Last Call for 21st Annual Crab Feast Tickets!

You can almost smell the all-you-can-eat crabs already! We’re less than a week away from our 21st Annual Crab Feast, and time is running out to reserve your tickets!


Join us at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Popes Creek on Thursday, October 15, from 2:00-8:30pm for this highly anticipated event. Choose from five different ticket levels, each with its own menu options, starting at $35 per person (child’s meal tickets starts at $8). Today is the last day to purchase your tickets before prices go up, so don’t miss out!

Proceeds from this year’s Crab Feast will help fund important rehabilitation and therapy programs at UM Charles Regional Medical Center by equipping patients with the resources they need to build strength, reduce stress and enjoy healthier lifestyles. The following services will directly benefit from funds raised at this event:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

For more information about the 21st Annual Crab Feast or to purchase tickets, visit the official event page or call 301.609.4132. Bring your appetite!

2 Local Events Highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and it’s estimated that more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year in the United States alone. In addition, an estimated 2,150 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 15% of those diagnosed die every year. *Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation


These staggering statistics don’t have to be something that we accept as a reality—that’s why UM Charles Regional Medical Center invites you to arm yourself with awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some vital facts that you need to know to understand the disease.

Breast Cancer Facts

Your learning and involvement doesn’t have to end there. UM Charles Regional Medical Center encourages you to take part in two local events this October. These upcoming events will educate the public about breast cancer as well as raise funds to support the search for a cure. Check out details for these events below.

Mission Pink Walk
October 10 | 8:30am-11:00am
Join the Sisters at Heart Cancer Survivors of Charles County at the St. Charles Towne Center on Saturday, October 10, for the Mission Pink Walk. Register online or at the event for $25 (cash only) and help support the mission to find a cure. In addition to the mall walk, the event will feature zumba, a Chick-fil-A breakfast, guest speakers, raffles, live music and much more. For more information, visit the official event page today.

Breast Cancer Luncheon
October 22 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Mark your calendar to attend this annual event, sponsored by UM Charles Regional Medical Center, on Thursday, October 22 at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata. This luncheon is designed to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate the general public about the disease. Pre-registration is required to attend this FREE event, so call 301.934.5423 or 301.870.2015 for more information and to register.

Early detection is crucial. In addition, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the
5-year relative survival rate is 100%. As a result, regular breast cancer screenings and exams are highly recommended by the American Cancer Society. Call (301) 609-4413 to schedule a mammogram today.

Learn more about breast cancer, treatment options, cancer myths and more from the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Feeling Better is Closer: UM Charles Regional Urgent Care is Now Open

We’ve just opened the doors our brand new urgent care facility, right here in La Plata!

Developed as an alternative to the emergency room for patients with non-life-threatening conditions, University of Maryland Charles Regional Urgent Care is less than a mile from the hospital and offers extended hours, seven days a week, to ensure that patients can receive care when they need it. No appointment is needed.


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Located at 500 Charles Street, our staff of health care professionals treat a variety of ailments, including:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Allergic reactions
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Mild fevers
  • Minor burns
  • Animal or insect bites

Patients with more serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries should call 911 or go to the emergency room at the hospital.

Want to learn more about the brand new UM Charles Regional Urgent Care? Visit our new website or call 301.609.4699.

Bring Your Appetite to Our 21st Annual Crab Feast

Fresh off the heels of our successful Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, where over $153,000 was raised in support of our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs, comes our 21st Annual Crab Feast at Captain Billy’s on Thursday, October 15.

Like the Wine Tasting, proceeds from our Crab Feast will help provide patients with resources they need to build strength, reduce stress and enjoy a healthier lifestyle so they can return to physical and emotional health after participating in our comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

The Crab Feast will be held at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg from 2:00pm to 8:30pm and will feature a range of menu options, including all-you-can-eat-crab, as well as your choice of platters featuring shrimp, stuffed chicken breast or crab cakes.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $35 per person (children’s tickets start at $8 each). Sponsorships are also available. It’s a boost for your business and for a great cause. Find out more now.

Buckle Up: It’s Child Passenger Safety Week


From September 13-19, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council are generating awareness about child car safety, culminating in “National Seat Check Saturday” with the goal of making every car ride safer for every child.

Ready for some sobering statistics?

Every 34 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a motor vehicle crash, according to the NHTSA. From 2008-2012, more than 3,390 children were killed in car crashes and an additional 613,000 children were injured. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

But they don’t have to be.

Improving technology and safety features give your children the chance to be safer in the car than ever before. However, 3 out of 4 children are not as secure as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly. So how do you know if your child is using the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt?

Take a look at some child passenger safety tips provided by the NHTSA below:

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  • Infants should always ride in a rear-facing car seat
  • Infant-only car seats can only be used rear-facing
  • Convertible and all-in-one car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time

1-3 Years

  • Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer
  • Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat

4-7 Years

  • Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer
  • Once they outgrow the forward-facing car seat, it’s time for them to travel in a booster seat

8-12 years

  • Keep your child in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly
  • For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach, while the shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12

With September 19 representing “National Seat Check Saturday,” we encourage you to take a look at your child’s car seat and take the necessary steps to ensure that your child is in the safest seat available for their age and size.

To learn more about finding the right car seat for your child, visit

Want to make sure that your child is in the proper car seat? We’ll be hosting a FREE Car Seat Safety Check on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm to 7pm at Charles Regional OB/GYN parking lot. Checks are performed by appointment only, so pre-register today by calling 301.609.4144.


Don’t Miss Out: Tickets Are Going Fast for the 18th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting

Time is running out to reserve your ticket for the highly anticipated 18th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. We’ve already sold out of the VIP Wine Tasting Tickets, but a limited number of general admission tickets remain!

The event will be held on the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse on Saturday, September 19, from 6pm-10pm. You’ll enjoy food and wine at a beautiful venue—all for a great cause!


Purchase a ticket today, and you’ll be helping the following programs at UM Charles Regional Medical Center:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: Working with patients to improve cardiovascular health and reduce risk factors, helping them achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Physical Therapy: Featuring individualized programs to speed recovery time and get patients back to optimum mobility and flexibility.
  • Speech Therapy: Providing patients with assistance for communication difficulties such as slurred speech, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and delayed speech and language development.
  • Occupational Therapy: Assisting patients of all ages with physical, neurological, cognitive or psychosocial impairments to help them acquire skills that will improve their ability to function in their own environments.
  • Respiratory Therapy: Helping patients increase their quality of life through exercise, education and empowerment, and assisting in managing respiratory conditions from asthma to lung cancer.

Help us expand these services for our community, and don’t miss out on this fantastic event. Reserve your tickets online or become a sponsor today!

Congratulations to the 2015 Leadership Southern Maryland Graduates

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

Now in its seventh year, Leadership Southern Maryland continues its mission of grooming future leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors.

We’re proud to have sent eight representatives through this program from UM Charles Regional and can attest to the strong foundation that it provides. We’re thrilled to congratulate our newest leaders, Chief Nursing Officer Dana Levy of the Class of 2015, and we’re excited for Analyst, David Hupp, who will graduate in 2016.


Working to strengthen the community and nurture leadership qualities among active professionals, Leadership Southern Maryland has been a facilitator for members of our community looking to build a better tomorrow. It’s a tuition-based, nine-month leadership development program, and it has mentored future leaders from countless organizations.

Tomorrow is in Good Hands with Today’s Leaders. We congratulate the following UM Charles Regional Leadership Southern Maryland graduates:

  • Susan Mudd Vogel (2009)
  • Stacey Cook (2010)
  • Joyce Riggs (2011)
  • Mary Barnwell (2012)
  • Stephanie Simm (2013)
  • Debbie Shuck Reynolds (2014)
  • Dana Levy (2015)
  • David Hupp (2016, Expected)


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.


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.

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.


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 Contact Leigh Falkler at 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
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.


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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