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REMINDER – Plan Your Route to UM CRMC During Road Closure

Beginning Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, 2014, CSX Transportation will repair the railroad crossing on MD-6 (Charles Street). This work will require the temporary closure of the road in La Plata for up to five days. No vehicles will be able to cross the tracks during this time.

Motorists will still be able to access the hospital or physician offices via alternative routes. Emergency traffic to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) can stay on MD-6 (Charles Street) and follow the blue “H” signs.

Commuters should allow extra travel time in their schedule as the closure will result in increased traffic and probable delays along designated detour routes and other alternative travel routes. For access routes to UM CRMC, UM Charles Regional OB/GYN, UM Vascular Center and UM Surgical Care, see the map below.

Travelers may also visit MD511.org to plan their routes in advance. For more information about the closure, contact the Charles County Government Citizen’s Liaison Office at 301-645-0550. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Top Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention

With so many of us headed to the beach and spending our weekends lounging poolside, it’s no wonder that July is National UV Safety Month. We pack our beach bag with sunscreen and sunglasses and maybe think to throw in a floppy hat and some lip balm. But are we re-applying as often as we should? Are we using a high enough SPF? Are we REALLY treating the sun like the threat that it is?

FACT: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.

But there is good news. Prevention is easy and can save lives. Here are the Skin Cancer Foundation’s top tips for prevention:

  • Seek shade between 10 AM – 4 PM.

  • Don’t allow yourself to burn.

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.

  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

For additional fun-in-the-sun safety tips, read the Skin Cancer Foundation’s guidelines specifically for golfers and beachgoers.

Have a SUN-SAFE and HEALTHY summer!

 

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Plan Your Alternate Route to UM CRMC During Repairs to Rail Crossing

Beginning Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, 2014, CSX Transportation will repair the railroad crossing on MD-6 (Charles Street). This work will require the temporary closure of the road in La Plata for up to five days. No vehicles will be able to cross the tracks during this time.

Motorists will still be able to access the hospital or physician offices via alternative routes. Emergency traffic to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) can stay on MD-6 (Charles Street) and follow the blue “H” signs.

While the State Highway Administration and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrowing driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Drivers, passengers and workers are all at risk. Commuters should allow extra travel time in their schedule as the closure will result in increased traffic and probable delays along designated detour routes and other alternative travel routes. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone. Travelers may also visit MD511.org to plan their routes in advance.

For more information about access routes to UM CRMC, UM Charles Regional OB/GYN, UM Vascular Center and UM Surgical Care, see this map.

For more information about the closure, contact the Charles County Government Citizen’s Liaison Office at 301-645-0550. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

 

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Paint the Park Pink and Help Fight Breast Cancer

Each year, UM Charles Regional Medical Center looks forward to sponsoring the Paint the Park Pink annual fundraiser and “hitting a homerun for the fight against breast cancer!”

This year’s event will be held the evening of Saturday, July 12th, beginning at 6:35 PM at Regency Furniture Stadium. Enjoy an evening of baseball as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the Camden Riversharks and then stay after the game for fireworks and Paint the Park festivities.

The Blue Crabs will sport the pink jerseys during the game and then the jerseys will subsequently be auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting UM Charles Regional’s Pink Ribbon Fund in support of breast cancer awareness and education in Charles County.

All of us know someone impacted by breast cancer. Paint the Park Pink is a meaningful way to make a personal contribution in the fight against this disease…and have a good time too!

Paint the Park Pink
Saturday, July 12th
6:35 PM
Regency Furniture Stadium

 

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Honor Roll of Women to be Recognized This Month

The Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation is excited to reveal the Honor Roll of Women’s “Class of 2014” on Thursday, June 26th at a ceremony and reception to be held in their honor.

Started in 2009, the Honor Roll of Women celebrates the service, character, and greatness of individual women, nominated by those that admire them most. This is a special opportunity for donors to say “thank you” to the uniquely deserving women in their lives. The names of the 17 women to be honored will be added to the wall of over 100 honorees located just off the hospital’s atrium lobby.

During the ceremony on the 26th, Foundation leaders will acknowledge the generosity of its donors, attendees will share stories of the women being recognized and all will have the opportunity to preview the names of the newest honorees on the recognition wall.

If you are interested in learning more about the Honor Roll of Women or nominating someone for the “Class of 2015,” please contact Kay Simpson at ksimpson2@umm.edu or 301.609.4132.

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National Aphasia Month and Summer Support Group

One million Americans suffer from this disorder and 200,000+ more acquire it each year, yet many
people have never heard of it. According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is defined as,
“an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not
affect intelligence.” Said differently, people are not born with aphasia, most acquire the disorder after a
stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological causes. Once acquired, it does not impact a person’s
actual intelligence, simply their ability to recall and/or process language – both verbal and written.

In addition to the language process and recall deficiency, many of those living with aphasia also suffer
from paralysis or weakness in the right arm and leg. This is due largely in part to damage on the left side
of the brain, which controls movement on the right side.

Recovery from aphasia is possible. Even if a full recovery is not made, improvements in a survivors
condition can take effect throughout decades. There are a number of compensatory communication
strategies aimed at helping those with aphasia and their families.

UM Charles Regional is pleased to host a support group aimed at enhancing survivors communications
strategies this summer. Patients at any stage of recovery are welcome to attend and practice their
communication in a relaxed, social environment. The group is conducted under the guidance of a
speech pathologist and will assist those living with aphasia to maximize their ability to communicate and
hopefully in turn, improve their quality of life.

Wednesdays and Fridays
July 9 – August 15th
UM Charles Regional Medical Center, Nagula Conference Room #1
$15 per class or 12 classes for $150

Source: National Aphasia Association at www.aphasia.org

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Win a $100 Gift Card with Our Healthy Selfie Photo Contest

Swimsuit season is upon us and many of us are working out, eating right, and getting our “healthy” on.
We’re also snapping pics of ourselves at the gym, post yoga class, sipping a smoothie, going for a bike
ride, chowing down on a protein-filled salad, and living a healthy, active life. After all that’s what social
media is often all about – being our best selves and sharing it with the world.

For those living that life, we at UM Charles Regional Medical Center want you to continue doing what
you’re doing – just add one step. Upload your pics into our Healthy Selfie photo contest for a chance to
win a $100 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods!

For those looking to enhance your lifestyle by making better, healthier choices in your diet and activity
level, we hope this contest will give you a reason to start today. We encourage you to participate and
share your story as well!!!

When you upload your photo to our Healthy Selfie contest app be sure to include a caption, telling us a bit about your why you’re making these choices and/or how you stay motivated.

The contest will run today through Monday, June 30th. The owner of the photo with the most likes/
comments at 5 PM EST on June 30th will win. See full contest rules for details.

We look forward to seeing your Healthy Selfies. Now get to pic snapping!!!

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CRMC Honored 10 Years Running for Workplace Excellence

UM Charles Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that we’ve received the Workplace Excellence and the Health & Wellness Seal of Approval awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.

It’s the 10th consecutive year UM Charles Regional has earned these honors.

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.”

We’re grateful to have received this recognition and remain committed to creating a positive work environment and taking great care of our staff. When employees love coming to work, that means they’re going to provide the best care possible to our patients and their loved ones.

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Outpatient Excellence in the Spring Issue of Maryland’s Health Matters

It’s easy to think of a hospital as a place you go in an emergency or a where you might be admitted for surgery or other medical care. It is those things, of course. But as the Spring issue of Maryland Health Matters shows, UM Charles Regional Medical Center is so much more.

The cover story highlights our outpatient rehabilitation services and the lives our talented staff help change for the better every day. Whether it’s speech therapy, pulmonary therapy, physical therapy or something else, UM Charles Regional is part of an ongoing commitment to better health.

The Spring issue also includes a profile of surgeon S.J. Patel, MD, and news on UM Charles Regional’s new online Patient Portal, a great way to access and update your medical records online. And definitely check out stories on how UM Charles Regional and University of Maryland Children’s Hospital take outstanding care of our youngest patients.

Look for it in print or check out Maryland Health Matters online.

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Dr. Suwandhi Lecture to Address Pediatric Asthma

Did you know pediatric asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and hospital visits for children? Pediatrician Eugene Suwandhi, MD, will lead a discussion on pediatric asthma on May 21, the next event in UM Charles Regional’s Prescription for Good Health Physician Lecture Series.

The event will be a great resource to help you better understand the things that trigger asthma symptoms in
children and what can be done about it.

Dr. Suwandhi’s lecture will focus on understanding asthma and its effect on children, the importance of proper treatment and how best to maintain normal activity levels.

What
UM Charles Regional’s Prescription for Good Health Physician Lecture Series
“Pediatric Asthma 101”
Led by Pediatrician Eugene Suwandi, MD

When
May 21st at 6pm

Where
Nagula Conference Center, on the first floor at Charles Regional Medical Center

Reserve your seat online today or call 888-332-4847.

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