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Mission of Mercy Offers Dental Services to Those in Need on July 29-30

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More than 100 million people in the United States are without dental insurance. This means that thousands of adults in the Southern Maryland area don’t receive adequate dental care, resulting in a silent epidemic of dental and oral disease. The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy is working to address those needs by providing professional and caring dental service free of charge.

If you’ve gone without regular cleanings or a dental procedure due to a lack of dental insurance, come to North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, on July 29 and 30, to receive necessary care at no cost to you. Doors open at 6:00am on both days and will close when the clinic is full for the day, so you should plan to arrive early.

The Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy performs dental services for adult patients (ages 19 and up only; unfortunately, children cannot be accommodated), including preventative dentistry and cleaning, nutritional counseling, restorative fillings and extractions. All of these services are performed by licensed dentists and hygienists, most of whom are from Maryland. Click here to see a full list of services offered at this event as well as other patient information.

Want to help Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy accomplish its mission? Events like these don’t work without the help of generous, dedicated volunteers to help us with a variety of different needs. Learn more and register to become a volunteer today.

Dental health has a great influence on overall general health, and we encourage anyone who’s in need of dental care to consider attending this event. To learn more about the two-day clinic, visit the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy website.

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19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Tickets on Sale Now

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One of Charles County’s most anticipated annual events is once again making its way to the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse. Our 19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is taking place on Saturday, September 17, from 6pm-10pm, and you can secure your tickets for the event now!

Why do we and so many other people love the Autumn Wine Tasting? Because it brings together so many wonderful people, providing opportunities to mingle while sampling some of the best food and drink from all over the area. Plus, proceeds from this great event will help fund important initiatives that will improve access to care and chronic disease management within our community. Funds raised from events like the Wine Tasting help ensure that your loved one or neighbor can count on expanded access to health care and resources as we commit to improving the health of our region.

You’ll want to reserve your tickets soon because Early Bird Pricing is only available until September 1. Regular tickets are $90 and designated driver tickets are $40 each. Prices for regular tickets will increase to $100 after September 1, and tickets for our VIP reception, catered by Bobby Rucci’s Famous Deli & Doughboys, are already sold out. You must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket to this event.

Want to contribute to the cause even more? Donate an item for the silent auction or become one of our many food vendors at this year’s event by contacting Leigh Falkler at (301) 609-4319 or lfalkler@umm.edu. Or consider becoming one of our event sponsors — you’ll be promoting your business and supporting a great cause at the same time!

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit the official event page now.

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Help us Paint the Park Pink on July 23

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Bringing important health topics to the forefront of our community’s mindset is an essential element of our mission at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. That’s why we’re once again teaming up with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to support the fight against breast cancer.

Join us for a night of baseball and help spread breast cancer awareness on Saturday, July 23, at Regency Furniture Stadium as the Blue Crabs take on the Long Island Ducks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm and gates open at 5:35pm.

You’ll want to wear pink to the game because the home team will be wearing it, too. Throughout the game, you’re invited to bid on the limited-edition, game-worn jerseys, all in support of UM Charles Regional’s Pink Ribbon Fund, which helps support breast cancer awareness and education in Charles County. And if you win one of the jerseys, you’ll be able to get it signed by a player at the end of the game. After the game, stick around for the fireworks show and an on-field postgame party.

It’s reported that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so there’s no better reason to encourage your family, friends and others around you to learn the facts and get regular screenings — help us spread the message when we Paint the Park Pink on July 23!

For stadium and parking information, or to purchase your tickets now, visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs official website.

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UM Charles Regional Medical Center Honored for Workplace Excellence

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We work hard to ensure that every patient at UM Charles Regional Medical Center receives the highest-quality, compassionate care from our staff of dedicated professionals. But we also put great effort into creating a positive work environment where professional and personal growth is encouraged.

We’re honored to announce that UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been awarded the 2016 Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval and the Health & Wellness Seal of Approval from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE). This marks the 12th consecutive year that we’ve received these awards from AWE, and they’re an important affirmation of our dedication to creating a work environment where everyone on our team can thrive.

Recipients of these prestigious certifications undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of business professionals and graduate-level students in the fields of business, industrial and organizational psychology, human resources, environmental science, public health and diversity and inclusion.

By demonstrating an outstanding commitment to employee communication, diversity, growth, work-life balance, health and wellness, UM Charles Regional stands out as not only a great hospital but also a great place to to work. It’s just another mark of how we’re constantly striving to serve our community.

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Summer Swimming Safety Tips

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Swimming and other water activities are a great way to cool down and get some exercise this summer. But whether you and your family are taking a trip to the beach or are just spending some time around a pool, it’s important to observe some precautions to ensure that everyone has a fun, safe summer ahead.

Drowning is one of the most common accidents for young children. It’s estimated that nearly 300 children drown in swimming pools every year, with another 2,000 children ending up in the emergency room from near drownings. But water incidents aren’t limited to children.

Learning how to swim will make swimming a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone in the water. Consider taking or enrolling your children in swim lessons — the American Red Cross offers several swimming and lifeguarding courses throughout the year. Knowing how to handle yourself in the water not only makes it safer for you, but stronger swimmers are also better equipped to handle others who may be in distress.

Here are some other important precautions you should follow to protect your children and yourself this summer:

  • Never swim alone, regardless of age — teach your children to swim with a buddy
  • Never drink alcohol during or just before swimming, boating or water skiing
  • Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool and be sure there is an accessible telephone nearby
  • Remove toys from the pool area when not in use – they can attract young children to the pool area
  • Learn CPR, especially if you’re a pool owner or boater
  • Don’t use air-filled swimming aids in place of life jackets for children

In addition to these tips, if you’re heading to the beach this year, choose swimming locations actively patrolled by lifeguards and visit the National Weather Service’s website to learn more about how you can avoid dangerous rip currents.

For even more tips, visit our Online Health Library or the American Red Cross website to learn more about how you and your family can avoid danger around the water. Here’s to a happy and safe summer of swimming!

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Celebrate Men’s Health Month this June

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As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day next weekend, we can’t help but think about all the things that the men in our lives have done for us. And Father’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you and to remind them that taking care of their health is one way to give their families a priceless gift.

June is Men’s Health Month, a congressionally backed initiative, and it’s an opportunity to shine a light on the issues that affect men’s health, including prostate cancer, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s also a chance to encourage regular health screenings, which result in early detection and prompt treatment options of the conditions that affect men and boys in our community.

Everyone is encouraged to wear blue throughout the month of June, specifically on “Wear Blue Friday” on June 17, to help spread awareness — don’t forget to tag any pictures you post on social media with #ShowUsYourBlue and #MensHealthMonth. But you can also spread awareness inside your own home. Share these men’s health topics from our Online Health Library with friends and family, as well as our Men’s Health Check-Up List to encourage regular health screenings.

For even more ideas for how you can spread awareness all month long or for more information about this initiative, be sure to check out MensHealthMonth.org.

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Your Living Room is the New UM Charles Regional Urgent Care Waiting Room

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What if you could forgo the waiting room the next time you went to get treatment for an illness or injury?

At UM Charles Regional Urgent Care, now you can do just that.

If you visited the CharlesRegionalUrgentCare.com recently, you may have noticed that our website now features an estimated wait time tool to make planning your visit to urgent care even more convenient. This tool gives patients real-time updates on the estimated waiting time for treatment at urgent care.

We know that not everyone can fit in an urgent care visit into their busy schedule the moment injury or illness strike, so we’re also making it possible to check in before you arrive at urgent care, even allowing next-day check-ins ahead of time. By choosing your estimated arrival time, you’ll be able to receive priority care once you arrive.

Of course, no appointments are ever necessary at our new urgent care practice, but this new feature gives patients the option to wait for a treatment time from the comfort of home, rather than in a waiting room.

We understand that illness and injury are never convenient, so we’re working to make sure that UM Charles Regional Urgent Care always will be.

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Honor, Hope and Healing Highlight Relay for Life Survivors’ Reception on June 10

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Relay for Life of Charles County, an annual event in our community, is part of the American Cancer Society’s larger mission of discovering new treatments, screening techniques and patient support methods to help those diagnosed with cancer fight the disease both physically, mentally and emotionally.

With the goal of honoring those who have won their battles against cancer, UM Charles Regional Medical Center is proud to sponsor a Survivors’ Reception before the annual Relay for Life event begins. If you’re a survivor, you and a guest are invited to join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, music and opportunities to meet fellow survivors in a relaxed environment. The reception will begin on June 10 at 4pm in Commercial Building A at the Charles County Fairgrounds. Click here for more information regarding the reception.

Once you’ve enjoyed the reception, join your fellow survivors for the Survivor Lap, scheduled for 6:15pm. Dedicated to all those who have overcome cancer, this first lap around the fairgrounds is how we celebrate their victory over this disease.

Every day, strides are being made in the fight against cancer by medical researchers and organizations like the American Cancer Society, thanks in large part to events like Relay for Life. We appreciate the support of all of the teams and individual participants from our community, and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer Ahead

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Summer is right around the corner, and whether you’re traveling or staying close to home, you’ll want to take care to ensure that the summer months are filled with fun and excitement, not injury or illness. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help you have the best summer possible:

Don’t Get Stung by Insect-Borne Illnesses
The hot and humid summers of Southern Maryland are the perfect environment for insects like mosquitos and ticks. And while they are often just a yearly nuisance we all encounter, insect bites and stings have the potential to cause serious allergic reactions and illnesses. To reduce your risk, follow these precautions:

  • Dawn, dusk and the early evening are the prime times for mosquitoes and other insects. If possible, stay indoors at these times.
  • Avoid wearing anything with a sweet fragrance, including cologne, perfume and hairspray — these tend to attract insects.
  • Standing water can become a breeding ground for insects. Check out these homeowner tips if you’re having trouble with removing standing water on your property.
  • If you must be outdoors in areas where Lyme disease or tick-borne illnesses are a serious risk, take additional precautions — regularly inspect yourself and family members for ticks and be aware of any rashes that may appear.
  • Use insect repellents with concentrations that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Stay Safe in the Sun
From sunburn to heat stroke, injury and illnesses resulting from too much exposure to the sun and heat are no joke. Here are some rules to follow to keep you safe in the summer heat:

  • When working or exercising outdoors, take frequent breaks, drink fluids often and listen to what your body is telling you.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Avoid sun exposure during peak burning hours (midday) and cover up with clothing and wide-brimmed hats.
  • Utilize sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to help protect exposed skin and apply about 30 minutes before heading outside.
  • Take special care when your children will be exposed to the sun. Click here to see the best tips for protecting your children from too much sun exposure.

Safe Travels Start Before You Leave
Whether you are traveling at home or abroad, there are some simple ways you can avoid ailments before you travel. Use this pre-departure checklist to have a healthier, more enjoyable trip:

  • Take care of routine dental and medical check-ups before you leave.
  • If traveling abroad, read up on any prevalent diseases you may encounter on your trip. Leave plenty of time to get any necessary vaccinations before you travel abroad — some of them may require an initial shot followed by a booster.
  • No matter your destination, ensure that you’ve packed enough of your medications to last your entire trip. It’s also wise to have a letter from your doctor with you to prove you legally use the medication if traveling abroad.
  • Health coverage doesn’t always travel with you — check your health insurance before you leave!

Now that you’re prepared to have a great summer, it’s time to get out and enjoy the lovely weather!

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UM Charles Regional Honored for Excellence in Treating Stroke Patients

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We’re proud to announce that UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been recognized with a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and a Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Elite designation as part of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

As a Primary Stroke Center, we are committed to maintaining a heightened state of readiness for stroke patients, ensuring that our hospital can rapidly identify and intervene during an acute stroke and deliver rapid, expert care.

Why is speed important? Stroke may be one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, but its long-term and most damaging effects may be avoided or minimized with immediate medical attention. Thanks to recent medical advances, stroke awareness initiatives and treatment options, survival rates have improved greatly over the last decade.

To qualify for these designations, hospitals must achieve at least 85 percent adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® achievement indicators for at least two consecutive 12-month periods as well as at least 75 percent compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

These quality measures are designed to help hospitals follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

We are honored by this recognition and committed to creating a safer, healthier community by continually improving our response time, treatment options and patient care standards to prevent and treat strokes and countless other ailments.

About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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