Awareness is the First Step to Overcoming a Sleep Disorder

Though most of us take it for granted, few things are more vital to our health than a good night’s sleep.May22_BLOG_BK_i1

If you’re not getting good, restful sleep on a regular basis, you know just how difficult it is to function normally. May is National Sleep Awareness Month and it’s a great time to remind you that many sleep disorders, once properly diagnosed, can be treated, managed and even overcome.

From insomnia to narcolepsy to sleep apnea and more, any number of issues can keep you from getting quality rest at the end of the day. Our website has plenty of resources dedicated to these problems. This post from our Online Health Library breaks down the causes, symptoms and treatment of common sleep disorders. It’s a great place to start.

Be sure to read down to the section on General Sleep Tips to find out if any of these tactics might help you get to sleep and stay asleep. There’s even a section for parents looking to help their children get a better night’s sleep.

When you’re ready to seek medical help, print out the Sleep Disorder Risk Assessment and share it with your healthcare provider. Addressing your problem is the first step to resting easier.

Celebrating Our Team During National Hospital Week

The great thing about UM Charles Regional Medical Center is that we truly are a community hospital.

We strive every day to strengthen our connection to Charles County and the entire Southern Maryland area. It’s important to us to be present in the community, so you know who we are and what we can do to help you lead a healthy life.


Next week is National Hospital Week and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our team members who help us make those connections. A community hospital like ours isn’t just some large entity. We’re made up of hundreds of people who care about Southern Maryland. We are physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more.

The members of our team are some of the most dedicated, compassionate people you’ll ever meet. So if you’re at Charles Regional or if you’re out in the community and you spot our logo and members of our team, we hope you’ll stop and say hello. Let them know how much our community appreciates all that they do.

Quick Response Can Save Lives When Stroke Symptoms Appear

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in our country. The faster you recognize it, the better your chances of survival.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn about the warning signs. Among them:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness, often on one side of the body
  • Confusion and trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Blurred vision or dizziness

If you or someone with you experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.


UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center. Our medical staff stands ready to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients.  We’re proud of our record in treating stroke patients and honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with their Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Each year, approximately 700,000 Americans will experience a new or recurrent stroke. That’s one person every 45 seconds. Every three minutes, a person dies from stroke.

We’re working every day to provide the best care, fast. Do your part by understanding the symptoms and helping spread awareness.

For more information on UM Charles Regional’s stroke program, visit our website.

Celebrate La Plata Day on Saturday

Celebrate La Plata Day just down the street from UM Charles Regional Medical Center with free family fun from 12pm to 4pm Saturday! Enjoy face painting, art activities, craft vendors, magic show, moon bounce and pedal cars, plus refreshments for sale from local favorites!


Expect some great entertainment from two stages. At noon on the Front Stage, marvel at Raptors Rule, featuring beautiful birds of prey. Then have some laughs as you enjoy the The High Energy Magic of Speed all-ages magic show.

On the West Lawn Concert Stage, enjoy fitness demonstrations and great music including a Zumba demonstration by College of Southern Maryland, a Bootcamp demonstration by World Gym La Plata, an Acroyoga demonstration by Live Out Loud Yoga and a Cross Fit demonstration by Coal Road Cross Fit, plus the Bucket List Band from 2pm to 2:50pm.

Show off your creativity with an entry in the SmArt EArth Arts Celebration — Recycle Art Contest. Entrants must create 2D or 3D art using at least 60% of materials that would ordinarily get thrown away. Age-specific categories are available from ages 5 to adults.

At 3pm, get ready for the spectacle that is the famous Bed Races. Expect merriment as crazily decorated beds careen down the street, with prizes for 1st Place, 2nd Place, Best Decorated Bed, Best Decorated Team and more.

Also enjoy the La Plata Police Department Open House. Stop in to take a tour of the station at 101 La Grange Avenue.

Don’t miss all of the fun!

It’s Healthcare Decisions Day — Are You Ready?

It’s not a subject anyone wants to consider, but it is something that you have to be prepared for — the possibility that you may, at some point in your life, be unable to make or articulate your own healthcare decisions.

National Healthcare Decisions Day reminds us that the best way to make sure that your wishes are honored in the event that you can’t make the decisions yourself is to write it all down for your loved ones.

Your family and friends will already be going through a difficult time. If they’re burdened with trying to figure out what you would want, that only creates more stress for them. Take the time to articulate your healthcare choices, including organ donation and end-of-life decisions. Take charge of your health care and make life easier for those who love you.

NHDD Speak Up Video from NHDD on Vimeo.

Learn more about why it is so important to make sure that all of your health care decisions are made and everything is in order for your family. Your decisions matter.



UM Charles Regional Salutes Our Volunteers As We Celebrate National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the amazing contributions of our volunteers. We’re fortunate to be part of a great community here in Southern Maryland.

One of the best aspects of our community is the legacy of selflessness and volunteerism that has enabled us to find wonderful, generous people to donate their time and energy to the hospital. Our volunteers selflessly serve where they’re needed the most, helping their neighbors when they’re in need and making their days, and ours, brighter.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center salutes our excellent and inspiring volunteers. You’ll find them all over the hospital every day. These men and women help make sure that everything runs smoothly and help our staff make Charles Regional the best possible place for our patients to get well.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? We can use your help. Charles Regional is always looking for more volunteers. Whether you have experience in a hospital setting or not, you can help make a difference.

Sign up now on our website to find the right opportunity for you, and celebrate National Volunteer Week by making a commitment to serve.

Run For A Cause — The St. Charles Running Festival Benefits the Birthing Center at UM Charles Regional

The St. Charles Running Festival on Saturday, April 11, will benefit UM Charles Regional Medical Center. That means even more opportunities for you to have a great time while helping babies get off to a healthy start as we run to raise money for the UM Charles Regional Medical Center Birthing Center and Nursery. April3_BLOG

We’re so proud to be the charitable beneficiary partner of this wonderful event. The fun begins at Regency Furniture Stadium at 8:45am as the 10 miler kicks off, followed by the start of the 5K at 9am.

There’s a Kids Fun Run featuring a great entry package with a commemorative T-shirt, a Chick-fil-A kid’s meal and two tickets to a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game. The 5K and 10 Miler package includes commemorative T-shirt, as well as post-race snacks and a complimentary beer.

This is an event the whole family can enjoy. Not a runner? No problem. Walkers are welcome, and the courses are stroller friendly. The Blue Crabs will hold their annual Fan Fest in conjunction with the race and admission includes access to the kids fun zone at the ballpark.

Registration is required. Visit the St. Charles Running Festival site to register and find out more about how you can run for a great cause this spring.

We Salute Our Physicians On National Doctor’s Day

At UM CRMC, we have an amazing team of the area’s most dedicated physicians caring for our patients every day. Our doctors go above and beyond to help everyone who comes through our doors and to make a positive impact on their patients’ lives. These hard-working physicians serve our community with honor and distinction.

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day. We’re proud to be able to celebrate the skill, compassion and accomplishments of the doctors who are a part of our family at UM CRMC.12765_CRMC_Mar27_BLOG_BK_R1

Our physicians have dedicated much of their lives to enhance and preserve the health and well-being of others, and we’re grateful for that. All year round, they’re here helping the people of Southern Maryland live healthier lives.

We want to take this opportunity to salute all of the doctors who make such a difference in our patients’ lives every day, and wish them a very happy National Doctor’s Day.

Don’t Miss the CRMC Foundation’s Free Retirement Planning Seminar

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Retirement may not be something that you think about frequently, but if you put a plan in place now, you’ll set yourself up to enjoy life later.

The CRMC Foundation is partnering with local financial advisors at The Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley to offer a free Retirement Planning Seminar on March 26. Second Vice President Kimberly J. Rosenfield will lead the discussion focusing on envisioning the chapters of your life, understanding the risks and developing a plan.

Two sessions will be offered, so you can choose the one most convenient for you.

When:  Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 5pm-6:30pm or 7pm – 8:30pm

Where: Nagula Conference Center #2 at UM CRMC

RSVP: Reserve your spot by calling 301.609.4132 or click here.

A New Look For The UM CRMC Website

Our newly redesigned UM CRMC website is here, and you’ll love how easy it is for you to find what you need. We’ve updated everything to create a better user experience for you and make the features that you love the most take center stage.Feb20_blog

This new, more intuitively designed site makes it faster for you to find the information that you’re looking for right from the home page. One new feature is a streamlined mini-menu with quick links to some of our most popular sections. Use this menu to find a doctor, get to your myPORTFOLIO Patient Portal, find class and event schedules, make a donation, find volunteer opportunities, get healthy recipes and more.

We’ve also made it easier for you to keep up with UM CRMC in other ways. Every page features a section that lets you know about the current ER wait time. The next 3 upcoming events at the hospital are featured on our homepage, with links that allow you to click through and make a reservation right away.

Our new website has been designed to have a cleaner interface and greater functionality. It’s important to us that you can find everything that you need to keep up with hospital news, health news, events and more at the UM CRMC website, and we’re confident that you’ll love our new design.  

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