobacco Courthouse – Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677
Early Discount Cutoff Date: September 5, 2014
*Please note, tickets are limited and will NOT be available at the door.

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